I hope you have been enjoying the Summer holidays and, in particular, the buzz around the city during the Commonwealth Games.
Results Day for Year 11 students is always a special and memorable day. For the first time in 3 years, students in Year 11 took external examinations this summer. On Thursday, we saw smiling faces as students collected their results. We also featured on BBC Midlands Today as some students opened their envelopes. A link to the news feature is here for those who missed it.
I can share some key headlines with the community regarding the GCSE results:
- More students have achieved strong passes in English and Maths in comparison with 2019 despite the challenges the pandemic has brought over the last two and a half years
- There was strong progress in Art and RE, in particular, with students making more progress than others nationally
- The average points score (overall achievement of the cohort) exceeded that of 2019, despite the pandemic disrupting education for over 2 years
There were some very strong individual performances too:
- Nabiha Islam achieved nine qualifications, including six GCSEs at grade 9, moving on to King Edwards Handsworth to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths A levels.
- Mohammad Khan achieved nine qualifications, including 4 GCSEs at grade 7 and above. He joined JQA in September 2020 from India, becoming Head Boy in 2021. Mohammad is moving on to Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels.
- Heidi Leung joined JQA in February 2022 from Hong Kong. Though she came with very limited English, she was well supported and, with her hard work and determination, has achieved 6 GCSEs, scoring grade 8s in Science and Mathematics. She is going to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A level at Joseph Chamberlain College.
- Anisa Abdirahman achieved nine qualifications, four of which were at Grade 8 or above. She is moving to Central St Michael’s Sixth Form.
Our Year 11 students have put everything into achieving their qualifications, despite the challenges of the pandemic. For some, the journey to the exam hall has been even more challenging – with their arrival in the UK more recent. These results are a testimony to everyone’s hard work and demonstrate the progress we continue to make as a ‘good’ school. We look ahead to next year with optimism. Excellence is expected here.
I will in touch again shortly to share the key arrangements for students coming back to school on Tuesday 6th September 2022.
The Academy will be open during office hours of 9am-3pm throughout this week too.
As always, please call us on 0121 729 7220, leaving a message if lines are busy, and we will support you.
You can always contact me directly this week at: [email protected]