High praise for William Edwards students on GCSE day

STUDENTS and staff at William Edwards School are celebrating after receiving some of the best results the school has ever seen.

The school had great success in core subjects this year with 88% of pupils achieving a grade 4 or higher in English and 69% gaining at least a grade 5 or higher. These are the highest results the school has ever achieved in the subject. 75% of students achieved a grade 4 or higher in Maths and 70% of students achieved a grade 4 or higher in Double Science.

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An impressive 74% of students achieved Level 4 or above in both English and Maths this year. This is a significant 12% increase on the previous year.

Many other subjects significantly outperformed the national average including Music which saw a 100% pass rate, Product Design which had 84% of students achieve level 4 and above and PE which had 77% of students achieving level 4 and above.

Simon Bell, Headteacher at William Edwards School, said: “We are very pleased with our students’ results this year and the high academic achievement across the board. It has been our best year for English in particular and many other subjects have done incredibly well. To see the number of students achieving Level 4 and 5 and above in English and Maths increase significantly from 2018 is also very pleasing.

“These results are testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff. I am so proud of their commitment and I wish our students the best of luck as they take their next steps into their future with these strong results behind them.”

Steve Munday, CEO of the South West Essex Community Education Trust, added: “These impressive outcomes, as strong as any achieved in the school’s history, confirm that William Edwards School continues to provide an excellent education for all pupils, focused on helping them achieve their next steps. We believe these results, which outperform all major national benchmarks, confirm our view that the recent overall inspection grade for the school is inaccurate and does not reflect the strong work of the school. Well done to everyone involved in this success for our pupils.”

Two students, Lauren Maisey and Paige Kooner, achieved outstanding results gaining grade 9 in all 9 subjects. Five other pupils also achieved impressive results, with 5 or more subjects at grade 9.

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