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Celebrating exceptional GCSE success with 21% at Grade 9


Our GCSE students have spent the morning celebrating their amazing results, with 21% of grades awarded at the very highest mark of 9; 60% of grades are at 9, 8 and 7 or A* and A. Forty-three pupils have achieved 9 or more of these top grades.

Headmaster Dr Paul Owen said: “I am thrilled that SGS pupils have once again received such excellent GCSE results. My congratulations go to all of the pupils and staff who have worked extremely hard. I am delighted for the many pupils who have achieved grades of 9, 8 and 7 or A* and A but equally pleased for the pupils who have achieved their personal best and fulfilled their own potential. We look forward to welcoming the vast majority back to our Sixth Form where they will continue their studies.”

Caitlin Cutts achieved ten 9s and a A* with distinction and will study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths next year. She is in a large number of musical groups at SGS and is part of the Climbing club. She said: “I was a bit nervous this morning but am so pleased with my results as I put so much work in. The Music and Classics departments have been great – they make the subject fun to learn and encourage me to push myself. I am really looking forward to Sixth Form and can’t wait to get stuck in!”

Simon Wong was “very excited” to receive nine 9s plus an A* with distinction in Further Maths and thanked his teachers for being so supportive. Chess club, the Chemistry CREST Award and the Physics and Maths Challenges have all kept Simon busy beyond his lessons. For A-Level he will study Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Physics, Maths, French and German await Katie Collier in Sixth Form after her ten 9s and a A*. At school, Katie plays netball, is part of musical groups including the choir and orchestras and competes in the Climbing club. She commented: “I am very happy and a bit surprised about my results. The Maths department were great in pushing me forward and the Climbing club is good at helping you relax. Sixth Form will be good as I like studying the subjects I have chosen a lot.”

Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths await Nikolai Krywonos at A-Level after he got eight 9s and two 8’s. He said: “I am happy with my exam results because I worked so hard and I personally love the school because of the great range of extra-curricular activities.”

Sophia Fanigliulo Vlassis was “really happy” with her seven 9s, two 8s and an A. Sophia enjoys the co-curricular opportunities at SGS, particularly Music which she will continue with as an academic subject in the Sixth Form where she will take A-Levels in Music, Biology, Maths and Chemistry. Sophia is also a talented dancer and took part in this year’s Dance Show. She thanked her teachers for providing “lots of support”.

Contemporary dancer Cam Wylie will be going on to study Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Maths at Sixth Form after achieving an impressive seven 9s, one 8, one 7 and an A. Whilst at SGS he’s enjoyed taking part in the popular Dance Shows as well as participating in the challenging Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Emelia Yahova has said she’s feeling pretty good about her results in which she secured eight 9s, one 8 and a B. She said: “I did better than I expected and I’m now going to be studying English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Maths in Sixth Form. The support that we get with everything at the school from our teachers and other members of staff really made the difference for me.”

Zara Vowden attained eight 9s and one 8 and will go on to study English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. She said: “My results are better than I thought they would be so I am really pleased. Mrs Mulholland in the English department is very passionate about the subject and this has meant that I am passionate about it too – it will be good to study it in Sixth Form.”

Oliver Ensor-Adams was pleased with his seven 9s, two 8s plus an A* with distinction in Further Maths. Oliver said, “There’s a great climate for learning at SGS, it’s enthusing!” Model United Nations, School Council and plenty of Maths Challenges have kept Oliver busy alongside his studies which he will continue with Further Maths, Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A-Level.

Zara Latif said: “It feels like a dream, I’ve worked hard but I just didn’t expect these results,” about her clean sweep of 9s. Zara said teacher Miss MacDonald had inspired her: “She’s a role model and she’s really helped me.” Zara also enjoyed taking part in the Chemistry CREST Silver Award and her next step will be A-Levels in Geography, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.

Ella Kenyon will study Art, German, English Literature and Philosophy after her “hard work paid off” with six 9s and three 8s.

Alice McCluggage said: “I feel relieved and happy at the same time” about her five 9s, an A*, four 8s, and an A. She thanked Mrs Cope for being “very helpful and supportive”. As well as working hard on her subjects, Alice has also found time for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, CREST Awards and Maths Challenges. For A-Level, Alice will be studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Keen musician Teddy Hotckies is celebrating after receiving three 9s, three 8s, three 7s and a B at GCSE. He will now go on to study Biology, Music, Chemistry and Maths in Sixth Form. He commented: “I’m really glad that I got these results because I was nervous that I may have done badly. My music teachers at the school have really inspired me to do well. It’s a great community.”

