Students at Coloma can justifiably claim to be floating on cloud nine following their outstanding GCSE examination results this year. An impressive 41% of grades were at grade 7 or higher, equivalent to an A or A* in previous years, with 24% of the grades being either an 8 or a 9. The Spanish and Religious Studies departments led the way with 37% of grades awarded in Spanish and 25% in Religious Studies being a 9, the highest grade possible. Grade 7 or higher was achieved by 81% in Spanish, 70% in Chemistry, 63% in Biology, 58% in Religious Studies and 56% in each of History and Physics.
Of the individual successes, Celine McCready achieved the top grade 9 in 9 of her subjects along with two more subjects at grade 8. Oliwia Zukowska grade in 9 of her 13 GCSEs with Grade 9 in 7 subjects and an A* in each of Further Maths and Polish, as well as an A grade in her AS Level Polish. Lauryn Wellington Coombs also achieved Grade 9s in 7 of her subjects and an A* in Further Maths whilst Tetyana Zholobaylo achieved 6 grade 9s and an A* in Further Maths. Jessica Self and Dagmara Nogal both included 6 Grade 9s within their 12 GCSE grades, with Dagmara also achieving an A* in A Level Polish.
Overall, the school was absolutely delighted with the students’ results. Headteacher Jackie Johnson said, ‘It is fantastic to see that the hard work put in by our students and all of our staff has deservedly translated into these excellent results. I am also pleased that the students have achieved these results across a wide range of subjects while still continuing to participate in extra-curricular activities that include music, sport and debating’.
Coloma is proud of the broad range of subjects which students are able to study. Subjects taken this year, and being studied by the up-coming year groups, included Art, Drama and Music which are under threat in many schools. A very high proportion of the students were entered for the EBacc combination of subjects which includes a Modern Foreign Language, a Humanity (either History or Geography), as well as Maths, English and Science. The school does not select on ability so maintaining both the breadth of study and the standard of results, where over 91% of all grades are either 4+ or C+, is an outstanding achievement.
The GCSE successes follow on from the excellent results achieved by students in the sixth form last week. Further details about Coloma Sixth Form can be obtained by contacting Mrs Ingram, the KS5 coordinator. JIngram@coloma.croydon.sch.uk