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St James’ students achieve record-breaking results for the third year running as the school exceeds government set target by over 20% its

Posted in: 2014 Exam Results, Latest News on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
St James 2014 Exam Results

All students at St James really do make outstanding progress during their time at the school; as confirmed by this year’s results with 66% of students achieving 5 A* – C including English & Maths – a headline figure that see St James exceed their nationally set target by 21% and earn a place in the top 5% of schools (with a similar intake).

Achievement is all about progress,” explains headteacher Moira Marder. “At St James we ensure that all students, whatever their starting point, are set aspirational targets to ensure that they make the best possible progress. This year 85% of students made 3 levels of progress in Maths, with 80% making 3 levels of progress in English. These results are significantly above our government set targets. However, we aren’t content with just three levels of progress; we want our students to achieve four and five levels – and this year 44% did in Maths, and 46% did in English, with 8% and 11% respectively making 5 levels.

“This year has also seen a record number of A* and A grades, with 20% of students achieving an A or A* in English, and 12% in Maths. Overall 30% of students have achieved 5 or more A*-B grades which is a fantastic achievement. Individual successes include Avigayl Kahana with 13 A/A*s, Sophia Jenkins and Emma Garton with 12 A/A*s*, Lakshya Solanki with 8, Mabel Carrier with 7, Mustafa Rehemi with 6 and Thea Mellor, Hesham Hanna and Lottie Cornish all achieving 5 A/A* grades.

“However, at St James we are determined that all students achieve success regardless of their ability or background. This year 99% of our cohort achieved 5 A*-G qualifications and there was a <10% gap between the achievement of Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students in English and Maths, and only a 15% gap overall. A*-C success is also evident across the whole curriculum with departments securing some excellent results, including Chemistry 98%, Physics 93%, English Literature 88%, Biology 87%, Catering 85%, iArt 82%, Maths 80%, English/English Language 76%, Computing 68%, History 64%, Additional Maths 60% and 100% in BTec Public Services, Hospitality, Health & Social Care, Engineering and ICT Nationals.

“These results are even more impressive considering the fact that the government have raised the bar in terms of student achievement and that nationally results are significantly down. They reflect the very high expectations of students and staff and the amount of effort, commitment, determination and hard work that has been put in to see them met. I’m incredibly proud of everyone. I am confident that our students will do really well and continue this path of achievement as they proceed to college or into an apprenticeship. I wish them all lots of luck for the next step and the exciting future that lies ahead of them.”

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