Sir James Smith's School


GCSE Exams - 2017

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Please note that the school cannot reschedule GCSE exams and you are asked to ensure that you can attend the relevant dates.

Explaining the new 9 to 1 Grades - GCSE grades are changing

GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and Maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.

In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students.

To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.

Revision and Exam Top Tips

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Examination Guidance

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Assessment and Exam Anxiety

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Exam Boards

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GCSE Exam Results - 2016

Hard earned success comes to Camelford!

There was delight on Thursday 25th August 2016 as students celebrated unprecedented GCSE success.

Whoops of joy filled the air and tears of delight were shed by mums and dads as well as students as envelopes were opened and exam results discovered. Jon Lawrence, Headteacher said, “I am absolutely delighted with the achievements of all our young people. I am so proud of them.”  Sir James Smith’s improved on last year’s record breaking GCSE performance by over 10%.  This year saw 67 per cent of its students achieve 5 or more GCSEs at A* to C grade, including English and maths. “This is the highest score in the history of the school and shows just how well our students have performed compared to schools both locally and nationally.  Nearly 79 per cent of students achieved A*-C in English, with maths a close 77 per cent and science up in the 80s.”

The school has worked hard this year to improve the number of A and A* grades achieved and is overjoyed at what students and teachers have accomplished. Jon Lawrence, Headteacher said, “More than 73 per cent of students achieved at least 1 A*/A grade which is a phenomenal achievement in a truly comprehensive school. The school sets ambitious targets for all students to aspire to academic excellence and this has really paid off with nearly one in five students gaining 5 or more A*/A grades  and an incredible 9 per cent bagging 10 or more of the top grades – a performance to rival that of Team GB this year!”

Staff were just as proud of those students who would struggle to get any top grades but nonetheless worked hard and consistently to exceed expectations. The school uses the new Progress 8 (P8) performance measure which shows how well each student has done compared to their individual starting point. The Headteacher explained that this measure shows a different kind of success. “More than 76 percent of our students achieved better than similar students nationally. The provisional P8 score suggests that students achieved half a grade more than might be expected across 8 subjects, this is fantastic and shows how good teaching and learning is across all subjects.  This is a school that succeeds for students of all abilities.”

“All the staff and governors are extremely proud of our students’ achievements. The Class of 2016 have clearly worked hard with staff to secure our best results ever. I wish them every success in their chosen pathways and, on behalf of the students, thank our magnificent staff and parents/carers for helping them to achieve this. I am confident our wonderful students are ready and well prepared to step into the big wide world.”

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