Encouraging students to FAIL ultimately leads to success

An integral part of the Park School ethos is to encourage our students to learn how to FAIL (First Attempt in Learning); this approach enables students to develop the skills and attitude to studying which gives them confidence and resilience, enabling them to realise their full potential. As part of this process, students are encouraged to acknowledge what effort is and the way in which they react to mistakes, building a culture of challenge, which helps students to evaluate their learning and develop the belief that they have the tools and skills to succeed.

In addition, at the heart of Park School’s philosophy is the child-centred approach, respecting that every child is unique and has their own strengths, attributes and areas to develop; teachers acknowledging their needs and adapting their education to meet these needs.

As a result, it is therefore with great pleasure that I announce that 88% of our students either met or exceed their CAT scores in their GCSE results. A more detailed breakdown of the results can be found in the table below.

A thank you card received from a Year 11 parent today, results day, 23rd August 2018 epitomises our school:

‘We are very pleased with the hard-working and assiduous teachers who stress on the development of the student as a whole person and provide an environment where students can succeed’

I am very proud of both the students and the dedicated team of staff who have supported them through their GCSE courses.

Summary of Examination results

G.C.S.E. RESULTS 2018

  • 100% Passed 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 9-4
  • 100% Passed 5 or more GCSE’s at Grade 9-3
  • No. of passes at 9/8 = 45.5%
  • No. of passes at 9/6 = 72%
  • No of passes at 9/4 = 97.4%
  • 88% of students met or exceeded CAT scores

G.C.S.E. Results per Subject

Compulsory subjects (% Pass Rate 9/4)

  2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
  % % % % %
English Lang 100  94.1 91 93 96
English Lit 100  100 95 89 100
Mathematics 100  100 95.2 89 100
French 100  100 100  100 85
ICT 93.3  100 81  100 100
Biology 100  100 100  100 100
Chemistry 100  100 100  100 100
Physics 100  100 100  100 100
Double Award Science 100  50 50  69 77

Optional Subjects (% pass rate 9/4)

  2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
  % % % % %
Art, Design & Textiles 85.7 100 100 100 92
Drama * * * 86 *
Business Studies 83.3 50 20 * 60
Geography 100 100 91 92 77
History 92.9 100 89 88 88
Music 100 100 100 67 50
Religious Studies 100 83.3 100 63 100
Spanish 93.3 76.9 70 94 78
Physical Education 100 100 100 100 *
Panjabi * 100 * * *
Gujarati * 100 * * *

* Subject not taken this year