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Students celebratingExam results 2010

Matthew Arnold School students, their families and their teachers have every reason to feel very proud of their achievements in the external GCSE and A level (A2) examinations this summer.

A level performance

90 students sat their A2 exams this summer and the overall outcomes were as follows (with last year's results in brackets):
97% (98%) of students achieved A*-E grades
76% (71%) of students achieved A*-C grades
12.5% of students achieved the new A*grades (the national figure is 8%).
We are delighted that our students have done so well and that we have maintained our high standards of previous years.  There is no doubt that the results are a result of hard work and commitment by both the students and the school staff.
There were some exceptional performances, including the Allwright twins' performance. Jane achieved 4 A* grades, including perfect scores on all her A2 Maths and Further Maths papers.  She will be going to Cambridge University to read Mathematics, her sister Claire achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades. Several students achieved at least 4 A grades in addition to Claire and Jane, they are; David Owen (3A* grades); Jack Leahy (1 A*); James Logan (1A*); George Newson (1A*) and Joshua Wainwright (1A*).  David will be reading Engineering at Oxford University, James and George will be joining Jane to read Spanish / Arabic Studies and Computing respectively.  This year we have a total of 4 students going to one of the Oxbridge Universities.
Other students also performed exceptionally well and achieved at least 3 A grades.  These are Richard Hawkes (3 A*), Davis Collis (2 A*), Sabrina Gardner (2 A*), Joel Peedell (1 A*), Lydia Allaby (1 A*), Lauren Amor, Alex Corrie and Tamara Silver.
Most students have achieved their University places, despite the increased competition this year. As we have not yet confirmed destinations with all of our students we cannot report the final figures for students going to university or into employment and training.

GCSE performance

We are all extremely pleased with the overall performance of 73% of our students achieving the measure of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics.  Last year 70% of students achieved this success measure.  To improve by 3% when the school is already achieving such high standards is a reflection of the dedication and hard work demonstrated by the students and the school staff, as well as the support offered at home.

There was a very positive atmosphere in the school this morning when the students, and some family members, arrived to collect the results.  There were cries of delight throughout the hall and much cause for celebration.  So many students did exceptionally well and achieved or exceeded their personal target grades that 97% of our students achieved 5 or more GCSE grades, compared with 95.5% last year.
A total of 15 students achieved all A and A* grades, with three girls, Georgia Howes, Zita Okeke and Cathy Wormald, achieving all A* grades.  The other students who also achieved all A and A* grades are: Tom Bradley, Eve Corrie, Katherine Cox (9A*), Alessia Dunn, Louis Frost, Jordan Hearne, Rhianna Johnson, Sam Maddrell Mander, Andisheh Namvari, Helen Owen, Tamlyn Watson and Claire Whittaker. Overall 32% of the grades achieved at Matthew Arnold School were A or A*, which is far in excess of the national figure of 20%.
Unusually, compared to the national results and trend of the last few years, our boys performed better than the girls at Matthew Arnold School.  74.4% of our boys achieved the measure of 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics.
We are very pleased to be able to celebrate such good results and we will be looking forward to welcoming the largest year 12 we have ever had this September.  Enrolment takes place at 3.00 pm on Thursday 2 September for sixth form places, with the minimum entry requirement for A level study being 5 or more A*-C grades including English and maths.
Congratulations to everyone,
Katherine Ryan
August 24 2010

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