Record Breaking Exam Results

2017 Examination Results

Delighted students of The Roseland Academy received their GCSE results today in front of their proud parents and teachers, with the school celebrating another year of great results.

Headteacher, Chris Challis, praised students for their “fantastic” results, stating, “The Academy would like to congratulate all our Year Eleven students for their successful 2017 examination results. They have been the first cohort through the new reformed GCSEs in English and Maths and have excelled themselves across all of their subjects. We are delighted that our students have been rewarded with results of which they can be proud.  This is down to their hard work, effort, and commitment whilst at The Roseland.”

“We are thrilled with this year’s results and would like to extend congratulations to all of our students, staff and their families who have supported them throughout this school year. Huge congratulations to them all!”

While the overall performance of our Year 11 cohort has been very impressive, some individual successes are especially noteworthy: Amelia Guest achieved seven A*s and three Grade 9s, the new highest English and Maths grade, whilst Jago Bayley received seven A*s or equivalents and two grade 9s. Jago also achieved the maximum possible marks for his Geography GCSE.

“It is wonderful to see the celebration today, with the students and staff alike being rewarded for all of their exemplary hard work. We are over the moon to see, once again, some of our best ever results not only from the highest achievers, but also from the students who have exceeded their own expectations.” said Richard Clarke, Deputy Head at The Roseland Academy.

“We are very excited to be sending this year’s leavers off to colleges, Sixth Forms and apprenticeships, knowing that they will continue to strive for excellence in whatever comes next. We will continue to follow their progress with enthusiasm.” Mr Clarke continued.

Mr Challis added “The exceptional grades we have seen today represent the culmination of 5 years of hard work, and show that our Academy continues to prepare students for the future challenges of A-Levels, university and their eventual career.”

The Roseland Academy has again delivered strong performance across all of our faculties. Last year our students excelled and achieved record results for the Roseland. It looks like this year the bar has been raised again. This is particularly pleasing as the English and Mathematics teams have been delivering the new reformed and tougher GCSE specifications. The students have taken this in their stride and excelled again.

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See below for reporting on our 2016 Examination Results


sWe are proud to announce that in the recently released Department of Education school league tables, we are top of Cornwall for the Progress 8 score, achieving a figure of 0.53. This measure compares students’ best 8 GCSE/BTEC grades against the national average. This figure is exceptionally high and puts the 2016 performance of The Roseland Academy students within the top 10% of schools nationally.

This fantastic achievement is testament to the dedication of our hard working staff, our high standards, and our wonderful students – we are very proud of all of them!

To see the 2016 schools performance tables click here

We are exceptionally proud to have received a personal letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, for our outstanding examination results.


NEWS about our 2015 Exam Results….

The Education Endowment Foundation produces databases to help understand how the performance of Roseland Academy students compares with other similar schools across the country.

We are extremely proud that in our group of 50 similar schools, we feature at the top of the various performance measures, including the respected 3 year average for exam results.

Don’t just take our word for it! Please read more here


One of the Top Performing Schools Nationally

2018 Examination Results

The Government School Performance Tables have been published for this year’s results and The Roseland Academy has maintained it’s position as one of the top performing schools not only in the South West, but also nationally.

For the second year running, the exam results for Progress 8 are well within the 100th highest scores* achieved nationally out of a total of 6530 schools.

Huge congratulations to our amazing students and staff. Thank you also our wonderful families and carers for your continuous support of the school.

*2018 (provisional) Performance Tables Dense Rank

See below for coverage of our 2017 Examination Results

Today the Department for Education published the school performance tables for the 2017 national examination results. The new headline measure is the Progress 8 score which measures overall progress made in students’ best eight subject qualifications.

A more detailed explanation of how the score is put together can be found here.

A Progress 8 score of 0 would indicate that a student’s achievement in these eight subjects is in line with the national average. This year the Roseland Academy achieved a score of 0.85. This means that our students achieved on average close to one GCSE grade higher than the national average in all of their best eight subjects, which is an outstanding achievement.

