Head praises Holmes Chapel Comprehensive students for GCSE results

Posted August 26, 2017

Withington's Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Haslam, said, 'These are wonderful results which are richly deserved by all of our Year 11 pupils - they have worked hard, showing great commitment to their studies, and also played a full part in the wider life of the school - they have so much to look forward to in the Sixth Form and beyond.

Hope Valley College students have celebrated another year of GCSE success.

Paula Ledger the headteacher said: "I am very proud of this year's Year 11 students and the excellent results they have achieved - the second best in the history of the school".

In a year of revised GCSE content in English language, literature and mathematics, the students produced a set of extraordinary results as once again 100% of students gained at least 5 subjects at A*-C, including grades of 5 or above in English and mathematics.

This year there are new GCSEs in English and maths, which are graded 9-1 rather than alphabetically.

This represents a 12 percentage point increase on the previous year and is significantly higher than the previous five year average of 50% explained a delighted Acting Head Teacher Paul Barton The results were released on Thursday morning.

Nathan Gorgulu, Simon Grundy, Joe Hensman, Haneef Khan, James Lofts, Adam Pringle, Alex Towle, Stuart Wallace and Freddie Wilkinson all hit the highest mark in the newly reformed examinations.

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This is a really strong set of results.

With some exceptional achievements across the board, the all girls' school in College Avenue, Grays, has particularly excelled across English with 92 per cent achieving a 9-4 in the more challenging 2017 exam, securing 88 per cent in Language and 92 per cent in the literature GCSE. "They have been an absolute delight and deserve their stunning successes today".

"We have reasons to celebrate in all our subjects and we are so proud of this excellent team effort of students, staff and parents working together".

She said: "I'm so proud of the way our students adapted to the new style of exams and of the way the staff have supported them to do their best". The determination and resilience they have shown to overcome the new challenges can now be seen in the fantastic results they have achieved.

This year students have become the guinea pigs of the revised examination systems created to make it harder to score a good pass at GCSE, by bringing back the reliance on end-of-course final exams as the measurement system.

Of particular note were two students called Lucy and Mia achieved "outstanding" results despite significant illnesses.