Students at Charles Darwin School again achieved some very good results which are a tribute to the work and commitment of both students and teaching staff.
A total of 85 students took A2 examinations this summer across a broad range of subjects. The overall school pass rate this year is 98%, of which over 70% were at grades A* to C and 40% at A* to B.
As usual, there were some superb individual achievements and special congratulations go to Johanna Squires [A*,A*,B and a B in the Extended Project Qualification] who takes up a place at Falmouth to study Textiles; head boy Joshua Reid [Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction] who will pursue a career in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy; Bradley Clegg [A*,A,B] who goes on to study Mathematics at Surrey University; Hilda Owusa Darkwa [A*,B,B] who has secured a place at Sussex to study History with Politics; head girl Daniella Smith [A*,B,B] who takes up a place at Southampton to study Literature and History and Louise Abiodun [A,B,B] who takes up a place at Surrey to study Law with Criminology.
Students have also scored particularly well on some individual exams. Annalene Hansen [A*,B,C, and an A* in the EPQ] scored 120/120 on her English Literature unit 4 exam whilst Shane Ward in Year 12 [A,A,A,B at AS] scored 200/200 in his Government and Politics exam. Shane also completed a placement at Yale University under the Sutton Trust Scheme this summer.
In Year 12, due to the restructuring of the A Level qualifications not all students completed eternal AS exams in every subject. Congratulations to Michael Beegan [A,A,A,B]; Christine Safadi and Matthew Styles [A,A,B] and Ellis Burden [A,A,C] amongst others.
In all 206 pupils took GCSE or equivalent examinations in Year 11 and of these
- 66% achieved A* to C grades in both English and Maths;
- 78% achieved A*-C in English
- 71% achieved A*-C in Maths
- 69% achieved 5 A*- C grades
Given the national context which shows a fall in both the overall pass rate and the proportion of top A* and A grades this achievement from our talented and hardworking students is all the more impressive.
The figures of course include some outstanding individual performances: many students achieved at least five A*/A grades, bucking the national downward trend in the numbers achieving these top marks. Special mention goes to Jemma Sargeant with nine A* grades and Phoebe Bellfield and Sabrena Mugabo both with 8 A*/A grades and Charlie Leighton and Chloe Pluck who each achieved 7 A*/A grades.
“As ever, this is a credit to the hard work of our students, their very supportive parents and the dedication and professionalism of the staff here at Charles Darwin School. Students of all abilities have been well-supported and achieved some great results and there have been some outstanding performances from some of our most able students," said head teacher Mr Chotai.
“We are delighted for all the students who have passed these important examinations, which now provide them with the ideal platform to move on to their next stage of education or training. Yet again our results are impressive and even more pupils will meet the minimum requirement to continue their studies at Level 3 in Charles Darwin School’s “outstanding” Sixth Form,” concludes Mr Chotai.
Given the national context where marking and grading of examinations has become more rigorous, this achievement from our talented and hardworking students is all the more impressive
The document below gives a summary of pupil achievement. The full set of results in new prescribed DfES format with LEA and National comparisons will be available in January.