GCSE results: How pupils in Saffron Walden and Newport fared in 2018
PUBLISHED: 12:27 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 23 August 2018
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With the Government changing how GCSEs are graded, it has meant that students will be receiving their results numerically as opposed to using letters.
The new system means that students are graded from 9 to 1, where a 7 is anchored at an old grade A, a 4 is a low C and a 1 equates to a grade G.
SAFFRON WALDEN COUNTY HIGH
This year, 38 per cent of all grades were the equivalent of grade A (the new grade 7) or better. Some 83 students gained at least seven grades at this level.
In total, 248 grade 9s were awarded to students, meaning that nine per cent of entries achieved the highest possible grade.
The top student was William Oliver, who received 10 grade 9s. Amongst those who achieved at least eight grade 9s were Harry Cooke, Jessica Hancock and Verity Sweeting, all of whom are staying at the county high for sixth form. A total of 79 students gained at least one of the new top grades.
“These are brilliant results,” said head teacher Caroline Derbyshire. “We are so proud of our students who rose to the challenge of these new GCSEs. Teachers have worked incredibly hard to prepare the students for these exams and we are thrilled that this has resulted in such an excellent set of outcomes.
“The great partnership between home and school has supported the students through the challenge of the tougher Year 11. These exceptional results are therefore a tremendous team effort with the young people at the heart of it.”
Pupil Grace Mellor, who achieved grade 8s and grade 9s, said: “I was really shocked. I did not expect them to be as good. All summer I have tried not to think about the results but last week I was really nervous.”
Grace, who is remaining at Saffron Walden County High will be celebrating this weekend at Reading festival.
Pupil Ciara Broomfield, said: “I am really happy. I got all 8s and 9s. I am really relieved.”
Ciara will study biology, English Language and History at A level.
Harry Cooke, 16, will also be celebrating his results at Reading festival, having achieved nine grade 9s, two grade 8s and an A in further maths.
Harry said: “I was nervous about the maths because I am doing further maths next year. I was going to try and look at the results one at a time and maths was first.”
Harry, who says he has no idea what he wants to do after he leaves school, will study further maths, history, government & politics and economics at A Level.
Pupil Maddie Howlett contracted glandular fever halfway through her exams and was unable to finish the but still achieved five grades 9s, three grade 6s and one grade 7.
Maddie said: “It was awful, literally two weeks before my exams I got realy ill then in half term the doctor said I can’t sit the exams. I did a lot better than I thought. Maths was a big one for me because I thought I ws going to get a grade 6 but I got a 7.”
Maddie is going onto study economics, physics, biology and French.
Highest achiever William Oliver, who achieved 10 grade 9s and one 8, said: “When I opened the envelope I was quietly ecstatic. I was just shocked. You have worked so hard and then you wait so long, its just a great feeling. The English literature paper was the one I was most nervous about because English is my weakest subject by a long way.”
Although William is not sure what he will do when he leaves school he is considering studying medicine or maths.
He added: “My parents are really happy, they were more nervous than I was!”
Scarlett Hughes, who is a member of the England cricket academy and wants to study engineering at unviversity said: “I was pretty happpy when I opened the envelope. I got what I needed to get into sixth form. My mocks did not go as planned and it knocked my confidence so it was nice to open the envople... balencing cricket with my revision was really hard.
JOYCE FRANKLAND ACADEMY, NEWPORT
Santine Alexander achieved eight grades at 7-9 including grade 9s in art, French and Latin.
Like Santine, Tom Clarke has also excelled across his subject portfolio with eight grades between 7 and 9. Tom achieved a grade 9 in biology, maths and physics as well as an A* in Italian.
Tom, who is staying at the academy, said: “I am happy. I wasn’t nervous, I thought I had done well but not this well. I was suprised I got an 8 in computer science because I wasn’t that confident.”
He is going to study physics, chemistry, biology and maths at A Level.
His dad Kevin said: “I am very proud, He’s worked hard all year.”