To put this in context, The Roseland Academy currently ranks the 36th highest score in the country out of 6480 schools*, placing us in the top few percent of all schools for performance. Our students are achievements are giving them the best possible starting point and the widest choices possible for the next steps in their lives.

*2017 (provisional) Performance Tables Dense Rank


The first release of the 2017 DfE Performance Tables has shown The Roseland Academy breaking records again by improving on last year’s fantastic results. This year’s Progress 8 score places us as not only as one of the highest performing schools in the South West, but well within the top 100 nationally out of 6400 schools.

To see us on the Official DfE Performance Tables for Cornwall, click here.


See below for coverage of our 2016 Examination Results



The Roseland Academy sitting at the top of all schools in Cornwall for 2016 Exam performance. source: The Telegraph

We are proud to be officially recognised as a high performing state school in Cornwall following our 2016 examination results. This has been widely reported on both national and local press coverage of


We are exceptionally proud to have received a personal letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, for our outstanding examination results.


Press reports from last year’s (2015) results:

We are proud to announce that in the most recent Times guide to “Top Secondary Schools Near You” The Roseland Academy is listed as overall second in Cornwall for GCSE results. The guide lists the top 10 schools for every local authority and uses the Average Points Score per pupil to determine the best schools. Of the many ways to measure student achievement, this is widely regarded as being one of the most broad and representative measures of School performance.

This prestigious accolade is testament to the ongoing hard work of our Year 11 students, their parents and the staff of The Roseland Academy.


Roll up for The Big Sing! Wednesday 18th October 7pm at The Roseland Academy

On Wednesday 18th October the school will be hosting The Big Sing 2017 , and everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of music and song designed to celebrate the joy of singing together!

The concert will feature whole class performances by our new Year 7 pupils, who will form ‘The Big Sing Choir’, as well as a number of other items by various soloists and school ensembles – including Junior Choir and Roseland Voices (our student choir open to years 9 – 11). This event is a fantastic chance for students at The Roseland to experience the joy of singing together and to perform within a supportive atmosphere for friends and family.

The concert will take place in the main school hall at 7.00pm, and all performers should arrive promptly at 6.40pm. The dress-code for performers is smart school uniform and we estimate that the concert will end at 8pm.

Tickets are available in advance from the Finance Office, priced £2.00 each (cash or cheques acceptable) and any unsold tickets will be available on the door on the night. We do hope that you will come and support our students and look forward to seeing you on the night! All enquiries to Miss Polley:

Pictures from last year’s fantastic event:

Thursday 19 October Y7 Settling in Parents’ Evening

Parent(s)/Carer(s) of our new Y7 are warmly invited to our Settling in Parents’ Evening on Thursday 19 October.

We very much value the support of all of our parents and attribute our successful student outcomes to close collaboration and communication with parents and families.

This evening is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s tutor, get feedback about how the start of the year has gone, and make plans for the academic year ahead.

Our form tutors are currently collecting settling in information from all of your child’s subjects and will be able to share this with you at the meeting. This will include what has gone well and areas to celebrate, as well as any areas to focus on over the coming weeks or months.

The Y7 students will be receiving a letter this week with details about how to log in and book an appointment through our online booking system, accessed through the front page of our website.

We look forward to meeting you on the evening.

Y7 Lanhydrock Humanities Trip

Last week Mrs Handford ran a Humanities trip to introduce all of Year 7 to the subjects of Geography, History and RE.  The visit to Lanhydrock involved students visiting the house, grounds and church to develop their enquiry and questioning skills.  As they toured the house students has the opportunity to look at and hold artifacts. A couple of students asked to play the piano in the library (which led to a singalong with other students) – much enjoyed by the staff and other visitors.  There were very positive comments from the members of the public on the students behaviour and smart uniform.  The afternoon visit to Restormel Castle was to allow students to see a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle – they will undertake History work on the building of castles later in the term.  It also supports their work in Geography on describing the environment.  More than anything the trip was to allow students the chance to get to know each other a little more as they settle into their teaching groups.

