GCSE Results 2017

‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman’ wrote the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir in 1949. She describes how we change throughout our lives and do not lose one phase but grow into another. I feel her quote captured the essence for our Plashet girls as they collected their GCSE examination results on Thursday 24th August.

Results day also marked a new era for England’s examination system with the first set of revised GCSE results in English Language, English Literature and Maths. The revised GCSEs have been deliberately designed to be tougher and are awarded as grades 9 to 1. All other subjects are legacy GCSEs and therefore still awarded A* – G grades. Over the last 2 years we have managed the introduction, students and staff have worked phenomenally hard and today we come together to mark an important milestone in the lives of our students.

Plashet School’s motto is ‘working together to promote and celebrate achievement’ and this totally sums up what Plashet has done again this year as we celebrated student’s GCSE results. I am delighted to announce that once again students at Plashet School have performed superbly in their GCSE examinations with large numbers of Plashet’s young women excelling. We are proud of every single one of our 263 young women and, as they move on to the next phase of their education.

The core purpose of Plashet School is to ensure that young women are happy and successful. Whilst exam results are not representative of the whole experience a student has during their time at Plashet, they do provide a vital passport on to life beyond Plashet’s walls and unlock the next phase of young women’s lives. At Plashet, a truly comprehensive school, this has always been a major focus but its importance has been highlighted this year in light of recent data revealing the continuing gender gap in pay and opportunity faced by women.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education has said that “The process used by Ofqual to avoid grade inflation will ensure that broadly the same proportion of pupils achieve the grade 4 and above this summer as achieved the grade C and above last year.” We are therefore delighted with our results.

In the context of increasing rigour and challenge at GCSE level, we are all delighted with the excellent results of last year’s Year 11 cohort. Our 2017 results saw even more students achieving the very best grades at GCSE level:

  • 33% of all grades were A*, A, 7, 8 or 9.
  • Our students gained 42 new grade 9s (11 in Maths, 15 in English Lang & 16 in English Lit).
  • 2 students gained 3 grade 9s & 7 A*s.
  • 78 students (29%) gained 8+ A*, A, 7, 8 or 9 grades
  • 100% of students attained grades A*-G or 9-1, a true reflection of the inclusive nature of our school.
  • 55% gained a grade 5 or above in both English & Maths.
  • Our average grade across all entries in all subjects was a B grade.

2017 Plashet School Attainment and Progress Data

In place of previous requirements regarding Key Stage 4 assessment results, schools are now required to publish the following headline information about their most recent examination results. Our headline data therefore is as follows.

  • Progress 8 Score: +0.90
  • Attainment 8 Score: 53.41
  • % of students achieving standard pass 4+ in English & Maths: 74%
  • % of students achieving strong pass 5+ in English & Maths: 54%
  • % of students entered for EBacc*: 37.7%
  • % students achieving the EBacc*: 28%

* EBacc means students who achieved a GCSE grade 5 in both English & Maths plus C or above in 2 Sciences, a Language and either History or Geography.

In order to give our community some more detail we provide the following:

  • 72% 5+ A*-C including English & Maths 4+
  • 53% 5+ A*-C including English & Maths 5+
  • 53% gained 8+ A*-C including English & Maths 5+
  • 30% gained 8+ A*, A, 7, 8 or 9
  • 9.5% gained 10+ A*, A, &, 8 or 9
  • 75% gained 2 or more A*-C in Science
  • 68% gained 1 A*-C in a language
  • Total A*, A, 7, 8, 9 grades = 33%
  • 43 Grade 9s (11 Maths, 17 Lang, 16 Lit)

Just over ½ a million students nationally sat GCSEs in England this summer. Out of them 2,000 attained Grade 9s in all 3 subjects & 2 of them were at Plashet. Annona & Katelin pictured below gained 3 Grade 9s and 7 Grade A*s each.


GCSE Results 2016

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The core purpose of Plashet School is to ensure that young women are happy and successful. Whilst exam results are not representative of the whole experience a student has during their time at Plashet, they do provide a vital passport on to life beyond Plashet’s walls and unlock the next phase of young women’s lives. At Plashet, a truly comprehensive school, this has always been a major focus but its importance has been highlighted this year in light of recent data revealing the continuing gender gap in pay and opportunity faced by women.

Plashet School’s motto is ‘working together to promote and celebrate achievement’ and this totally sums up what Plashet has done again this year as it celebrated student’s GCSE results this morning. Head Teacher, Rachel McGowan, said “I am delighted to announce that once again students at Plashet School have performed superbly in their GCSE examinations with large numbers of Plashet’s young women excelling”.

121 (or 45%) gained 10 or more GCSEs at grade C or above with 78 (or 21%) of these gaining 5 or more GCSEs at the golden A* or A grades. 24 (or 9%) young women gained 10 or more grades at A* and A including all 5 of the Student Leadership Team – Head Girl Aminah Hussan gained 10 A*s and 1 A as did both Deputy and Assistant Head Girls Meera Trivedi and Iram Faroqui with Assistant Head Girl Janvi Joshi and Deputy Head Girl Sahar Asif gaining 8 A grades and 4 A*s and 7 A grades and 3A*s respectively. Areej Javaid who also gained 10 A* and 1 A grade said she was over-the-moon.

Mrs McGowan added “31%, nearly a third, of Plashet results were A* or A grades and I believe our young women have achieved great success because they have shown fantastic resilience in their learning, never giving up when times were difficult and as a result have overcome the challenges GCSE courses present. We are immensely proud of their outstanding attitude to learning and the success this has brought them is well earned and will carry them forward with great purpose in their lives.”

GCSE Results 2015

I am delighted to announce that once again students at Plashet School have performed superbly in their GCSE examinations and detail these in the table that follows.

Measure Description
Plashet 2015
Cohort Number265
Number of StudentsPercentage
5 A*-C inc English and Maths18570%
5 A* /A7026%
10 A*-C12848%
5 A*-G26299%
1 A*-G265100%
Best 8 Average Points Score348
English Language A*-C20879%
English 3+ Levels of Progress204
(out of 245)
83%

English 4+ Levels of Progress129
(out of 245)
53%
Maths A*-C20879%
Maths 3+ Levels of Progress207
(out of 245)
85%
Maths 4+ Levels of Progress130
(out of 245)
53%
2 A*-C in Science20377%
1 A*-C in a Language17968%

The core purpose of our school is to ensure that our young women are happy and successful whilst at our school and in their lives beyond Plashet. Whilst exam results are not representative of the whole experience a young person has in their education, they provide a passport for life and open doors to a wide range of experiences.

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I believe our young women have achieved great success because they have shown fantastic resilience in their learning, never giving up when times were difficult and as a result have overcome the challenges GCSE courses within a rapidly changing educational landscape present. We are immensely proud of their outstanding attitude to their learning and the success this has brought them is well earned and will carry them forward with great purpose in their lives.

At Plashet, education is a partnership between our young women, their families and our staff. I know that as they reflect today on their achievements, all our students would want me to offer thanks to their teachers and to their families for the superb support they have provided, helping to secure their success.

Mrs R McGowan

Plashet School