TBS STUDENTS PERFORM IN LINE WITH TOP END SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY
Key Stage Four Results
The national picture for school performance has been slowly emerging and has allowed us to reflect on our summer results in comparison to schools across the country and within Dorset. Our initial delight has been confirmed in the DfE Performance Tables (published October 2019) which show that students of The Blandford School performed in line with top end schools in the country.
At GCSE, our school progress score (Progress 8), which measures the rate of progress made from students’ SAT scores to GCSE, was significantly above the national average at +0.27. This outcome places The Blandford School 4th amongst Dorset secondaries for the second consecutive year. 66% of students achieved Grade 4 or above in English and Maths, and 45% achieved Grade 5 or above. In Science, ¾ of students achieved a grade higher than students of similar ability across the country with 74% of students achieving Grade 4 or above in two sciences.
The class of 2019 achieved in total an astonishing 65 Grade 9’s which is the highest grade and is awarded to only the top 4.5% of students in the country (the 2018 GCSE cohort achieved 56 Grade 9’s). In addition, the cohort were awarded 76 Grade 8’s, 134 Grade 7’s and 184 Grade 6’s. High fliers this year included the incredibly talented Sidney Jenkinson with his 9 Grade 9’s and 1 Grade 8. Rose Amey achieved 7 Grade 9’s, 2 Grade 8’s and 1 Grade 7. George Hutchings also did brilliantly, with 6 Grade 9’s and 4 Grade 8’s. Lottie Sims gained 5 Grade 9’s, 2 Grade 8’s and 3 Grade 7’s. Matthew Hancock performed very well with 5 Grade 9’s, 1 Grade 8 and 3 Grade 7’s. Jacob Kingman achieved 5 Grade 9’s and 1 Grade 7. Other students who performed very well were Aislinn Lewis-Smith with 4 Grade 9’s, 5 Grade 8’s and 1 Grade 7 and Nathan Scott who received 4 Grade 9’s and 2 Grade 7’s. Lucy Denton-Smith was delighted with her 3 Grade 9’s, 2 Grade 8’s and 4 Grade 7’s. Maisy Allen who represents England Under 18’s Rugby Sevens also achieved excellent results with 3 Grade 9’s, 5 Grade 8’s and 2 Grade 7’s.
Within these figures, we can see huge successes by different groups of students. Boys bucked the national trend by closing the progress gap further between boys and girls and students with high prior academic attainment at Key Stage 2 achieved a rate of progress that was significantly above that made by similar students across the country, we expect this will place them comfortably in the top 20% of students in the country when the validated results are published in the winter. Students in receipt of Pupil Premium progressed in-line with other students nationally which is fabulous and has been a key focus for the school.
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Post 16 Results
The overall pass rate this year Post 16 was a fantastic 99.3%, with 32% of students achieving the coveted top grades of A*- A, and 51% achieving A* – B.
Blandford’s top A level performer in 2019 with an outstanding set of grades was Darcy Emmet, who is now attending Newnham College, Cambridge and is reading Natural Sciences after achieving A* A* A* in Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Staff are thrilled for Darcy, whose work ethic over the course of her time at TBS was phenomenal. Other highfliers included Lauren Stephenson who achieved A* and 2 A’s in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. Lauren is now studying at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London. Ben Smurthwaite achieved A*A B and will read Philosophy and Theology at Durham University, commencing in September 2020.
Top performers on vocational courses included Cameron Guest,
Harriet Phipps and Chloe Parsons, who achieved double Distinction* in Business Studies, and Megan North was awarded Distinction* in Health and Social Care.