High school success ‘smashes’ national trends
POYNTON High School has achieved ‘outstanding’ results in its GCSE examinations with almost 80 per cent of students achieving the national benchmark.
The school also saw third of all GCSEs graded at the A*/A or the new higher Level 7/8/9 pass mark.
Other notable successes were an 80pc past rate A*-C in GCSE German, 99pc A*-C in physics, chemistry and biology, 91pc in A*-C in GCSE music, 87pc A*-C in drama and 80pc in dance.
There was also success in PE where the pass rate was 93pc A*- C, and 83pc A* - C in GCSE history.
Of the 2017 cohort 65 students achieved over half of their GCSEs at the top grades of A*-A, or 7-9.
Top performer was Daniel Oldham with 7A*s and two grade 9s, and Benjamin Lewis with 7A*s and one Grade 9.
Chloe Buchan achieved two Grade 9s, 4A*’s and three Grade As, with Aleeha Ali gaining 5A*s and four Grade As.
David Waugh, headteacher, said: “It is wonderful to see such amazing results and individual success stories.
“These results are a real testament to the hard work of all of our students, their families and our great staff who have supported them every step of the way.
“I really am so very pleased with their great achievements.
“This year group have been subjected to the hardest GCSEs ever, with the higher grades of A*/A and 7/8/9 being harder to achieve.
“This group of inspirational young people have ‘smashed’ the national trends with a third of all GCSEs at the top grades, 90pc achieving their English Standard Pass and 80pc achieving their maths.
“It is not possible to compare previous results to this year as the examinations are different and the expectations higher.
“However, our students have increased their achievement at every benchmark set with a quarter of all GCSE mathematics being graded at Level 7/8/9 (the old A*/A grade) and a third of GCSE English.
“We are also very pleased with their success at the new harder Grade 5 level with over three quarters of students achieving Grade 5 or above in GCSE English for example.
“The government has set down the challenge of harder, more academic focussed GCSE qualifications and our students have risen, met and then exceeded that challenge across all of their subject areas.”
Meanwhile, 38 students achieved 8 or more top grades of A/A* or 7/8/9 including: Benjamin Lewis, Daniel Oldham, Matthew Ainley, Aleeha Ali, Chloe Buchan, Samantha Capper, Matthew Hughes, Kelsey Monteith, Sarah Peachey, Cameron Stewart, James Ainley, Katherine Hickson, Michael Hulme, Lauren Macpherson, Alicia Parks, Rebecca Pinkerton, Abigail Renwick, Ines Seales, Patrick Sharrocks, Sophie Sinclair, Eleanor White, Emily Ashcroft Brown, Holly Axon, Ellen Bradley, Charles Gregory, Nicola Kershaw, Jack Lynam, Thomas Mason, Hannah Monk, Heather Nuttall, Joseph Pavey, Ellis Richards, Isobel Saville, Kerian Shepley, Lucy Smith, Luis Sullivan, Charlotte Timson and Emily Topliss.
Poynton High School pupils make the grade