Students and staff at Midhurst Rother College were celebrating a double success as GCSE results were handed out at the school this morning (Thursday, August 25).
Not only was there a big increase to 58 per cent in the number of students gaining five or more A* to C grades but MRC pupils performed well above the national standard expected this summer through the government’s new system of measuring pupils’ progress.
The expected national standard for schools to achieve was a ‘progress 8’ score of -0.5.
Scores approaching 0 showed schools performing well above the expected standard and today MRC’s score for this summer’s GCSE students was a creditable -0.03.
Principal Dr Joe Vitagliano who was congratulating his last batch of exam students before leaving the college at the end of the month told the Observer: “Each of these figures represents a significant improvement on the previous year’s results.”
High performing subjects included maths, further maths, biology, physics, art, drama, geography, history, ICT, music, photography, religion and philosophy and textiles.
“The last job I have in college today is to sign off on a big improvement in exam results. Every one of these students is going on to great further education and great training.
“In days of old many youngsters were going out into a world of unemployment but those days have ended.
“I feel quite emotional about this in terms of signing off in that way, because the best interests of the school and the community are being preserved.
“The school feels right and it should continue in a confident way - it’s about a whole team effort.”
Among the stars of the GCSE show notching up A*s and As were Cora Dee with 11, Jonty Kennedy and Rory Williams with 10, Alice Reed with 9, Honor Cave-Toye, Polly Hodd, Elizabeth Jelbert and Ellen Jenner who all got 7, Bethany Procter and Gracie Spooner with 6, and Charlotte Hirst, Alice Jones and Megan Walters who all got five A*s and As.
“This year’s excellent results have come about not only because students have applied themselves diligently,” said Dr Joe, “they have also received unwavering help and guidance from teachers and support staff at the college, and their parents have bought strongly into the partnership that has made Midhurst Rother College an outstanding school.
“In my last duty as principal I am not only proud to say we have improved our examination results yet again but we have helped almost every student in the Class of 2016 to go on to high quality further education or training. What is particularly pleasing is that many students will continue their studies at the college.”
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