At point of writing it is very difficult to make any comparisons with previous years. English and Maths GCSEs are now different to last year with English being assessed entirely by written exams and both subjects now graded numerically (1 to 9) with a grade 4+ being the old C and above; and grade 7+ being the old A and above; a grade 9 is at the top end of the old A*. All other subjects are still graded A* to G or Pass to Distinction (for BTEC courses). What can be said is that our students this year have produced a remarkable set of results. 70% have achieved a grade 4 or above in English and Maths with one in five achieving five or more grades at A (or grade 7) and above. 24% of grades overall are at A or above. These are significant improvements on the previous year and speak volumes as to the hard work and dedication shown by this year group.

We have three students who have achieved the ‘full house’ – Grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Maths, an A** in Further Maths, and A*s in all their other subjects. A fantastic achievement. They are Emma Hutchings, Catherine Jackson, and Oscar Wilson. Isaac Mills achieved nearly the same except for two A grade instead of an A*’s!

Alongside these students, there are a further fourteen students who have achieved at least five A*s or grades 8 or 9 in their subjects. They are:

Will Hayter Dalgleish (9)

Jody Foster (8)

George Dodds (8)

Jade Barrett (8)

Grace Forsyth (7)

Lucy Hodgson (7)

Molly Baxter (7)

Imogen Horrocks (7)

Eliza Ogden Barnsley (7)

Fiona Robson (6)

Harriet Renner (5)

Ciara Healy (5)

Marcel Hapunik (5)

Aimee Anderson (5)

Overall 37 grades across English and Maths have been graded at Grade 9. Considering this grade is seen as the top 20% of the old A* I cannot overemphasise the level of achievement gained by these students.

As a school we consider success with a broad brush and alongside the outstanding outcomes in English and Maths we have seen major success and/or improvement in Art, French, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Health and Social Care, Science and Textiles.

To see so many smiles on faces after such a long and anxious wait provides everyone associated with our school with a real sense of satisfaction. Every year in education seems to bring upheaval and there is no doubt, both locally and nationally, we have faced and continue to face major change. I am extremely proud of what our students have achieved with the support of their teachers and families.

The start of September sees our school become an 11 to 18 secondary school. We look forward to working with our younger students to make sure they achieve the same impressive outcomes that this year group has managed to achieve.

Maurice Hall