JCSC students enjoy GCSE success

Posted on 25th August 2016 | in Education , James Calvert Spence College - Acklington Rd , News

Students and staff were joined by parents and families this morning at James Calvert Spence College to learn their GCSE results and plan for their future, whether it be joining Sixth Form, heading to college or an apprenticeship. 

Executive Headteacher, Neil Rodgers, commented: “We are particularly delighted with the progress of students in English and Maths.  There have been some outstanding success stories in our GCSEs and I have been delighted with how the year group has worked throughout the year, in what has been a time of significant change in the school.  Initial calculations indicate that our progress 8 score shows that all of our students have progressed as they should have done since primary, and that is down to the high quality teaching in the college ”

Georgia Hill was pleased after achieving an A*, 5 A’s and 5 B’s.

Georgia Hill was pleased after achieving an A*, 5 A’s and 5 B’s.

“It’s very hard to pick out individual success stories as everyone has done well but special mention should be made of Georgia Sheldon who achieved 3 A*’s, 3 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s,  Georgia Hill with an A*, 5 A’s and 5 B’s, Molly Gordon who gained 7 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s and Euan Witherley who achieved 4 A’s, 2 B’s and 5 C’s .” Mr Rodgers added.

Georgia Sheldon achieved A*’s, 3 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s.

Georgia Sheldon achieved A*’s, 3 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s.

Neil continued, “We’re showing the new Progress 8 scores in addition to GCSE details as this will be the norm for the future – it’s the first year of the new ‘Progress 8’ measure, designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. In essence, it records the progress a student has made across eight subjects; English and Maths which are double weighted to reflect their importance, three other English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects (sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages) and three further subjects or vocational qualification.”


“We’re look forward to continuing the majority of our students’ development in the JCSC Sixth Form itself whilst some are going direct to other Colleges. We are growing our Sixth Form but can still offer a fantastically low Teacher:Student ratio with a range of subjects including our unique and very successful fashion course.”

For all students and parents interested in joining JCSC, new students for the Middle School and Sixth Form will be able to register from Wednesday 7th September. The school is holding Open Events on Thursday 29 September where copies of both the main School Prospectus and Sixth Form Prospectus will be available. Alternatively, copies may be downloaded from the school’s website.

Andrew Mounsey

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