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Celebrating GCSE Success

GCSE results have been announced today in this most unusual of public examination years.  Despite the fact that they did not have the opportunity to demonstrate the culmination of their hard work through exams, this year’s cohort of St John’s Upper Fifth pupils have shown their ability and potential throughout the two years of their GCSE studies and their grades reflect this.  

Amongst a strong set of results across the subjects, there were some exceptional departmental results including English language and drama where over 80% of results were 9-8s (A*s) and biology, history, Latin, music, religious studies and physical education which all saw more than 70% 9-8s. Within this overall success, a total of 21% of the year group received straight 9-8 grades (A*s), and nine pupils achieved an impressive run of straight 9s.

Rowena Cole, The Head, comments: “There is no avoiding the fact that exam results this year have been mired in worry and confusion for pupils, parents and staff. It is vital to remember that we are not just talking about national statistics but about individual young people, who deserved a fair outcome, and dedicated teaching staff who have worked incredibly hard to inspire and educate these pupils. I am now really looking forward to welcoming this year group, along with our new Sixth Form joiners, back to school in September to begin their A levels and to throw themselves into all the interesting opportunities that Sixth Form life presents.”

While the full lockdown was in place, St John’s Upper Fifth pupils, who had finished their GCSE courses and would have been embarking on study leave under normal circumstances, instead undertook a programme designed to prepare them for the more complex ideas and ways of thinking required at A level. The programme took them beyond the confines of typical courses and into a wider world of thinking, whilst also creating a sound foundation on which to begin the new academic year and the next stage of their education.