Thursday, August 13, 2015

Exam results in Cumbria

The News and Star reports here that many of the schools and colleges in Cumbria have been posting excellent exam results.

Even without the controversy about the "Whitehaven Campus" plans about which I posted earlier today, it would have given me great pleasure to report that Whitehaven Academy, where I was a governor until earlier this year, have said that they are delighted with their student's exam results.

Pass rates have improved substantially, with 97 per cent of students achieving their expected grades - up 10 per cent on last year’s results. More than 43 per cent of students achieved A*-B grades at A Level.

Principal Philip Grant said:

“These are fantastic results which are thoroughly deserved.

"Our key aim is to improve students’ opportunities in preparation for employment or higher education and in particular to improve performance in key subjects such as English, maths and science.

"We have had a 100 per cent A* achievement rate in physics and 83 per cent A*-B in maths."

Other schools in Cumbria which have had excellent results include Keswick School, where headteacher Simon Jackson reveals that one-in-five A-Levels was graded with an A* – a 6 per cent increase on last year.

“We are over-the-moon,” he admits. “It is testament to some phenomenal hard work and incredible determination by our students. Our A* to C grades are the highest we’ve ever achieved.”

Overall there were 72 A* grades awarded to Keswick School students, with 22 youngsters achieving three or more A* and A grades.


Keswick is not the only school in Cumbria celebrating a record-breaking success, with Maryport’s Netherhall School seeing its best results in the school’s history.

Sixty-four per cent of students achieved A* to C grades – with 47 per cent of students getting top grades. Headteacher Jonathan Johnson says he is absolutely thrilled with the Netherhall Road school’s performance:

“We are consistently achieving better and better, year on year and I am delighted with this year’s results. It shows the hard work and dedication of both the students and the staff. We have a very strong sixth form that makes me extremely proud.”

West Lakes Academy in Egremont has announced 100 per cent of its sixth form students passed their exams. Prinicipal Vanessa Ray said:

“The results achieved by our sixth form students have been consistently outstanding year on year, placing us among the best sixth forms in the area. I am thrilled that this year, 100 per cent of students have passed their exams, our sixth form has never been stronger.”

Exactly how well the schools have done in comparison with their national counterparts will not be clear until later today, once the results of all schools are published. Nevertheless it is already clear that a lot of hard work by pupils and teachers has produced some excellent results in many schools throughout the county: congratulations to all the students and teachers involved.

More details from the News & Star website here.

1 comment:

Chris Whiteside said...

A similar point to the one I made on today's earlier post, and it is sad that I have to say this, but unfortunately some people can't see that it is inappropriate to use children to score political points.

If someone wants to post a positive comment about a particular school or pupil I will allow it, but any negative comments about any individual pupil or any point scoring about which school anyone attends, no matter who it is, will be deleted.