Excellent results for GCSE students
Students at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with improvements across the board from last year’s strong performances. 54% of students achieved the new “strong pass” threshold of grade 5 and above in both English and Maths, up 3% from last year. 81% of students achieved the grade 4 standard pass or above in English, with 80% achieving the standard pass in Mathematics. The headline Attainment 8 score also improved from last year, up to 50 points or an average of grade 5 across all the GCSEs taken.
The top academic performer this year was Windsor House Captain George Rabin, with a staggering nine grade 9s and a grade 8 in his results envelope. Victoria Pellant, Luke Curran and Ed Thurlow also achieved ten GCSEs at grade 7 and above, whilst Emma Griffiths, Sami Faheem, Poppy Murphy, Laura Loescher, Joely Dewey and Lucy Knapman achieved nine grade 7 and above, including nineteen grade 9s between them.
After opening her results, Emma said, “I was so relieved. A big weight off my shoulders. I didn’t really expect these, I was so nervous.” Emma is continuing her studies at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form and hopes to go into medical research in the future.
Harrison Silver, Frances Wilson, Joseph Bunce, Tom Dalton, Georgia Robinson, and Claudia Schroeder achieved eight GCSEs at grade 7 and above. Former Young Dancer of the Year Abigail Leggett, and Tudor and Hanover House Captains Emily Hurst and Ruby Soper, added starred distinctions in BTEC Dance to their eight GCSEs at grade 7 or above. James Duby, leading man in the Academy’s production of West Side Story earlier this year, achieved a starred distinction in BTEC Drama alongside two grade 9s and five grade 8s at GCSE.
Headteacher Chris Hildrew said: “I’m very proud of the students’ achievements, which are the result of all the work they’ve put in throughout their time at Churchill. They have thrived on the increased challenge of the new-style GCSEs, and it’s great to see the year-on-year improvement in results alongside the consistently strong performances in practical and applied as well as academic subjects. A lot of credit is also due to the excellent staff at the Academy, who have given their all to help our students achieve and make progress, and to the families who support our young people so well. The determination shown by all concerned bodes well for the future, as the majority of our students will go on to continue their studies in our sixth form.”
Alongside the consistently strong performances in Mathematics, English Language, and English Literature, outstanding performances were seen in GCSE Music and Music Technology, Economics and IT. Students taking BTEC and Cambridge National applied qualifications also flourished, with excellent results in Drama, Dance and Sports Studies, including 26 starred distinctions – the highest grade available. Performance in Science was strong, with nearly 75% of students achieving two or more standard passes in their new-style Science GCSEs. Nearly three quarters of students achieved a strong pass in the new Food and Nutrition GCSE, which will soon be housed in new purpose-built accommodation on the school site, due to open in January.
Applications to join Churchill Academy's Sixth Form are still open: click here for more details and to download an application form.
The Academy was oversubscribed again for Year 7 places starting in September 2018. Applications are now open for next year, with an Open Evening for prospective parents on Wednesday 26th September, and Open Mornings on the 2nd and 3rd October. Applications to join the Sixth Form are also open, with an Open Evening taking place on 13th November.