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Bourne Academy Headteacher Laurence Reilly said ‘In what was a very uncertain year, with letter grades being replaced by the new 9 to 1 scale, we were pleased to see that the overall progress of our students has increased considerably compared to 2017. We anticipate that the all important ‘Progress 8’ figure, which Ofsted are rightly very interested in, will be well above the national average when published later in the year.
During the 2017-18 academic year, we introduced a strategy aimed at increasing the number of higher grades achieved by our Year 11 students. The success of this strategy is illustrated by the fact that the number of grades at 7 and above (ie equivalent to grade A and above) increased from just under 200 in 2017 to well over 300 this year. Grade 9, the new A** grade, was achieved in a range of subjects, including English language, English literature, mathematics, science, geography, history, Spanish and art. Three students gained grade 9s in two subjects: Joseph Rushforth in science and history, Louix Symak-Cotton in mathematics and science, with Alice Walker achieving her 9s in English language and Spanish. The most successful student overall was Gaby Ndlovu, with seven grade 8s.
A Level Results
We are delighted to have matched last year’s record results of 33% achieving A/A* results at A Level or equivalent. Given that 84% of our students achieved a C or above at A Level or equivalent and that the overall pass rate was 99%, this was indeed a superb set of results, with students facing more terminal examination papers than ever before. My congratulations go to our teachers and students for rising to the challenge of a range of new courses.
At an individual level, particular congratulations go to Finn Hudson, who achieved an A* grade in A Level mathematics, an A in physics, an A in psychology, as well as an A grade in the prestigious Extended Project qualification. Claire Leverseidge also achieved four A grades at A Level, in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Charlton Capes achieved A grades in A level biology and sociology, together with a Distinction in BTEC business studies. Samantha Boulton achieved Distinctions in BTEC health and social care, applied science and business studies, with Ara Maesa also achieving Distinctions in BTEC health and social care, business studies and art.
Mr Laurence Reilly