Students from Manshead Upper School have been making the news for the BBC School Report News Day.
Many parents will have been following this story in the press. There has been very widespread concern amongst teachers, parents and students that boundaries between grades were adjusted very late in the exams process, causing the results of many students to fall short of reasonable expectations. Manshead is in the group of schools most affected by this, because of the Exam Body that we fall under for English and because of our grade mix. Since student results were announced last Thursday we have been analysing our results and providing information to OFQUAL (the Exams Regulator) via the ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders).
Ofqual have now published their initial report and have not found any issues with the marking. Local Authorities and Teaching Associations are challenging this decision and are considering taking legal action. We will now wait for a response from this latest action.
Exam results published over the last two weeks are the best ever for Manshead students.
At A-Level our percentage of students achieving A and A* grades has risen from 16% to 26% this year and the percentage achieving A*-B grades has risen from 35% to 49%. Our pass rate is 99%.
At GCSE level a record 83% of students achieved five A*-C grades compared to 75% last year.
The students have worked incredibly hard to achieve these fantastic results. Amongst our sixth formers the majority of students will shortly be starting their university courses. Many students will be going to top universities, including five students who have gained places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities. For those students who have not opted for university many have already started in employment or their apprenticeship. Most of our Year 11 students will be coming back to Manshead sixth form to start their own Advanced Level programmes.
We are very proud of every one of our students!
Jim Parker, Headteacher