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Top Cumbria school breaks all GCSE records

Keswick School

[K]eswick School has confirmed that students this year have achieved the best exam results in the school’s 600 year history.

At GCSE 84% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades (including 4+ in English and Maths). A grade 4 in English and Maths is equivalent to a grade C. This is a staggering 9% increase on the school’s previous record set in 2015 and bucks the national trend.

Outstanding success was achieved by students across the board with the progress made in many subjects being in line with the top 10% nationally according to analysis against the national data set. Our Latin GCSE results indicate that the progress of students in this subject was better or equal to the best achieved nationally (in the top 1%).

A full breakdown of Keswick School’s GCSE performance measures is:

  • Attainment 8 – 54
  • 4+ in English – 89%
  • 5+ in English – 78%
  • 4+ in Maths – 89%
  • 5+ in Maths – 66%
  • 5+ in English and Maths – 58%
  • % entered for EBacc – 48% (our policy is students have a free choice for their options)
  • % achieving EBacc – 31% (which includes a 5+ in both English and Maths and a C+ in a variety of other specific subjects including a language)

30 new grade 9s were awarded to students in English Language, English Literature and Maths and top performers include:

  • Connor Richards (Keswick) – 8A* + 9,9,9
  • James Mattinson (Keswick) – 9A* + 9,9,8
  • Rosie Wilson (Cockermouth) – 8A* + 9,9,8
  • Laura Wilson (Cockermouth) – 7A*, 1B + 9,9,8
  • Sarah Hobbs (Cleator) – 5A*, 3A + 9,9,7

At A-level students achieved equally impressive results with exceptional performance across the board. We are extremely proud of our fully inclusive Sixth Form and the encouragement and specialist support given to all the students who commence on our courses. Unlike recent national press we want to see every student achieve their potential, regardless of grade, and the measure that delights us most is that virtually every student achieves the requirements for their first choice destination.

A full breakdown of Keswick School’s A-level performance measures is:

  • %A*-A grades – 31%
  • %A*-C grades – 78%
  • ALPS progress measure – 3 (overall progress of students was in the top 25% nationally)

In English Language, Physics, Biology, German and Music Technology students made progress in line with the top 10% of students nationally. In almost every other subject students made progress in line with the top 25% of students nationally

  • Average A-level grade – B
  • Retention – 75%
  • Destination – 98% moving on to first choice courses including medicine, law, engineering, maths, veterinary science, languages, music, art, PPE, history, apprenticeships etc

This year some of our top performers include:

  • Bethan Savage (Frizington) – 3A*and 1A
  • Jamie Suddaby (Keswick) – 3A*
  • Aidan Roberts (Rydal) – 3A*
  • Linus Sandelands (Seaton) – 2A* and 2A
  • Emily Edge (Cleator) – 2A* and 1A
  • Alessia Jones (Keswick) – 2A* and 1A
Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson (Head teacher) said: “These are fantastic results which are richly deserved. For all the students it’s the culmination of two years hard effort, often taking newly reformed qualifications. The success achieved is a measure of their diligence, self-belief and the quality of our specialist staff. I am also proud that we offer something to everyone in the true spirit of comprehensive education. So to see students make excellent progress across the board is very special.”

David Hammond (Chair of the Local Governing Body) said: “Keswick School has achieved a tremendous set of results again this year. All the students should be congratulated on their hard work, and we wish them well for the future. The staff must also be praised for their dedication and commitment to providing such a conducive learning environment, especially though such a period of change in the exam system.”

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