Students celebrate GCSE success across Rotherham

Published Thursday, 25th August 2016

Thousands of pupils are today celebrating after scooping great results across the borough for GCSEs.

Individual pupils in Rotherham schools and colleges have scored exceptionally well again this year, with some even scoring up to 12 A* grades.

However, this year there are no comparisons to be released in terms of performance relating to last year's results, following Government changes to the grading system.

The measure of how many pupils gained at least five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths, no longer applies this year.

From this year onwards, league tables will now compare schools using a new measure, Progress 8, which will show how much progress pupils have made between the end of primary school and their GCSEs.

For pupils themselves, it is still their individual exam results that matter, but for schools, Progress 8 is what will be used to judge their success.

Because progress 8 is calculated by comparing how children compare to other children across the country, any school's Progress 8 score for 2016 will not be known until the results across the country have been collected, and averages calculated. The Government will publish these figures later.

Instead, schools today are reporting a different measure - the percentage of pupils who gained an A*-C in both their English and maths GCSEs. Early indications show Rotherham is bucking the national trend with higher than average results, but a system for measuring these fairly across the borough has yet to be ratified and so no comparisons can yet be released.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Families Services said: "Congratulations to all the students who have worked so hard to achieve these results. They are a credit to the teachers, parents and of course themselves.

"Early indications show that Rotherham's results are bucking the trend with better results than the national picture, however, given the changes to the results this year we won't be able to confirm this until later in the year.

"All students who have got their GCSE results today should feel incredibly proud and I wish them well with their future education or career choices.

"I know a lot of hard work has gone into achieving these results and I'd like to say 'well done'to each and every student for their dedication and perseverance."

Further changes are expected to results again next year, when students will not receive their GCSE grade in the form of a letter, such as A, B or C, for English language, English literature or maths.

Instead,they will receive a numbered grade, from one to nine, with nine the highest. Other subjects will follow in later years.

Some of the individual performances this year include 16-year-old Rachel Cheshire at Oakwood who got 9 x A*, 1 x A and another A while also gaining an A in A Level Maths.

Wath Comprehensive pupil Hannah White getting 12 A* grades, while at Dinnington High School twins Kyle and Ellie Cotton both achieved 6 x A*/A grades.

At Brinsworth Emily Horst collected 6 x A* and 3 x A, as well as an outstanding performance award in Further Maths. And at Aston both Alexander Kitson and Laura Messenger gained 12 x A* and one grade A each.

Meanwhile at St Pius X Catholic High School pupil Pawel Salaciak, who joined in Y7 with very little English coming from Poland, has achieved the best results of all students gaining 15 GCSEs with 12 at A*/A grades.

A spokesman for the school said: "We are obviously delighted with the results of all of our students who deserve recognition for their hard work. However, we do feel Pawel is of particular note."