Results

In 2019 (the last set of grades awarded through formal examinations) Ponteland High School students performed very well. A number of subject areas showed noticeable improvements on previous years.

The data below relates to 2019. We were particularly pleased with whole school improvements particularly within the challenging suite of qualifications that comprise the English Baccalaureate.

Key whole school measures:

Progress 8:      +0.06

Attainment 8:   51.6

EnMa 5+:           53% of students achieved at least a strong pass (Grade 5) in both English and Maths (54% in 2018)
EnMa 4+:           72% of students achieved at least a standard pass (Grade 4) in both English and Maths (78% in 2018)

EBacc entry:     65%

EBacc APS:        4.71

Our core subjects of English and Maths continue to perform at a very high level:

1. 69% of students gained a ‘strong pass’ (grade 5 or better) in a GCSE English qualification
a. 82% of students achieved a ‘standard pass’ (grade 4 or better)
2. 62% of students gained a ‘strong pass’ (grade 5 or better) in GCSE Maths
a. 79% of students achieved a ‘standard pass’ (grade 4 or better)

Grades 9-7 in English and Maths

The new GCSE qualifications include grades 7, 8 & 9 to replace A*-A.
1. 21 students gained Grade 9 in English qualifications compared to 11 last year
a. 31% of all English grades were 7-9 (27% in 2018)
2. 17 students gained Grade 9 in Maths compared to 15 last year
a. 25% of all Maths grades were 7-9 (25% in 2018)

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

65% of our students are entered for subjects within the EBacc suite of qualifications, i.e. GCSE’s in English, Maths, science, a humanities and a language qualification, which is significantly higher than the national average of 38% (2018). 28% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate (24% in 2018), which includes strong passes in English and Maths to complement Grade 4 or better grades in the other subjects 42% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate (35% in 2018), which includes standard passes in English and Maths to complement Grade 4 or better grades in the other subjects

Other notable achievements include:

26% of all entries received the highest grades of 9-7 or equivalent
57% of all entries received grades of 9-5 or equivalent
73% of all entries received grades of 9-4 or equivalent
62 students (24%) gained 5 or more Grade 9-7 or equivalent
42 students (16%) gained at least one Grade 9
25 students (10%) gained 3 or more Grade 9’s
15 students (6%) gained 5 or more Grade 9’s

Headteacher, Kieran McGrane, commented:

“Our school has been planning for the significant change of becoming an 11-18 secondary school from September 2019 therefore I am delighted with our GCSE results this year as they show that our staff and students have never lost sight of what matters most, which is excellent teaching and securing strong outcomes for all of our young people. These results are a real testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and their teachers.

Our school is particularly well served by our core subjects of English, Maths and Science with each subject area securing pass rates in excess of 70%, which provides an excellent foundation for our students. In addition to this, these subjects secured 94 individual grade 9’s, which is a phenomenal achievement given the level required
to be awarded this grade. It was also pleasing to note a pattern of securing grade 9 across all of our subjects.

As a Headteacher, I am acutely aware that achieving excellent results is a team effort. To that end, I am extremely grateful to our staff for their hard work and effort on behalf of this group of students. I am particularly pleased for our students who have applied themselves diligently and conscientiously during their time with us; they should be rightfully proud of their achievements. Thanks must also go to all parents for their support throughout what will have been an anxious and trying time for all concerned.”