Another Incredible year of results for St Mark’s Academy
St Mark’s is once again celebrating another set of excellent GCSE outcomes that are an improvement on those in 2018. Our Progress 8 score is an impressive +0.38 sustaining the excellent progress over the past three years. This means that students at the Academy make a third of a grade more progress than students nationally from similar starting points. This Progress 8 score was in line with our prediction.
In English the Progress 8 score is an exceptional +0.59 compared to +0.49 in 2018. 56% of students achieved a grade 5 or above. Again this is a 7% improvement from 2018. In maths there has been a 5% increase in students attaining a grade 5 since 2018. The progress score continues to be positive. Our basics 5+ measure is 35%. This is a 5% increase on 2018 attainment. Progress 8 outcomes for the EBac and Open element are above average for the third year running.
Year 11 have achieved a new record of 37 grade 9s compared to 17 in 2018. These are equivalent to an A** and mean that students have achieved outcomes that place them in the top 3% of students nationally. In the following subjects students have achieved grade 9s:
- English Literature- 4 students achieved a grade 9
- English Language- 2 students achieved a grade 9
- Triple science- 1 student achieved a grade 9 in all three subjects
- Design technology- 1 student achieved a grade 9
- French- 1 student achieved a grade 9
- History- 3 students achieved a grade 9
- PE- 1 student achieved a grade 9
- Spanish- An impressive 9 students achieved a grade 9
As the only Church of England secondary school in the borough we are extremely pleased to acknowledge that 9 students achieved a top grade 9 in RE, achieving a progress score of +0.7. Other fantastic results to celebrate come from:
- Spanish +1.4
- Business studies +1.3
- Biology +1.2
- Drama +0.9
- Physics +0.9
- English Lit +0.8
- Chemistry +0.8
- RE +0.7
- Product design +0.6
- PE +0.5
Those without KS2 data make up 28% of our cohort which are not represented in our headline Progress 8 scores. These students have made outstanding progress at +0.8 in relation to our baseline assessments. This is a phenomenal achievement and showcases the impressive work that staff, students and our wider community have all done to ensure every student is fully prepared for their exams.
ALL prior attainment groups continue to make strong progress. Our Pupil Premium students have made better than average progress at +0.05. Once again, our students with English as an additional language have performed exceptionally well and have, on average, a progress score of +0.74.
Many students have achieved top grade 9s. Gui has achieved grade 9s in English Literature, PE, RE and Spanish. Renee has achieved grade 9 in RE, biology, chemistry, physics and history. Grace has attained grade 9s in RE, English literature, English language and history. These results will now secure their future aspirations and enable them to continue their academic journey with us here at the Academy.
“These outcomes are testament to our incredible body of staff, the supportive families in our community and, above all our exceptionally dedicated and hardworking students. It’s an absolute privilege to be leading such a wonderful school that really is changing the life chances of these amazing young people we serve. These results are well deserved and I very much look forward to seeing just how far these young people will go, and of course celebrating with you all in September. “
We are so proud of the students and staff who have worked tirelessly to meet the challenge and rigour of these examinations. Our whole community will now be able to celebrate and we all should feel exceptionally pleased with these outcomes and the contribution that our school continues to make towards securing positive destinations for students. Our learners now have the whole world at their feet and this, following on from our secure KS5 results last week really highlights how St. Mark’s is now firmly established in enabling the young people of Merton to achieve incredible results at every level. I could not be happier.”
(Lisa Peterkin, Principal)
Further to my recent e-mail congratulating you on your excellent KS5 results, I am delighted to be writing again so soon to congratulate you all on your equally impressive GCSE results. The outcomes overall and at individual pupil level are fantastic and a testament to your hard work and passion for making a difference.
You are shaping character, instilling values and enriching lives as well as securing academic excellence for all and that is a phenomenal achievement and something few other schools and academies are able to do so successful and skilfully if at all.
"On behalf of the LGB I would like to thank you so much for all you have done to achieve these amazing results of which you should feel extremely proud. “
Rachael Norman, Chair of Governors