GCSE results: Record English grades for The Royal Docks Community School
PUBLISHED: 16:11 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 24 August 2017
Pupils taking their GCSEs at The Royal Docks School have scored record-breaking results in English.
The Prince Regent Lane comprehensive establishment, for 11 to 16-year-olds, this year achieved an average 4+ pass rate of 56 per cent for pupils.
Headteacher Wendy Bower said there was a 15pc increase in the number of pupils leaving with a English Baccalaureate (EBacc), the school performance measure for students who achieve seven-plus A*-C grades in traditional academic GCSE subjects.
She said: “Just under a third of pupils from our school are leaving with a full EBACC qualification, a number of who have achieved top grades.
“We took the decision to make our curriculum much more academic a long time ago.”
Andrew Overton, the school’s chair of governors, also added his delight that the new curriculum “is bringing the EBACC academic outcomes that the pupils and the community deserve”.
Ms Bower said the school monitored the pressure on its students closely and provided a well-balanced environment including trips and non-academic sessions.
“We work very closely with parents and students to make feel very prepared for these changes because it is when they feel ill-prepared that they get stressed out,” she said.
“We are very mindful - we believe in well-rounded students.”
East Ham student Abigail Oluwayomi achieved 8s in English literature and English language, plus a 7 in maths.
Overall, she scored two A*s, three As, two Bs and one C.
The East Ham teenager said she was really happy with her results but said the new-style exams had been tough, particularly the maths ones.
“There were some questions that I really did not have any idea about at all,” she said.
The 16-year-old now hopes to make her dreams of working in neurology possible by taking A-levels in biology, maths, English literature and chemistry.
“I find the brain really fascinating and I want to understand how it works and how it processes the body,” she said.
Friends Kassim Munye, Peter Oduala and Benny Pedro also celebrated strong results.
Kassim, who achieved an A*, two As, three Bs and two Cs, now plans to study history, politics and economics at college.
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