Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership schools excel despite tougher exams.
Once again Norton Hill and Somervale posted some phenomenal GCSE results. Following the extremely strong A levels last week, students at both schools in the town have achieved some excellent outcomes.
At Norton Hill, students produced another superb set of results with over 80% achieving a grade 4 pass in both English and Maths. This is equivalent to the old A*‐C measure. Even more impressive was the percentage of students achieving a grade 5 or above in both subjects, which currently stands at 55%. Nationally, the figure is thought to be around about 45% this year. In other areas of the curriculum, results were equally as impressive. Science saw 80% of grades at 4 or above, and most other subjects were above 75% grades 9-4. In the 5 9-4/A*‐C including English and Maths measure, the school again achieved incredible outcomes with over 80% achieving this gold standard. In terms of progress, Norton Hill expects to again be in the top 20% nationally.
Headteacher Gordon Green said “It is so rewarding when the months of hard work and exam preparation are reflected by such wonderful outcomes. I am deeply proud of the efforts from all the students and it is especially pleasing to realise such good outcomes from our disadvantaged children and those with a special educational need. Finally, a big thank you to all the staff at Norton Hill who work so hard each year to make a difference to the lives of our students and indeed the parents/carers who work in partnership with us.”
At Somervale it was a similar story with nearly 60% of students achieving a grade 4 pass in both English and Maths. English was another success story with record numbers of 9 -7 grades being achieved. Other subject areas achieving record results were History with over 30% of students achieving a grade 9 - 7, Computer Science with over 30% grade 9 -7 and BTEC Business studies with 50% of the grades Distinction* - Distinction. VCERT Catering and Resistant Materials also performed extremely well along with IT BTEC achieving nearly 40% A* - A grades. The number of students achieving the top grades of 7, 8 and 9 has continued to rise.
Headteacher Joanna Postlethwaite said “It has been another fantastic year at Somervale. I am so proud of the students and the level of hard work they put into achieving these results. Both the students and staff deserve to be very happy with their achievement. With such a lot of change in both the courses and the grading, it has been very reassuring to see that standards in the school have continued to rise. We have our largest year group ever joining in September and I have no doubt that Somervale School will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years”.
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Norton Hill tries to ensure that learners of all ages and levels of ability have access to qualifications that enable life-long learning to take place. These qualifications stretch, challenge and motivate the learner. We constantly monitor the appropriateness of these qualifications so that we always offer the most relevant and up-to-date qualifications for our students.
The school uses different exam boards for different subjects but all the rules and regulations are set by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). This organisation sets all the rules on behalf of all the exam boards.
Students should be well prepared for their exams and have taken appropriate revision. It is also important that they are aware of the rules and regulations that are imposed during all exams at the school. Please take time to download and read the following guidance that all students MUST follow during the conduct of ALL examinations.
It is most important for us to stress that we have to notify the exam board of any breach of rules. The exam boards will then consider the breach and will, in extreme circumstances, exclude a student from sitting any more exams and cancel any papers that have already been sat.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have all the correct equipment and do not have anything on them in the exam room that breaks the rules including mobile phones, MP3 players or any other electronic device.
The students will be claiming their own grades, it is therefore important that they submit their own work. They must realise that the guidance below not only covers the formal exams that are taken but any coursework that is submitted and the controlled assessments that happen in many subjects.
Candidates will receive their certificates in one of the following ways:
• In person at the centre.
• By post to their home address (you will need to supply a stamped addressed large A4 envelope).
• Collected by a nominated representative (your representative must have your written authority and photographic identification that confirms who they are).
Certificates will be retained for a year and then securely destroyed in accordance with Exam Board guidance. Replacement certificates can be obtained directly from exam boards.