Many congratulations to all Oathall Community College students who are receiving the results of their GCSEs and other qualifications today. Their outstanding outcomes have been achieved under the most extraordinarily difficult circumstances and truly reflect the commitment and hard work of the year group. This will ensure that students can progress onto the next stages of their education with confidence.
Following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards.
Oathall’s headteacher, Edward Rodriguez said:
Oathall students have again achieved very highly and they should be very proud of what they have accomplished. Their resolve and commitment to their studies under the most challenging circumstances is to be applauded.
Teachers have worked extraordinarily hard guiding their students to their highly successful outcomes alongside the tireless support from their parents.
In English, 73% of students achieved a grade 4 or above whilst in mathematics 67% of students achieved a grade 4 or higher. In science, 75% of students achieved 2 good science GCSE passes.
There were some exceptional individual performances with more than 11% of the cohort achieving 7 or more passes at grades 7, 8 or 9. Moreover, 23% of all grades awarded were 7 or higher.
Students of all abilities have excelled and achieved results of which they should be very proud. It is clear that their progress and attainment is significantly positive.
Headteacher, Edward Rodriguez said,
“I would like to congratulate all students and staff. The fact that so many of our students have reached their full potential, with others exceeding expectations, is testament to their hard work and commitment.”
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Congratulations to Oathall students who are celebrating a very impressive set of results for 2017.
Oathall students have responded well to the challenges set by the newly reformed GCSEs. The new grading system and more challenging content has been met with hard work and commitment. As a result, in English and mathematics 75% of Oathall students have achieved passes. In mathematics 20% and in English 28% were awarded grade 7 or higher.
In comparison to the national results released today by Ofqual, it is clear that Oathall students achieved notably higher outcomes at all levels.
The fact that 22% of all grades, across all subjects were awarded at the very highest levels (A+/7+) illustrates how ambitious Oathall students are to excel academically. There were many individual success stories with some 12% of the year group achieving 8 or more grades at these highest (A+/7+) levels.
The college has seen excellent results in all areas of the curriculum. Notably, 31% of all grades across the humanities subjects (geography, history and RE) were awarded at A+ and biology, chemistry and physics 46% of all grades were at this highest level. In sport and performance subjects 75% of grades were awarded at C+ and in technology and the arts, 84% of all grades were at C+.
Mr Rodriguez, Headteacher congratulated all the students on their results and said:
‘I am delighted to see how Oathall students have met the challenges of the reformed GCSE’s and performed so well over the entire range of subjects; they so deserve their successes today.”
Year 9 students have recently attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event at Oathall where they had the opportunity to speak to business and trade professionals from across the county and beyond. It is organised to inspire our future workforce about real jobs; practise those all-important communication skills, and hopefully dispel some myths and challenge gender stereotypes. This event complements the year 9 options process and students’ feedback is always very positive.
In fast paced, 5-minute slots, students asked a barrage of questions of the 30 different speakers representing a wide range of employment sectors including banking, engineering, medicine, scientific research, catering & hospitality, hairdressing, publishing, veterinary, Police, Armed Forces, childcare, nursing, law, retail, sport, performing arts and many more!
Feedback from the employers has been extremely positive. Year 9 students did themselves proud.
Reflecting on his first experience of Oathall’s Careers Speed Dating, Mr Rod Hayler, Partner at Old Bailey Solicitors commented: ‘It was a pleasure speaking with your year 9 pupils, all of whom were impressively polite, engaged and insightful with their questioning. I particularly enjoyed a guess from one young man who said “from the look of your suit … you must be a school headteacher”. I can only assume that Mr Rodriquez must be a finely dressed man!’
Another first-timer was Steve Edwards, chef and winner of Masterchef Professional 2013, who said: ‘It was a pleasure to attend your event and have the opportunity to talk to and inspire the next generation. It is a daunting task to think about what you want to do as a career and I hope I was able to give the students help and reassurance on the start of their career paths’.
Regular business representative Rachael Waters, Community Nurse, commented: ‘The students are all so receptive and keen to learn about the different roles. From my perspective it is great to invest what is just a couple of hours to potentially inspire students to join my profession. I met a delightful girl today who wanted to be a nurse and I know from her enthusiastic response she will one day make a terrific nurse.’
Thank you to all the business volunteers for giving up their time so generously to support our students. It was especially pleasing that some of the participants were former Oathall students and members of the school’s Alumni Association.
Students at Oathall have proved that hard work leads to impressive results. This year’s results were excellent, building on the successes of previous years and Oathall students can be proud of their achievements.
Mr Edward Rodriguez, Headteacher praised the results achieved by students and said,
“Our students should be proud of the results they have achieved today. Their successes are a testament to their hard work, ability and motivation. I am pleased and delighted to see that their efforts have been rewarded. I would like to wish them every success in their next stage of learning.”
Year 9 students have recently attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event at Oathall, meeting representatives from employment sectors covering the media, healthcare and the sciences, uniformed services, construction, hospitality, performing arts, engineering, retail, sport and leisure, finance, social care and IT.
The aim of the event is for young people to talk face to face with people employed in these sectors, to learn about job roles, what skills and qualifications they will need and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the range of career opportunities available to them in the future. (more…)
Many congratulations to Oathall students who are once again celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results. The college has improved on last year’s successes in many subjects.
In English, students have eclipsed previous high standards with 77% achieving A*-C. In mathematics, 68% achieved passes at A* to C. The college’s relentless drive for academic success has seen continued improvements this year across the curriculum.
More than half of all grades awarded were B or higher and a quarter of all grades were at A or A*. There were some fantastic results in individual subjects; in biology, chemistry and physics 53% of grades were at A or A* and 34% of students taking art achieved A or A* . In PE 49% of students, in media 42% and in geography 39% succeeded in achieving these highest grades. These really are outstanding results.
Students excelled in modern languages with 25% of grades across all languages being awarded at A or A* at this standard. This is particularly noteworthy as the vast majority of students study languages at the college. (more…)