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When the 2015 GCSE results were published, anyone could be forgiven for thinking, “That’s it. No year group will ever beat those scores!” Especially with the lower Key Stage 2 prior attainment scores and increased range of ability of students in some younger year groups.

Despite these challenges and the major changes to examinations nationally, the quality of student outcomes just keeps getting better and better at Humphry Davy School with 2016 students breaking previous records in a number of areas. 

Congratulations to all our Year 11 students for attaining some outstanding results in the 2016 GCSEs. The hard work and dedication of students and staff has been rewarded with provisional results looking to be the ‘Best Ever’ in the history of the school. You can all be very proud of what you have achieved!

I am sure the students would like to join the governing body and myself in thanking all the staff for their hard work and support.  But it is the dedication and hard work of the students themselves that has earned them their achievements. As a community we are proud of them; hard work has reaped rewards once again.

Key Headline results include:

  • Over 65% of students attained the national benchmark of 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths (National average in 2015 was 56%)
  • 83% of students reached the ‘expected progress’ standard in English – an increase of 4% on 2015 and 14% above the 2015 National average.
  • 73% of students reached the ‘expected progress’ standard in Maths – 7% above the 2015 National average.
  • Overall, 77% of students in English and 73% of students in Maths attained grades A*-C
  • The separate sciences of Physics, Chemistry and Biology along with Further Maths were amongst the highest performing subject areas with over 90% of students achieving grades A*-C, closely followed by Music, Health and Social Care and English Language.
  • ‘Value added’ calculations, including the new performance measure of ‘Progress 8’, show students have overall made excellent progress from their starting point on entry to the school.

A great number achieved the top grades which makes it difficult to single out individuals but a special mention should go to the following students who attained up to 11 A* or A grades:

·         May Garland

·         Alistair Lounds

·         Caitlin McMahon

·         Patrick Mooney

·         Gweniver Orchard

·         Harry Patten

·         Juliette Peterson-Caffell

·         Caitlin Pyke

·         Maisy Rainbow

·         Sebastian Schmidt

·         Jonah Seaston

·         Max Walden

·         Isaac Weeks

Amongst these high performers, Maisy Rainbow scored the maximum possible under the national ‘Value Added’ GCSE points system with Patrick Mooney and Jonah Seaston just behind her and Avis Kellman deserves huge credit for achieving one of the highest scores in the country in the Additional Further Mathematics GCSE

Parents and carers have every right to be proud of their children and my thanks as Headteacher go to you all for your support over the years.

We would like to wish all our students ‘Good luck!’ and continued success as they move on to the next stage of their education and careers and hope they keep in touch with their on-going, amazing achievements.

Bill Marshall

Headteacher – Humphry Davy School

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