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August 2017

  • Best ever results for Ely College as dramatic improvements secured in GCSE results

    Published 24/08/17

    Ely College today secured the best GCSE results in its history and a dramatic improvement on recent years, with 64% of students securing the top grades 4-9 in both English and mathematics - a 14 per cent point rise from last year, and a 29 per cent point rise on 2015.

    Further success included 60 per cent of students achieving at least five A*-C grades, including a score of 4 or above in English and maths - a 12 per cent increase on 2016.

    In English, 78 per cent of students achieved a grade of 4 or above, marking a 15 per cent increase on 2016 results. Furthermore, in maths 69 per cent of students achieved grades of 9-4 - a 10 per cent increase from the previous year.

    Richard Spencer, Principal of Ely College, commented: “I’d like to congratulate all of our students and their families on these excellent results for Ely College. We are very proud of what Year 11 have achieved.

    “The significant improvements secured today are the result of a great deal of hard work from our students and my wonderful staff.

    “Ely College is once again a school of which the community can be proud, and we are determined to build further on this success in the years to come.

    “At the start of the year, I challenged the whole school community to look for an additional 10 per cent in all that we do. For us to have exceeded that in terms of results in our first year is fantastic.

    “I wish all of our students every success as they move onto further education, and am excited to be welcoming many of them back to our own Bishop Laney Sixth Form.”

    Last week, Bishop Laney Sixth Form, a new collaboration between Ely College and Soham Village College, received an excellent set of post-16 course results with 89 per cent of students securing outcomes at either merit or distinction level in vocational courses. The pass rate for the A Level entries was 87 per cent.

    New scoring system

    This system has been introduced for English literature, English language and mathematics GCSEs. The new scoring system grades student’s results on a 1-9 scale, with 9 being the best grade. This system aims to allow for more differentiation between student’s results with 4 being a standard pass and 5 a stronger pass. Similarly, an 8 or 9 score is the equivalent to an A*, but the new system provides distinction between students who would achieve a lower A* to those achieving a higher A*.  This provides 4-9 as being comparable to A*-C. Additionally, the new English and maths GCSEs implemented this year are more rigorous with one final exam at the end of Year 11, rather than spread across the two years.

    The grading system has only been rolled out with English and maths for the 2017 results. In 2018, another 20 subjects will be graded at levels 1-9 with the aim that by 2019 a majority of subjects will be under this new system.

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  • Bishop Laney Sixth Form posts impressive results

    Published 17/08/17

    Students at Bishop Laney Sixth Form were celebrating today as they received some excellent post-16 course results. Based at Ely College, Bishop Laney Sixth Form opened its doors this year as a new collaboration between Ely College and Soham Village College.

    From 2018, Bishop Laney Sixth Form will offer a suite of ‘A’ levels alongside other professional and vocational qualifications. Currently, the sixth form offers predominantly vocational study programmes. The pass rate for vocational courses was a fantastic 100 per cent, with 66% of results awarded at distinction or starred distinction level (a distinction carries the same number of UCAS points as an A grade at ‘A’ Level), and 89% awarded at either merit or distinction level (the equivalent of an ‘A’ Level grade A*-C). The pass rate for the small number of ‘A’ level entries was 87%.

    Notable individual achievements include:

    Sophie Wensley – Triple starred distinction in Applied Science.

    Laura Nicolajsen – Triple starred distinction in Business.

    Emma Bailey – Triple starred distinction in Media

    Callum Munden, Philip Turner, Samuel Austin – Starred distinctions in Sport

    Amy Cross – Starred distinctions in Performing Arts

    Principal, Richard Spencer said: “We are delighted with these results, which reflect a great deal of hard work from students and staff. We’d like to congratulate all of the students on their achievements.

    “We are very pleased that so many of our students have secured excellent university, employment or further training opportunities and wish them all well for the future. These results demonstrate that Bishop Laney Sixth Form is delivering excellent outcomes for students, and we are looking forward to expanding the curriculum offer further to provide ever more high-quality provision here in East Cambridgeshire.”


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