We are delighted to share the excellent results achieved by our Class of 2018 in this summer’s GCSE exams. It was a great day and a great end to a year of achievement at Oak Wood School. We have been on a transformational journey since converting to co-ed, admitting girls for the first time in Year 7, last September and opening our doors to a brand-new state-of-the-art building last January.
Our Year 11 boys achieved notable results, namely 60% achieving 4-9 in core subjects of English and Maths, an increase of 7 percentage points on last year, and a 44.1 Attainment 8 score that far exceeds the national average for boys.
Despite the national changes in GCSEs that took place last year, the percentage of students achieving top grades across a range of subjects remains impressive. The new GCSEs have more demanding content, mainly assessed by exams, and a new grading scale of 9 (high) to 1 (low). This is the second year this new grading system has been utilised for the core subjects which has now been extended to include 20 subjects.
Ben Jane, Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage 4), highlighted: “These fantastic results reflect what can be achieved at Oak Wood. Staff and students have worked collaboratively to make sure everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential, and I am delighted that their hard work has paid off.”
We now look forward to welcoming many of our students back to Oak Wood in September to continue their studies within our thriving Sixth Form.
Mark Bland, Headteacher commented: “Our focus on a broad education and a refusal to restrict student choice is completely evident. Students did not give up on their sporting, musical or dramatic endeavours nor did they evade their leadership roles and other responsibilities. Oak Wood students have shown that academic excellence and the development of character and life skills can go hand in hand. I am extremely proud of the work of our dedicated teaching team, our supportive parents and most of all our aspirational and enthusiastic students.”
Individual success stories:
We are incredibly proud of all of our students, but some individuals have achieved outstanding performances that warrant particular mention:
Tom is looking forward to joining Oak Wood Sixth Form following his remarkable spread of results, including an 8 in Maths and Biology, 7 in Chemistry and A* in Film Studies. The former Charville Primary School pupil believes the support of Oak Wood staff, by providing booster sessions and help on how to prepare for exams mentally, has helped him to achieve his goals. Tom highly recommends Oak Wood because of its great sense of community; he is looking forward to continuing his studies at Oak Wood Sixth Form.
“I have enjoyed the extra-curricular opportunities the school has to offer such as The Brilliant Club; it was a great insight into, and preparation for, university life, completing a lecture based project on the development of medicine; I was proud to have attained a 2:1 certificate. My advice to younger students would be to not take your school years for granted.”
Josh, former Pinkwell Primary School pupil, was ecstatic with his results which included a 9 in Maths and Physics and an A in Film Studies. Josh enjoyed the range of school trips, particularly the outdoor excursions, where students developed teamwork, problem solving and leadership skills.
“Every single teacher is dedicated to helping students, and do their best to prepare everyone for their exams. My advice to younger students would be to stay focused, work hard and start revising early!”
Former Charville Primary School pupil, Hakim, was celebrating exceptional grades today, having achieved an outstanding 9 in Maths, 8 in Chemistry and Physics, 7 in Biology, 6 in French and English and 5 in History. Hakim would recommend Oak Wood School because of the range of support, extra-curricular clubs and careers advice they provide, ensuring students are prepared for their next steps wherever it may be.
“The mentoring, supportive teachers, online resources and extra revision sessions have helped me achieve what I have done today. I am really grateful for all that Oak Wood has provided me with.”
Curtis has made incredible progress throughout the year; with results including 6 in Maths, 5 in English Language, Art, Biology and Physics as well as a Distinction* in Level 2 Sport. The former St Matthew’s Primary School pupil is looking forward to returning to Oak Wood to study Sport, Photography and Film Studies at Sixth Form with an ambition of becoming a Sports Coach in the future. “Oak Wood is one big community – each teacher knows everyone and everyone helps each other to succeed. The school is encouraging, motivating and never give up on you!”
Former Oak Farm Primary School pupil Karthik achieved an incredible set of GCSEs: 7 in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, 6 in Physics, English Language and History, and a B in Business Studies. He attributes his success to the supportive staff, excellent facilities and resources, online out of school learning and extra tuition sessions. “I would recommend Oak Wood School because they encourage independent learning which I believe is an essential skill to have for the future. My advice to younger students would be that it’s never too early to start putting in the work and committing to your studies. Use the teachers, they are dedicated and brilliant”.
Jude was delighted to have exceeded his expectations, attaining an 8 in Maths, 7 in Chemistry and Physics, 6 in English, Biology and Chemistry and an A in Film Studies. Jude will be returning to Oak Wood Sixth Form in September to study Maths, Physics and Media with an ambition to obtain a PhD in Maths in the future. “Oak Wood has provided me with everything I needed to reach my potential - from supportive teachers, exam preparation and revision sessions to extra-curricular activities such as The Brilliant Club.”