Examinations

Brakenhale

High Expectations and Challenge

Examinations Manager: Mrs S Seymour
Telephone: 01344 423041 ext 383
Email: exams@brakenhale.co.uk

Exam information

GCE and GCSE public exams:

11th May – 24th June 2020

Public exam National Contingency Day:
The awarding bodies have designated a ‘contingency day’ for exams in the event of a national or local disruption to exams.
Candidates must therefore be available until Wednesday 24th June 2020 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.
BTEC Students must be available up until Tuesday 30th June.

Results days:
GCE results day – 13th August 2020
GCSE results day – 20th August 2020
Please provide a stamped addressed envelope if you wish to have a copy sent to your home address, or email Mrs Seymour exams@brakenhale.co.uk, to give permission for someone else to collect them.

Contingency Information for Parents

Although the Summer 2020 exams may still seem a long way off at the moment, we wish to share some important information with you to avoid any possible issues next Summer.

During the Spring Term students will be given their individual Exam Timetables which will highlight when their final exam is scheduled to take place. The Summer written exam period will run from Monday 11 May to Wednesday 24 June 2019 (BTEC students must be available until Tuesday 30th June).

However, for the Summer 2020 Exam Series a “Contingency” exam day has been arranged by the Examination Awarding Bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2020 examination series.” The decision comes following some tragic events, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam (or exams) in the event of an incident and rearrange them for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the Contingency day is Wed 24th June 2020. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 24th June 2020.

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the Contingency Exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its Contingency Plan.

GCSE and BTEC Results 2019

We are absolutely delighted to report our outstanding 2019 GCSE results, the best in the history of Brakenhale School! Improvements have been made this year across ALL performance measures again.

The percentage of students achieving a Grade 4 (equivalent to an old C grade) in English and Maths has increased to 60% and those achieving a Grade 5 in English and Maths has increased by 2%.

In English, 75% of students achieved the Grade 4 and above – 5% higher than last year and in. In addition, following our constant focus on ‘High Expectations and Challenge’, almost 20% of the year group gained the equivalent of an A/A* in Maths; a phenomenal achievement. In History 22% gained the A/A* equivalency.

Due to the changing nature of qualifications, no school is able to publish an accurate and official progress 8 figure until the Department of Education releases this in December. However, we have seen an improvement in the initial figure that has been calculated on last year’s data. This gives us a positive score again showing that students who study at Brakenhale School make more progress than other students do from similar starting points nationally.

These results are a testament of the impact that Brakenhale School has on the outcomes and life chances of its students.

In addition there have been some exceptional individual student outcomes. We are absolutely delighted that hard work, dedication and fantastic teaching has enabled our students to achieve the very best grades across the board. The students below have achieved 5 or more A and A* equivalencies (7-9).

Hannah FRANKLIN 10
Rajal BHATTI 9
Isla PRINGLE-KIRBY 9
Faye TALAVERA 9
Jodie CRACKNELL 9
Ella HAMMOND-BAVEYSTOCK 8
Sophie WALSH 7
Yanni DRAKOS 6
Charlotte BURGE 6
Amy PATTIMORE 6
Dragos POPA 6
Tyler PETFORD 5
Rachel THOMAS 5

Our GCSE results along with our A Level results clearly show the sustained progress that Brakenhale School continues to make. We would like to congratulate all our students on their well-deserved success and thank the teaching staff, the governors and of course the parents, who have guided and supported them. I continue to be incredibly proud to be the Headteacher of such a progressive, positive and successful school.

A-Level and BTEC Results 2019

Brakenhale School A-Level and Level 3 BTEC results have, for the fifth year in a row shown significant increases in all measures. The school has illustrated exactly why Ofsted graded its Post 16 provision as Outstanding earlier this year.

Key results

  • The A*-B score achieved was 75% a phenomenal score and an increase of 14% on last year including BTEC equivalents.
  • The A*-E pass rate including equivalents is 100% for the fifth year in succession.

Headteacher, Jane Coley said, “I am, as ever, incredibly proud of our students who have achieved a truly amazing set of results for the fifth consecutive year. I continue to be astounded at their capacity year on year to work alongside our talented and dedicated staff to take advice, listen and then work so hard to achieve what they have. These outcomes also demonstrate how the hard work of and support of parents have really paid off. The design of our bespoke curriculum, specifically to match the aspirations and skills of our students is clearly paying dividends. The Sixth Form team and the student body have responded so positively to our very high expectations and these results bear testimony to this. It has also been a year of records being broken by individual students and notably Jordan Penn, the first ever Brakenhale student in memory to gain a place at Oxford University, where he will read Physics.

Deputy Headteacher, Andy Hartley who leads the Post 16 team said, “It was incredibly pleasing to see the increasing number of students secure high grades and in turn secure excellent university places and higher apprenticeships. Brakenhale Sixth Form is a place where young people are given so many opportunities to realise their potential and gain the qualifications they need for their next steps. The huge increase in our A*-B pass rate at A-Level along with our consistently high BTEC performance is the culmination of several years hard work in embedding a culture of hard work and study amongst the student body along with the wonderful work of our Sixth Form teaching and pastoral teams who have inculcated the culture of high expectations across the Sixth Form”.

Head of Sixth Form, Jonathan Duffy said, “I am just so proud of our students here at Brakenhale Sixth Form. Not only have the outgoing year 13 performed incredibly well in their exams, but the group of young adults they have matured into is a testament to the hard work of the parents at home, the students themselves, and the Sixth Form teaching staff who work tirelessly to support our students both in and out of the classroom. It is exciting to see what this group of students go on to achieve with their next steps.”

It has been a huge team effort and I am so grateful to the teaching staff, tutors and parents who have all pulled together, endured the stress and provided the support and encouragement necessary to make these fabulous results a reality.”

Notable A Level students include:

  • Jordan Penn A*A*A*A – Oxford University
  • Heidi Cracknell – A*AB – Surrey University
  • Jodie Leivers AAB – Employment
  • Ella Brigden ABB – Royal Holloway University
  • Abitha Mahabathalage – A*BBB – Manchester University

A special mention also goes to Kai Arndell, Ellis Day, Taylor Radcliffe and Allan Bacol who all achieved three Distinction * grades at BTEC Level 3.

Examinations and Assessments

Years 7 to 9 are regularly assessed during lessons and sit internal exams during the school year in classrooms.  Students in Year 10 are regularly assessed during lessons and sit more formal internal exams at the end of Year 10.  We try to make these exams as formal as possible to familiarise Year 10 students with the exam process ready for Year 11 and GCSEs.

All external exams are currently held in the Sports Hall and Main Hall, with access arrangements for those students who require them.

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