Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Key Stage 3 and 4 Exam Results 2016

Posted on: Friday 26th August 2016

Once again, it has been a very busy and successful morning as Year 11 pupils from Stanwell School collected their GCSE results. All members of Year 11 should be congratulated for working with diligence and commitment in the lead up to their examination period and Stanwell School is certainly very proud of their achievements.

Annie Higgins & Henry Waddon

Annie Higgins & Henry Waddon

The percentage of GCSE A* grades this year was 11% and overall more than 1160 entries were graded A* or A, this equates to 31% of all entries. The vast majority, 280 pupils, (94%) achieved 5 or more Level 2 (A*-C) passes. Furthermore, 71% of the year group attained 10 or more Level 2 passes with 50 pupils achieving 10 A grades or better. The following 13 pupils were awarded 10 A* grades or more:

  • Annie Higgins (12 A* grades & 2 A grades)
  • Catrin Jones (12 A* grades & 2 A grades)
  • Seren Mirza-Davies (12 A* grades & 2 A grades)
  • Henry Waddon (12 A* grades & 2 A grades)
  • Lauren Ellis (11 A* grades & 3 A grades)
  • Robert Brown (11 A* grades, 2 A grade & 1 B grade)
  • Ffion Blunsdon (10 A* grades & 5 A grades)
  • Alexander Whitfield (10 A* grades, 4 A grades & 1 B grade)
  • Dan Anderton (10 A* grades & 4 A grades)
  • Isabelle Hodgson (10 A* grades & 4 A grades)
  • Max Paley (10 A* grades & 4 A grades)
  • Phalisha Valji (10 A* grades & 4 A grades)
  • Caitlin Duggan (10 A* grades & 3 A grades)

Amongst our highest achievers were Henry Waddon and Annie Higgins. Both pupils attained an impressive 12 A * grades and 2 A grades. Henry, who was the highest achieving male student of the 2016 cohort, plans to continue at Stanwell where he will study drama, biology, mathematics and chemistry at A level. As far as future career options go, Henry said that he is “keeping his options open” and hopes that his sixth form study will help to determine his future plans. Annie was one of our highest achieving female students this year and it is also her intention to continue with her studies at Stanwell School, opting to take art, German and mathematics at A level. Annie has very definitive career aspirations and following her A levels, it is her intention to study Concept Art and Illustration at university.

Sophie Chapman, Megan Jenkins, Caitlin Duggan & Ffion Blunsdon

Sophie Chapman, Megan Jenkins, Caitlin Duggan & Ffion Blunsdon

The success of pupils was widespread across the curriculum, with the A* to C grades exceeding 80% of the entry in art, biology, chemistry, drama, English language, English literature, French, geography, history, mathematics, media studies, music, performing arts, physics, religious studies, resistant materials, science, textiles and Welsh. Particularly pleased with the students’ achievements were the mathematics, history and religious studies departments with 82, 40 and 40 A* grades respectively. Equally impressive were the achievements of pupils who studied vocational qualifications in partnership with Cardiff and the Vale College and the Military Preparation School.

Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Rebecca Connor, was especially pleased to see such large numbers of pupils achieving the required grades to return to Stanwell to follow their chosen subjects in the sixth form and commented that “It is a delight to see the hard-work of the pupils and support given by parents and staff being rewarded with so many students achieving their potential and obtaining high grades”.

Year 11 Tutor, Mr Barry Crompton stated that “the excellent results attained by Year 11 are well deserved and it has been a pleasure working with such a committed group of young people. The Key Stage 4 pastoral team have thoroughly enjoyed working with this year group and wish them all continued success in the future.”

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