GCSE Results: Bourne Community College

Grace Andrews, head Yvonne Watkins and Freya Shepherd-Bland
Grace Andrews, head Yvonne Watkins and Freya Shepherd-Bland

‘Chuffed’, that is how the new head of Bourne Community College summed up her feelings about the GCSE results.

Yvonne Watkins said she was ‘delighted’ with ‘yet another great set of results’.

Issac Sturge celebrates with friends

Issac Sturge celebrates with friends

She added: “We are extremely proud of the focus and commitment shown by both students and staff and to see all their hard work reach fruition.”

Successes included 100 per cent A* - C for dance and performing arts, 93 per cent for music and 92 per cent for outdoor education.

Head boy Isaac Sturge – who achieved nine A* and one A – was just one of the students who were clearly estatic.

He admitted ‘I am shocked’ and that his dream is ‘to be an actor – but I have back-up plans’.

Students opening their result envelopes

Students opening their result envelopes

Leanne Harrison, who plans to head to South Downs College to study animal management also had a good surprise.

She said: “I wasn’t expecting to do this well, I did better than I thought I would.”

While Grace Andrews and Freya Shepherd-Bland were pleased to have got what they need for the next step.

Freya said: “I passed every thing and got an A in English Literature which is the main one for me.”

Mr Lloyd with Leanne Harrison

Mr Lloyd with Leanne Harrison

All admitted it was a strange feeling, the mixture of exam joy and sadness of leaving.

This was something Mr Lloyd, director of learning for music, who is moving on from Bourne after eight years also acknowledged as he praised the school’s support system.

Mr Lloyd said: “Music departments are usually a one or two man band, cliche but it is true, but here there is a real open door policy. If you need support you can find it and that filters down from staff to students, that has been a big thing here.”

More than half of all the students leaving the Bourne Community College in 2016 have gained the ‘gold standard’ of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Ms Watkins said: “We are especially proud of our A* and A results, reflecting our continued push for excellence in all areas and this year we have so many high achievers whose hard work and dedication is reflected in their progress and attainment.

She added: “Our sincere congratulations go to all of our departing students, who have successfully completed their time here at the Bourne. We wish them all well for a successful future, as they take up their hard earned places at local colleges or start on employment pathways.”

How the grades broke down:

More than 73 per cent of the year group gained an A*-C grade in English.

65 per cent gained an A*-C in Mathematics.

More than 90 per cent A*-C pass rate for those students studying the Triple Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Music (93% A*-C), Dance (100% A*-C), Outdoor Education (92% A*-C), Spanish (79% A*-C), Food Technology (75% A*-C) and ICT (89% A*-C) Performing Arts (100 %).

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