St Paul’s Academy are pleased to report another excellent set of examination results for summer 2016.
This is the first year that the success of the school is judged against the 4 new measures of English and Mathematics, Attainment 8, Progress 8 and the Ebacc. This means that the way our school is judged takes into account much more than students’ attainment in just 5 or more GCSEs at A* – C grades but focuses more fairly on their progress across all subjects. This is a change that we very much welcome at St Paul’s.
We are delighted to announce that 72% of the whole cohort achieved a C or above in both Mathematics and English (with 77% in Mathematics and 87% in English). A phenomenal 89% of students achieved three or more levels of progress in English and 75% achieved three or more levels in Mathematics. Three levels of progress is the national expectation which means that so many of our students have done far better than their KS2 primary school data would suggest. This is particularly pleasing as we continue to have to address the national challenges of fluctuating grade boundaries.
The second new national measure to report is our Attainment 8 score. This is the average score of students’ results across their 8 best subjects. With a very pleasing score of 50 points, we are delighted to say that every student entering a GCSE or equivalent exam at St Paul’s Academy is achieving an average grade of a top C. This is testament to the hard work and dedication given to our students by our teaching staff. The opportunities to attend holiday and Saturday booster sessions and to sit Walking Talking Mocks are a huge strength of our school. We worked hard this year to make Booster sessions more valuable by focusing on targeting the right students and making testing an outcome of all sessions. We also academically mentored many students in order to alleviate exam anxiety and to boost motivation and self-esteem.
The measure of Progress 8 is very much welcomed by St Paul’s. A student’s Progress 8 score is calculated by comparing their results with the average score of other students in the UK who started out with the same Primary school levels as them (meaning that a positive score is excellent). Although we cannot report our exact score yet due to awaiting the national data, we can forecast that our school’s result will be a positive one. St Paul’s is a fully inclusive school: we value the progress of all our students, regardless of their ability.
Of particular note, our results confirm our belief in early entry qualifications. We advocate students sitting exams early where possible, if they are ready to do so. This year, 100% of our Mathematics students who sat their exams in Year 10 had already banked A* – C (a magnificent 130 students). The picture was the same in Religious Studies with an impressive 100% of students achieving an A* – C grades in Year 10. In November, a group of 28 students sat their IGCSE English early with 100% achieving A* – C (and 26 out of 28 achieving 4 or more levels of progress).
In our current Year 10, all 45 of our BTEC Sport students who have completed the course one year early achieved A* – B grades, 42 of our 52 Religious Studies students achieved A or A* grades, 21 of our 28 GCSE PE students achieved A or A* and a significant number of Science students have now banked their A* – C grades. We continue to see the benefits of early entry where nationally the picture is that many schools are not prepared to take the risk. We think that it is motivating for students to start Year 11 with some qualifications already banked if they have been ready to do so. For our higher ability Mathematics students, their Year 10 entry created an opportunity to sit Additional Mathematics which was excellent preparation for their A-Level studies.
23% of our students achieved the Ebacc (English Baccalaureate). This is one of the new measures introduced by the government and stipulates that all students should sit English, Mathematics, two Sciences a Modern Foreign Language and either Geography or History. We do not believe at St Paul’s that this combination of subjects is the right one for all students. As a comprehensive school, we believe that ‘one size does not fit all’ and that different pathways in life suit different people. We do, however, recognise that our Ebacc combination of subjects needs to be the key priority in our School Improvement Plan.
As you may be aware, schools are very much judged on the performance of their students who receive Pupil Premium funding compared to those who don’t. We are pleased to announce that 67% of the students receiving Pupil Premium funding achieved A* – C in both English and Mathematics this year compared to 76% of those who don’t. Our Pupil Premium students achieve above the national average and with the gap being under 10%, we are confident that we are continuing to move in the right direction of narrowing the gap.
St Paul’s Academy continues to thrive as a school who value collegiality of staff and the success of all students in our school community. Our 2016 results are testament to the fact that we continue to strive to do our very best for all our young people.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
Our top 20 students
|Name||Grades Achieved||Primary School|
|Oluwagbenro Soyemi||8A*||3A||1B||Notre Dame|
|Stephen Tipper||7A*||4A||1B||St Patrick's|
|Yvanah Kinsiona||5A*||8A||Alexander McLeod|
|C J Emiaso-Ogheneore||4A*||5A||2B||Plumsted Manor|
|Robert Pepushi||3A*||5A||1B||1C||Bexley Academy|
|Delphie Bond||3A*||2A||4B||1C||Sherington Primary|
|Miles Oke||2A*||6A||3B||St Margaret Clitherow|
|Leonie Banya||2A*||5A||6B||Bishop John Robinson|
|Will Ozono||2A*||5A||5B||Bishop John Robinson|
|Beneeta Biju||2A*||4A||5B||1C||St Patrick’s|
|Nonye Obosi||2A*||3A||6B||De Lucy|
|Nana Obeng‑Sabah||2A*||3A||4B||2C||St Margaret Clitherow|
|Aminata Daboh||2A*||2A||6B||1C||Gallions Mount|
|Vivian Orah||2A*||2A||3B||3C||St John Fisher|
|Habeeb Lawal||1A*||6A||5B||Linton Mead|
|Alexandra Tweedale||1A*||6A||5B||1C||Alexander McLeod|
|Tristan Arines||1A*||3A||3B||3C||St Patrick’s|
|Solace Squire||1A*||3A||3B||3C||St Mary Magdalene|