Our GCSE students were enjoying their achievements this morning, with a set of outstanding results. 58% of grades were awarded at A* to A or at 9, 8 and 7. Thirty pupils achieved nine or more of these top grades.
New Headmaster Dr Paul Owen said: “I am absolutely delighted by the exceptional success of our GCSE students. These fantastic grades are the result of a huge amount of work by students and staff at a time when the syllabuses and exams are changing significantly. I congratulate all our students.”
Kate Roberts is on top of the world after achieving an A* with distinction for Further Maths, as well as a further seven A*s and two 9s – results which see her gain top marks in every subject. Kate is looking forward to studying A Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The keen hockey player hopes to study Medicine in future.
Sameer Javid, who achieved seven A*s, two 9s and an eight said his results are better than he expected. He plans to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A Level, whilst continuing to play football, rugby and cricket at school.
Lauryn Howard was part of the all-female SGS team which won the national Alan Turing Cryptography Competition organised by Manchester University and she has continued her winning streak with seven A*s and three 9s in her GCSEs. She said: “I was predicted to do well but these results are better than I thought so I am really happy. I can’t wait to start my A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry. I definitely want a career in science in the future.” Lauryn plays the flute and enjoyed the recent Music tour to the Rhineland.
Sonu Thomas was delighted with her clean sweep of seven A*s and three 9s. Sonu, who played the title role in this year’s production of Dreams of Anne Frank, said she has enjoyed, “Having so many opportunities at SGS, not just academic, there’s such a wide range of co-curricular activities.”
Almira Awan-Rutter said she was scared to open her results envelope but was relieved to see she had achieved six A*s, two 9s and two As. The keen dancer is planning for a future career in Psychiatry and will study A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and English.
A career in special effects and theatrical make up is the future goal for Ben Sullivan who was over the moon with five A*s, a 9 and three 8s. Ben performed in several musical and drama productions, including Annie and Dreams of Anne Frank. He said: “I really appreciate the support of my teachers and I have made some great friends at SGS.”
Zahra Butt was extremely happy with her ten GCSE results, made up of six A*s, three 9s and an A. She said, “I’m still in shock, it’s hard to believe what I’m seeing on this sheet of paper.” Zahra, who was recently part of the SGS team which won the Manchester University’s Alan Turing Cryptography competition, plans to study Art, Maths, Biology and Chemistry at A Level.
England team skier Millie Cowell is also a keen hockey player and netballer. Millie was pleased with her results which she has studied for alongside her intensive ski-training. After achieving a mixture of A*s, As, Bs, 8s, 7s and 6s she plans to study Biology, French and PE at A Level, and continue with her sporting activities alongside.
Phoebe Micklefield, who achieved eight A*s, a 9 and a 7 was extremely happy with her results. Part of the team who won the Alan Turing Cryptography competition, Phoebe said, “I’m really pleased with my 9 in Maths. I’ve done far better than I expected.” Phoebe plans to do Maths, Further Maths, English and History at A Level.
A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics await Alex Whylie thanks to his three A*s, a 9, four As, a 7 and a B. Alex took part in the BBC School Report Club and is considering a future career in Maths.
Keen netballer Beth Taylor, who plays for Leeds Rhinos, was very happy with her eight A*s, a 9 and an A. She said, “I wasn’t expecting to do so well in English, I’m really pleased.” Beth, who has just returned from netball camp, plans to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A Level.
National swimmer, Olivia Dykes, achieved A*s, As, 7s, 6s and Bs in her GCSEs and was extremely happy with her results. When asked about her A Levels she said, “My GCSEs results are far better than I expected, so I may have a rethink about what subjects I want to study in September.”
Thomas Cope was overjoyed with his A*s in Chemistry and Physics and is looking forward to studying A Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. He said: “It’s such a relief to know the hard work paid off. I have been working towards these for five years and I am excited to start my A Levels.” Thomas attained a further A*, three 8s, an A and two Bs. He is a keen swimmer and plays the clarinet and piano.
