PLUME School students have achieved a record breaking batch of exam results, even better than last year’s record.
An impressive total of 75 per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades – this represents a 5 per cent rise on last year’s record and a huge increase of 27 percentage points in the last 4 years.
In addition, a record 54 per cent of students gained five A* to C including English and Maths – our best ever results.
25% of all results were A* or A grade, another record.
Almost every student – 99 per cent - gained at least one GCSE with A* to G grades and a record 97 per cent achieved five GCSEs with grades A* to G.
72% of our students achieved A*-C in English and a remarkable 84% of our students achieved at least 2 Science A*-C grades.
Many of Plume’s highest achieving students received outstanding results including:
Fleur Young – 11.5 A*s & 2 As
Polly Young – 9.5 A*s & 4 As
Joy Young – 9 A*s & 4.5As
Adam Taylor – 8.5A*s & 6 As
Zoe Taylor – 8.5 A*s & 5.5As
Jasmine Taylor – 7A*s & 3.5As
Chloe Daniels – 5.5A*s & 7 As
Miriam Adam – 5A*s & 8.5As
Jonathan Chetland – 5A*s & 8As
Charlotte Strutt – 5A*s & 6.5As
Phoebe Sturges – 4.5A*S & 9As
The highest performing GCSE courses included triple science (100% A*-C); accelerated Maths with Statistics (100% A*-C and 84% A*/A); Media (100% A*-C and 45% A*/A); Child Development (97% A*-C and 42% A*/A); Drama (90% A*-C and 36% A*/A); Dance (93%); English Literature (93%), IT (93%).
In addition, 56 students in Yr 10 completed the full RE GCSE course in only 1 year and they achieved 93% A*-C. This is a fantastic achievement considering that a full course is normally taught over 2 years.
Plume’s BTEC courses achieved tremendous results including:
Media (100% pass with 62% distinction); PE (100% pass); Engineering (100% pass); CIDA IT (98% pass).
Vocational students excelled, 40 completing level 1 courses and 4 achieving level 2 qualifications. Popular courses included hairdressing, construction, motor vehicle and animal care.
The Vocational IT group achieved 100% A*-C completing the OCR nationals first award in ICT level 2.
David Stephenson, headteacher, said:
“We are delighted – these are the best results Plume School has ever achieved, better than last year’s record and they continue a very positive trend of year on year improvement.
“They reflect the huge amount of work by our students and mean they can progress to further study at our very successful Plume Sixth Form College.
“Credit should go not only to the pupils but also to the staff who have worked so hard to give our students an excellent education.
“I would also like to thank the parents, whose support is invaluable.
“We can reveal that well over 200 of our students will be progressing to our Sixth Form College in September – making it the biggest Year 12 group we have ever had in Plume’s largest ever Sixth Form.
“Congratulations to all our students on their achievements this year.”
Plume celebrates record A level results
PLUME School in Maldon is celebrating its best ever Advanced level exam results showing that students’ hard work and dedication has paid off.
Advanced Level results released today, Thursday August 19, show a 97 per cent pass rate in pupils achieving grades A to E. This equals the impressive performance of the last 2 years.
Some 47 per cent of entries resulted in A*, A or B grades which is the best ever performance in the history of Plume. This is even more outstanding when seen in the context of a Sixth Form steadily growing in size. Plume has one of the biggest Sixth Forms in Essex with an increasingly wide range of courses attracting students from other schools in the area.
In addition to these impressive results, a record number of Plume students have applied for a place at university. This reflects a trend over the last few years of increasing university applications but this year’s total of 101 applicants is Plume’s highest ever number.
Many students have achieved outstanding A level results this year. Rorie Ash (Plume headboy) achieved an A*, 2 As and a B and will study Architecture at Bath University, Chris Corby achieved 2 A* and a B and will study Philosophy and Politics at East Anglia, Megan Laurence achieved 3 A grades and will study Dance at Roehampton and Alexandra Weller achieved 3 A grades and will study Drama at Exeter.
Headgirl Bethany Dedman’s 2 As and a C gained her a scholarship at Kent University, Sophie Bushnel achieved an A* in Dance and a double distinction in Performing Arts, Brandon French achieved an A in Drama and a double distinction in BTEC Media and Michael Dartford and Jordan Patterson achieved A grades in Drama and double distinctions in BTEC Media.
In total, 29 of Plume’s A level courses achieved a 100 per cent pass rate. These included the Cache course – 10 students got three As in their Level Three Diploma in Child Care and Education: Rosie Sizer, Leigh Smith, Cheri Fuhr, Amie Oakley, Alice Bliss, Amie Riglin, Harriot Pinder, Josie Condron, Ashleigh Mitchell, Sophie Whiskin). In English, Dance, Drama, Further Maths, Media Studies and Physical Education every student gained A*-C grades.
Plume’s continued commitment to providing a broad curriculum including Applied A levels and BTEC courses has again led to some outstanding results. 19 students achieved double distinction (equivalent to two A grades at A level) in Interactive Media, Musical Theatre and Sport.
David Stephenson, headteacher of Plume School, said: “There is a huge amount for our students to celebrate.
“The results represent tremendous levels of achievement by the growing numbers of students that choose to continue their education at Plume School.
“Many of our students have achieved excellent results which can be attributed to their hard work over the duration of the courses.
“Credit must also go to their dedicated teachers and to students’ parents whose support is invaluable.
“Many Plume students are now planning to study at degree level – I am pleased to say that the vast majority who have applied to university have achieved the required grades.
“Plume’s involvement in the Aim Higher scheme, which encourages students to consider higher education after school, continues to have an increasing effect on the number of students wishing to take this route.”