A mixed bag of GCSE results at Berwick Academy reflected the national picture as the impact of more rigorous examination criteria was seen across the country.
A number of Academy students were celebrating, with Jerome Lloyd (8A*, 1A, 1B) and Iona Frame (7A*, 2A, 1C) both achieving outstanding results, as well as B grades in AS Level critical thinking a year early.
Casey Walton, Sophie Davison and Hannah Bagley also received a majority of A* and A grades in their chosen subjects, while Euan Allen, Nathan Jackson, Alex Laidlaw, James Leddy, Robbie McNeil, James Nelson and Fraser Young’s hard work paid off, each achieving A*-C grades in all subjects.
Headteacher Alexis Widdowson said: “A number of our kids have done really well and our congratulations go out to all those students who met or exceeded their expectations.”
Seventy-three percent of Academy students achieved a grade C or above in maths, against a national average of 62.4 percent.
But it was a different story in English, with just 55 percent of students achieving a grade C or above.
“In English, nationally, there has been volatility in GCSE grades this year, which has been caused in part by the greater emphasis on the final examination rather than coursework,” Mrs Widdowson explained.
“For those directly affected by the turbulence of the current climate, we continue to provide an inclusive education at sixth form which allows our students to re-sit key examinations alongside thier A Level studies.
“Where the gap in achievement puts their success at A Level at risk, we have created a foundation pathway that allows them to take a year to consolidate their studies whilst reviewing their options.”
She added: “Students entering our year 10 next year will benefit from a revised curriculum which invests more time in English and maths.