|Stamford Welland Academy celebrates first GCSE results
Stamford Welland Academy are celebrating their first ever results with 52 per cent of students achieving the government benchmark five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
This represents a 17 percentage point increase on Stamford Queen Eleanor School’s results from last year. The number of students achieving A* – C grades was also 60 per cent.
CMAT took over the sponsorship of the school at the beginning of October 2014 and only had 25 weeks before their first set of GCSE examinations were sat. It is, therefore, with immense pride to report that the Maths results have improved by 25 percentage points on last year and 74 per cent of pupils got at least a C grade in English. Both of these subjects achieved results higher than the national average.
The results are the first under the leadership of Principal Anthony Partington and Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) since it opened as Stamford Welland Academy in September 2014.
Mr Partington said: “We are delighted with these results. I’d like to thank all of the students and staff for their hard work over the last year, particularly with the number of changes we have introduced in such a short space of time. I would also like to thank the families for the support they have given students during what can be a stressful time”
Whilst many factors contribute to the success of examination grades, not least the hard work afforded by teachers and students, the overall grade is often a reflection of the ability mix of the year group. In the case of a selective school, where all students are of a higher ability, the A*-C percentage is likely to be 100%, whereas a school with a good comprehensive mix of low, middle and high achievers would be aiming for a percentage in the 70s. Historically, the Stamford Queen Eleanor School had not been successful in attracting a good number of high ability students. As a consequence, this year’s GCSE students at Stamford Welland Academy were made up of a high percentage of low or middle achievers. These results are therefore even more impressive based on the ability mix. This really does highlight the improvements that have been made to raise teaching standards, heighten student motivation and ultimately boost GCSE grades.
Since CMAT has taken over, there has been considerable focus on making the school more comprehensive and offering opportunities for all abilities. It has been really pleasing to see that our new Year 7 year group, starting in September, have achieved some excellent SATs results and present a much more comprehensive intake. Our Champions programme will be launched this Autumn across all subject areas, which will cater for those students joining us of a higher ability.
Mr Partington concluded, “When we opened as Stamford Welland Academy we vowed to provide the students of Stamford with the standard of the education they deserve. While we know there is still work to be done, these results provide a strong platform from which to develop and grow in the future.”
Find out more about Stamford Welland Academy, through our website www.stamfordwellandacademy.org or our Facebook (Stamford Welland Academy) or Twitter (@stamfordwelland) pages. We will also be holding a Community Open Evening on Tuesday 6th October at the school, where you can come along and find out more about the exciting developments taking place.