How GCSE stu­dents woke up to find them­selves in dream­land

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

SUM­MER HOLIDAYS are usu­ally a les­son in lazy days, top­ping up the tan, and get­ting up as late as pos­si­ble.

But if there is one day that bucks the trend, GCSE Re­sults Day is it. Af­ter all, no other time of the year will see so many 16-year-olds up and alert at six am, anx­iously re­fresh­ing their com­puter screens.

But their nerves were un­founded be­cause, just like last week’s A-level re­sults, Jewish stu­dents and their schools did them­selves proud.

Has­monean was named The Times’ top non-se­lec­tive state school in the UK for the third year run­ning, with 93 per cent of all stu­dents at­tain­ing a C grade or above. Out of 158 year 11 pupils, 57 per cent re­ceived an A or A*.

An­drew McClusky, head of the boys’ cam­pus, said he was “ab­so­lutely d e l i g h t e d ” , but stressed the im­por­tanceof fo­cus- cent, with 76 per cent at a C or above.

Act­ing head­teacher Dr Paul Doherty re­vealed that five pupils had gained an A or above in all their ex­ams, while the num­ber who re­ceived a C or above in English and Maths had risen to 65 per cent since last year. “We will con­tinue to build on this suc­cess and next year’s re­sults will be even bet­ter,” he said.

Yavneh Col­lege, Bore­ham­wood, saw 83 per cent of its pupils achieve a C grade or higher, with 69 per cent achiev­ing A*s and As. Spe­cial men­tion went to Oliver Boyne, 16, who swept the board with 10 A*s, and Adam Stein­berg, 16, who re­ceived nine A*s and two As. Head­teacher Spencer L e w i s said: “The pupils

h a v e ing on each stu­dent’s own progress. “We are more set on the pupil achiev­ing his or her po­ten­tial, rather than scor­ing head­lines,” he said. “At Has­monean, at­ti­tudes and val­ues come first, re­sults sec­ond. I am con­vinced that they are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked.

“It is far more im­por­tant to breed de­cent hu­man be­ings than those who only per­form aca­dem­i­cally. Their de­cency will stay with them for the rest of their lives, while their aca­demic achieve­ments will be an­other string to their bow of suc­cess.” In Red­bridge, King Solomon High School re­ported a pass rate of 98 per done so well and I am proud of them all. I am also very grate­ful to the ded­i­cated team of teach­ers who work so hard in pre­par­ing them.”

JFS cel­e­brated a pass rate of 99.9 per cent. While 50 per cent of the 298 stu­dents achieved an A or A*, 69 gar­nered an A or above in at least nine ex­ams, a record num­ber for the Ken­ton school.

Head Jonathan Miller said the stu­dents had set “the high­est of bench­marks” which “en­abled them to pro­ceed to the next stage of their ed­u­ca­tion with con­fi­dence”.

In Bushey, Im­manuel Col­lege was cel­e­brat­ing its best re­sults since 2007, with 96 per cent at­tain­ing a C grade or higher. More than 60 per cent achieved an A or above, while all those who took fur­ther maths, art and He­brew fin­ished with an A or A*.

Head­teacher Charles Dormer said: “We are most proud of how di­verse our suc­cess is. Ev­ery­one here can find some­thing they are good at.

“This school was founded by Chief Rabbi Im­manuel Jakobovits to prove that To­rah learn­ing and suc­cess in ed­u­ca­tional learn­ing not only go to­gether, but com­ple­ment each other per­fectly. We ex­ist to prove that.”

JCoSS, East Bar­net, cel­e­brated high marks among its year 10 stu­dents who took their sci­ence and statis­tics GCSEs early — the first time the school has sat public ex­ams since it opened in 2010.

In statis­tics, more than 90 per cent achieved a C or above, while in sci­ence this rose to 95 per cent.

Head­teacher Pa­trick Mo­ri­arty said: “They are ex­cel­lent first fruits, and au­gur well for the full set of re­sults to come this time next year.”

In Manch­ester, King David High School re­ported a 100 per cent pass rate. Spe­cial credit went to Matthew Demby, Joel Levy, Ciara Sa­muels and Re­becca Tuck, who each had 12 A*s.

Nearby, the Manch­ester Me­sivta School, Prest­wich, said it was de­lighted with­re­sults,given­the­yare­tak­e­natleast a year early at the age of 15 or in some cases as early as 14. Eighty-eight per cent achieved a C or above.

P u p i l s a t K i n g Dav i d High School, L i v e r p o o l , also ex­celled, with 81 per cent achiev­ing a C or above, and 47 per cent re­ceiv­ing their English Bac­calau­re­ate.

So with Re­sults Day closed, stu­dents set­tled down for the even­ing with marks in hand and­placesse­cured at their sixth forms of choice — the prom­ise of a lazy day lie-in hap­pily re­stored.

Now we’re off to the shops: Yavneh Col­lege’s

Thumbs up: JFS stu­dents this week

PHOTO: LAWRENCE PUR­CELL

Hug­ging it out: King David High’s Gabby Noyek and Libby Cooper

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