Year 11 Curriculum Information Evening 6.00 – 8.00pm on Thursday 5 October 2017

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s)

Year 11 Curriculum Information Evening

6.00 – 8.00pm on Thursday 5 October 2017

I am pleased to tell you that our Year 11 students have made an excellent start to the academic year.  Thank you for all that goes on behind the scenes throughout this important time in your child’s education.

We would like to invite you to our Year 11 Curriculum Evening between 6:00 and 8:00pm on Thursday 5 October.  As you are aware, your son/daughter is embarking on the new GCSE specifications for all of their subjects and we therefore feel it is crucial for you to attend this evening to help support your child over the course of their final year.

The first hour of the evening will concentrate on the three core subjects of English, Maths and Science.  During the second hour you will be able to visit option subjects relating to your child’s subject choices.

Staff will lead you through what your son/daughter is learning in key subject areas and provide you with a clear, specific understanding of the courses and offer practical guidance on how to support your son/daughter’s learning towards GCSE exams.  The evening will take the form of a series of short sessions explaining course content, the specifics of what is covered (including handout support materials for you to use with your son/daughter) and successful revision methods.

This is a really important evening and one which will provide you with more details and practical help that will enable your son/daughter to be successful.  We hope that you can join us.

Yours sincerely

Chris Challis

Y11 Pre Public Examinations Week and Timetable 2-6 October

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 11 and Year 10 Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs)

We are writing to inform you that as your son/daughter will be sitting external GCSE/BTEC examinations this academic year, they will also be required to sit Pre Public Examinations in the subjects they study, this half term, for all subjects (excluding Photography, Art and DT subjects as these are being assessed during lessons.)

These Pre Public Examinations will provide excellent preparation for the external examinations later in the year. They will also give students and their teachers valuable information about their current levels of performance, their strengths and those areas that they still need to develop, in order for them to fulfil their potential in the summer.

We wanted to ensure that you have clear information to support and help your son/daughter in preparing for these examinations. The PPEs will occur over one week: Monday 2  October to Friday 6  October 2017. Students are expected to arrive and attend school as they normally would in full complete uniform. When they are not in a Pre Public Examination, they will revert to their normal day-to-day timetable where they will be allowed to revise for any remaining examination.

There are a number of excellent online resources which students can access to supplement their revision; please ask your son/daughter to talk to their subject teachers if they are unsure. Students should approach their PPEs with the same level of determination as their external GCSE/BTEC examinations later in the year. If they have not already started, it is time they started revising now.

If students are absent for any of the PPEs, they will be expected to complete any missed examinations when they return to school. Your son/daughter will receive their results within their lessons by 20 October 2017.

We wish your son/daughter every success with their Pre Public Examinations and we are grateful for your continuing support to help them achieve their potential.

Please find the PPEs timetable on the back of this letter.

 If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact The Raising Standards Team – either Mr Avery, Miss Mason or Mr Ashwin.

Yours sincerely

Richard Avery

Learning Leader for Upper School

Timetable for PPEs : Monday 2 October – Friday 6 October 2017


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 Geography English 1 English 2 ICT Drama / Music
2 Geography English 1 English 2 ICT Drama / Music
3 RE Maths Science (core) Triple Science History
4 RE Maths Science (core) Triple Science History
5 French / Spanish Reading French / Spanish Writing Media Studies


Tuesday 19 September Internal Deadline for Examination Enquiries

Dear Parent(s) Carer(s),

On Y11 Leavers Results day you may have signed a letter authorising a possible review of marking for one or more of your son/daughters’ subjects. This is because their final mark lies close to the next grade boundary.