Lizzy Kesterton achieved top grades in a range of subjects including grade 9s in English language, English literature and history.
Lizzy, who has secured a scholarship at Bishop’s Stortford College, said: “I was so nervous, thinking ‘what if I have failed? What if I have to retake?’ I took so long opening the envelope because I was so nervous.”
She added that she would like to go to uni to study the vikings and mythology.
Jamie Carr achieved nine GCSEs all at grades 7 to 9. This includes grade 9s in biology, chemistry, computer science and physics. Samantha Anderson also achieved 8 GCSEs at grades 7-8, including an A* in computer technology and grade 8s in English literature and Spanish.
Outgoing principal, Gordon Farquhar, said: “It is excellent to see so many of our Year 11 students achieving such great success. As I have said many times, this year group is the one that I started my time at Newport with and I am thrilled with the way in which they have embraced the challenges of the new curriculum. I would also thank all the staff for their contribution and dedication to this year group’s great success.”
Pupil Ewan Ferdinandi, 16, said he was going to celebrate his five grade 9s, two grade 8s, an A and an A* with a cake from Dorringtons.
Ewan, who is staying at the academy, said he was “really happy” with his results and is going on to do maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at A Level.
He added that he would like to be a scientist and pursue chemistry.
Rebecca Fanthorpe, 16, who wants to study English literature and English language at university achieved two grade 9s and two grade 8s.
Rebcecca, who is going on to the county high, said: “I am really happy. I wanted to cry when I opened the envelope. I was shocked by a few of my grades.”
Samantha Anderson, 16, who achieved eight GCSEs at grades 7 and 8, including A*s in computer technology and French said: “I thought I would so much worse than I did, i am really chuffed. I am please with my French result because my mum is French.”
Felsted pupils have recorded outstanding results in their GCSE exams this summer, following on from excellent results in A Levels and record results in the International Baccalaureate.
Head master, Chris Townsend, said: “There are some exceptional results this year, with several pupils achieving at least six GCSEs at grade 9, 10 achieving a full set of 7 to 9 grades (the equivalent of A and A*) and 48 per cent of all GCSE exams being graded at 7 to 9 (or equivalent).”
English excelled, with a pass rate of 100 per cent and 98 per cent of all candidates achieving at least a grade 6. Drama, English language, English literature, history, Latin and music all achieved more than 90 per cent at grade 6 or above, with physics, chemistry and biology just below that mark.
● 98 students took GCSEs this summer
● 48 per cent achieved grade 7 to 9
● 97 per cent pass rate (grade 4 to 9)
● 98 per cent achieved five GCSEs grade 4 to 9
● 95 per cent gained five GCSEs grade 4 to 9 including Maths and english
Felsted’s top scorer was Emma Jones who achieved a nine grade 9s and an A*, one of only 454 girls in the country to achieve this clean sweep.
She will be studying A Levels in maths, further maths, biology and chemistry at Felsted Sixth Form in September.
An academic and sports scholar, Emma is a talented young cricketer, who was part of Felsted’s national winning teams both indoor and outdoor last year.
Fenella Alexander, a weekly boarder from High Easter, achieved nine grade 9s and one grade 8. An academic and drama scholar, Fenella has been involved with all aspects of Felsted School life, including taking on a starring role in Felsted’s performance of Les Miserables last year.
She will be staying at Felsted to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma in French, history, chemistry, biology, English and maths.
David Townsend, aged 16, from Felsted, achieved seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and one grade 7 and will be staying at Felsted to study A Levels in government and politics, maths, biology and chemistry. An academic scholar, David combines his
studies with a love of cricket and rugby, and is hoping to go on to study veterinary science.
Araminta Latham, aged 16, and a weekly boarder from Stebbing, achieved six grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7. An academic and sports scholar, Araminta balances her studies with a love of tennis, hockey and netball, representing Felsted on hockey tour in South Africa and netball tour in Barbados over the past two years. She will be staying at Felsted to study A Levels in geography, maths and physical education.