Securing four 9s, three 8s, one 6 and a 7, Grace Shropshire is now looking forward to studying English Literature, Art and Philosophy at A-Level. “My drama teacher, Miss Moffatt, has been really supportive of me and I appreciate that she put her pupils first. I’ve really enjoyed being part of school productions from ‘Annie’ to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’,” she explained.

Natalie Bennett is “ecstatic” after gaining six 9s, one 8, two 7s, one A and one B. The keen school musician, who is also a member of a number of The Hallé groups and was in the school’s Amnesty International club, is studying Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Music in Sixth Form. She said: “I worked really hard and am happy with my results – the teachers at school are inspiring.”

Phoebe Mason is “really happy” with her results at GCSE, picking up two 9s, six 8s and one 7. She’s been an active member of the school community playing on the netball team and being a member of the School Council. She said: “I got on really well with all of my teachers and their amazing support has helped motivate me during my GCSE’s.”

A-Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Economics are the next step for Ben Allen following his two 8s, five 7s, two 6s and a C. For Ben, “friends are the best thing about school”. He enjoyed completing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and is looking forward to Sixth Form.

Competitive swimmer Georgia Watson has achieved two As, three 9s, two 8s and four 7s at GCSE. She said: “I was nervous for my results but I worked hard in order to do my best. I’ve really enjoyed all the co-curricular opportunities at the school including Swimming Club, Ultimate Frisbee and the Chemistry Crest Club.”

Ibrahim Chaudhry is celebrating after receiving his results and is keen to start his A-Levels for which he will study Geography, History, Business and Economics. He commented: “I really like SGS because of the opportunities available to us; there’s a good balance between the co-curricular activities and the academic side.”

Lauren Hinton is pleased with her results after finding her GCSEs a challenging but rewarding experience. Playing in the hockey team and taking advantage of the school’s trips including scuba diving in Lanzarote, she will now be going on to study English Literature, Psychology, Geography and Biology.

A-Levels in English, History, Maths and Psychology are next for Ciaran Morgan following his 9 in English Literature, three 8s, four 7s, a 6 and a C. Sport is a highlight of SGS for rugby and football player Ciaran who is also in the final stages of completing his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

Sport loving pupil Rafeh Khan has said that, although the exams were hard, he’s happy with the results. He’s looking forward to pursuing a career in medicine and will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-Level.

Rosie White, a member of the School Council, the Netball team and orchestras and choirs, is “relieved and happy” after her three 8s, four 7s, one 6 and one 5. She commented: “The teachers work really hard and, in turn, this makes us work really hard and I would like to thank them for their help.”

Dorna Bassari-Asadi was delighted with her four 9s, two 8s, three 7s and a B. She said the “attitude of the teachers” had inspired her to do well, “SGS is a really happy environment”. Athletics, netball and piano lessons have provided Dorna with a broad range of extra interests. She has chosen Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry to study in Sixth Form.

Holly Buckley said: “I really didn’t expect these results, I put in a lot of work and I’m proud of myself.” The teachers’ enthusiasm for their subjects encouraged Holly, “especially my Physics teacher Miss Moore – she helped me to enjoy the subject more.” A keen dancer, Holly is also a musician, singing in the school’s Chorus and playing the piano. Her three 7s, two 6s and four 5s will see her go on to study Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and English Literature at A-Level.

Matthew Byle, who won both the Industrial Cadet Silver Award and the CREST Engineering Silver Award from a STEM course at RAF College Cranwell, is feeling good about his results. He got one 8, five 7s, two 6s, one 5 and a C and said: “I have experienced lots of inspiring things whilst at Stockport Grammar – performing at the Royal Northern College of Music, listening to adventurer Jason Rawles at a Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening and coming runner-up in the 2016 MasterChef competition. I am pleased with my Further Maths result as I only started it this year.”

Amongst the students collecting their exam results today were some of our Fourth Years who have chosen to take co-curricular GCSEs a year early. We briefly caught up with Charlotte Jackson and Katie Hewetson who were both delighted to have achieved 9s in Business Studies and were pleased to have a head-start on their GCSEs.