Cockermouth School is pleased to announce another excellent set of GCSE results this year. There has been an increase in the performance of a range of subjects and we are delighted that 70% of our students have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C grade and that 64% achieved 5 or more including English and maths.
Provisional figures indicate that students have made excellent progress across all subjects.
The core subjects of English, Maths and the Sciences have again performed highly with results well above national figures. There have been strong performances across the board with subjects such as Art, Textiles, Geography, Spanish and Performing Arts delivering outstanding outcomes for students.
Amongst some exceptional individual performances, 23 students achieved at least 5 A* grades and 33 students achieved eight or more A* or A grades. In total, well over a quarter of all grades awarded were either A* or A grades.
Of particular note is the performance of those students who receive Pupil Premium funding. We are delighted that the attainment gap between these students and the rest of the cohort has halved this year and that the progress of these students in English and Maths is in line with the rest of the cohort.
We pass on our warmest congratulations to students from all members of our school community and wish them well as they move onto the next stage of their education.
Dr Rob Petrie, Headteacher, said: “These results are clear evidence of the further progress that Cockermouth School is making. Our students have worked incredibly hard over the last two years and I offer them my congratulations on their successes.
“My thanks also go to our dedicated staff and parents who tirelessly support students throughout their studies. There are many excellent results in a range of subjects and we pride ourselves on the broad curriculum available to our students.
“I am particularly pleased with the results of those students who receive Pupil Premium funding. When Ofsted inspected the school in May 2015 to look at the progress of Pupil Premium students, they reported positively on the initiatives that we were developing and noted that these needed time to embed throughout the school. Fifteen months later, I am delighted that this hard work has resulted in improved outcomes for these students.”
Mr Rik Smith, Assistant Headteacher – Head of Key Stage 4, said: “I am extremely proud of our Year 11 students today; this excellent set of results is down to their sheer hard work and the phenomenal support from school staff and students’ parents. Our students are now suitably equipped to confidently go on to the most appropriate route to achieve the best outcomes for their futures.”