New-look GCSE results arrive for Bromley students - see how they got on here
PUBLISHED: 09:16 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 24 August 2017
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Three subjects are now graded by number
Students around the borough are facing one of the most nerve-wracking days of their academic lives as they pick up their GCSE results today.
But with a new grading format and tougher testing, it could be a while before we know which of Bromley’s schools have come out on top.
All of the borough’s secondary schools were tested on new maths, English literature and English language courses, which saw students taught for two years before facing all of their exams in the summer, with no coursework to boost their grades.
And instead of seeing a letter next to their names, all three results will be graded numerically.
At highly-selected St Olave’s Grammar School, six students achieved 11 A* and equivalent 9/8 grades, keeping last year’s score of 100 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C, or 9 to 4, grades.
Two students at Ravens Wood School, Sean Kenny and Charlie Cotes, have put themselves amongst the top performers in the country after achieving grade 9s in both English results and maths.
Overall 78 per cent of students achieved a 9-4 grade in English results while 76 per cent achieved the same in maths.
Headteacher Sally Spence said: “There has been much talk of reforms and turbulent exam results over the past few weeks, but I am delighted that once again our students have achieved extremely impressive GCSE results here at Ravens Wood School.
“To see so many students achieving the very top grades across a variety of subjects shows the depth and breadth of our curriculum, and the quality and commitment of our teaching and support staff. We are extremely proud of each and every one of our students, and we look forward to welcoming many of them back into our sixth form ahead of the new academic year.”
Last year Harris Academy Orpington recorded one of the poorest GCSE showings in its last year as The Priory School.
But in its first year under the Harris Federation trust, the school saw the amount of students passing English and maths with C, now equivalent to a 4, rise from 54 per cent to 63 per cent.
Triplets Emily, Amelia, Isabel Ballard picked up their results, earning 11, 12 and 13 GCSEs respectively, with all of them achieving A* results.
Head Steve Jenner said: “We’re really pleased with these results in our first year as a Harris academy and look forward to continuing to build on this in years to come.”
Stay on the Bromley Times website for full reaction to today’s results.