Pupils at King Edward VII Science and Sport College started the Autumn term with their heads held high. After a difficult 2015, this year the school achieved record results with 56% of students achieving 5 or more GCSE A* - C grades (including English and maths) compared with 27% last year. The national average figure for this measure was 54% in 2015.
Across all subjects, 65% of students achieved 5 or more GCSE A* - C, compared to 52% last year. Individual subject performance is now above the 2016 national average in many areas: maths 70.5% (national 61.0 %), English language 72.4% (national 60.2%) and French 72.5% (national 69.7%).
Students at King Edward VII are also celebrating the successful end to A level studies. The number of students gaining the top grades of A*-C is 65% with a 97% pass rate overall. Everyone who wanted to has secured a place at university (87%) and others have secured high level apprenticeships.
Congratulation are due to the Head, Jenny Byrne, and to all the staff and students for achieving better outcomes for young people in our community. Success is a real team effort; staff at Castle Rock and Newbridge High Schools are also to be congratulated for the part they played. As I said in my September article, factors like family income, gender, being in care, living in a deprived neighbourhood, having a special educational need and moves between schools affect young people’s confidence. These factors are not so easy for teachers alone to change.
I look forward to meeting with the school to hear about their work first hand. Building confidence in Coalville is everybody’s business.