HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR GCSE STUDENTS
Years of hard work and dedication paid off for Year 11 students at Tupton Hall School as they collected their eagerly awaited GCSE results.
The percentage of students who achieved the new key measure of gaining grades 4 or above in English and maths was 56 per cent – in line with last year’s good student outcomes at Tupton Hall School.
Many Tupton Hall youngsters will continue their studies at Tupton Hall Sixth Form, which last week achieved the best A Level results in the school’s history and was recently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Headteacher Mr Andrew Knowles said: “We are pleased that the vast majority of our students have achieved the necessary qualifications to enhance their life chances. We are very proud of their achievements and wish them the best success as they embark on further education at sixth form, college and in apprenticeships.”
“Young people are not statistics and so we are delighted that so many of them have excellent results that reflect their ability, effort and commitment. They have risen to the challenge of sitting new qualifications in English and Maths, with more challenging content and a different assessment regime.”
“They have been well prepared by our committed and skilful staff to whom I am grateful for their conscientious hard work in teaching, supporting and nurturing our young people with genuine care and attention throughout their time at the school.”
Head of Year 11, Miss Boultby, said: "We have seen some outstanding results this year against a challenging educational backdrop. It has been difficult for them at times but they didn't give up. The GCSE years are never easy, especially being guinea pigs for the new qualifications, but they have been a credit to the school. I am so proud of them and wish them every success for the future."
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One of the highest achievers, Catie Varley, achieved 5 A*s, 1 A, a distinction*, grades 8 & 9 in English and 9 in maths. She will go on to study art, geography, maths and further maths at Tupton Hall Sixth Form. She put her success down to ‘a lot of hard work’.
“The teachers have also helped me lots,” said Catie, whose ambition is to have a career in art. “I was doing too much revision, they helped me to focus on what was most important.”
Courtney Moseby is another high achieving student, gaining 2 A*s, 3 As, a B, a distinction*, grades 7 & 8 in English and 9 in maths. Courtney said: “I’m so relieved. I put in so much hard work and did loads of revision – I didn’t really see my friends before the exams because I was so busy working. It seemed like a sacrifice at the time but it paid off and now we can all celebrate together.”
Courtney will study business, economics, maths and further maths at Tupton Hall Sixth Form.
Dominic Hanbury-Smith got his GCSE results after landing back in the UK in the early hours of the morning following a family holiday. His parents joined him as her tore open the envelope to reveal an outstanding set of grades including this year’s top mark for maths.
Dominic achieved 4A*s, 1 distinction*, two grade 7s in English and a 9 in maths. His advice for next year’s GCSE students is to ‘go for it and don’t give up’. Dominic said: “Know what you’re aiming for, look at what grades you have had previously and work towards your target.”
Tupton Hall Sixth Form is Dominic’s destination from September where he will take up A Levels in biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.
Rugby player Jack Burton gained 2 A*s, 3 As, one B, a distinction*, grades 6 & 7 in English and 9 in maths. Jack said: “I’ve done alright. I didn’t get stressed, I’m very laid back.” He added: “I knew if I got my head down in class then I could have fun afterwards and go and play rugby 4 or 5 times a week, knowing I’d done all my work.”
Jack balanced his GCSE studies with captaining the Chesterfield Pathers’ U17s team and playing with the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Rugby Football Union (NLD RFU) under 18s. Having loved rugby since age 5, Jack doesn’t intend giving up any time soon and will start playing senior rugby in just a few weeks. He will continue his passion for sport by studying A Level PE at Tupton Hall Sixth Form alongside maths, biology and chemistry which he hopes will lead to a career in dentistry.
A selection of outstanding students’ GCSE results:
- Catie Varley (5 A* grades, 1 A, 1 distinction*, 8 & 9 in English, 9 in maths)
- Craig Wilbourne (3 A* grades, 3 As, 1 distinction*, 8 & 9 in English, 9 in maths)
- Sarah Musk (3 A* grades, 3 As, 1 distinction*, 8s in English, 9 in maths)
- James Bunce (3 A* grades, 3 As, 1 distinction*, 8s in English and maths)
- Dominic Hanbury-Smith (4 A* grades, 1 distinction*, 7s in English, 9 in maths)
- Jonathan Webb (4 A* grades, 1 A, 1 B, 1 distinction *, 7s in English, 9 in maths)
- Lara Bennett (3 A* grades, 2 As, 1 B, 1 distinction*, 8s in English and maths)
Outstanding results by subject:
- 88% of students achieved A*-C in Art with 31% achieving A*-A.
- 78% of students achieved A*-C in Drama.
- 77% of students achieved A*-C in French with 54% achieving A*-A.
- 81% of students achieved A*-C in Leisure and Tourism with 39% achieving A*-A.
- 70% of students achieved A*-C in Geography.
- 71 % of students achieved grades 4 and above in the new GCSE specification in English Literature.