Plenty of hard work and commitment has paid off for the 140 pupils who took their GCSE examinations this summer as they celebrate record-breaking levels of success. 99% of results were at A* to C, and 73% of all grades were awarded A* to A. Almost a third of the year group achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades. 35% of results were A* and a massive 92% of all grades were awarded A* to B grades, up from 89% from last year.
As well as achieving record results, pupils across the year have managed to combine dedication to their studies with varied extracurricular activities from sport to music, volunteering and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
Portia Hunt sat 12 GCSEs, choosing to take Latin and Further Mathematics as additional subjects studied after school, and gained an amazing 12 A*s, one with distinction. Talented Portia also plays drums in the school’s big band and enjoys playing badminton to unwind.
Five further all-star pupils are also particularly delighted with their achievements with Ryan Jude gaining 11 A*s and Jed Holloway, Matty Hughes, Jenny Johnson and Ben Oldfield gaining 10 A*s.
Jenny Johnson was “very happy and a bit surprised” by the fantastic results which she says she worked very hard to achieve.
She enjoys playing netball for the school team and is looking forward to the Sixth Form where she plans to work towards a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to add to the bronze and silver she has already gained. She will study Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry A-levels.
“The best feeling in my whole life”
Matty Hughes described getting his 10 A*s as “the best feeling in my whole life.”
He particularly sang the praises of his Maths teacher, Mr Cheslett, saying he was “the most amazing teacher ever.”
Matty goes on to study Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry at A level and will continue to be a key player in the school cricket team.
Hannah Gardiner said she was “surprised” by how good her results (eight A*s and two As) were and “particularly pleased by her A* in English Literature.”
Hannah is a Brownie leader out of school and is undertaking the gold Queen’s Guide Award.
Already having enjoyed work experience at a veterinary surgery and stables, she is keen to pursue a career in this field. Hannah will take A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and German.
Aspiring medic Joseph Brook achieved eight A*s, one A and two Bs and was “very pleased with the results, having worked very hard.”
As well as his 11 GCSEs, Joseph has managed to find the time to fit in playing four musical instruments, performing with the Congleton youth orchestra and playing football for the school team.
He volunteers at St John Ambulance and also Stepping Hill Hospital, where he helps the nurses, talks to and feeds the patients, giving him a great insight into the medical profession.
“The teachers at school make you want to achieve”
Ruby Cotter was “especially happy” with her A*s, having achieved four A*s, five As and a B and added “the teachers at school make you want to achieve.”
Accompanying Ruby to collect her results was her mother who said she was “very proud that all Ruby’s hard work has paid off.”
She is going on to study A-levels in Music, Religious Studies, English Literature and French, with an interest in studying Theology or Philosophy at University, and already has her sights set on a postgraduate qualification in Law.
Ruby is an accomplished musician, playing flugelhorn, piano and guitar and performing with the Stockport Grammar School bands and choir. Earlier this year she took part in the school’s 525th anniversary concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Meredith Ellis, with 10 A*s and one A, was thankful to her “supportive teachers” and is looking forward to starting her A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and German. As well as playing French horn in the school big band, Meredith teaches karate at her local karate club.
The teachers “guide you onto the right track and encourage you to work hard”
Nathan Jones said he had felt “very nervous” about his grades but was now “really pleased” with his eight A*s and two As.
Nathan has worked hard for his exams but has also found time to play football and gain a silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Stockport Grammar School.
He is looking forward to taking the DofE gold award in the Sixth Form where he will study for A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature. Nathan said of his teachers “they guide you onto the right track and encourage you to work hard.”
Stockport Grammar School has also pioneered a new Further Mathematics International GCSE course this year. Around 22 pupils took the after-school course for enjoyment, with 15 opting to take the final examination. Eight pupils gained A*s, with a further five gaining a distinction, taking their level of skill beyond that of an A*.
Headmaster Andrew Chicken commented:
Many congratulations to all the boys and girls on these spectacular results.
They have broken records with their achievements and it is a privilege to share this exciting day with them, their parents and teachers.
I look forward to seeing them go on to even greater things in the future.
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