Students achieve top GCSE grades

Students and staff at Park View Academy were celebrating today (Thurs, 20 August) after achieving a marked increase in the number of children attaining top grades in this year’s GCSE results.

The number of children at the school in Alum Rock, Birmingham, achieving three or more A* or A grades in 2015 rose to 27 per cent, up six percentage points year-on-year.

Aisha Bibi, aged 16, was Park View Academy’s top performing girl student, securing 8 A*s and 2 As. After opening her results the English Baccalaureate student said: “This result has been my personal goal, and there is nothing I’ve wanted more than to get As today. So I’m feeling very pleased.”

Meanwhile, Khalid Shah, aged 16, was Park View Academy’s top performing boy student, securing 7 A*s and 6 As. He said: “It’s not really sunk in yet that I’m the top performing boy but I’m feeling quite euphoric, as these results are better than I expected. And I put this down to the surroundings and hard work.”

Khalid added that he was planning to go to King Edward VI Camp Hill to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

Taking the results by subject, sciences were particularly promising. The number of students achieving A* or A in Additional Science rose from 14 per cent in 2014 to 35 per cent this year.

Core Science GCSE A* and A grades also improved year-on-year, increasing from nine per cent to 24 per cent. The number of students achieving grade A*-C in Science was maintained at 73 per cent.

English Literature grades also improved, with the number of students achieving A*-C rising from 69 per cent to 85 per cent annually. The number of students achieving A* or A in English Literature increased from 18 per cent to 33 per cent.

A total of 63 per cent of students achieved GCSE grades A*-C in English Language, whilst in Maths the figure was 66 per cent.

Additionally, results amongst students eligible for the Pupil Premium have improved in many subjects, with disadvantaged students outperforming their non-Pupil Premium peers. A total of 54 per cent of Pupil Premium-eligible students achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C – one per cent more than students from non-disadvantaged backgrounds.

Students taking the English Baccalaureate also improved their year-on-year results, with 28 per cent passing, up by four percentage points on last year.

Park View Academy’s interim chair of governors Amran Majid hailed the results.

He said: “After a very challenging year Park View students have done themselves extremely proud. I am particularly pleased to note that children from disadvantaged backgrounds have achieved higher grades than last year in many subjects. I am also delighted that our higher achieving students have excelled, particularly in science where those children achieving A* and A grades have more than doubled.”

Amran Majid added: “The staff also deserves tremendous credit. Their resilience and their commitment to the children has remained steadfast and they will be able to take encouragement from these results, which provide a fantastic foundation from which to build during the next 12 months.”