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GCSE Results 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018.  They have achieved impressive GCSE results this summer.  We are very proud of you all!

Helen Cassady, Principal



 ++ 74.1% achieve grade 9 -4 in both English and Maths ++

Students at Cottenham Village College (CVC) are today celebrating a bumper crop of GCSE results, with 74.1% securing a Grade 9 – 4 in both English and Maths. CVC is part of part of the Astrea Academy Trust, and today’s results demonstrate that the College has performed strongly under the new, rigorous GCSE examinations.

Success continues to grow at CVC under the leadership of Helen Cassady, who was appointed by Astrea. English, maths and history have traditionally been strong at the College but now the vast majority of subjects perform significantly above the national average.  Notable success this year has been achieved in chemistry, physics, biology, German, hairdressing, IT, dance and music all achieving 100% grade 9 – 4. Significant improvements have also been made by subjects such as Spanish 96% grade 9 – 4; physical education 94%; French 83%; and geography 83%.

A particular focus area for CVC has been to improve outcomes around disadvantaged students; this year’s results are showing a 6 point (unvalidated) improvement in progress for this important group.

Last year saw the introduction of the new exams in English and Maths, but students this summer sat the new tests across virtually all subjects. Students and teachers also had to get to grips with a new grading system, with 9 – 1 replacing the old A* – G. Under the new system a grade 7 equates to an A and a 4 reads across to a C.

The new system also introduces a brand new top grade 9. This new grade was designed to reward the very brightest and best students across the country. At CVC, the following students stood out:

  • Ella W achieved eight grade 9s
  • Paula I achieved six grade 9s
  • John S achieved six grade 9s
  • Hannah B achieved five grade 9s

More generally, across all subjects The Class of 2018 have performed extremely well. There are some exceptional results achieved by students namely:

  • Mia B achieved three grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7 and two grade 6s
  • Ruby C achieved two grade 9s, two grade 8s, one grade 7, one grade 6, three grade 5s and one Distinction*
  • Ellen C achieved four grade 9s, one A* grade, two grade 8s, two grade 7s and one grade 6
  • Bryn E achieved four grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6
  • Joshua H achieved four grade 8s, three grade 6s, one B grade and one grade 5
  • Simon S achieved two grade 9s, four grade 8s, two grade 7s and one grade 6
  • Henry W achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s and one grade 6

 Helen Cassady, Principal of Cottenham Village College said:

“Congratulations to the Class of 2018. They have worked extremely hard to achieve these excellent results.  It is testament to the Students, Staff, Parents, Carers, and Governors as well as Astrea.  It is wonderful to see our students achieving well, being highly successful and being able to progress onto their chosen areas of study.  I would like to thank all the Staff, Students, Parents and Governors for their commitment and determination to ensure our students achieve exceptionally well.”

Libby Nicholas, CEO of Astrea said:

“Our congratulations go out to all students and staff at Cottenham Village College – Helen and her team have done a superb job supporting the students through the new exam system and we are seeing some truly stellar results. This is testament to the hard work of students and staff alike over the last year – that work has really paid off.

“The future is looking very positive for Cottenham Village College, and my congratulations to everyone who is celebrating these results today.”


The new GCSEs

A guide for parents and carers on what the new GCSEs mean and how to interpret results is available via this link.


GCSE Results 2017

73% of pupils at CVC achieved at least 5 A*-C grades or equivalent including English and mathematics.

27% of all grades awarded at CVC were A, A* or equivalent grades.

In the new more difficult qualifications at GCSE, 76% of pupils achieved a 4 or better in both English and mathematics. A 4 is at the level of a grade C in previous years.

Notable subject passes included:

100% of pupils gained C+ in music

100% of pupils gained a C+ in IT

96.7% gained a C+ in RE full course

89.1% of pupils gained C+ in art.

80.6% gained a C+ in PE

80% of pupils gained C+ in French

78.3% gained a C+ in history

77.8% gained a C+ in drama

78.8% gained a C+ in geography

76.9% gained a C+ in Spanish

75.9% gained a C+ in German

Biology, Chemistry and Physics had C+ grades of 94.1-100%.

The percentage of pupils who gained a 9-4 in English was 82.1%

5 pupils obtained grade 9 in Language, and 4 in literature.

The percentage of pupils who gained a 9-4 in maths was 80%

4 pupils obtained grade 9 in maths.