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Kings Students Celebrate Outstanding Exam Results

22nd August, 2019 by Jason Edwards

Year 11 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar have much to celebrate after another year of superb exam results.

An impressive 75% of students achieved at least a grade 4 in both English and Mathematics (equivalent to the old grades A*-C) whilst 50% of students achieved a grade 5 or higher in both subjects. Initial indications suggest that students at Kings have again made progress significantly above national trends. On the new-style GCSEs 27% of grades were awarded at grades 9 to 7 (equivalent of the old A*-A grades) a figure that is likely to be far ahead of the national average.

The core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science again performed extremely well at Kings. 85% of students achieved a grade 4 or better in an English GCSE whilst 82% of students secured at least a grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics. Additionally, 78% of students achieved grade 4 or better in at least two Science GCSEs.

There were many success stories across the curriculum at Kings which covers a broad range of GCSE and vocational subjects. There was particular success this year in the arts with 88% of Art students, 90% of Textiles students and 88% of Music students achieving at least grade 4 whilst 89% of BTEC Performing Arts students achieved at least a Level 2 pass. Vocational subjects performed well with all students taking BTEC Business Studies achieved a Level 1 Pass or greater.

Executive Headteacher, Gavin Ball, commented “I am delighted with another outstanding set of exam results and congratulate students and staff. I would like to thank parents and carers for their excellent support and to acknowledge the great foundations laid through the work of the schools across the Cheddar Valley and in the Wessex Learning Trust.”

Kings is an inclusive school and there were fantastic achievements from students across the entire grade range. These included some exceptionally high achieving students. Some students achieved an incredible number of grade 9s: Sarah Moreman achieved eleven grade 9s or equivalent (ten 9s, one 8, one A^ and a 6), Amy Anderson achieved ten grade 9s or equivalent (eight 9s, one 8, two 7s, one A* and a Level 2 Distinction*) and Ben Cave Calland achieved nine grade 9s or equivalent (eight 9s, three 8s, one 7 and a A^). Tilly Hallett achieved a remarkable twelve grade 8+ or equivalent (six 9s, five 8s, one 7 and an A*). Additionally, three students achieved a fantastic eleven grades 8+ or equivalent. These were: Eleanor Bray (eight 9s, three 8s and one 6), Bettine Harris (seven 9s, four 8s, and a 7) and Marishelle Harris (eight 9s, three 8s, one 6 and a B). Students achieving an excellent ten grades 8+ or equivalent were: Amelia Ford (five 9s, four 8s, three 7s and an A*), Lana Richards (eight 9s, two 8s, two 7s), Tomas Willcox (four 9s, six 8s, one 7, one 6 and one A) and Abby Walters (three 9s, six eights, two 7s, one 4 and an A*). We are extremely proud of the achievements of all of our students.

These excellent exam results round off a great year for Kings which has seen the introduction of Focus Days to dedicate time to wider education beyond studying exam courses, a drive to develop students’ employability skills, the introduction of additional welfare support, the development of the school’s House System and the successful implementation of new vocational courses.