At Elmfield our students sit their GCSE/iGCSE exams over two years, taking up to 4 subjects in Class 10 (typically English Language, Mathematics, Spanish and German) and up to 5 subjects in Class 11 (from a range that may include Combined Science, English Literature, Fine Art, Drama, Music, History and Geography). This is so that they can also continue to study the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum and it also means that their focus is not solely on examinations. Our students typically go onto local sixth form colleges such as King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, Haybridge Sixth Form in Hagley or Colleges of Higher Education such as Halesowen College and Kidderminster College.
After a challenging period of disruption and uncertainty, students at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School are celebrating their hard-earned 2021 GCSE results. As in schools across the country, Elmfield’s grades were awarded based on a range of rigorous, standardised evidence. The school’s processes and policies were scrutinised by the Joint Council for Qualifications, and we are delighted to report that the grades submitted were accepted without question. We are likewise proud to note that these results are entirely in line with those grades achieved by Elmfield students over the past five years.
It is fundamentally to the ethos of the school that, whilst important, GCSE grades are just a small part of the whole school experience. Alongside their GCSE lessons, Elmfield students have also undertaken an enriching and wide-ranging curriculum going well outside the narrow parameters of examination specifications.
The great success of this holistic and child-centred approach can be seen in these outstanding results: in 2021 especial mention to be made of 70% of entries achieving an A* in English Literature, over 90% of entries achieving 7-9 in History and over 50% of entries achieving AA or A*A* in Science. Likewise, there were many outstanding individual achievements, including students who were awarded a range of 8s and 9s.
New School Lead, Paul Merrell, praised the hard-work and focus of students and staff. ‘This cohort of students have lived through huge distractions and interruptions to their studies. I am delighted that they are finally able to celebrate their academic achievements and move, with confidence, to the next stage of their lives. I would like to pay tribute to them, and to the teaching and support staff at Elmfield who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the process was scrupulously fair, and that pupils attained the grades they deserved.’
Class 11 GCSE Results from 2007 - 5 or more overview
Percentage of Class 11 leavers who left with 5 or more A* to C grade GCSEs – including English Language and Mathematics
% Class 11 pupils leaving with 5 or more A*-C/9-4 grade GCSEs (including English Language and Mathematics) 2007 -2020