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Mill Chase Academy

Exam Results


Mill Chase Academy is celebrating yet another year of improved examination results with more students making progress beyond national expectations than ever before, notably in English and mathematics.

These results show how effective our school has become.  This is testament to the excellent attitude our students have towards their learning and the positive working relationships they enjoy with our hard working and talented staff.  Our parents and staff work very successfully together for the benefit of the young people in our community.


Despite the dramatic decline nationally in the proportion of GCSE entries achieving a C grade or higher, the proportion at Mill Chase Academy continues to rise.  This has been achieved despite this year’s cohort having lower KS2 results than the previous year’s cohort.

Nationally, English Language results fell from 65% to 60%, with mathematics falling from 63% to 61%.

At Mill Chase, in mathematics, 75% of students achieved grades A*-C, an increase from 69% in 2015.  In GCSE English (the new measure selects the best of English Language or Literature) the figure was 58% which is an increase from 54% last year. 

Once again, the national issues surrounding the examination component of the iGCSE English have impacted our overall English Language A*-C.  However, the coursework marks were significantly higher at 74% A*-C and had been externally moderated by the examination board.  Like so many other schools, we are appealing the marking of the examination paper.

Students who took the AQA GCSE English Language qualification achieved 96% A*-C with 17% A*/A grades.

In English Literature results increased slightly from 60% to 61% A*-C, against a national fall.   A*/A grades increased as well from 14% to 16%.

The percentage of students achieving the Basics measure, which is a grade C or higher in both English and mathematics increased from 50% to 56%.

Mathematics has exceeded the national average A*-C of 61% by 15% and the A*/A national average of 16% by 3.4% as we achieved 19.4% A*/A grades.  Furthermore, results for additional mathematics, taken by our most able mathematicians achieved 100% A^/A*/A compared to the national average of 57%.  Clearly mathematics is demonstrating exceptional performance.


The new performance measures place a greater emphasis on progress.

In mathematics, 79% of students made expected progress which is an increase from 73% last year with 37% of students making above expected progress.

In additional mathematics, taken by almost 10% of the cohort, 100% made above expected progress.

In English, 69% made at least expected progress with 36% of students making more than expected progress.

One of the most important roles I have 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 will be 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.

Mr P Hemmings, MA

September 2016


We continued to build on last year’s GCSE success with further improvements in a number of key areas. 

The staff, students and parents have worked incredibly well together to ensure that young people in Whitehill & Bordon achieve their very best and I am so proud of our students’ achievements this year which show that more young people are achieving A*/A grades than ever before at MCA. 

Whilst we recognise that there is far more to a rich educational experience than examination grades alone, having excellent qualifications allows young people to have choices over further and higher education courses and ultimately access to the best jobs that they want.  This in turn will impact on their quality of life and standard of living. 

In Mathematics, 69% of students achieved grades A*-C and in GCSE English Language the figure was 78%.  For iGCSE English, 29% of students achieved a C grade or higher.  Overall in English, 54% of pupils made expected progress and in mathematics 70% of students made expected progress.

On average 23% of students achieved the top A*/A grades in each GCSE subject, with the figure at 22% in Mathematics, 29% in History, 32% in Computing, 47% in Physics, 53% in Chemistry, 53% in Biology, 80% in Philosophy and 92% in Further Mathematics.  The Further Mathematics qualification allows students to achieve an A^ which is even higher than an A* and 33% of students taking Further Mathematics achieved A^. 

To view the school performance tables click here

Several new teachers joined us this year which has strengthened the academy further and I am delighted to welcome:

  Mr  Bremner

  Teacher of Mathematics

  Bohunt School

  Miss French

  Head of Geography

  Bedales School

  Miss Reekie

  Teacher of Mathematics

  Highbury Grove School

  Mrs Ross

  Teacher of Science

  Ellis Guildford School

  Mrs Toombs

  Teacher of Music

  Woolmer Hill

I am looking forward to the year ahead with further additions to our staff team.  One of the most important roles I have as Principal is to ensure that the very best teachers remain at the academy whilst appointing good-quality, talented staff.

Mr P Hemmings, MA

September 2015