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Mill Chase Academy

Exam Results



Mill Chase Academy is celebrating as our GCSE results continue to rise for the fifth year in a row.

There has been much reporting around the volatility of this year’s GCSE results with major changes in the awarding of grades in the majority of subjects to bring them in line with English and mathematics changes made last year. This year the new Grade 4 is comparable to a C grade from last year and Grade 7 similar to a Grade A. 

In 2017, against a fall in results nationally, Mill Chase Academy enjoyed a significant increase in English and mathematics with 66% of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics, representing an increase of 10% on last year.

Based on data across Hampshire County Council schools, we were in the Top 10% of schools in the county for improvement based on the proportion of pupils achieving a Grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics.

In English, there was an increase of 16% with 70% of students achieving a Grade 4 or above and 78% of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in mathematics, which was well above the national average.  This is an increase of 3% on the previous year’s outstanding mathematics results which saw the department placed in the top 6% of schools in the country.

This year we built on this success. 

I encouraged all teachers to rise to the challenge of matching the performance of the best 20% of schools in the country using the Fisher Family Trust national system.  The targets set are known as FFT20 targets.

The 2018 results showed that 8 subjects met or exceeded these high targets and a further 6 subjects were within two-fifths of a grade on average per student.

A key priority over the last 5 years has been to maximise the proportion of students achieving at least a grade C or a grade 4 in both English and mathematics.  This, coupled with other level 2 passes (GCSE grade 4+) allows students to access level 3 (A level or equivalent) provision in year 12.  This is an important part of ensuring that Mill Chase is a school where young people can progress their education to an advanced level and an important part of raising education aspirations and outcomes across our town. 

This year our FFT20 target for the perecentage of students achieving Grade 4 in English and mathematics was 65% and we achieved this top 20% target.  We also exceeded our Grade 5 target by 1%.

Emily Morgan our outgoing Head Girl achieved, a cleansweep of Grade 9s in all 11 of her GCSEs.  Emily also achieved an A^ in additional mathematics which is the highest grade in a qualification which covers some of the A Level mathematics content.

It is clear that when you couple high quality pastoral care with high standards and expectations, a school allows young people to flourish and to achieve their very best.

These excellent results are testament to the talented and committed teachers that we have at Mill Chase who work in excellent partnership with supportive parents and hard working students at our school.  Once again our ethos of high expectation and aspiration which is firmly established at Mill Chase is demonstrated with our continued examination success.

When Ofsted Inspectors visited our school in autumn 2016, they reported that “senior leaders have established an ethos of high expectation and aspiration which is central to the life of the school” and that “pupils are safe, happy and well looked after. Teachers are passionate about doing their best for the pupils they teach and pupils are making increasingly good progress and standards are rising because of improvements to teaching.”  In our first inspection as an academy, we were judged as being good in all areas and I am determined to ensure that the school moves to become outstanding.

This year we will prepare to move into our new building for September 2019. 

This is an exciting time for Mill Chase as an already successful school to benefit from state of the art facilities which include cutting edge science and technology laboratories, state of the art technology across the site, performing arts centre, dance studio, 320 seat theatre, 4G pitch, 6 court sports hall, multi use games area and a forest school learning area.

The main buildings will surround a central court yard which includes covered areas for outside dining accessible from the dining hall and seating areas accessible from the learning resource centre for reading at break and lunch times. 

There is an abundance of green spaces which include several sports pitches, an athletics track, a nurture garden and a forest school area for outside learning and activities. The whole site is bordered by mature trees providing a relaxing and inspirational backdrop to the learning environment.

As I have written many times before, one of the most important roles I have as Principal is to ensure that the very best teachers remain at the academy whilst appointing high-quality, talented staff.  Last term, I made several excellent appointments to our teaching team, all of whom joined us at the start of September.  This will strengthen the school even further.  I am therefore very excited about the new academic year ahead as we work to provide an outstanding education for the young people of Whitehill & Bordon.

Mr P Hemmings, MA
September 2018