This morning, 237 GCSE students and their respective families celebrated an important milestone with record numbers staying on into the Sixth Form to study A-Level .

Principal, Dr Chris Ingate said: 

“There were some excellent individual performances with students achieving level 8 and 9 across the board – interestingly more boys than girls, bucking the national trend (see photo above) – but equally there were students achieving personal bests and exceeding their GCSE targets.  These results mirror the findings from Ofsted in June, where inspectors found that ‘pupils currently in the school are making strong progress in a wide range of curriculum areas. From their different starting points, pupils make good progress.’”

Dr Ingate added:

“I am incredibly proud of Birchwood’s inclusive, all-ability ethos and to see every Year 11 student successfully move on to Post-16 with record numbers ‘staying on’ is very rewarding. I was also particularly pleased to see the gap in attainment between students from more deprived backgrounds and their non-disadvantaged peers close.”