Netball player Phoebe Christodoulou, who achieved seven A*s, two 9s and an A, was very happy with her results. She plans to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and French at A Level, as well as continuing to play netball.
Laura Murray was extremely pleased with her results, particularly her A*s in Biology and Chemistry, to add to a further three A*s, a 9, an 8, a 7 and an A . She said, “I wasn’t expecting to do so well in my Science exams so I’m really happy. I plan to do Psychology, Business Studies, Art and either Geography or English Literature at A Level.”
Pippa Brown got six A*s, two 9s and two Bs. She was particularly pleased with the A* with distinction for Further Maths. Pippa was also a member of the team that won the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition. She will study A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, French and Music. Pippa loves playing the saxophone in the school jazz band.
Imogen Belshaw was delighted with A*s in all three sciences and an 8 in Maths, as well as a further three As, a 7 and a B in Further Maths. Imogen, who participates in Dance, Netball, Drama, Athletics and Rounders at school, said: “I am so happy with these results, I did so much better than I expected.”
Phoebe Roberts said: “I have done better than I expected, especially in Maths, so I am really pleased.” Phoebe enjoys performing with Chamber Choir and Chorus at school and wants to pursue a career in travel and animal study. Her two A*s, three As, two 7s, a B and a 6 have prepared her well to further her ambitions.
Rachael Donovan was pleased with her nine GCSE results, especially in French. Rachel says she has made “brilliant friends” at SGS.
Jake Thorley is excited to embark upon A Levels in Classics, Maths, Physics and Design Technology. The keen climber said: “I have really enjoyed learning at SGS, it is a great environment for that.”
Charlie Escott got five As, two 7s and two Bs. He will start A Levels in Biology, Classics, Chemistry and Psychology in September. The keen rugby player, footballer and cricketer hopes to be an army doctor in the future. He said: “The teachers at SGS are really supportive.”
Emily Hibbins was overjoyed with her three A*s, two 9s, four As and a B. She will study for A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Business Studies. She said: “I really love school, there is so much to do and the teachers have helped me to get these good results.”
Emily Daniels was “ecstatic” with her 9 in PE. She also got an A*, three As, two 8s and two Bs. A Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and PE await and she hopes to pursue a career in Engineering after completing work experience at Astra Zeneca over the summer. She said: “The teachers have been amazing and although I worked hard to get these results, I wouldn’t have done as well without their support.”
Hannah Nolan got an A*, three As, a 7, two Bs and two 6s. She said she was especially pleased with her results in Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography and Textiles. She hopes to work in pharmaceutical science in the future and says the friends she has made are her favourite thing about school.
Olivia Clark was extremely happy with her results, and was particularly proud of her performance in her Biology exam. She said, “I’m really happy with my results, especially the A* in Biology – it was very unexpected!” Olivia gained a further two A*s, two As, an 8, a 7, a 6 and a B. She plans to go on to study Classics, Art, Psychology and English Literature at A Level.
Keen musician, Sarah Callow, was very happy with her results – especially her A* in History and A in Biology, to add to a further two A*s, two As, two 8s and a 7. Sarah, who plays the clarinet and sings in the choir, plans to study Music, English, Biology and Psychology at A Level.
Rhys Richards is a keen rugby player and has also enjoyed taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He was pleased with his results across nine GCSES and plans to continue his co-curricular activities in September, alongside Maths, Physics and Design and Technology at A Level.
Alan McCartney was very pleased with his GCSE results – four A*s, two As, a 9, an 8 and a B. Alan plans to study Latin, Classics, German and English at A Level.
GCSE Examinations are partway through a reform by the Government, which means some grades are awarded as numbers from 9 (the highest grade) to 1 (the lowest grade), whilst other subjects remain graded from A* to G. The examinations reforms were designed to return GCSE to linear subjects and to increase the rigour of the examinations.
How do the new grades work?
For the new grading system A* and A grades are equivalent to 7, 8 and 9 grades. The traditional pass grade was a C, and under the new system the threshold for a C is the same as the threshold for a 4. This means D, E, F and G grades are equivalent to 3, 2 and 1 grades.
You can see previous years’ GCSE results here.