Pupils’ anx­ious wait is fi­nally over…

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Head Speaks Out -

Schools across Can­ter­bury had cause for cel­e­bra­tion de­spite a na­tional dip in top GCSE grades.

A new grad­ing sys­tem, scor­ing pupils nu­mer­i­cally from 9 to 0 in maths and English, has made it harder to achieve the high­est grade, with just 3% na­tion­ally scor­ing a 9 but there were still smiles all around as young­sters col­lected their results.

All but 3% of pupils at Bar­ton Court Gram­mar School achieved five grades at A* to C, in­clud­ing both maths and English at grade 4 or higher.

An im­pres­sive 47% of all grades were at A or A* – a 5% in­crease on last year’s results.

Head of school Ian Macau­lay said: “I am re­ally de­lighted for all our stu­dents who have worked so hard to achieve these out­stand­ing results.

“Pupils had to cope with de­mands of new tougher GCSES in English and math­e­mat­ics and the ma­jor­ity of our pupils also gained the de­mand­ing English bac­calau­re­ate.

“De­spite this, they have ex­celled and should be justly proud.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see so many pleased and ex­cited young faces col­lect their results this morn­ing.”

Pupil Carys Gil­son, who se­cured one A and six Bs, said: “I did a lot bet­ter than I ex­pected to. I’m re­ally pleased with these results.”

Bar­ton Court also saw 19 pupils achieve the equiv­a­lent of 10 or more straight As, while more than half of pupils achieved at least five.

At Can­ter­bury High more than 50% of pupils achieved five or more grades at A to C, in­clud­ing maths and English.

The school’s ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­ple des­ig­nate, Jon Wat­son, who takes over from out­go­ing head Phil Kar­navas at the end of the year, said: “We are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter an­other good set of results in what has been a very con­fus- ing year for our stu­dents with changes to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

“Two thirds at­tained the new stan­dard in maths and English. There has also been a wel­come im­prove­ment across the other sub­jects, es­pe­cially his­tory and lan­guages.”

Jamie Wat­son, who got two As and three Bs, said: “I’m shocked, just re­ally happy. I worked re­ally hard for it.”

Ellie Wat­son se­cured three A*s, one A and four Bs. She said: “I had con­vinced my­self that I had not done that well. I started re­vis­ing at Christ­mas and re­ally put a lot of ef­fort in.”

Kent Col­lege said a “per­son­alised ap­proach” helped it achieve a 100% pass rate, with 70% of grades at B or above

Ex­ec­u­tive head mas­ter Dr David Lam­per added: “The pupils have achieved an ex­cel­lent set of results in spite of the changes to cour­ses and as­sess­ments, and so have se­cured sound foun­da­tions for the next stage in their ed­u­ca­tional ca­reer.

“On top of won­der­ful A-level and IB results, our stu­dents can be very proud of their achieve­ments.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to them and to all of my col­leagues for the hard work which makes ex­cel­lent results like these pos­si­ble.”

St Ed­mund’s in Can­ter­bury is cel­e­brat­ing its best GCSE results in six years, with 41% of grades at A or A*.

School head Louise Moel­wynHughes said: “I am im­mensely proud of the achieve­ments of our pupils, and equally ap­pre­cia­tive of the ex­cel­lence of the sup­port which they have re­ceived from their highly com­mit­ted and able teach­ers. This co­hort proves an ex­cit­ing prospect for A-level.”

St Anselm’s head Mike Wal­ters was equally en­thu­si­as­tic with his school’s per­for­mance.

“The school is fore­cast­ing a pos­i­tive Progress 8 score based on the results that pupils have achieved,” he said.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of pupils will be stay­ing on in our sixth form.

“We are very pleased that the hard work of the stu­dents has paid off and they can be proud of their ef­forts. These GCSE results, al­lied to very pleas­ing AS and A-level results last week, are an il­lus­tra­tion of the con­tin­ued suc­cess of pupils at the school.”

From left: Time to cel­e­brate for Kent Col­lege; stu­dents at Can­ter­bury High; Bar­ton Court pupils re­ceiv­ing their results; and Bar­ton Court pupils Carys Gil­son and Ellie Gib­son, both 16

Archie Bai­ley, Thomas Crowther and Oliver Kings­land com­pare their GCSE results at the Si­mon Lang­ton School; among the top GCSE per­form­ers at St Ed­mund’s School were Mag­gie Bax­ter, Is­abelle Mous­ley, Ella Gib­bons and Lily Gib­bons; Bar­ton Court pupils cel­e­brate their results

Cel­e­brat­ing their GCSE results, from left, are pupils at Arch­bish­ops School in Can­ter­bury; St Ed­mund’s School and Bar­ton Court

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