Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past six months, the formal examinations due to be sat by Years 11, 12 and 13 students were cancelled without notice. As a direct result, the tremendous prior efforts and significant amount of hard work already undertaken left students, their families and the staff of Plume Academy, as well as secondary schools throughout Mid-Essex, feeling absolutely devastated.
Nevertheless, after being instructed to do so by the examinations regulator, the academy adopted a meticulous approach over a 10 week period to produce our own Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) for nearly 500 students and for over 3000 individual subject entries.
Sitting examinations in the age-old established manner would have been stressful enough for these young people, however, losing the chance to prove what they could achieve left many extremely upset. Nevertheless, and despite these significant and somewhat unique challenges, the Plume Family congratulate all of our own as well as students from across the district and county for what they have still achieved and wish them every success as they progress onto the next stage of their education, employment or training.
Despite the massive challenges they had to face, we are absolutely delighted to announce as well as celebrate the fact that the class of 2015-20 secured a year of fantastic GCSE examination results. The year group were awarded an incredible 208 9-8 grades (formerly A*-A) with an equally impressive 11 students securing 10+ grade 9-8 grades (formerly A*/A grades) with two of our students securing an astonishing 8 top grade 9s!
However, there is a great deal more positive news to share with:
67% of all grades awarded being 9-4 grades
100% pass rate in a joint-record 18 subjects
A record 9 subjects saw 75%+ of their students secure a grade 4+
89% 9-4 (A*-C) grades in Media Studies
82% 9-4 (A*-C) grades in Design and Technology
81% 9-4 (A*-C) grades in both French and Spanish
8 Grade 9 and 12 Grade 8 grades in Mathematics
8 Grade 9 and 10 Grade 8 grades in Biology
¾ of all grades in English Language and Literature were 9-4
2/3 of all grades in Mathematics were 9-4
To reiterate, a significant number of Plume Academy’s Year 11 students secured outstanding results including:
Jamie Steven with 8 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s
Lucas Chaplin with 8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 1 grade 7
Martha Carlin with 6 grade 9s and 5 grade 8s
Daisy Jewell with 7 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 1 grade 7
Isla Watterston with 7 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 1 grade 7
Lily Peace with 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s
Beth Meltzer, the Head of Year for the class of 2015-20 said:
“I’m feeling really, really proud on what feels like an extremely positive day. What we need to take into account is not just the grades that the year group have achieved and very much earned, but how they’ve handled themselves over the past six months too. There’s been a lot of uncertainty, a lot of changes going on with GCSE grading and they’ve just remained really patient and again, I’m genuinely so proud of them.”
“The results are outstanding but again, it’s just a true reflection of just how hard the students have worked since I first started working with them and became their Head of Year and from the start, it was really clear they were extremely motivated and again, I think these results have very much reflected that.”
“You can never really prepare for a role as a Head of Year and it must be so different because every year group has its own personalities, its own character and I feel I’ve just been really fortunate to work with some brilliant young people”.
Carl Wakefield, Principal of Plume Academy, said:
“I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of Year 11 and our team of staff for achieving these fantastic results. These outcomes are even more encouraging given the ongoing unprecedented national context.”
“It is always difficult to refer to specific results and individual students, however, the fact that so many of our students secured top 8-9 grades and 18 subjects secured a 100% pass rate was particularly pleasing. Nevertheless, this is without taking anything away from all the other significant successes achieved by this terrific group of students.”
“Results like these simply do not happen without a massive amount of commitment, dedication and sheer hard work from them and of course our excellent and highly skilled team of staff working in collaboration over a significant period of time. Therefore, students and staff alike should feel exceptionally proud of these superb 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 every single one of their children, our students, can now progress on to the next stage of their education, employment or training; it was great to see so many of them come in with their children this morning as well.”
“Whilst record numbers will now be staying on with us in September, I will conclude by wishing those students and their respective families who will be moving on all the very best for what I hope will be an enjoyable, happy and ultimately, successful future. I will miss you greatly and you will remain very special to me due to the fact that we all started at the academy on the same day. Please also remember that you will always be part of a very special family – The Plume Family!”
A Year to be Exceptionally Proud of!
GCSE Press Release - Thursday 20 August 2020