GCSE Press Release - Thursday 24 August 2023
Another Week of Excellent Student Outcomes!
As was the case with our post-16 students last week, we are delighted to announce that the GCSE class of 2023 have also secured an excellent set of examination results.
The year group were awarded a superb 398 9-7 (formerly A*-A) grades with an equally impressive 19 students securing 8 or more 9-7 (A*-A) grades. Furthermore, the year group also secured an outstanding 100% pass rate in 18 subjects.
A significant number of Plume Academy’s students secured extremely impressive results including:
Benjamin Frost who achieved an unprecedented 9 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 6.
Poppy Brown achieved an exceptional 8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s.
Harry Webber who achieved 8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, and a grade 7.
Rachel Monk who achieved 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7, 2 grade 6s and a Distinction.
Anna Flower who achieved 6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, and 3 grade 6s.
Matthew Emerson who achieved a fantastic 5 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, a grade 6 and a Distinction*.
Oliver Cooper who achieved 4 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s and 1 Distinction.
Our vocational and resit students also achieved extremely good outcomes once again this year with almost all of the cohort securing the required grades to move onto the next stage of their education, employment or training.
Carl Wakefield, the outgoing Executive Principal, said:
“I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of the class of 2018-2023 as well as their team of teaching and support staff for achieving these fantastic set of results. This is for a whole host of reasons but especially given the national context since early 2020, and the subsequent unprecedented times they all had to navigate through – a period that spanned from the halfway point of Year 8 to well into the first year of their GCSEs. Still, successfully navigate their way through it they did and with today’s results providing definitive evidence to support this.
It is always difficult to refer to specific results and individual students but if I had to, the sheer amount of 9-7 grades achieved by the year group, especially at a time when the Government’s agenda is to significantly reduce them, as well as the number of subjects securing a 100% pass rate, are two particularly pleasing outcomes. Nevertheless, this is without taking anything away from all the other significant successes achieved by this terrific group of students and their outstanding team of skilled and unrelentingly committed staff of course.”
Mr Wakefield went on to say, “This year group of nearly 300 students were also impeccable in terms of their behaviour, attitude and approach throughout their entire six week summer examination period. Also, whilst attending their Prom, which 90% of the year group did, during their final leavers’ assembly and on their shirt-signing day.
To those students and their respective families who will be moving onto pastures new from this point onwards, I only wish them all an enjoyable, happy and ultimately, successful future. They will always remain as members of the Plume Family, however, and must never forget this.
To those students who will be staying on to study in our College, my remaining colleagues I know very much look forward to working alongside them over the next two years and as they strive to achieve the outcomes that will undoubtedly see them secure a place at their first choice university, on a high-quality apprenticeship or progress into the world of work.”
Mr Wakefield concluded by saying, “It has been the honour of my professional life to have worked alongside such fantastic students, staff and families these past eight years, and I am delighted that my tenure comes to an end on the past two weeks’ worth of such pleasing Post-16 and GCSE results.”
Craig Farrow, the year group’s Head of Year added, “Firstly, I am very proud that they achieved what they deserved. Furthermore, they are also an incredible bunch of individuals.”
Mr Farrow added, “I’m going to miss being their Head of Year but I’m pleased that they are now able to move onto their next stages as a result of their hard, and as Mr Wakefield alluded to, their ongoing resilience.”