Examinations & Results
"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm Possible"
– Audrey Hepburn
In 2019 Aylward Academy is celebrating much improved GCSE and A Level Results.
2019 GCSE Results
In 2018 Aylward Academy celebrated a notable improvement in their Maths and English combined GCSE results of 46% at a standard pass or higher (Grade 9-4). As part of Academies Enterprise Trust, the Academy performed well under the new, tougher GCSE exams that were introduced over the last couple of years.
The Academy has seen some strong improvements over the last year:
- English 9 – 5: up by 5.2 points to 39%
- English and Maths combined 9 – 5: up by 2 points to 24%
- English 9 – 4: up by 6 points to 56%
- Maths 9 – 4: up by 3 points to 53%
2019 saw the introduction of the new exams in virtually all GCSE subjects. A new grading system is in place, with 9 – 1 grades replacing the old A* - G. Under the new system a Grade 7 equates to an A and a 4 is equivalent to the old C grade. The new grade 9 was designed to challenge and reward the very brightest and best students across the country.
There were a number of star performers at Aylward Academy this year, including Ayub Elmi who attained Grades 9 in Business Studies, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, whilst Jessica Pereira who secured two grade 9s in Engish Literature and Media Studies.
Remo Iafrate, Headteacher of Aylward Academy said:
“We are happy with the improvement in our results this year which is a result of the hard work of our students and teachers. We have many students choosing to enter our sixth form and so the future bodes well for our A level results and for Aylward Academy.”
Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:
“Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Aylward Academy, and the wider team at AET, on reaching the culmination of much hard work. GCSE results day marks the moment so many young people will make choices that can shape the rest of their lives, so whatever path they choose, every pupil at Aylward should do so full of confidence.”
Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said:
“Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Aylward Academy – it’s still early days for the new exam system, but we are very proud of how well students have done, and their hard work and focus over the last two years have clearly paid off. Particular congratulations to Ayub and Jessica – they are part of a very small and elite group of students across the country and deserve to be recognised.
“At AET, we are wholly focused on ensuring that the education our academies provide helps young people go on to lead remarkable lives. That is becoming a reality at Aylward Academy and we wish all of our students the very best for the next step they take on that journey, whether it is further study or going into training or employment.
“The last three years has seen far-reaching changes at AET. Bar our name above the door, everything has changed – from the type of support we provide to each academy through to our governance. Everything is now geared towards the central goal of “remarkable lives” and it is wonderful to see the impact of those changes now coming through in each of our academies. The future is looking very positive, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.”
David Hatchett, AET’s National Director of Secondary Schools said:
“Congratulations to students at Aylward Academy on these much improved GCSE results today and post-16 results last week. I pay tribute to the staff and leaders at the Academy for supporting the students to achieve these outcomes and for inspiring them to go on to lead remarkable lives.”
2019 Post 16 Results
Aylward Academy celebrated impressive 2019 KS5 Results demonstrating an improved performance on last year with two-thirds of A level entries securing grades A*- C and more than doubling it's Distinction* & Distinction grades from 17% to over 40%.
Aylward Academy saw 40% of entries achieve A* - B and 68% of entries securing A* - C in an A Level qualification and an Average Point Score of 31 points.
Amongst the star performers were: Rojda Taycur who secured an A* in Turkish, an A in Politics, an A in Sociology, a B in History and is going on to University of Warwick to do a degree in Law, and Abdirisaaq Ahmed who achieved an A in Economics, an A in Maths, a B in Chemistry and is going on to UCL to study BSc in Medicinal Chemistry.
In the vocational arena, our Sixth Form students also achieved some impressive outcomes, with 85% of students securing a Merit or better in their Applied General qualifications.
In 2018 we were rated 'Well Above Average Progress Score of 0.31' placing us in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress and the 'Number 1 School in Enfield for Progress'.
Remo Iafrate, Headteacher at Aylward Academy said:
“We are thrilled with the results we have had this August. A rise in our A*-B at A Level, a big increase in our Average Point Score at BTEC Level 3 and some great first offer acceptances for our students demonstrates that the Sixth Form at Aylward continues to go from strength to strength”.
