Students and staff at Fosse Way, the outstanding special school in Radstock, were delighted to receive a tremendous set of results following this summer’s examinations. Each year the school enters students for a diverse and ambitious range of qualifications tailored to the students’ abilities, including GCSE, BTEC and Entry Level. Fosse Way students are able to follow GCSE courses in several subjects including English, Mathematics, Art and for the first time this year, Physics. In addition, the school offers Entry Level and other courses for those students for whom GCSE is not a suitable choice. Courses at this level enable students to gain qualifications that demonstrate their achievement and understanding in a variety of subjects including English, Maths, Home Cooking and ICT. Science, meanwhile, is offered as a popular BTEC course.
This year 10 students, comprising 48% of year 11, were entered for GCSE qualifications. As well as this, six determined students from Fosse Way’s expanding sixth form achieved GCSE qualifications in Maths and English. As ever, the much anticipated results day was met with feverish excitement amongst the students and their parents. Staff at the school were jubilant to discover that a pass rate of nearly 100% had been achieved; almost every student was awarded a grade in each subject they had been entered for! Many students attained a level of success that they had not considered possible on commencing their courses two years ago. Amongst these three year 11 students gained grade 4 in Mathematics (equivalent to an old C grade). One of these students was amongst the first students ever entered at Fosse Way for GCSE Physics and was proud to achieve a level 4 in the subject.
Meanwhile two of Fosse Way’s students educated at a nearby comprehensive school with specialist support from Fosse Way staff, each completed their secondary education with eight or more GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. One of these students – a gifted musician – achieved a grade 7 in GCSE Music and has now commenced a course in Bath that will enable him to study the subject at a higher level with a view to fulfilling his ambition of becoming a professional musician. Another of Fosse Way’s students, who completed A level and Cambridge International examinations at the same school, achieved grades that have enabled him to take up a B.A. (Honours) degree course in screenwriting for film and television at The University of Chichester.
Other young people at Fosse Way worked with admirable resilience and determination to overcome their learning difficulties and achieve a combination of GCSE grades and Entry Level qualifications. Assistant Principal Ian Tanner, who is in charge of secondary education, commented: “This is a fantastic set of results that students, families and staff can be very proud of. Across a wide range of qualifications and at various levels students have achieved great things. In GCSE Maths and English several students achieved grades 3 and 4. In Physics GCSE all students entered passed. All the Arts Award students secured passes. The BTEC suite of qualifications produced some really good results in Science, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Creative Media and Vocational Studies. EQUALS students all achieved the award and in ICT OCR there was a great pass rate. Credits in History and GCSE Art passes are also to be celebrated. Other areas where superb team work and skills for life were shown were Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and Home Cooking Skills.”
For many Fosse Way students sitting an exam or completing a formal assessment is particularly challenging. It is a credit to their hard work, determination that such barriers have been overcome to achieve academic success this summer. Mr. Tanner went on to say, “Our students know that skills beyond formal qualifications are so important. It is worth saying how well they have done with these things too. For example, in greater self-confidence, independence, managing change, social skills and teamwork. It’s great to see them all moving on to their next stage in learning with such positivity.”
As they wish departing students well for the future, staff at Fosse Way are looking forward to another year of fulfilment and achievement for those who will be sitting exams at the school during the year ahead.