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Exam results 2011

GCSE Results 2011

“Matthew Arnold School were yet again the best in the county.”
Oxford Times August 2011

We are exceptionally proud of the performance of our students this year.  Students worked hard and were rewarded with high grades and more students than in any previous years achieving the key measure of at least 5 GCSE grades at C or above, including both English and mathematics.  73% of year 11 achieved this headline measure of GCSE success. This was the highest result of all the Oxfordshire state schools. We are enormously proud of our year 11 students for this fantastic achievement.  These results were supported by strong performances in English, maths and science.  78% of students achieved 2 GCSEs at grade C or above in Science. In Maths and English, 76% and 88% of students achieved a grade C respectively. Students have bucked the national trend of girls outperforming boys. At Matthew Arnold boys and girls have performed equally well.

We are particularly delighted that so many students across the year achieved or exceeded their target grades. This success is due to students, teachers and families working together. Teachers invest a lot of time in getting to know individual students, monitoring their progress and intervening early where necessary. Students know that all their teachers put on extra support and our mentoring system means that tutors can direct students to take up these opportunities, as well as provide encouragement and advice with revision.

The year group produced some excellent individual performances. For example, 9 students achieved 10 or more A* and A grades and there were many other success stories. We are proud of all students who worked hard and achieved their potential. Congratulations to all of our students who did their best, and to the families and staff who supported them.

A Level Results Summer 2011

We were delighted with the results from the summer 2011 A level examinations, which represent high levels of success for our students. This comes as a result of significant commitment and application from students during their two-year course and in their preparation for examinations as well as from successful and effective teaching and guidance from their teachers, together with valued support from parents. Eighteen of the 124 students who sat the examinations this summer achieved at least 3 A* or A grades.

The vast majority of students have achieved their university places, with a 25% increase in the number of students gaining their first choice place. This is a very important statistic as securing a place on a degree course has become so competitive.  Six students are going to Oxford or Cambridge and 25% of the students are going to Russell Group universities, recognised as the UK’s top 20 universities. 

Our overall results were: 11% A* grades; 53% A*- B grades and 75% A-C grades. The pass rate for A level was 99%.

Our AS results (the year 12 one year course leading to A level) improved significantly over the past years and are in line with the A level figures.  AS level grades are important when applying to university as these grades now have to be included on the application form. 

We are very proud of our success, particularly as so many more students are now attending, and achieving, in our sixth form.  Congratulations to everyone and we wish all our students success in their future.

Katherine Ryan
August 2011

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