This year has seen the introduction of new rules for measuring the performance of schools together with a further tightening of grading nationally. We are therefore delighted that 67% of students have achieved A*-C grades in both English and mathematics. This included 25% achieving A* or A in mathematics and 13% achieving A*/A in English. The total number of students achieving A*-C in English is exceptional at 82% (National Average 61.7%) and mathematics 71% (National Average 62.4%). Progress measures are also way above national figures with 89% of students making expected progress in English and 75% of students making expected progress in mathematics. 45% of our students made better than expected progress in English and 45% in mathematics.
The approach of Brentside High School has been to ensure that students take a broad and balanced curriculum and this is reflected by the fact that 41% (almost twice the national average from 2013) achieved the English Baccalaureate (A*-C GCSEs in English, mathematics, science (x2), a Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography).
Other highlights include:
- At least 5 A*-A - 18%
- A*/A pass rate - 22%
- A*-C pass rate - 71%
- 5+ A*-C incl En/Ma - 64%
- 5+ A*-G - 100%
Headteacher, Arwel Jones, said: “We are all delighted with yet another set of exceptional results at Brentside High School. Students and staff have worked very hard to make this happen and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them for their efforts. We are a fully comprehensive school and these results show that we stretch the most able and also ensure that students with different learning needs are catered for.”
Examination achievement is an important part of the education we provide but not the only one (see our other outstanding school achievements).
These excellent results demonstrate the effectiveness of high quality teaching at the school, alongside appropriate leadership systems. Team work plays a very important part in this. Brentside has achieved examination results well above that expected based on students’ prior attainment for many years now and, in this challenging year with many changes to the nature of GCSE examinations and the way they are measured, we are very proud of our students’ achievements. However, we will not be complacent and will seek to build on this achievement in the years ahead!
Click on the link to see the Department for Education Performance Tables.