Schools get some of their ‘best-ever’ GCSE results

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At Hautlieu, the number of students to get grades between the levels of nine and five (equivalent to A* to B under the old grading system) increased by 1.1 per cent compared to last year. At Beaulieu, 100 per cent of students passed their exams and Les Quennevais recorded its best results ever, while more students than ever at JCG achieved a grade equivalent to an A.

The news comes after the Island recorded its highest A-level results and beat the UK’s A-A* grade average of 26.2 per cent by 5.1 per cent.

Andy Adkin, the deputy head teacher at Hautlieu, said that new, more demanding GCSEs had been introduced this year and he was pleased to see the students receive the results that they did.

‘I am extremely proud of how our learning community came together to support each other through the new GCSEs, meaning our students can now begin the important transition to our A-level or IB [International Baccalaureate] Diploma courses,’ he said.

‘I must also thank our teachers for preparing students so well. We are pleased with the results. For example, we have increased our nine to five [A* to B] grades from 79 per cent last year to 80.1 per cent this year despite the more rigorous assessments.’

Meanwhile, 86 per cent of examinations taken by Beaulieu students were awarded four to nine grades equivalent to A* to C grades.

The school also reported that several students had achieved grade nine in English and Maths, a grade that only a small number of people across Britain were expected to attain under the new scoring system.

Rory Steel, director of services at Beaulieu, said: ‘Beaulieu is delighted to have maintained a consistently high value-added score, despite the majority of subjects now focused on terminal examination, rather than a module-based approach.

‘Today’s GCSE results build on the success we enjoyed last week with our A-levels and we are particularly delighted to see a number of our students attaining the coveted Grade 9 in English and Maths. This really is exceptional work.’

Sarah Hague, head teacher at Les Quennevais, yesterday said that under States rules she was not able to publicly release any statistics, but that the Education Department would do so later today. However, she said that the school had recorded its best-ever results.

‘We significantly outperformed last year’s results by a significant margin and have got our best-ever result,’ she said.

‘It is an outstanding day for us and I am delighted for those students who have outperformed their expectations. They have worked incredibly hard this year and have responded really well to what our staff have asked them to do.

‘The staff have absolutely worked their socks off too and I am immensely proud of them.’

And Carl Howarth, principal of Jersey College for Girls, said that more of his students than ever had achieved level eight grades – equivalent to As.

‘65.6 per cent of all grades were A* or A (or grades 9, 8 or 7), with 72.2 per cent of all our students achieving five or more A* or A grades,’ he said.

‘Over a third of students gained ten or more A* or A grades or their number equivalent. A grade 9 is above the old-style A* grade and is reflective of the top 3 per cent of attainment across the country.’

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