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Impressive results for Epping St John’s

Burnt Mill Academy / Mon 28th Aug 2017 at 01:47pm

Epping St Johns

Epping St John’s School students were today celebrating “transformational” GCSE results.

Year 11 students were thrilled with “massive success” at the school, in Bury Lane, Epping, with the best results in the school’s history.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new grade 9 to 1 GCSEs for the first time in maths and English, with staff having to prepare students for examinations no one had sat or seen.
 
The maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9 to 1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A* to G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means any comparison of this year’s GCSE maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating maths and English grades which schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.

The 9 to 1 grades students have achieved in maths and English and the A* to G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department for Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available in the autumn term.

In maths, 16 students scored the new Grade 9 or 8 – among just 3% of students nationally expected to make the top grades.

A total of 79% achieved the national standard or above in combined English, while 65% of students achieved the national standard or above in maths. Of all the GCSE results, 28% were equivalent to an A grade or better, while most subjects saw at least a 20% increase in A* to C grades.

Jo Daniels, co-head of school, said: “The results are a true reflection of the hard work and perseverance by students and staff and the support from parents. We are living though exciting times at Epping St John’s, with significant capacity for further improvement.

“Well done to all of our Year 11 students who worked so hard. They should be extremely proud of themselves and their achievements.”

Emma Ruffles, co-head of school, said: “We are very proud of all of the students at Epping St John’s and the dedication and commitment they have shown. Epping St John’s has continued to thrive and build upon its success and we are looking forward to welcoming many of our students back to our school to begin the next part of their journey at a high quality sixth form provision.

“These results do not just happen and are evidence of the hard work and perseverance of staff and students at Epping St John’s. I wish all of the students ongoing and continued success for the future.”

The school is preparing to move into a new chapter with plans to join a multi-academy trust later this year.

Allan Osborne, executive headteacher, said: “These results are nothing less than transformational. They are beyond my wildest dreams. We use the phrase ‘golden ticket’ in our vision statement. These results clearly show that coming to ESJ means these student have won the golden ticket in their education.

“We now go forward with a real sense of pride as we work to further improve these spectacular improvements and create the outstanding school we all dream of and which will become a reality.”

The success follows last week’s A-level results where 55% of students scored an A* to B grade and 91% achieved an A* to C.

Ben Murphy, chair of governors, said: “Early indications suggest this year’s results have surpassed expectations and are further evidence of what has been a transformational couple of years at Epping St John’s School.

“The clarity of vision, the skill and commitment of staff and students, the support of parents and our community all working together as one family has delivered these results. The impact, of course, is brighter futures and more diverse opportunities for our students, who also now have the opportunity to continue their education at our sixth form.

“Our journey to outstanding strategy is well under way, but there will always be areas we can build upon and we will do so as we welcome yet another over-subscribed year group in September.”

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