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Wyvern College GCSE Examination Results 2018


Wyvern is celebrating another high attaining year in terms of its GCSE results, with over three-quarters of its Year 11 leavers achieving the new Grades 4 to 9 in Maths and in English for the second year running in response to the newly reformed GCSE examinations.  With respect to the overlap between the two core subjects, provisionally around 70% of the students crossed this threshold in both English and Mathematics. 


Although we are not in a position to calculate the relatively new ‘Progress 8’ score at this stage – i.e. the national schools’ performance measure which compares the students’ progress from their secondary school starting points as 11-year olds against their peers nationally within a prescribed curriculum – the high attainment right across the curriculum augurs well for a very positive score against this progress measure. It will almost certainly be positive score, but is ultimately dependent on how well other schools have performed nationally.


Retiring Headteacher, Mr Alan Newton, said, “As always, I credit the expertise, experience and diligence of the teaching and support staff.  The high percentages of students achieving the very top grades, including the exceptional new Grade 9 in Maths & English, are testimony to an outstanding teaching input.  But also the work ethic and aspirations of the students have ensured that they have made the most of everything we have provided, from extra after-school and lunchtime revision sessions to Saturday schools.  The vast majority of students have achieved ‘personal bests’ in their GCSEs which speaks volumes about Wyvern as a learning community.”


He went on to express his profound satisfaction with high achievement across a traditional, broad academic curriculum: e.g. Science did very well (both single Sciences and Combined Science GCSEs) as did Computer Science (80% – 9 to 4); Humanities’ subjects, as ever performed exceptionally well (e.g. History 70%), and the arts continue to flourish:  e.g. Music (91%).


Many of Wyvern’s grades were the new top grades of 8 or 9: e.g. in History, RE, Citizenship, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music and Spanish, between 30-75% of the students sitting these exams achieved these exceptionally high grades, once again demonstrating the College’s ability to establish and meet the highest expectations of its students.


In addition, many of Wyvern’s leavers have also accrued distinguished achievements in what were or still are, as yet, ‘unreformed’ GCSEs, in for example, GCSE French, several Technology GCSEs and Media Studies.


Wyvern is proud of its distinguished history as a comprehensive school and the high attainment of the vast majority of students combined with the high levels of progress of all the young people of the Class of 2018 is a mark of the College’s consistency over many years.

Earlier this term, 31 Wyvern singers travelled to the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London to sing in a mass choir of primary and secondary pupils, as part of a showcase concert by Hampshire’s County Ensembles. The piece ‘My World’ was commissioned especially for the concert and had a theme of protecting our seas and oceans from pollution.


Prior to the final performance, students attended a rehearsal at the Anvil in Basingstoke with all of the singers and the accompanying jazz band.  The children were joined by the actress Sarah Parish who was to be the narrator.


On the following day, the group left early in the morning ready for a final rehearsal at the Albert Hall.  The students were fortunate to be sitting on the stage rather than in the choir stalls, so they had a real sense of performing on stage at this amazing venue.  There were huge television screens behind the group which showed close ups of them singing.  Sitting directly behind the percussion section of the orchestra, it was a fabulous atmosphere and very noisy!


During the actual performance, the singers were joined by 100 dancers.  The students had to work hard to project their voices but the sound was incredible and it was a great success.  For the grand finale, everyone joined in to sing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, waving union jack flags as hundreds of balloons fell from the ceiling.


All in all, an amazing experience which the students will remember for a long time to come!

The theme for this year’s British Science Week was exploration and discovery.  Young people were encouraged to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring Science in the world around them, from their home and schools, to their local area and wider environment.


Students at Wyvern certainly enjoyed and embraced the activities completed during this annual celebration of Science.  Year 7 students had a chance to grow their own cropmarks as well as the opportunity to analyse and interpret some common artefacts found at many archaeological sites.


Year 8 students were able to make their own cheese through the ‘coagulation’ of milk, and students discovered that this process was also used as the basis for making plastic out of milk in the early 20th century.  In addition, some Year 8 students took on the challenge of creating a diet plan suitable for an expedition to the Antarctic, with the added task of keeping to very strict dietary and financial requirements.  Many students developed excellent collaboration and leadership skills during this activity.


This year’s BBC School Report Day at Wyvern was another great success. Over 20   students from across Year 10 worked tirelessly from 7.30am through to the end of the school day to create a fully functioning and interactive news website, with a range of written stories covering global news and current affairs, as well as local news from the Wyvern community. All stories were written and researched by the students who were handpicked by their teachers, as a result of their excellent work ethic in English Language and Literature. Special mention should go to Troy Cooper and Alex Pretorius who worked way beyond the 3.00pm deadline to create, arguably, the best and most professional website yet.


As this day coincided with the Wyvern Book Day, Year 10 Film Studies students Sam Foster and Harry Kemp worked diligently to cover the event. They created a thoroughly professional and well-researched news video, which included footage of Wyvern teachers dressed as their favourite book characters, either reading extracts from their favourite books or sharing stories of their memories reading stories as a child.


English Teacher Mr Dickinson, who organised and ran the BBC School Report event, said, “I would like to thank the Year 10 students for their excellent efforts and dedication throughout the BBC School Report Day, and also the  staff who contributed to the event. Many gave up their time to be interviewed regarding the various school news stories that the students were reporting on, as well as arriving down at our ‘news base’ in IT2 in their character costumes to contribute to the Wyvern Book Day news video.”

Wyvern College is delighted that it remains a ‘good school’, following a one-day Ofsted inspection earlier this term.  Three inspectors immersed themselves in College life on 13 March, undertaking learning walks, visiting lessons, speaking to students, staff and governors, and studying a wide range of college documentation.

Learning walks by the inspection team confirmed teachers’ high expectations, and behaviour for learning was a strong feature of all lessons seen.  Particularly strong learning and progress were identified in English, Spanish, Art, Music, Drama, Technology, Mathematics and Humanities, where inspectors saw high levels of challenge and a strong focus on literacy skills.  Pupils’ progress and attainment continued to be close to national averages and the progress of disadvantaged pupils is improving.

Students commented on the passion and commitment of their teachers, and spoke with pride about their College and their successes. Safeguarding and child protection procedures were considered to be highly effective.  The inspectors also commented on the curriculum, which is now better matched to the English Baccalaureate, but remains personalised to the needs of individual pupils.  

Leaders were judged to have a very good awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the provision, and middle leaders felt empowered and engaged in the process of improvement.  The governing body was identified as supportive and challenging. Consequently, there is a strong capacity to continue to improve the College further.

The inspectors highlighted the leadership of the Headteacher, Alan Newton, which has been much appreciated by governors, staff and students over the past 10 years.  In addition, the report recognised his work with the wider educational community, which has resulted in Wyvern playing a defining role in developing professionals both in and outside of the College.

Reflecting on the report, Mr Newton, said, “The inspection team were overwhelmingly positive about everything they saw.  The students were an absolute credit to the College, and the final judgement certainly reflects the phenomenal effort and continued hard work undertaken by all staff and governors.”


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