Results 2015 -2016
From success to success – Saint Benedict is moving from Good to Outstanding
Thanks to the hard work of our staff, students and their families and friends who have been so supportive we are delighted to see another bumper crop of results from Saint Benedict students at all levels.
Figure 2016 Progress 8* -0.07 Attainment 8 47.1 Grade C or better in English and maths 54% Achieving the English Baccalaureate 11% Entered for the English Baccalaureate 18% % students in further education, employment or training (2014 data) 97%
Progress 8 tells us how well pupils at this school have progressed between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and the end of secondary school (key stage 4), compared to pupils in other schools who got similar results at the end of primary school. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications
In addition, the percentage of students achieving A* and A grades increased from 10.7% in 2015 to 15.9%. The percentage of students achieving A* – B grades increased from 29% to 35%.
The percentage of A*-B grades increased from 34 per cent last year to 46 per cent and the overall pass rate this year was 98 per cent.
There was also a six per cent rise in the percentage of A*-C grades up to 72 per cent this year.
A total of 78 students took exams, including A2 and BTEC, and the average points score per subject was 32 under the new system, which equates to around 215 under the old points score system.
As a Catholic school Saint Benedict is proud of our unique service to the Catholic and wider community of Derby and our Sixth Form courses allow students with a range of previous academic achievement to enrol on our Level 2 courses (for students who did not quite achieve 5 GCSE’s at grades A*-C including English and Maths) or Level 3 courses (AS and A2 along with BTEC and Cambridge Technical qualification in Sport). For more information please contact Mrs Thraves at our Elmwood Sixth Form Centre.
Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy student Ellie McLaughlin achieved 10A* and 2As in her GCSE exams.
The 16-year-old was one of the top achievers at Saint Benedict CVA and said she was thrilled with her results.
She said: “I was ok over the summer but then I felt really nervous yesterday when I looked at the grade boundaries. I did manage to sleep though; I think I must have been really tired. I only managed half a slice of toast before I came in and then when I was opening the envelope I was just tearing little bits off it.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw my results, my mum was with me and it’s the first time she’s done this because my older sister wouldn’t let her come in when she picked up her results. I did work hard for the exams and now it’s all worth it. I’m staying on at Saint Benedict to do A-levels and I want to go to university. I would like to study Dentistry as I’ve had a lot of orthodontic work done myself.”
Febi Jaimon achieved 7A*, 2As and a B along with an A^ in Further Maths.
He said: “I felt terrified before opening my results but now I just feel relieved and overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure how the exams had gone because I’m very self-critical. I was ok until about two weeks ago and I couldn’t sleep last night, I think I got about four hours of sleep.”
The 16-year-old is staying on at Saint Benedict CVA Sixth Form and is thinking about studying Physics at university.
Rachel Connolly, 16, achieved four A*, 5As and one B.
She said: “I just feel relieved. I wasn’t sure how I’d done after the exams, it was a bit of a mixture. I managed to distract myself over the summer but I started to feel nervous in the week leading up to the exams. I was so nervous yesterday but I did manage to get some sleep. When I read the results I was thrilled.”
Sarah Price, 16, achieved three A*, 5As and three Bs.
She said: “I didn’t think I’d done well in Biology but I got an A*. I didn’t think about the exams much over the summer holidays but I felt nervous this morning and I was absolutely amazed. I didn’t expect A*s.”
Ellie, Febi, Rachel and Sarah were among a number of students who achieved top grades.
A total of 16.3 per cent of grades were A*-A compared to 10 per cent last year and there was a rise in the number of A*-B grades from 29 per cent last year to 35.7 per cent.
The school’s Attainment 8 figure stands at 47.05, up from 42 last year.
Kevin Gritton, Head Teacher, said he was proud of all of the students.
He said: “Our students have worked so hard to achieve these results and we are proud of all of them and wish them every success in the future.”
Student Amoy Johnson was celebrating after getting the grades she needed to study Medicine at university.
Amoy achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry and B in Philosophy and Ethics but had a nervous wait before finding out if she had secured a place at Cardiff University.
The 18-year-old, who was Head Girl and scored 10A* at GCSE, said: “At first when I opened the envelope I couldn’t work out what I had got then Mr Gritton came over and helped me out. When he told me my grades I was really happy and just felt relieved although I still wasn’t sure if I had the place at Cardiff.
“Then I found out that I had got the place by logging on to the UCAS website. I’ll be going to university in a month and I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I couldn’t sleep last night so now I’m planning on going back to bed.”
Amoy, pictured below, also opened her results live on the Derby Telegraph’s Facebook page, watch her here: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/a-level-results-day-2016-live-updates-as-derbyshire-pupils-get-their-results/story-29632263-detail/story.html
Fellow student Hannah Gallagher, 18, of Derby, said her “dream had come true” after achieving the grades to secure her place studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Liverpool.
Hannah scored A* in Biology, A in Chemistry and B in Physics and Liverpool was her first and only choice.
She said: “I have always wanted to be a vet since I was five, I just love animals. It’s very hard to get a place on a Veterinary Medicine course so Liverpool was my only choice. I felt ok after my exams but as results day came closer I started to worry that I hadn’t got the grades. I didn’t sleep last night and felt sick. I was so happy when I found out I’d got the place on the course, my dream is coming true.”
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