Rapid Rise in headline Measures at Castle Manor

Students at Castle Manor Academy are celebrating their GCSE results today. These results are the outcome of a significant amount of work for students and the staff that have supported them throughout their time at Castle Manor Academy.

Headlines figures show a rapid rise in results compared with last year, increasing by 9% on the comparative headline measure of 5A*-C including Maths and English, moving from 36% to 45%. This bucks the trends of reported declines in figures in today’s national press.

This year the percentage of students achieving the new government measure of A*-C in English and Mathematics is 46%. The governments’ new Progress 8 has also seen a significant improvement from last year, generating an estimate Progress 8 score of 0 (where floor standard is -0.5, last year -0.4) This new measure is of particular note as it takes into account the progress made by each individual student against their own starting points. (**This figure involves a complex calculation and is subject to change)

Students have achieved excellent results in a wide range of subjects including traditional academic subjects and a range of technical subjects. This year students will be heading to other institutions to continue their studies and choices include colleges in Cambridge and Bury, Sixth Form at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill and a variety of apprenticeships locally.

Headteacher, Vanessa Whitcombe, said “I am delighted that students’ dedication and commitment has earned them the results they deserve. We are all extremely proud of their achievements and the hard work that they, staff and parents have put in. I know that our staff will join me in wishing students the very best for the future. Our results show significant improvement in headline measures and this is a very positive next step for our school. It is pleasing to see the introduction of the Progress 8 measure. Focusing on each student is vital when comparing with national measures, and allows us to celebrate the progress of all students. ’

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