At Akeley Wood we strive to foster an outstanding partnership of innovative staff, supportive parents and talented students, and despite being a non-selective school, the success of our approach is borne out in our consistently exceptional GCSE and A-level results.
Akeley Wood GCSE Results 2020
Despite such a challenging year, our Year 11 cohort celebrated excellent GCSE results again in 2020. With 41% of grades at 9 – 7 (A**/A*/A), 88% of grades at 5+ and 98% of grades at 4+, we couldn’t be prouder of our students.
Our Value Added Score has now increased for a third year in a row with students achieving at least half a grade higher than expected for their ability. Many students achieved a VA of over +2, so achieving at least two grades higher than expected of their ability (based on their CAT scores from Year 7). This is where the true value of an Akeley education is so evident.
Mr Antwis, Principal said: “We are so proud of how hard they worked for their GCSEs during the time they were in school, and these incredible results are a testimony to the commitment of pupils and teachers to maintain high standards of education. Small class sizes, together with excellent pedagogy enable teachers to understand their students as individuals and provide bespoke support to ensure every child progresses. As well as the Inspiring Futures programme, teachers regularly checked in with students to see how they were doing from a wellbeing perspective and students accessed our wellbeing App.”
Although our Year 11 students, like thousands others across the world, were unable to sit GCSE examinations this year, they used the summer term to improve the skills which will springboard them to success throughout their lives. We created a personal development programme for them which ensured that they used this period of time constructively. We believe that the lockdown period enabled our students to develop lifelong skills which will enable them to stand out from the crowd when applying for coveted university places and future employment. The programme, called Inspiring Futures ran throughout the summer term and engaged leaders in industry from organisations called InnerDrive, Lead Curriculum and DebateMate to deliver skills based training focussing on non-academic character developments such as leadership, communication, teamwork, creativity and emotional intelligence. The programme proved so successful that it will now form part of the Sixth Form curriculum moving forward.
Akeley Wood School is proudly non-selective and is fully committed to helping students achieve the very best results possible, wherever his or her strengths may lie.