GCSE Results Day
The Ilfracombe Academy are delighted with the excellent results achieved by our Year 11 students today. This follows our excellent A-level outcomes that were received by our Year 13 students on Tuesday. We are fully aware of how challenging things have been for our students after two national lockdowns and various periods of self-isolation where students had to access their education remotely. The results are a testament to the hard work of our students and their families, but also importantly how well our teachers know our students, the excellent relationships we have, combined with superb subject knowledge and high-quality teaching and learning. This all culminated in our students collectively improving their outcomes by nearly one grade after their return to school after the first lockdown.
There were a number of students who achieved exceptional results. The following lists some of these students and the number of subjects that were awarded grades 9 and 8 at GCSE and Distinction* at BTEC:
Sam Barker – 9 subjects
Erin Borthwick – 6 subjects
Charley Brocklesby – 10 subjects
Amy Knill – 10 subjects
Talya Millington – 6 subjects
Holly Williams – 6 subjects
However, we are most proud and truly inspired by those students that have overcome considerable adversity to fulfil their potential and move onto the next phase in their education with confidence and the knowledge that hard work really does pay off.
The teacher-assessed grades have resulted from a rigorous process which started this year following the Prime Minister’s announcement in January 2021 that exams could not go ahead as planned. This process has involved some of the following steps:
All staff understanding and implementing the guidance from Ofqual, JCQ and the awarding organisations;
The school running additional examinations and assessments to inform the evidence base for the teacher-assessed grades;
Teaching staff marking and moderating these additional examinations and assessments;
The grading of all students in all subjects by teaching staff;
The internal quality assurance of the grading process by departments and senior leaders;
The external quality assurance of the process by awarding organisations.
Mr Tilley (Head of Year 11) “Yr11 students have worked really hard over the last two years in very challenging circumstances. However, the year group stepped up to that challenge and in turn have a fantastic set of results which will enable then to take their next steps with confidence. Enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer and good luck in the future.”
Mr Rogers (Head Teacher) “I would like to personally thank my colleagues who worked tirelessly to ensure our students were supported and awarded fair and accurate grades that they fully deserve. These grades will allow them to proceed to the next part of their learning journey, be it at our Sixth Form which continues to grow in popularity, other further education providers or to employment through an apprenticeship scheme”.