The anxious wait for GCSE results is finally over, this year has been really tough with students facing new more demanding examinations across the range of subjects for the first time. This means students will receive numerical grades in most subjects. This year’s students have been faced with a huge increase in the number of exams alongside an increase in the level of demand of the questions.
Students at Holyrood Academy in Chard are again celebrating superb GCSE results which saw 65% of students achieving the key measure of a standard pass (at least a grade 4) in both Maths and English new style GCSEs. Of these 63% achieved the new strong pass (at least a grade 5) in both subjects.
Many students exceeded their personal targets achieving some fantastic results. Top performers this year included: Rachael Davis who achieved grade 9 in Maths, in English and 4 other subjects as well as 5 grade 8’s and an A*, Abby Pridden (grade 9 in Maths and 2 others, 8 in English Language and 3 others, an A*, 2 grade 7s and an A), Erin Bond (grade 9 in Drama, grade 8 in 5 subjects, grade 7 in 4 subjects and 2 grades A),Katy Speed (grade 9 in Maths, English and Biology, grade 8 in 3 subjects, grade 7 in 4 subjects, a grade 6 and a B).
Headteacher Matthew Collins said ‘The achievements of all the students has been superb, new government measures take into account the progress made by every student in the year for the Progress 8 score and these have remained above national thresholds during a particularly difficult year of change – indicating high levels of success for students of all abilities.’ He went on to say that ‘the results were thoroughly deserved by this group of students and are testament to their attitude and hard work. I would also like to thank the teaching staff for the incredible amount of work they have put in to supporting this group of students at a time of significant national change. These results are excellent and can only help to further our reputation at a local and regional level.’
The waiting is finally over !
Beth goes through her results with her proud parents.
Racheal and Lorelei congratulate each other on their fantastic results
Top performing boy, Ryan, looks over his results with his English teacher Ms Booth
Oscar gets a congratulatory hug from Head of Year 11, Mrs Hogg.