Exam Results 2017

Isca Academy Students Excel at Tougher Exam Challenge
Students and staff at Isca Academy are celebrating their best ever GCSE results with 65% of students achieving a standard pass (former A*-C grades) in both English and Maths, a 10% increase on last year. Our progress also continues to be above national at +0.17 for Progress 8 demonstrating that students are succeeding in a range of subjects.
Overall, 72% of students leave Isca Academy this year with at least 5 standard passes in the first year of the Governments changes to the GCSE exam structure and grading systems.
Results in English and Maths, the first subjects to take on the new tougher exam with a 9-1 grading system, were particularly high with 81% of students picking up the new standard pass in English and 70% achieving a standard pass in Maths. Amongst these results almost 1 in 6 was a grade 7, 8 or 9 which is equivalent to an A or A* pass.
The new tougher system is predicted to mean that fewer students will achieve the top grades; the Education Policy Institute was predicting that only 40% of students nationally will achieve a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and Maths. Isca Academy figures far exceed this with 63% achieving a strong pass in English and 48% achieving a strong pass in Maths. This is an impressively strong response to a tough new exam framework and Isca Academy students are rightly proud of their achievements.

Other subjects to achieve impressive results include Languages with 73% of students taking French and 71% of students taking Spanish receiving the top A* - C grades. Fantastic results are also seen in Science, RE, Music and Drama.

Individual student success stories can be seen from Alice Tomkins who achieved 6 A*’s (or equivalent), 5 A’s and 2 B’s. She is moving on to study A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Exeter College with a view to studying medicine at Cambridge in the future.
Sacha Ford-Attia achieved 4 A*’s (or equivalent), 3 A’s, 2B’s and 2 C’s. He is moving on to study A Levels in Maths, Physics, Geology and Psychology at Exeter College and wants to pursue a degree in the Sciences at University.
Catherine Mountford achieved 2 A*’s (or equivalent), 5 A’s and 3 B’s.  She has secured a scholarship at The Maynard School in Exeter where she wishes to study A-Levels in Geography, Economics, Art and Maths.

Head teacher Aimee Mitchell says: “This is a record breaking year for the Academy in terms of GCSE results as we continue to achieve above national standards.  We are extremely proud of all of our students and these results reflect the hard work of both the staff and students to achieve their very best. Our school has high aspirations for each and every student and we focus on providing high quality education both inside and outside of the classroom. We hope that all of our students will be inspired by the fantastic achievements of this year group and we wish them all luck in the next stage of their life.”


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