Schools celebrate GCSE results

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Grays Convent girls are celebrating another set of excellent GCSE results again this year. 54 of the top grade 9’s (the gold standard A**) were achieved, and a quarter of girls achieved the top grades of 7, 8 or 9.

With 94 per cent of the 2019 Yr 11 girls achieving the headline figures of 9-4 in English and 72% in Mathematics, the school are absolutely delighted for their girls.

Great results in the core subjects were followed up with impressive achievements in other subjects: more than half of the subjects studied achieving 80% or more. Notably Biology achieved 100%, with 97% for Chemistry and Physics; 98% in Media Studies and 92% in Design and Technology.

Penny Johnson, headteacher said, “Five years of commitment and dedication has been rewarded today. Once again our students have excelled in their efforts through conscientious study and responding to the advice and guidance of their exceptional teachers. They have excellent opportunities for their next steps based on these fantastic GCSE results.

Behind the statistics are some amazing individual success stories, girls who have overcome all sorts of challenges, but notable student achievements and special credit goes to, amongst so many others:

  • Katherine Franklin with 8 9’s and 4 8’s;
  • Teodora-Maria Nica with 7 9’s and 4 8’s;
  • Milana Khlimankova with 5 9’s, 5 8’s and 2 7’s and
  • Sky Shroder with 4 9’s, 4 8’s and 3 7’s.

These top students include Head girl Amy Brennan who achieved 9’s, 8’s, 7’s and 6’s, whilst also carrying out her other duties across the school.

The Deanes School in Thundersley congratulated students on their achievements after a 10 per cent increase in those achieving Grade 4 or higher in both English and Maths.

Year 10 Statistics students achieved excellent results with 87.5% achieving a Grade 5 and above.

Students achieving outstanding results include Jack Casson (Grade 9 in History and English Literature), Phoebe Bean (Grade 9 in Citizenship) and Daisy Bown (Grade 9 in English Literature). Year 10 students also achieved some exceptional results including Seren Rifat (Grade 8 in French and Statistics), Emily McKeown, Ronnie Donnellan and Hetty Sargent (Grade 8 in Statistics).

Students from New Hall School, the UK’s largest Catholic boarding & day school in Chelmsford are celebrating record-breaking GCSE results, following on from their most successful ever A Level results, last week.  A record 90% of grades at GCSE were at 5+ or A*-B with a third of all grades at 8+ or A* and 51% of grades at 7+ or A*/A.

The students also achieved a record 14% of grades at the new highest grade 9, three times the national average.

Havering’s overall pass rate was boosted to 69 per cent for pupils taking English and maths – a one per cent increase on last year.

One school, Bower Park, increased its pass rate in these subjects by 20 per cent to 65 per cent.

Nearly 2,800 pupils from 18 schools took their exams.

Councillor Robert Benham, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families, said: “Although the exams are reportedly getting tougher, pupils in Havering have once again proved successful by achieving good, solid grades.

“For those who haven’t achieved the grades they were hoping for, it’s important that they liaise with their schools which are able to offer help and advice to support them.”

At Marshalls Park Academy, Romford, their results showed there had been an improvement in almost every key measure. In English, 83 per cent achieved a grade 4 or higher in at least one of their English subjects, with 70 per achieving a grade 5 or above.

Sixty six per cent of students also achieved a level 4 or higher in English and maths (combined) – a six per cent increase from 2018.


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