Outstanding GCSE success for year 11 students at Ark Academy

Progress & Attainment Accomplishments

Ark Academy students performed exceptionally well in headline measures across all GCSE subjects:

  • Our school’s estimated progress 8 score is +0.4, demonstrating that students made substantially more progress than their peers across the country.
  • The new Attainment 8 measure is also very positive, with average attainment across the school at 5.0 - classified as a new ‘strong pass’. 
  • Our students really rose to the challenge of the new and more rigorous exams in English and maths with 40% of grades achieved in English and maths were 6 or higher.
  • Just over 50% of our students gained 5+ 9-5 grades including English and maths. This is one of the reasons so many students continue their study by taking up A Levels at Ark Academy Sixth Form.
Headline Measure  2017 2016 Headline Measure 2017 2016
Attainment 8 Score 5.0 5.3 9-4/9-5 in English & Maths 75%/57% 70% (C+)
Progress 8 Score +0.4 +0.3 Ebacc (English Baccalaureate) 35% (55% entered) 39% (62% entered)

Subject highlights

  • Both progress and attainment are impressive in English and maths: 75% of our students attained a 4+ in either English language or literature and maths; 57% attained a 5+ in both.
  • In English, 82% achieved a 4+ in English literature and 74% achieved the same in language. Pleasingly, progress in English was average half a grade more than students nationally.
  • In mathematics – our specialist subject –31% of students achieved 7+ (equivalent to A*-A) and an incredible 7 students attained a grade 9 – the new top grade awarded to the top 3% of students in the country. Progress was also high at 0.8 grades on average above nationally expected progress in maths.
  • Ark students have again excelled in the EBacc pathway with 35% achieving A*-C in all EBacc subjects – against the most recent national average of 24%.
  • Finally, we were very pleased that 46% of grades in foundation subjects were B or higher.
 

Year 11 Attain

9-4

Year 11 Attain

9-5

Year 11 Attain

9-7

English 74% 58% 18%
Maths 78% 63% 31%
English Literature 82% 65% 16%
 

Y11 Attain

Y11 Attain

Y11 Attain

          A* - D

A* - C

A* - A

Science

82%

59%

2%

Science Additional

89%

69%

1%

Biology

100%

100%

50%

Chemistry

100%

98%

60%

Physics

100%

98%

69%

Geography

84%

66%

14%

History

81%

69%

27%

French

96%

89%

21%

Spanish

90%

69%

40%

RE

87%

77%

43%

Art & Design

91%

64%

9%

Business Studies

96%

81%

15%

Drama

91%

73%

0%

Food

80%

20%

7%

Graphics

42%

33%

8%

Information Tech

59%

41%

0%

Maths Additional

74%

58%

26%

Media

89%

55%

8%

Music

100%

100%

25%

Performing Arts

90%

60%

20%

PE

67%

39%

11%

Resistant Materials

73%

38%

4%

Textiles

79%

57%

7%

Success for all students

  • We are very proud of the progress and attainment of our disadvantaged students, who make up 56% of the year group (89 students). Headline measures for pupil premium students are very similar to their peers; progress 8 is +0.3 and attainment on average is 4.7. In addition, 73% of pupil premium students attained a 4+ in English language / literature and maths.
  • Students do well at Ark regardless of their prior attainment; both low and high prior attainers made progress on average of +0.5 and middle attainers averaged progress of +0.4

Individual student successes

So many students achieved fantastic overall reults this year!

 cid:image001.png@01D31BFD.E761F9B0Ammar Al-Kahachi achieved the highest progress in the school, five grades above national expectations from his starting point. He arrived in the UK 6 years ago from Iraq, speaking no English and escaping the bombing by 10 minutes. He said “My teachers in the school, I honestly give credit to them. We have enrichment in our school, where we stay after school if we need. I just went after school to my teachers and took their time. I also did extra maths and triple science.”

 

 

Some other stand out results include:-

  • Shannon Lee who along with her impressive 9 in maths and 7/8 in English Language/Literature, racked up a further 6 A* plus a B in the additional maths qualification.
  • Heba Mushattat scored the perfect 9 in both English Language and Literature (English is an additional language for Heba), along with 8 in maths, 5A*, 2As and a fantastic A the additional maths qualification.
  • Sara Arybou also achieved 9 in maths and double 8 in English, 4A*s, 3As and another fantastic grade A in the additional maths qualification. 

Not to be left out some top boys include:

  • Klio Balliu  had a fantastic results day with  grade 8 in maths, a grade 7 & 8 in English and English literature with the addition of 4A*s, 3As and a grade A in the additional maths qualification
  • Wiktor Wachala was exceptionally pleased with the op grade in maths – grade 9. Additionally he attained grade 6 & 7 in English and English literature and a subsequent 3A*s and 4 As
  • Shahir Yadgari had similar success; again an excellent maths grade 8, in English and English literature he achieved a grade 7 & 6. He completed his set of results with 5A*s, 2As and B in the additional maths qualification

There are many other students with fabulous grades who contributed to the 58% of students who achieved 8+ 9-4 GCSE grades. We are proud of all of our year 11 and wish them the best as they start their Post 16 story!