More record-breaking GCSE results at Priestlands School

Priestlands School celebrates excellent GCSE results!

New school records achieved at Lymington's comprehensive school in its 60th year.


Record results at Priestlands August 2017

Last week there was much to celebrate at Priestlands School as students received their GCSE results.  In English and Maths, Priestlands students did very well. There were also record results in Core and Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Astronomy; Business Studies, Computer Science and ICT; History and Geography; Art, Drama and PE.

Nationally and locally there was considerable volatility in this year’s GCSE results.  New, more rigorous, exams were introduced in English and Maths and, for these exams, there was no coursework, longer exams  (and more of them) and the grading system changed from A*-G to 9-1. 

New school records!

Overall, 40% of all grades awarded were at A* or A and 10% of grades awarded in English Language, English Literature and Maths achieved the new Grade 9 (national average 3%). 79% students secured the new standard pass (4-9) in English ­and Maths, whilst over 75% of students with 9-4/A*-C grades in English, Maths and the Sciences.  76% of students achieved the equivalent of 5+ A*-C grades, including English and Maths. All of these achievements are new records for Priestlands.

Overall all 218 students (100%) secured at least one qualification. 28% achieved the English Baccalaureate, although this figure is expected to increase when some late results some in. In terms of the government’s new performance measures which apply to all schools in 2017, the provisional new “Progress 8” figure shows that, on average, students at Priestlands performed a third of a grade better than might have been expected.

A highly successful school

Headteacher, Chris Willsher said "This is a superb set of results for our students; once again, they have exceeded their targets.  They coped with the new exam system remarkably well, with 10% achieving the top grade, Grade 9 (national average 3%).  Priestlands continues to be a highly successful school, rooted in its community and serving the community well.  Education at Priestlands is about more than exam results.  We know that their success today means our students have been given greater choice about what to do next.  I thank parents for their support but, most of all, I congratulate students and wish them well in the future.”

Congratulations everyone!



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