Surviving GCSEs – A Guide for Parents

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Dear parents of Year 11

Many thanks to those of you who attended the session ‘Surviving GCSEs – A guide for parents’ the other evening.

For those who could not make the evening, please find the presentation HERE. Hopefully it will be useful in helping your child to prepare in the months ahead!

As always, if there is anything you need, do not hesitate to ask.

Mr S Brogan
Deputy Headteacher

Post 16 Careers Evening

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A reminder to all students in Years 10 and 11 and their parents of our Post 16 Careers Evening that we are holding on Tuesday 23 October between 5pm and 7pm. We have over 25 providers of post 16 education and training coming to school to inform our students about their options when they leave Saint John Houghton. These providers have a range of post 16 courses, including A level courses and apprenticeship opportunities. Some of our providers coming to school on that evening include, The Beckett School, Webs Furniture Training, Rolls Royce, Derby College, Confetti college, NCN, the Royal Air Force, Benedict’s School and an organisation called ASK, who seek to inform and educate young people about apprenticeships.

It is really important that all Year 10 and 11 students take this opportunity to speak to these providers and begin to think seriously about future careers.

 

 

Results Day 2018!

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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy pupil Ben Langfield is celebrating fantastic GCSE results today.

Ben scored an impressive four grade 9s and six grade 8s and is delighted with his achievements.

“I’m really pleased,” said the 16-year-old. “I worked really hard for these grades. I’m so happy but feeling a bit overwhelmed too!”

Ben will now go to George Spencer Academy Sixth Form to study history, English literature and economics.

“I’m looking forward to going to study A levels and after that I hope I will go to university.”

Ben’s results reflect the good results at Saint John Houghton CVA this year with the school’s Attainment 8 figure now standing at 4.9, compared to 4.6 in 2017.

 

A total of 80 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in English, 32 per cent of students achieved a 7 or above in English and a total of 72 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in English and Maths.

Seventy-seven per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in Maths while 77 per cent achieved a 4 or above in Science (with students achieving at least two grades in Science).

This means that in English, Maths and Science at least 77 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above.

 

The school’s former head girl Amelia Dawes was delighted with her two grade 9s, three grade 8s, three grade 7s, a grade 6 and an A* in product design. She hopes to follow her passion and eventually go on to study performing arts after she has completed A levels in biology, product design and dance at Bilborough Sixth Form College.

Amelia, who moved to the UK from New Jersey in America three years ago, said: “I’m so pleased with these results but I’m still taking it in. It took me a while to acclimatise to being over here but I have had a positive mental attitude and that has really helped.”

 

Louis Smith made the most progress from the end of KS2 to the end of KS4 of any of the year group and was over the moon with his results of two grade 8s, five grade 7s and A in business and a grade 6.

“I feel completely shocked,” he said. “I worked so hard for these but I’m really chuffed too.”

Louis is also going to Bilborough Sixth Form College to study chemistry, geography and economics.

Oliver Smith, whose teacher made him a plastic 3D finger to help him type after the teenager lost the use of his arm in a freak bike accident in April last year, passed his science, product design and engineering. He has now regained use of his arm and is now doing a traineeship as a bathroom and kitchen fitter with Aquarius Home Improvements.

“I’m pretty pleased with what I passed and I worked hard for it,” said Oliver.

Ellie Chadburn-Tennyson has her sights set on a possible career with the UN and she is on course for that after achieving two grade 9s, to grade 8s, five grade 7s and a grade 6. She also took German GCSE a year early at a Saturday school and achieved an A. She is hoping to go to Bramcote College Sixth Form to study German, French and history.

“I think these results are quite good,” said Ellie. “I’m pleased and I am looking forward to studying languages in the future.”

 

Deborah Banks was delighted with her two 9s, three 8s, four 7s and a 5. “I am really happy with these results,” said Deborah. “I’m excited about going to Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology to study maths, English literature, history and biology.”

Former head boy Angus James said he was “quite happy” with his grades of four 8s, three 7s and three 6s. He is now going to study maths, physics and geography at Littleover Community School Sixth Form.

“There were some subjects where I expected I would do well but some I didn’t think I would do as well as I have,” he said.

Taya Joslin said she was shocked but happy with her results of four grade 8s, three grade 7s and two grade 6s. The 16-year-old will be going to Ockbrook School to study sciences as she is keen to pursue a career being a medical physicist.

Molly Fowkes scored an impressive two grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and three grade 6s. “I’m so happy and surprised that I got so many 8s and 9s,” she said.

“I worked really hard for the exams.”

Molly is now going to George Spencer Academy Sixth Form School to study biology and chemistry and either RE or English.

 

Joan McCarthy, head teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, said she was delighted with this year’s results.

She said: “We have seen improvements in all areas in this year’s GCSE results and we would like to congratulate our students and thank our dedicated staff for all of their hard work. We would also like to thank all of our students’ families for their support and the local primary schools. We are sure that our students will go on to great things and we wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy