At Frewen we support young people across a very wide ability spectrum, from those capable of obtaining up to eight or more GCSEs at grades 9 - 4, to those for whom a combination of Level 1, Functional Skills and Entry Level passes represent an excellent personal achievement.
Because of their dyslexia, and the fact that they have not received sufficient levels of specialist support in their previous schools, students' scores upon joining the school. are often well behind what would normally be expected for their age, particularly in English and Maths.
Our small classes focus on encouragement, and use of dyslexia-appropriate strategies help us to achieve our aim of ensuring that each pupil makes as much progress as possible, given their starting point when they join us.
All pupils are tested to establish baseline scores, and progress is monitored regularly to ensure that they are making necessary progress. Regular, targeted literacy support helps pupils to increase their reading, writing and spelling scores. Many pupils qualify for, and receive, additional time or support (readers, scribes, use of assistive technology) in external examinations.
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) the school offers a wide range of subjects, and examinations include GCSE and other Level 2 courses (Creative iMedia, BTEC, Functional Skills Level 2) as well as Level 1 Courses (Level 1 Functional Skills). All students study English, Maths and Science, plus options, including Humanities, Arts, Technology and Sports subjects, and may take up to 8 GCSEs, or 9 of they choose to study a Modern Foreign Language.
EXAM RESULTS JUNE 2023
GCSE and Equivalent (Level 2 courses)
90% of exams taken were at Level 2.
There were 17 students.
The percentage of exam entries at GCSE or equivalent level was 90%.
The percentage of 9-4 grades at GCSE or equivalent was 50% compared to 59% in 2022.
For the first time, all students were entered for GCSE Maths. This is part of our move to ensure all qualifications gained carry a GCSE weighting, but brings down the percentage of 9-4s.
The government returned the national percentage of 9-4s to pre-pandemic levels this year.
The average result at GCSE or equivalent was 3.3.
100% of GCSE entrants attained 9-4 grades in Art, History and Bushcraft, and over 80% in Drama, IT and Music.
Average value added at GCSE and equivalent was 0.1 grades.
There was no clear difference between boys’ and girls’ performance.
Value Added was best in History (2 grades), Drama (1.6 grades), IT (1.4 grades) and Bushcraft (1.3 grades)
The subjects taken at GCSE were English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, and PE. The GCSE equivalent exams taken were ICT (Creative iMedia Level 2), Music, Bushcraft and Drama (BTEC Level 2).
Students who have yet to gain Level 4 in English or Maths will continue to study these subjects in the Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Courses
We maintained our 100% pass rate for all Sixth Form courses, including A Levels and BTEC qualifications. Notable performances included students achieving a Distinction* on their Art & Design Course and Child Care; and Merits on their ICT course, and Sport and Public Services course.
We also had students who secured their placements at university, including one starting at the Royal Agriculture University.