Lord Agnew, Minister for the School System, said:
“Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Aylward Academy, and the wider team at AET, on the culmination of much hard work. A level results day marks the moment so many young people will make choices that can shape the rest of their lives, so whatever path they choose, every pupil at Aylward Academy should do so full of confidence.”
Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said:
“These are a very encouraging set of results, and I want to congratulate all of our sixth-form students and staff for their hard work and focus over the last two years.
“At AET, we are wholly focused on ensuring that the education our academies provide helps young people go on to lead remarkable lives. Today’s results at Aylward Academy put our students firmly on the path to that future, and whether they are moving on to take their studies further, or going into employment, we wish them all the very best for their next exciting step.”
David Hatchett, AET's National Director of Secondary Schools, said:
“High quality 16-19 programmes are fundamental to future success at university, in the world of work or for further education and training, and a key part of our secondary improvement strategy at AET. I am delighted that so many of the sixth-form students at Aylward Academy have achieved such superb results today, and have laid the foundations to go on to lead remarkable lives in the future”.
ABOUT EXAMS AT AYLWARD ACADEMY
Public examinations can be a stressful time for students and parents and it is important that all those involved are as well informed as possible. Well informed students will realise that the rules and regulations are designed to ensure fairness and minimise disturbance and it is in the interest of all that the exams run smoothly.
The school will make every effort to ensure that candidates receive the best possible preparation for their examinations, that the administrative arrangements run smoothly, and that the examinations are conducted in a way that will cause as little stress as possible and help students to achieve their best. Mock exams are run to the same standards and rules in order that students are familiar with the process beforehand
This section is intended to inform about examination procedures, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions to help to guide and support students and parents through the examination process.
The schools' Examinations Officer is responsible for administering all public examination arrangements and for oversight of students during exams, under direct responsibility from the Vice Principal of Curriculum and Assessment and the Principal. The Awarding Bodies or Examination Boards set down strict criteria which must be followed for the conduct of exams, and the school is required to follow them precisely.
It is School Policy to enter every student who is being taught a subject, for the most appropriate level of Exam. Only by exception, after consultation with parents, and with the written consent of the Assistant Vice Principal - KS4 and KS5, will students not be entered.
TYPES OF EXAMS
Most of the subjects have an element of controlled assessment included in them which has to be completed be marked and assessed and the marks and work sent to the Boards well before the formal exam sessions take place. Students who don't complete the controlled assessment on time will not be allocated a mark for this portion and their overall grade will suffer. They may also not be eligible for special consideration for the formal exams should they be ill as they will not have completed the minimum 50% of the course.
Modular GCSE and AS/A2 levels involve the written examinations on sections of the syllabus being taken at intervals throughout the course rather than all at the end.
Modular sessions are in January and May/June according to the Board used. Students have the opportunity to retake certain units on the advice of their subject teachers but the school only pays the entry fee if the original examination was missed through illness and a medical certificate was produced.
TIMING OF EXAMINATIONS
The main period for exams is from the start of May - until the end of June/early July. Some oral examinations and practical examinations will take place earlier. All candidates will receive a school produced timetable showing the dates of all their examinations, usually distributed at Examination Information Assemblies and Tutorial times. This will include start times, seat numbers and the location of the examinations. It is helpful if parents make sure a copy of this timetable for use at home. Exam Boards dictate the start and end times of exams.
DISTRIBUTION OF RESULTS
A level GCE results arrive in school in the 2nd week of August and GCSE results in the 3rd week of August. Exact dates will be circulated each year. Students wishing for a relative or friend to collect their results must send a signed letter of authorisation with the collector. Results will not be given over the telephone or by email under any circumstances.
A Level and GCSE candidates not intending to collect in person but wishing their results to be posted, should leave a stamped addressed envelope (also bearing their candidate number), at the school reception. Result slips for AS and GCSE not collected or posted on results day will be retained in school for collection at the start of term, again with the necessary authority.