High school suc­cess ‘smashes’ na­tional trends

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP -

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

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