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Exam Results 2017
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Options Booklet 2017
GCSE Results - Thursday 24 August 2017
Another year of fantastic student outcomes!
We are extremely pleased to inform you that the students of Plume Academy have achieved another year of excellent results. The year group were awarded an incredible 457 A*-A grades with an equally impressive 10 students securing 8 or more A*-A grades.
There is, however, a great deal more positive news to share:
- 41% of all grades awarded were A*-B
- 100% pass rate or better in 19 subjects
- 97% A*-C grades in Biology and Chemistry
- 93% A*-C grades in Physics
- 88% A*-C in Dance
- 78% A*-C in French
- 75% A*-C in Design Technology (Graphic Products)
- 24 A* and 27 A grades in History
- 47 grades 7-9 in English Language (the equivalent to A*-A on the new grading system)
- 27 A*-A grades in Additional Science
- 64 A*-A grades in RE
Many of Plume’s highest achieving students secured outstanding results including (in alphabetical order):
• Heidi Bee – 9A* and 1 A grade
• Michael Brandon – 6A*, 4 A and 1 B grade
• Ryan Johnson – 3A*, 7 A and 1 B grade
• Phoebe Maxted – 6 A*, 5A and 1 B grade
• Sophie Miller – 7 A* and 4 A grades
• Victoria Poole – 10 A* and 1 A grade
• Emma Vaughan – 5 A*, 5 A and 1 B grade
Our Vocational students also achieved extremely well once again this year with virtually every student securing the required grades to move on to their desired next pathway of choice.
Carl Wakefield, Principal of Plume Academy, said:
“I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of Year 11 and our staff for achieving these fantastic results. These outcomes are even more encouraging given the national context which continues to see unprecedented change and unquestionably more difficult curriculum content, amidst such uncertainty in terms of actual course expectations and overall grade boundaries across all examination boards.”
“It is always difficult to refer to specific results and individual students but if I had to, the incredible amount of A*-A grades achieved by the year group as well as 19 subjects securing a 100% pass rate would be the most satisfying from my perspective. Nevertheless, this is without taking anything away from all the other significant successes achieved by this terrific group of students today.”
“Results like these do not simply happen without a massive amount of commitment, dedication and sheer hard work from the students, and of course our excellent team of staff, working in collaboration over a significant period of time.”
“We have been relentless in our pursuit of identifying areas in need of improvement whilst remaining focused on our core objectives and overall targets. As a result, Plume Academy has achieved a significant amount of pleasing results across a number of subject areas, again, in such incredibly challenging and demanding times. Therefore, students and staff alike should feel exceptionally proud of these extremely positive outcomes. The same should also be felt by our tremendously supportive and loyal parents and carers who themselves have worked in partnership with the Academy over the past five years, thus ensuring their children can now progress on to the next stage of their education, employment or training.”
“I will conclude by wishing those students and their respective families who will be moving on to pastures new from this point onwards all the very best for what I hope will be an enjoyable and successful future. To those students who will be staying on to study in our College, my colleagues and I very much look forward to working alongside you over the next two years, and as you strive to achieve the best outcomes that will in turn see you secure a place at university, on a high-quality apprenticeship or progress into the world of work.”
A Level Results - 17 August 2017
Another year of excellent A level results for Plume Academy with our best ever A*-E outcome and total points score per student!
Plume, Maldon’s Community Academy, is once again celebrating extremely pleasing A level examination results which very much reflect the hard work and commitment shown by our students’ and staff over the course of the past two years.
A level results released today show that Plume secured our best ever A*-E pass rate at 98.6% as well as our highest ever total points score per student.
Other notable achievements secured by the class of 2017 were:
- An increase in the average points score per student
- An increase in the percentage of students securing 3A*-A grades
- An increase in the percentage of students securing 4A*-A grades
- 44% of all A level entries resulted in A*-B grades being achieved
Understandably, we are immensely proud as to how well our College students have performed, especially when taking into consideration the overall national picture. This is also whilst noting that Plume has one of the largest school-based Sixth Forms in Essex that continues to offer a rich variety and choice of courses. Many of our students have surpassed their target grades set by their performance at GCSE and the increases highlighted above provide direct evidence to support this.
In addition, an increased number of students have applied for a place at university, with a record number applying for the highly sought after and prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities. We are also absolutely delighted that every single student who applied to go to university has secured a place with the vast majority being at their preferred choice.
The Year 13 cohort this year totalled 124 students with many, as alluded to earlier, achieving outstanding results. We will now list a number of our top achievers in alphabetical order. Please note that A* = A Star at A level, D* = Distinction Star at BTEC and D*D* = Double Distinction Star at BTEC:
Carl Wakefield, Principal of Plume Academy, said:
“I am exceptionally proud of this year’s A level results and in particular with the overall A*-E outcome as well as the increased amount of students securing places at university. I am also extremely pleased at the increased number of students securing high quality apprenticeships at reputable organisations both locally as well as in the city of London.
However, the bottom line is that all of this cannot happen without a huge amount of hard work being put in over the past two years by our students themselves, and whilst working in collaboration with a fully committed and highly skilled team of staff. When combined with the support and input shown throughout from our students’ parents and carers, it is clear to see as to why we have had yet another extremely successful year.
To conclude, it has been a real privilege to work alongside our Year 13 cohort throughout their time in the College. Having got to know many of them exceptionally well over the past two years, I can honestly say that whilst I will be very sad to see them move on to the next stage of their lives, wherever they go, I am extremely confident they will continue to do the academy, their families and of course themselves proud. They will always be part of the Plume family and we look forward to hearing about their many successes at various points in the future.”
A-level/A2/AS Post-Results Services
For students whose university place is dependent on the outcome, examination boards provide opportunities for students to request photocopied scripts and priority reviews of marking to be carried out in the few days after results are received. Information regarding these options can be viewed below, and copies will also be enclosed with your results. However, please check the deadlines carefully.
Payments can be made to main reception or the examinations office (by 1 pm on Wednesday 23 August) - wherever possible please hand to a member of staff. Please mark your envelope clearly 'For the attention of Mrs R Coker' to ensure that the request is dealt with promptly, and also email: email@example.com to advise Mrs Coker that a request has been made. The correct amount if cash is being used would be appreciated and if cheques are being used, they should be made payable to 'Plume' - unfortunately Parent Pay will not be available.
Standard reviews of marking and requests for original scripts can wait until September.
Also for your information, the examinations office will be open during the holidays on the following dates:
GCSE Post-Results Services
Examination Boards provide opportunities for students to request scripts and reviews of marking to be carried out in the few weeks after the results are received. Information regarding these options can be viewed below, and copies will also be enclosed with individual results - please check the deadlines carefully.
Payments can be made to main reception or the examinations office - wherever possible please hand to a member of staff. If payment is left at main reception, please ensure the envelope is marked clearly 'For the attention of Mrs R Coker, Examinations Officer'.
For your information, the examinations office will be open during the holidays on the following dates:
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