This year’s Ely College students are best ever, say teachers

Ely College GCSE results day.

Ely College GCSE results day. - Credit: Archant

Dramatic improvements in GCSE results mean this year’s students are the best ever at Ely College, say teaching staff.

Ely College GCSE results day.

Ely College GCSE results day. - Credit: Archant

With 64 per cent of students securing the top grades 4-9 in both English and mathematics - the college is reporting a 14 per cent point rise from last year, and a 29 per cent point rise on 2015.

Richard Spencer, Principal of Ely College, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our students and their families on these excellent results for Ely College. We are very proud of what Year 11 have achieved.

Ely College GCSE results day.

Ely College GCSE results day. - Credit: Archant

“The significant improvements secured are the result of a great deal of hard work from our students and my wonderful staff.

“Ely College is once again a school of which the community can be proud, and we are determined to build further on this success in the years to come.

Ely College GCSE results day.

Ely College GCSE results day. - Credit: Archant


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“At the start of the year, I challenged the whole school community to look for an additional 10 per cent in all that we do. For us to have exceeded that in terms of results in our first year is fantastic.

“I wish all of our students every success as they move onto further education, and am excited to be welcoming many of them back to our own Bishop Laney Sixth Form.”

Ely College GCSE results day.

Ely College GCSE results day. - Credit: Archant

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Further success included 60 per cent of students achieving at least five A*-C grades, including a score of 4 or above in English and maths - a 12 per cent increase on 2016.

In English, 78 per cent of students achieved a grade of 4 or above, marking a 15 per cent increase on 2016 results.

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Furthermore, in maths 69 per cent of students achieved grades of 9-4 - a 10 per cent increase from the previous year.

Last week, Bishop Laney Sixth Form, a new collaboration between Ely College and Soham Village College, received an excellent set of post-16 course results with 89 per cent of students securing outcomes at either merit or distinction level in vocational courses.

Ely College GCSE results day.

Ely College GCSE results day. - Credit: Archant

The pass rate for the A Level entries was 87 per cent.

• The new scoring system has been introduced for English literature, English language and mathematics GCSEs. It grades student’s results on a 1-9 scale, with 9 being the best grade. This system aims to allow for more differentiation between student’s results with 4 being a standard pass and 5 a stronger pass.

• The grading system has only been rolled out with English and maths for the 2017 results. In 2018, another 20 subjects will be graded at levels 1-9 with the aim that by 2019 a majority of subjects will be under this new system.

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