Wadebridge School students hit the highest grades again
The students of Wadebridge School are celebrating with their families and their teachers after gaining some of the highest grades possible in their GCSE examinations.
Following on from last year’s success the top grade of an A*Distinction was achieved by Lowenna Renals, Harry Pedlar and Isaac Gibbons in their Further Maths qualification.
Special mention must also go to: Ben Berryman, Scarlett Brown, Ormy McWilliam, Hannah Reseigh, Sian Temple, Maddy Walker, Lowenna Williams and Bea Winchester who all gained A*/A grades across the board.
However, as a school we celebrate the success of every student, no matter what their grades, and many of our students have had to face great challenges this year, especially with regard to their health, and they have still excelled, so we wish them all every success as they move into the 6th Form or the next step in their education or training.
Hard work brings Wadebridge 6th Form students the success they deserve!
The talented students of Wadebridge 6th Form have achieved the highest grades in their A Level examinations and ensured progression onto the next step in their education or career.
Just like Team GB and the Olympic champions, this success comes as a result of two years of hard work and commitment to academic study, great success at GCSE, and a support team made up of staff, parents and the whole community. It is this dedication and talent which has resulted in some of the highest grades possible across the board.
More than 90% of students gained 3 or more A Levels or A Level equivalent, with the average academic grade of a B and the average grade for those taking vocational courses lying between a Distinction and a Distinction*.
Special mention must go to the following students who all gained three or more A/A* or Distinction* grades in their subjects: Jade Morse, Olivia Warr, Matt Williams, Robyn Proctor, Heather Knight, Neve McCracken, Josh Lyle, Matt Kennelly and Holly Kowalski-Hicks.
Headteacher Miss Yardley said, “We are so proud of the achievements of our students. This year group were my first year 7 students as Headteacher and to see them now, as successful, caring and incredibly talented young people is fantastic. Their achievements in their examination results are matched by their personal qualities, which everyone knows are highly valued at Wadebridge and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Link to exam handbook
A summary of the school's GCSE results from 2012-2015 can be accessed here: exam performance using old key performance indicators.
An independent and detailed analysis of the 2015 results (carried out by FFT Aspire) for every subject and groups of pupils can be found here: FFT Governors' Dashboard
An analysis of the schools exam results for 2015 and 2016 can be accessed here: exam performance using the new Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures.
Use of Calculators in Exams
The regulations for the use of calculators in both GCE and GCSE examinations can be found on page 9 of the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) booklet "Instructions for conducting examinations", which in turn can be found on the JCQ website at Instructions for Conducting Exams and are reproduced below:
For question papers where the use of calculators is allowed, candidates are responsible for making sure that their calculators meet the awarding bodies' regulations.
The instructions set out in this section apply to all examinations unless stated otherwise in the appropriate awarding body's subject-specific instructions.
Candidates should be told these regulations beforehand.
Calculators must be:
- of a size suitable for use on the desk;either battery or solar powered.
Calculators must not:
- be designed or adapted to offer any of these facilities:
- language translators;
- symbolic algebra manipulation;
- symbolic differentiation or integration;
- communication with other machines or the internet.
- be borrowed from another candidate during an examination for any reason (an invigilator may give a candidate a replacement calculator)
- have retrievable information stored in them - this includes:
- mathematical formulas;
- The candidate is responsible for the following:
- the calculator's power supply;
- the calculator's working condition.
Advice:* An invigilator may give a candidate a replacement calculator.
Where access is permitted to a calculator for part of an examination, it will normally be acceptable for candidates to place their calculators on the floor under their desks in sight of the invigilator(s) for the non-calculator portion of the exam.
Note also that these regulations apply to both GCE and GCSE Mathematics examinations.
The crucial prohibitions above are to do with calculators which can perform symbolic algebra manipulation and/or symbolic differentiation or integration; these calculators are still quite expensive and the ones we know about include:
- Casio: Algebra FX2.0, Algebra FX2.0 PLUS, ClassPad 300, ClassPad 300 PLUS, ClassPad 330
- Hewlett Packard: HP 40G, HP 40GS, HP 48G, HP 48G II, HP 49G, HP 49G PLUS, HP 50G
- Texas Instruments: TI-89, TI-89 (Titanium), TI-92, TI-92 PLUS, Voyage 200, TI-nspire CAS
There is no list of calculators which can be used, though it can probably be assumed that any calculator that is not on the list above is permissible. This includes graphical calculators, those which can perform numerical differentiation and integration, manipulate matrices, change bases, etc. Calculator manufacturers are quite canny in making sure their latest models adhere to the regulations, so chances are anything that's come out recently is also allowed.
Wherever possible we try to set questions which obviates any advantage a student may obtain from such calculators - a basic scientific calculator should be considered sufficient for the demands of the GCSE, AS and A level papers.