At a time of great change in GCSEs nationally, one thing has remained constant: an exceptional 90% of GCSE pupils at St Joseph’s School, Launceston, gained the required 5 passes at grades 4-9 and A* to C including Maths and English that makes up the new national benchmark.
This year sees the first cohort graduating with their Maths and English results graded 1-9 instead of A*-G, and the pupils in both subjects did very well under the rigorous new examination system. The removal of controlled assessments for GCSE English has national implications, and pupil Mary Martin’s level 9 in English Language was one of only a handful awarded nationally.
Four pupils gained over half of their results at the highest grades of either A*, A, 7, 8 or 9 which is an excellent achievement for those individuals and St Joseph’s as a non-selective school.
Strengths highlighted within the results this year at St Joseph’s were Science, Music and Economics.
Headmaster Mr Oliver Scott welcomed the results saying “It has been a testing time with all of the changes we have seen nationally, but I am extremely pleased with the results the children have achieved. Each of them has a great deal to be proud of, although their achievements over their time at St Joseph’s will always be measured by more than just examination results. I am delighted to see that we maintain such a high pass rate, and look forward to further successes for all those receiving their results today. My thanks go to pupils, parents and staff for all they have done to ensure the children enjoy a great start in life, and I am looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.”
St Joseph’s recent Prize Giving evening showed the confidence and achievements that pupils take with them when leaving the school, aspects of their characters that the children will take forward as they move on to their next challenges.
These excellent results demonstrate the effectiveness of high quality teaching and small class sizes on offer at St Joseph’s. The school has achieved a consistently high standard of examination results for many years now, but it is not complacent and will seek to build on this achievement.
Very well done to the class of 2017.