New Era of GCSE Grades for Students at Forge

Students and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy follow excellent A level results last week with more good news.

Almost half of the cohort of 150 students achieved a grade 4 in English and maths despite this being the first year of the new more challenging exams in these subjects. Over fifty per cent of students also achieved a C grade or above in all other subjects.

Students have been marked under the new 1-9 grading system, with 9 being the highest grade for English Literature, English Language and maths, while the rest of their subjects have been marked under the old A* to G grades. New GCSEs are linear in structure rather than modular, with all exams at the end of a two-year course. A grade 4 is effectively an old C grade and the top grade, a grade 9 is the equivalent of very top A*.

Head of academy, Dr Lisa Mason, said: “I’m delighted for the students who have all worked so hard this year to achieve these good results, despite this being the first year of the new tougher exams.

These results are a testament to hard work and dedication. Once we have the full set of results including the progress measures, I’m even more confident that Forge will continue to show that it’s the best place for young people to study and grow.”

There were also some outstanding individual performances:

Sophia Ashraf, who achieved 3 A*s, 4 As, 2 Bs, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6
Sehrish Mahmood, who achieved 6 A*s, 2 As, 2 grade 9s, 1 grade 8
Aqib Mohammad, who achieved 3 A*s, 5 As, 2 grade 6s, 1 grade 8
James Mahon, who achieved 4 A*s, 3 As, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade 5
Saya Mawaty, who achieved 4 A*s, 4 As, 1 B, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
Sophie Slim, who achieved 4 A*s, 2 As, 2 Bs, 3 grade 7s
Mitch Turner, who achieved 3 A*s, 2 As, 3 Bs, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6

Principal, Andrew Burns, said: “Firstly, and most importantly, congratulations to students picking up their grades today. The ones that have done well will get a pat on the back, the ones that are disappointed will be picked up, dusted off, supported and given guidance on next steps. Our commitment to our young people is absolute.

I would also like to thank our staff for all of their hard work in preparing students for these more rigorous GCSEs, helping to raise standards and ensure that our students are prepared, not just for exams, but for life as well-rounded, decent members of society.

All GCSE subjects will be revised by 2018 and examined by 2020. Between 2017 and 2019, GCSE exam certificates will have a combination of number and letter grades. By 2020, exam certificates will contain only number grades.

Nick Hudson, Interim CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are delighted to see these results from Ormiston Forge Academy. Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to building on these achievements year after year.”

Last week students at Forge capped a remarkable year with 84 per cent of the A level cohort achieving three or more passes at grades A*-E. Just 18 months after the Academy was judged as Good by Ofsted and in the same year it was designated as a National Support School, every indicator at Key Stage 5 has improved yet again.

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