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Celebrating GCSE Exam Results!


Students are celebrating their GCSE results at St Dunstan’s School. This year’s results show that students have performed above average compared to national figures. Student progress against expectations was +0.23 which means that, on average, students were nearly a third of a grade above their expectations. This is the third year running that St Dunstan’s students’ progress is well above the national average, demonstrating the excellent progress students make at St Dunstan’s.

Theo Wakeling achieved 9 A*/A grades including 7 at A*, Daisy Greenhalgh achieved 8A/A* grades with 4 at A* and Sam Briar achieved 6A/A* grades including 5 at A* and the new highest grade 9 in Mathematics.
Students who made the most significant progress this year were: Jade Biado who achieved on average 2.7 grades above expectations in all his exams, Ben King, Lily Kingston and Michal Mielnik who all achieved over 2 grades above expectations. 65% of students achieved above a grade 4 (equivalent to a grade C) in English and 65% in Maths, with every student leaving with at least 5 GCSEs or equivalent.

Headteacher Keith Howard said “I am very pleased with the results our students have achieved, they have worked hard all year and with the support of their teachers and parents have achieved excellent results. This is the first year group to take the new GCSE’s in English and Maths and they have risen to the considerable challenge they have presented admirably. I look forward to building upon the success of 2017 and continuing the positive and exciting journey”

During their recent monitoring visit, Ofsted noted that the school “has turned a corner and more pupils are making better progress than in the past.” Inspectors commented on the improvements in the quality of teaching and learning. Also praised were the outcomes achieved by students in Year 11 last year which placed the school in the top 1/3 of secondary schools in Somerset. This is reinforced by this year’s exam results.

Alun Williams, CEO of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership commented “I was delighted to see the excellent progress made by students at St Dunstan’s following receipt of their GCSE results today. The Year 11’s have excelled at a time of ever more challenging exams. These results show how partnership working can benefit children and bring real purpose to school improvement. Well done to all the staff and students – another stunning set of outcomes.”

If you would like to “see what’s new at St Dunstan’s”, our Open Day is on Wednesday 27th September.