The JCQ have changed the process for this year and the review of marking is described as:

This is a post-results review of the original marking to ensure that the agreed mark scheme has been applied correctly. It is not a re-marking of the candidate’s script. The awarding body will have trained its reviewers to conduct reviews of marking accurately and consistently. Reviewers will not re-mark the script.

It is important to remember that the exam boards have their own internal moderation and checking processes, and the grade received from them on results day should be seen as true and accurate.

The cost for this service ranges from £36.50 to £45.60 per paper per candidate (not payable if the grade is changed).

Following some preliminary submissions, we have seen little change in marks resulting from the process and the academy is unable to justify the cost of any further reviews to be processed.

If you have not been contacted by the Academy regarding a review of marking, please presume we have not submitted a review of marking for your son/daughter.

If you would still like us to proceed with a review of marking, we would need you to cover the cost, which will range from £36.50 to £45.60 per paper. If this is the case, please email me directly:, stating your son/daughter’s name, and I will be able to advise you further. Contact and payment will need to be received by 19 September at the very latest.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please feel free to email me directly.

Kind regards

Richard Clarke

Deputy Headteacher

The Roseland Academy Open Evening Tuesday 26 September 6:00-8:00pm

Please come and experience our wonderfully caring, creative and high performing school!

We are pleased to invite prospective parents and students to our Open Evening on Tuesday 26 September from 6.00-8.00pm.  We hope to give you a brief ‘taste’ of what will be on offer for your child if you choose our school.  Activities will be in the form of displays of work, resources, interactive sessions and experiments and much, much more.  Students and parents will also be able to explore the school, either with a student guide or your child may be able to take you around themselves as they may be familiar with the school following the Year 6 taster morning earlier in the year.

Forthcoming Open Events at The Roseland Academy

We warmly invite all Year 6 students from within and out of our catchment to visit our happy, successful and high performing school. This will be a great opportunity for your child to get to know the school, staff and other students prior to making a secondary school choice in October 2017. We have two forthcoming events.

Open Evening Tuesday 26 September from 6.00-8.00pm

Our annual Open Evening is on Tuesday 26 September from 6.00-8.00pm. We hope to give you a brief ‘taste’ of what will be on offer for your child if you choose our school. Activities will be in the form of displays of work, resources, interactive sessions and experiments and much, much more. Students and parents will also be able to explore the school, either with a student guide or your child may be able to take you around themselves as they may be familiar with the school following the first Year 6 taster morning earlier in the year.

Y6 Taster Morning 4 October

If your child is currently attending one of our partner primary schools we have been in liaison with your child’s school and have pre-arranged dates as following:

• Grampound Road, Grampound-with-Creed, Ladock, Gerrans, St Mawes, Tregony and Veryan primary schools will attend on 4 October.
• Gorran and Probus primary schools attended a transition morning on 12 July, but if your child was unable to attend on this date please let us know.

All transport to and from The Roseland Academy will be provided with your child returning to their primary school after lunch, by 1.00pm.

If your child is in Year 6 and not currently attending one of our partner primaries, you are warmly invited to attend on 4 October. In order for us to meet your individual needs, please email our Transition Coordinator, Miss McWilliams, on, with the details indicated on the letter linked at the bottom of this page. Each year we successfully enrol a number of students from across Cornwall and if you would like to find out more please get in touch.

It is very important for your child to feel at ease about his or her new school from the start of the process and great care will be taken to ensure their happiness and smooth transition to secondary school. Our taster days are an important part of this and will allow your child to join in lessons and learning activities with our students and staff. It will also give them the chance to form new friendships with students from other primary schools.

All children will be offered a complimentary lunch from our Dining Hall. However, if your child would prefer a packed lunch please also indicate this on the tear off slip below.

If you have any questions regarding our Year 6 taster day, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  We look forward to welcoming prospective students or seeing you at our Open Evening on 26 September.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely

Mr Chris Challis


Year 6 Open Day Letter