Another happy results day for Taunton School students with Year 11 students celebrate an impressive 417 9-7 or A*-A grades (43%) across 27 subjects.
In the year where very nearly all subjects have switched to the new number grades (just ICT has letters), we saw more top grade 9’s than in 2018 (78 up from 67), 150 grade 8’s (old A*) and 189 grade 7’s (or old A).
94% of students gained at least five pass grades 9-4 (old A*-C) and 90% of students gained at least 5 pass grades 9-4 (old A*-C) including Maths and English. Overall pass rate is 97%. All three of these stats are better than last year at Taunton School, and considerably higher than the national average of 67.3%.
Taunton School is completely non-selective which means that the breadth of courses on offer and quality of teaching and learning ensures all students are capable of achieving their very best wherever they sit on the academic spectrum.
Lee Glaser, Headmaster, is very happy with the 2019 results. He told Tone News “Our Year 11s have, as always, worked really hard. The majority of the work is now exam based and we are very aware of the additional stress this can put upon young people during the second half of their year 11 studies.
We have committed to ensure that we do all that we can pastorally throughout the process to support them. Some of our initiatives have included one to one clinics between staff and students, group revision sessions led by teaching staff, on-going access to the health centre and the counselling team and, perhaps most popular, the introduction on a weekly basis of Larry the therapy dog”
He concluded “By taking the time throughout the whole year to work on mental health, we are seeing our students face a tough time in their lives with great resilience and, importantly, the ability to ask for help and support when it is needed.”