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GCSE results – a stellar all-round performance

August 20, 2015

GCSE 2015

GCSE Results 2015 for Ballard School

One of the most nervous moments of the year – for pupils, staff and parents – is the day the GCSE results are released. This year was no exception: some families arrived early and chatted nervously about their summer, comparing tans; some pupils sauntered in late and appeared more nonchalant; all had their own way of opening ‘the’ envelope – some on their own, a few with peers and many with their parents. Some pupils collected their results and drove off with the envelope unopened – and then retuned delighted! As one parent said to me, this is a very individual and personal experience no matter what the Press (and schools) do with statistics. I couldn’t agree more.

Our Gold Standard

We were indeed delighted with our overall performance. Our ‘gold standard’ percentage (5 A* to C grades including English and Maths) rose from 69% in 2013, through 70% in 2014 to 85% this year (2015). For a non-selective school this is indeed a stellar performance! However, as my wise parent had observed, statistics such as these do nothing to illuminate the amazing individual stories. Whilst we have a great many pupils who have achieved a string of A*s and A grades (one even achieving 11A*s and 2 As), there are a number who overcame adversity of various kinds to achieve well beyond expectations. It’s these individual results, along with what we know of a pupil’s personal situation, which often bring the greatest pleasure to a teacher.

So, as we peruse the Press and School releases for the headline news, keep in mind the many individual heroes and heroines (and their parents and teachers) who will not be easily recognised in the statistics.

Alastair Reid

One Comment leave one →
  1. Henri permalink
    August 21, 2015 8:12 am

    Brilliant -well done to all the pupils, staff and parents!

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