For the second year in succession Rossett School in Harrogate is celebrating over a quarter of the students entered for Mathematics and English achieving either an A* or an A grade in these subjects. This sustained high achievement is against a national backdrop of falling numbers of top grades in these key subjects.
Known for its comprehensive values and its ‘Success for All’ motto, the school has seen the progress of all students continue to improve from their relative starting points. The Government introduced a new progress measure – Progress 8 – last year and early indications show that the students at Rossett School have achieved a very pleasing higher grade in this measure than last year.
Meanwhile, over 80 per cent gained A*-C grades in their English examinations (against a fall in the national average to 60%) and over 76% A*-C grades in Mathematics (against a fall in the national average to 61%). A sustained percentage of students achieved the English baccalaureate (passes in English, maths, science, a foreign language and either history or geography) compared to 2015.
Modern Foreign Languages continued their success this year after being recognised for the last six years as the best Languages Faculty in North Yorkshire for student progress. Rossett’s Spanish results were 47% at A*/A against a national figure of 27%.
Headteacher Helen Woodcock said:
Our students have worked exceptionally hard during their time with us and they thoroughly deserve their success.
The results they have achieved individually are fantastic, while the overall GCSE pass rate for 5A*-C (including English and Mathematics) at Rossett has risen once again. As well as the hard work of the students, this is down to the excellent support offered by staff and by the students’ families.
It has been a fantastic day at Rossett School and we look forward to welcoming many of the students back as sixth formers when term begins in September. They will be the first students to enjoy the new sixth form centre which has been built over the summer, which will allow them greater access to technology to support their studies and space to work independently and socialise.
As well as strong overall results for the school, some individual students achieved particularly impressive grades.
Abby Allen added 11 straight A* grades to her other subject outcomes; Katie Anderson, Cam Day, Thomas Hullah and Una Foy celebrated 12 A* and A passes each; in addition, another eleven students achieved at least 10 A* and A grades, as well as grades in other subjects.