Years of hard work and dedication paid off for Year 11
students as they collected their eagerly awaited GCSE
results on 21st August.
More than half of the cohort achieved the gold
standard benchmark of at least 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. The
number of students gaining more academic GCSE qualifications at A* - C has also
risen since last year.
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, placing it among the best performing post-16
centres in Derbyshire... Click here to read more.
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. 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. I am
grateful for the conscientious hard work of our teaching and support staff who
have taught, supported and nurtured our students with genuine care and
attention throughout their time at the school.”
One of the highest achievers was Emily Jolly, who
achieved 7 A*s and 3 As at GCSE. She also completed an optional GCSE in
Astronomy outside of school hours, gaining a B grade.
“I cried when I got my results. I was hoping for a few
A*s but to get this many feels amazing,” said Emily. Emily will study
Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Spanish at Tupton Hall Sixth Form from September,
and wants to pursue a degree in medicine.
She said her results were the product of ‘a lot of
hard work’. “Tupton Hall is an amazing school,” said Emily. “The staff have
been really supportive and I would not have been able to get this many top
grades without them."
Heather Lynch was another high achieving student,
gaining 2 A*s and 6As at GCSE. She will study A Levels in Biology, English
Literature, Economics and Psychology or Geography next year.
“It has been a tense few months waiting for these
results but I’m really happy – and so are my parents,” said Heather. “I think
everyone is feeling the relief of getting Results Day over with now. There has
been a great atmosphere this morning.”
One student who has battled adversity to achieve an
outstanding set of results is Nicola Clarke. Nicola was diagnosed with leukemia
in March and has not been to school since then. But she has emerged, after a
grueling course of intensive treatment, with 2 As, 2 Bs and 3 Cs.
“I’m really happy with them, considering I wasn’t able
to do any revision. I’ll be staying on at Sixth Form to do Psychology,
Sociology, Art and Health & Social Care."
Head of Year 11 Miss Rosey Cooper said Nicola’s hard
work in Year 10 had set her up for a great set of results. “Nicola is a really
conscientious student whose dedication to her studies before she became poorly has
paid off. I’m very proud of her.” said Miss Cooper. “She serves as an example
of the benefits of working hard in Year 10 – the earlier the better."
Bright young boxer Liam Dring is setting his sights on
a career in the ring. The 16-year-old hopes to embark on the Advanced
Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme. It is aimed at boxers
who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and perform at the
highest level, engaging them in full time training while gaining educational
“My ambition is to box for England or Great Britain.
On this course I’ll learn things like sports massage and sports nutrition as
well as training every day with England and GB coaches. The sports facilities
at Tupton Hall are brilliant and coming here has helped me get closer towards
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