Examination Success – GCSE RESULTS Summer 2018
We would like to congratulate our students on their results and thank all of the staff for their hard work in supporting our students’ achievement. Congratulations and well done to the class of 2018 on their excellent results this year!
Loreto High School wishes to congratulate all of the students who have contributed to the school’s excellent GCSE results. At a time when examinations are becoming more challenging it is with great satisfaction that we see the hard work of our young people being rewarded.
This year most GCSE subjects have been examined using the new GCSE grade scale of 9 (high attainment) to 1 which distinguishes the new GCSEs from the predecessor qualifications. The examinations are designed to assess a more demanding curriculum.
Under this new system, students with a grade 4 will achieve a ‘standard pass’ whilst those with a grade 5 will achieve a ‘strong pass’. A grade 4 or above is equivalent to a grade C and above and will have currency for individual pupils as they progress to further study and employment.
We are delighted to report that 39.3% of our students achieved the GCSE Basics measure grades 9-5 in Maths and English, securing for themselves brilliant springboards into further education; 68.6% grades 9-4 in English and 61.4% grades 9-4 in Maths.
In addition to this the school has seen outstanding success rates for the highest grades. A grade 7 is equivalent to a grade A. We were extremely pleased at Loreto High School this year that 262 grade 7-9s were awarded of which 58 were at the highest grade 9. Seven students achieved a grade 7 or above in all of the GCSE subjects that they studied; Abdalla Ali, Astrid Coles-Schottlander, Angela Lee, Ciara Marsh, Maeve McGovern, Sean Priest, Marianna Salmon.
The school is really happy to announce improvements in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, MFL and Humanities. We were particularly pleased with the significant improvements across higher grades in English and in Maths with 12.1% of students achieving grades 7-9 in both subjects. Results for our students who sat Triple Science were above the national averages for each of the three components and many achieved the top grades. There were significant improvements in MFL, Geography and History, especially in higher grades despite the challenging new examinations. The school is also proud to say that it continues its strong Arts reputation with good results in Art, Drama, Music and Textiles.
In an impressive year of improvement for the school and its students, 22% of Year 11s achieved at least one grade 9 with 11% of students achieving a grade 9 or equivalent in more than one subject.
There are some extraordinary examples of students whose hard work and effort manifested amazing results:
- Abdalla Ali – 8 grade 9s (Art, Maths, Eng Lang, Eng Lit, RE, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Mustafa Khalid – 6 grade 9s (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Urdu, RE)
- Marianna Salmon – 6 grade 9s (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, RE, Maths, Media)
- Astrid Coles-Schottlander – 5 Grade 9s (Textiles, Art, Biology, Chemistry, RE)
- Jan Kurczynski – 4 grade 9s (Eng Lang, Eng Lit, Polish, RE)
- Ciara Marsh – 4 grade 9s (Eng Lang, Eng Lit, Spanish, RE)
Headteacher Catherine Hughes paid tribute to the great dedication and commitment of students, staff and parents,
“This year’s wonderful examination results are a testimony to the hard work across the school community. We are delighted with the improvements made and are excited for the future. The determination of the students to achieve well in a set of examination that they knew would be tougher and more challenging in content was evident in the dedication they showed to their studies and to the qualities of success that Loreto High School strives to develop in all students. Our strong continued partnership with Loreto Sixth Form College has been instrumental to this success. We endeavour to ensure that all students, at every level, have an excellent foundation for their future careers. Our school is committed to and, as these results demonstrate, succeeds in delivering, uncompromising academic excellence while enabling students to learn from the rich cultural experience of being embedded in the Manchester community. These results will allow more of our students to access not just the best college places in Manchester, but the best universities in the country. Congratulations to all.”