Outstanding exam performances at Hanham Woods

Published on: 07 Sep 2015

HANHAM Woods Academy is looking ahead to a bright future after a very successful first year as part of the Cabot Learning Federation.
The school has seen its headline GCSE rate rise for the third successive year and the overall pass rate in the sixth-form has increased.
This year 53 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C GCSEs including English and maths. Impressively, the year-on-year improvements have been achieved across all the key performance indicators in attainment and progress; students’ achievements include 5A*-C GCSEs at 62%, English A*-C 63%, Maths A*-C 71%.  Humanities, health and social sare, PE and the creative arts all producing strong results.  Some subjects saw a record number of A*/A passes.
Outstanding individual performances came from students of all abilities. George Hockenhull with 7As and 2A* and Velvet Jones with a Distinction*, 2A*, 3As, 1B and 1C were two of the highest performing students.
Star performances also came from Olivia Thompson, Katie Stokes and Kye Tasker, who also achieved their ASDAN Gold Certificate in addition to gaining GCSEs.
Principal Phil Bevan  said: “Hanham Woods is a fully comprehensive academy and we are very proud of the fact that 98 per cent of all students accomplished a GCSE grade in English and maths. This year’s success has been built upon the continuous hard work and dedication of students over the last two years. Particularly impressive has been the resilience of students to never give up, their growth mindset and the willingness to rise to the challenge.
“Thank you to staff and parents for being an inspiration for our students and supporting them on this successful journey. I wish our students every success as they move on either to further study or apprenticeships. I very much look forward to seeing a large number of them with us at HWA in the Cabot Learning Federation Post 16”.
Mr Bevan added that overall pass rates for students in both Years 12 and 13 had increased again.
“We are pleased to be celebrating the deserved success of our students, who have again impressed us with their determination and hard work. We are delighted that everyone who has applied to university has been offered a place. Rhiannon Doherty who achieved AAA will be going to Glasgow University to do Celtic Studies. We are also very proud of the increased number of students successfully being recruited to apprenticeships.”
The CLF, which HWA joined in 2014, comprises four other secondary schools in east Bristol  - John Cabot Academy, Bristol Brunel Academy, Bristol Metropolitan Academy and King’s Oak Academy - as well as Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare and Bath Community Academy.
The schools have a joint post-16 provision, which saw strong and improved results  in 2014-15. The federation is anticipating record numbers of about 600-700 Year 12 and Year 13 students for the new academic year.
Director of Post 16 Claire Stewart said: “We are delighted with our results this year because our students and staff have worked so hard to achieve some amazing grades. It means students have successfully widened their opportunities and can have a choice over their next destination. We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements in both their vocational and academic qualifications and we are grateful to their families for their support.”
CLF chief executive Steve Taylor added: “I am delighted that results remain so strong across our academies. Well done to the students, their teachers and the Post 16 team.”

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