GCSE exam candidates provided the perfect response to The Deepings School’s disappointing Ofsted report with a surge in top grades.
Just a month after senior staff were told that the school “requires improvement”, Year 11 students achieved a 15 per cent jump in the number of A* to C grades earned.
Changes to the course content and grading system for English language, English literature and maths, replacing the old A* to G marks with 9 to 1, proved an incentive for the school as passes in English and maths rose by 15 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.
Iulia Iftimie, of Bourne, who collected a 9 in English language, 8s in English literature and maths, as well as three A*s and two As, said: “I only joined The Deepings School in November 2016 after moving to the UK from Romania.
“It was also my first British school ever and during the following seven months, I had to work hard to keep up with the rhythm at which my classmates were working.
“Fortunately I had great, supportive teachers who helped me overcome the effects of me coming to the school so late in my 11-16 education and my grades were a relief because I want to continue doing mathematics at A-Level, along with psychology, law and biology.
When I opened my results, I was as surprised as I was relieved and I’m now content with this achievement, whilst also hoping to keep doing well in the years to comeIulia Iftimie, of Bourne, The Deepings School
“But when I opened my results, I was as surprised as I was relieved and I’m now content with this achievement, whilst also hoping to keep doing well in the years to come.”
Millie Mae Andrews, of Market Deeping, was “delighted and a little relieved” to get grades of 7 in maths and 8s in English Language and English literature, along with five A*s and two As.
She said: “I didn’t know what to expect. particularly in those exams under the new grading system.
“I believe that I worked equally hard throughout the two years and set myself very high standards in all subjects. “Whether it was homework or revision, I was always prepared to take as long as was needed to get the work done to my satisfaction.”
Harriet Norris, of Deeping St James, was “extremely happy” after getting a 9 in maths, 8 in English literature and 7 in English language, along with seven A*s.
She said: “I’ve put in a lot of work, both in and out of school, and have been lucky enough to have teachers supporting me along the way.
“The extra revision sessions that many teachers provided, both during and after school, were very helpful towards me achieving my grades which I’m extremely happy with.”
Olivia Marshall, also of Deeping St James, collected an 8 in maths and 7 in English language, six A*s and two As.
She said: “I’ve put a lot of effort in, especially over the last school year, but have been helped tremendously by teachers who have run additional lessons at lunchtimes and after school.”
Head teacher Richard Lord said: “A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into preparing for these new-style examinations and the manner in which students and staff have approached the challenge has been really commendable. “The support of parents and carers along the way has also been vital because we know that this has a truly positive impact.
“I only joined the school last September and, therefore, appreciate that we introduced many swift, decisive and, most importantly, sustainable changes.
“But the way these changes have been embraced has been pivotal in securing improvements across the board and they certainly validate the positive comments highlighted within our recent Ofsted report.
“These results represent a significant improvement and are the best in the last four years, but they are only the beginning of the process and we look forward to the continued support of parents, carers and the wider Deepings community as we continue to make our school the best it can possibly be.”