GCSE Press Release 2017

GCSE Results 24th August 2017

Once again, a large number of staff came in to school this morning to help the students at King Richard School in Portsmouth celebrate their GCSE results.  The results, which show how well students have responded to the very tough new exams, are just reward for the huge amount of hard work by the young people and the support they received from their parents and teachers. 

Headteacher Gareth Hughes commented: “I am delighted for the students and their families and very proud of all they have achieved.  Their hard work has paid off and they now have the results they need to follow their dreams at college or in apprenticeships with prestigious companies.  I am very lucky to have such a talented group of teachers who have worked tirelessly to support our students and we are all thrilled to see how successful the students have been”.

The excellent results overall include some outstanding individual achievements.  Most notable were Luke Pender who achieved Grade 9 (top 3% nationally) in English and English Literature; Molly Stevenson who was the most improved student since her mock exams, achieving 3 Bs, 2 Cs, two Grade 5s and a 6; Daisy Foster and Zac Smith who both exceeded expectations in gaining a B, 2 Cs, 2 Grade 5s and a 6 and 4 Bs, 1C, 2 6s and a 7 respectively. Callum Wolfe impressed with his A*, 4 As, a 7 and two 6s, as did Ellie-Mae Hickman with her  3 A*s, 2 As and 2 Bs. In total, 33 students achieved higher than they were expected to which is testament to their dedication, commitment and perseverance.  These 33 students include Callum Sproston who achieved a grade and half higher than expected in every subject.

Results were also very strong in a number of subject areas. The school is delighted that so many students achieved a pass in English and Maths despite the challenges of the new syllabus.  Art results were excellent as were those in Dance, Drama and ICT.

Ellie-Mae Hickman who is going to Portsmouth College to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology was delighted with her Grade 8’s in English and Maths, and Lucas Devey, also going to Portsmouth to study Maths, Business and Economics, described himself as “overall happy”.

Students this year were the first to sit the new revised GCSEs in English and Maths with their new 1-9 grading system and it is worth remembering that the changes mean that it is impossible to compare last year’s results with this year.  As the chief of OFQUAL, the exam’s regulator has warned there will be much volatility this year and so we are especially proud of how students, staff and parents at King Richard School have responded to these changes.

If you would like to know more about the changes in GCSE grades, then this article may be of interest.