Harder exams matched by hard work by Bishop Luffa GCSE pupils

Outstanding results greeted pupils as they received their GCSE envelopes this morning. Pupils have excelled themselves this year. Many pupils were most keen to find out their English and Maths results – the first subjects given the new points system of 9 to 1.

The new English and Maths exams are harder than before, and the new 9-point assessment reflects the push for the highest standards. So I’m delighted that more than a third of the Year group gained the top range of points 9-7, equivalent to the old A*-A grades in English or Maths, and a quarter gained top grades 9-7 in both English and Maths. I am also pleased by the fair scattering of the top grade 9.

But GCSE exams are really about hard work and the real effort that pupils of all academic ability put into their studies. Whether the old or the new style, GCSE exams are not easy, and all pupils have worked incredibly hard. Our pupils thoroughly deserve their grades, and I congratulate them all.

Overall, 80% pupils gained at least five GCSE A*-C grades including English and Maths. More than a third of all entries were awarded A* or A grades. Mr Andy Jackson, Head of Key Stage 4 said, “This is a smashing Year group, and I know teachers have really enjoyed working with them. They have done themselves proud.”

I would like to pay tribute to all our staff, teaching and support, who have worked so closely with pupils. They always go the extra mile, and our young people respond enthusiastically to that support.

One Year 10 pupil took Sports Studies GCSE early, and a group of six Year 10 pupils also took their French GCSE. All achieved impressive results, gaining A*-A grades. Many congratulations to them too!

GCSE 2017 Summary for Bishop Luffa School


Maths & English
% gaining 'standard' pass (9-4) % gaining 'strong' pass (9-5)
English Language or Literature 89% 78%
Maths 87% 71%
English and Maths 82% 64%

Total number of students at end of Key Stage 4


Pupils achieving 

5+ A*-C passes including English & Maths 80% 
At least two Sciences at A*-C 85% 
A*-C in a Foreign Language 82% 
A*-C in a Humanities subject 78% 
A*-C in an Arts subject 83% 
Attainment 8 average 55 

In English & Maths, new grades 9-7 are equivalent to old grades A*-A.

Average Attainment 8 of 55 equates to every pupil gaining a B grade in their eight best subjects.

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