Results day brings clarity and success for Year 11
The temperature might have dropped from last week’s heat wave, but the sun came out and there were certainly plenty of warm smiles as staff welcomed back Year 11 students to Homewood to collect their GCSE and Level 2 results this morning.
Following the Government’s U-turn decision to enable both Sixth Form and Year 11 students to use either their Centre Assessed Grade or each examination board’s Calculated Grade (whichever is the highest), staff were able to properly congratulate students on their achievements as well as offer support and guidance regarding their next steps with far more certainty.
As expected from the school’s rigorous tracking and monitoring procedures, the overall upward trend in students’ performance at Homewood over recent years has continued. There was a clear improvement in many different areas of the curriculum and a number of students picked up the top grades of 7-9 in several subjects which demonstrates a very significant school achievement. There were strong performances in English and Maths and there was a particularly high performance for top grades in Chinese, Science, Dance and the Visual Arts (Art, Photography and Graphics).
Amongst the top performers were: Rebecca, Eliza, Tommy and Zoe in World College, Alex in I-College and William in Enterprise College, all of whom achieved the highest overall average point scores within the cohort.
Principal Jeremy Single said: “Following a very uncertain and difficult period of time since schools closed in March, and the very unsettling events of the past week as the Government has struggled to deal with the aftermath of its very controversial algorithm, I am extremely pleased that we were able to welcome our Year 11 students back to school today and to offer them our congratulations, as well as to help confirm their future pathways. For the vast majority, this will be taking up a well-deserved place in Homewood’s very successful Sixth Form Centre.
“Our approach to the teacher assessments was to be as rigorously fair as possible. I am extremely proud of all of their achievements and very grateful to our staff for the hard work they have put in over many years to achieve such success. I wish all of our Year 11 students the very best of luck for their future studies.”
Once again staggered arrival times and a one-way route to collect their results helped to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. As with A-level results, every student received an iconic Homewood Lockdown Leavers of 2020 T-shirt. The ice cream van also made a welcome appearance, providing everyone with free ice creams and lollies; not quite a replacement for their lost school farewell party but a welcome taste of Summer to celebrate with.