Towers girls have yet again excelled themselves in their GCSEs.
They achieved a fantastic 97% A* to C grades with 44% of the grades at A* and A, at a time when there has been great concern across the country regarding a drop in exam results.
The recipe for their success is as follows: hard working pupils working closely with dedicated staff, who want nothing but the very best for them. This unbeatable combination encourages Towers pupils to think big and follow their dreams.
We are immensely proud of each and every one of them but particular mention goes to: Holly Gardner and Charlotte Sutherland, both with 7 GCSE subjects at A* and 3 at grade 9 as well as an A in Additional Mathematics and Harriet Francis, who achieved 6 A*s, 1 A and 3 subjects at grade 9.
Not only have the girls secured some outstanding GCSE results, with a group of keen mathematicians also achieving extremely impressive grades in the Freestanding Additional Maths Level 3 examination, but 13% of the pupils’ grades in English literature, Language and mathematics were grade 9, which is being hailed as superior to an A*.
Huge congratulations to our pupils and staff!
Throughout the school we use tests supplied and marked by the CEM Centre (The Centre for Evaluating and Monitoring) in Durham University. This information is baseline data, which, together with our teachers’ ongoing pupil assessments, gives us an idea of how best to nurture, support and motivate pupils.
Pupils sit these tests in the following years:
- InCAS tests in Years 2-6
- MidYIS tests in Year 7
- Yellis test in Year 9
All of these tests are innovative, computer-adaptive assessments designed to help teachers identify each individual’s development needs and personalise learning.
The tests are designed to measure pupils’ aptitude for, and attitude to, learning. They monitor pupil progress throughout KS1, 2 and 3 and facilitate transition to KS4 with value-added progress measures and target-setting information for GCSEs. These predictions can (and often do) improve as pupils move through the school, especially with The Towers academic tracking and pastoral care.
The year-on-year feedback we receive underlines the fact that Towers education makes all the difference. Even with the increased difficulty of exams and the stricter marking, we are proud to announce that, on average each pupil improves her initial predictions by at least one whole grade in each subject.
You will undoubtedly agree that this is quite a feat across ten or eleven subjects. Well done, girls!