THE last cohort of students studying at a former Harlow school have collected their GCSE results.
Year 11 students at Sir Charles Kao UTC are the last to pass through the facility, before it is closed and reopened in September as BMAT STEM Academy.
The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new grade 9 to 1 GCSEs for the first time in maths and English, with the majority of other subjects switching to the new format this year.
The 9 to 1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A* to G grades. A grade 9 is not comparable to an A*, for example.
A total of 50 per cent of students who studied at Sir Charles Kao achieved the national standard of grade 9 to 4 in English and maths. In maths, 70 per cent of students scored a grade 4 or above, while 53 per cent achieved the same in English.
From September, the school will relaunch under the BMAT multi-academy trust as BMAT STEM Academy, focusing on preparing young people – from the age of 14 in Year 10 – for careers in the industries showing a skills shortage in Harlow.
Having worked with Year 11 for just a few short months, head of school Lisa Tooley has been keen to boost the achievements of students as far as possible with the time available.
She said: “Having begun working with Year 11 students towards the end of their time at secondary school, we have worked hard to encourage them to strive for the very best. Today’s results show our work has already started to have an impact in just a tiny amount of time.
“With our brand-new school launching in September, with a new cohort of Year 10 students, we are even more excited to see what wonderful things we can achieve together.”
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