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Church schools celebrating excellent GCSE results day

Church schools celebrating excellent GCSE results day

Church of England schools in the Diocese are celebrating excellent GCSE results day today. Congratulations to all our linked schools.

St Andrew’s boys school in Worthing was again able to celebrate another “year of academic success.” The school saw significant achievements in a number of subject areas in addition to many individual successes. Despite national press reporting nation-wide dips in the GCSE results, 13 subject areas were able to celebrate 70% and above A*-C (9-4) pass grades, with 3 subjects, including Further Mathematics, achieving an incredible 100%!

Mr Ian Straw, Interim Headteacher, congratulated his students and staff, stating how proud he is of the team work which has brought about such amazing success stories. “It can be difficult to demonstrate just how well our boys do here at St Andrew’s when national figures report joint figures with girls’ results however, when you see our school breaking through nationally very high figures, you cannot be nothing but humbled by the commitment and hard work which has taken place. GCSE results are the celebration of 11 years of learning and we are all bursting with pride to see the smiling faces of our boys”.

At Bishop Luffa School in Chichester, 80% of pupils gained at least five GCSE A*-C grades including English and Maths. More than a third of all entries were awarded A* or A grades. Mr Andy Jackson, Head of Key Stage 4 said, “This is a smashing Year group, and I know teachers have really enjoyed working with them. They have done themselves proud.”

“Pupils have excelled themselves this year,” said Mr Nick Taunt, Headteacher. Many pupils were most keen to find out their English and Maths results – the first subjects given the new points system of 9 to 1. “The new English and Maths exams are harder than before,” said Mr Taunt, “and the new 9-point assessment reflects the push for the highest standards. So I’m delighted that more than a third of the Year group gained the top range of points 9-7, equivalent to the old A*-A grades in English or Maths, and a quarter gained top grades 9-7 in both English and Maths.” He was also pleased by the “fair scattering” of the top grade 9. “But GCSE exams are really about hard work and the real effort that pupils of all academic ability put into their studies. Whether the old or the new style, GCSE exams are not easy, and all pupils have worked incredibly hard. Our pupils thoroughly deserve their grades, and I congratulate them all.” Overall,

At Steyning Grammar School Y11 students achieved record results with a high percentage of the year group now progress into the schools successful Sixth Form.

Headteacher, NIck Wergan, commented " It takes seriously hard work to achieve Steyning Grammar School's best ever GCSE results - and I am proud of every student. We ask our students to have the highest expectations of themselves and they have met that challenge this year with style - showing the grit and growth mindset needed for such success. Well done to each of them - and a huge thank you to our dedicated staff team for their guidance and commitment. We believe in supporting students with both the highest academic aspirations and our passionate belief in developing the Learning Characteristics to flourish - to be happy and successful. These GCSE results reap the rewards of this hard work and unlock exciting next journeys for each of our students. Congratulations and thank you to each and every one. "

St Catherine’s College were delighted with their pupils’ excellent achievements. In English, 72% of our pupils achieved a ‘standard pass’ with 50% of the year group achieving the higher ‘strong pass’. In Maths, 67% achieved a ‘standard pass’ with 42% achieving the ‘strong pass’. We value the success of our broad curriculum where over 90% of our pupils achieved A*-C in Religious Studies, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics; with a 100% A*-C pass rate in the vocational subjects of Motor Vehicle and Early Years.

Mr Talbot, Principal said: “we are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our staff and pupils”.

Students collecting their results: