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Frome College Best Ever GCSE ResultsFrome College has achieved its best ever GCSE results this week continuing the upward rise in examination results.

57% of students achieved five higher-grade GCSE passes which includes English and mathematics. This is nearly a 10% improvement on last year and places the College above the national average (using last year’s figure). This is also the first entry figure and does not represent any re-takes.

Boys have also out-stripped girls, with a higher percentage of boys achieving five A*-C with maths and English than girls.

Mathematics has been one of the big success stories this year, where 67% of students achieved a C grade or higher which is a 10% improvement on last year.

English Language also achieved 67% of students achieving a C grade or higher, which places both subjects above the national average. The grade boundaries in English have been raised this year making it harder to achieve the higher grades. English Literature achieved an 85% higher pass rate.

Science grades were substantially higher than previous years with 63% of students achieving at least two science qualifications at a C grade or higher. This is an improvementincrease of over 40%.

Progress levels in all three Core GCSE subjects are also very high and above national averages, showing increases at all ability levels. This is particularly important for a fully-comprehensive school such as the College.

Results in the humanities subjects have also increased with 70% of students achieving C grades or higher. History in particular has made important increases. Overall the rise in the grades of the more traditional subjects at the College represents a relentless focus on the academic rigour of the curriculum.

In GCSE computer science, a subject highly regarded by both government and industry, 90% of students achieved a C grade or higher.

In other option subjects GCSE drama achieved a 100% pass rate on C grades and above, GCSE music 87%, GCSE physical education 90%, GCSE religious education 85%, GCSE photography 90%. This illustrates the breadth and depth of the quality of learning and achievement across Frome College.

In a new government measure called ‘Progress 8’ the College has recorded an impressive result of ‘’0.19’’. This basically means that our students are making really good progress over a range of at least eight subjects. The College is absolutely delighted to score such a positive figure in this new performance measure showing that we are on the road to become an outstanding school.

We are proud of all of our students but there were some exceptional individual performances: Ben Davies achieved eleven A*s and one A; James Muxworthy gained nine A*s, two As and a B; Blythe Plenderleith attained six A*s, three As and two Bs. Some of our other excellent achievers were (alphabetically):

Grace Barnes - six A*s, one A, three Bs

Jake Barrow - six A*s, three As, one B and one C

Kieran Hill – six A*s and four As

Chana Joyce - five A*s and six As

Jessica Perry – five A*s and six As

Samuel Wilson six A*s, four As and a B.

In addition to these amazing results, a large section of our students also achieved four A*s.

We have amazing students and staff at Frome College and my thanks and congratulations go out to all of them. I would also like to thank our community for their support. We have a dynamic school and town that we can all be proud of.

Gavin Ball
Frome College


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