Head praises students’ “exceptional” progress at Alderman Peel High School in Wells

Alderman Peel High School in Wells has produced exactly the same figures in its GCSE results as last year.

In both the percentage of students who gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths (45pc), and the percentage of students who gained five or more A* to C grades in any subjects (72pc), the figures are the same as in 2011.

There has been a big improvement of results at the school in the last five years.

The 2007 figures were 23pc for the percentage of students who gained five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths, and 44.7pc for the percentage of students gaining five or more GCSEs in any subjects.

Head teacher Alastair Ogle said: 'We have had a pleasing set of results this year which show that students have made some exceptional progress.

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'I congratulate the students and thank staff, parents and carers for all the support they have given.'

We have previously reported how Alderman Peel High School is to form a partnership with Wells Primary School, which is to come into effect on September 1.

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This will see Mr Ogle become the head teacher of both schools and the schools working more closely together and sharing resources.

Mr Ogle said: 'I am absolutely confident with this partnership and with the tracking measures on students' progress that we are putting in place, the results will improve next year and in future years.'

Mr Ogle, meanwhile, said that he felt the marking on English papers has been harsh this year.

He said: 'There seems to be some inconsistencies around the C to D border line so we are sending some papers back to be re-marked to ensure that the students get what they deserved.

'Overall English grades were up on previous years but, despite that, we were expecting a greater increase in students getting C grades this year.'

Visit our website later today for pictures of students receiving their results.

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