This morning, hundreds of pupils across the region have opened up their GCSE results, and despite a challenging 18 months it is reported nationally that thirty per cent of grades were at an all time high of 7 and above.
Outwood Academy Valley,
Outwood Academy Valley was one school of many with scenes of joy in the sunshine, as students collected their results.
Dave Cavill, Principal at Outwood Academy Valley, said, “The last 18 months have been unprecedented and the way the students have handled the changing circumstances has been inspirational. They have demonstrated great determination, hard work, independent study skills and resilience and deserve the outstanding results they are receiving today.”
“I am so proud of them and it was brilliant to share in some of their joy today as they received their results. We wish them all the very best for the future and we are excited to see what they achieve in the future.”
One of the school’s standout students was Natalie Fields, who achieved 11 grade 9s and a Level 2 Distinction Star.
Natalie, who is planning on going to Worksop Post 16, said: “I’m just so happy with my results and it’s been so hard getting here but we all made it through and I’m so proud of everyone.”
After an extraordinary year, students have continued to show their resilience while having to deal with the pandemic alongside their studies.
Outwood Academy Portland
Worksop’s Netherton Road school, Outwood Academy Portland, are also celebrating.
Godsway Dzoboku, Principal at Outwood Academy Portland, said: “The last 18 months have been unprecedented and the way the students have handled the changing circumstances has been amazing and inspirational at times.
“I am so proud of them and it was amazing to share in some of their joy today as they received their results. The results highlight the incredible resilience, hard work and the commitment of our amazing students, their families, our fantastic staff, governors and the Trust board.
Principle Dzoboku added: “We wish our students all the very best for the future and we are excited to see what they achieve in the future.”
One Portland’s students was George D., who achieved nine grade 9s including English and Maths and a level 2 Distinction.
George, who is planning on going to the Post 16 Centre to study Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry, said: “I am really happy with the results. I did two hours of revision every day from the start of year 11 and I am really happy it paid off.
“My advice to the younger students is that; do what is necessary, do what you can and then achieve everything everyone thinks is impossible”.
Worksop College has seen students awarded the very top results, with nearly half of students achieving grades 9-7. As a non-academically selective school, one whose focus is firmly on the student’s individual progress, such successful grades are a considerable achievement.
With a keen interest in music, more specifically singing, Francesca Hutson was delighted to find out she had achieved a 9 in Music, along with three more grade 9's, five grade 8's and an A. She plans to stay at the school to complete her A-levels. She said: “I’m so relieved. I’m now excited to study Psychology, Maths and Biology at A-levels, and I’m interested in getting into Law”.
Headmaster Dr John Price is very pleased with the achievements:
“Once again, Worksop College students have demonstrated their resilience and determination. They have stayed optimistic through this academic year, despite the challenges the pandemic has posed to them. They are a true credit to the school and I am proud of each and every one of them.
"I would also like to extend my praise to the teaching staff at Worksop College, who have pulled together to provide the students with the best education through this turbulent period. As a school, we aim to produce well-rounded, kind young people, but achieving such impressive results is a notable addition. I am looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.”
Wales High School
Wales High School is also pleased to report outstanding achievements by its students in their GCSE qualifications this summer.
Amongst others celebrating, Simeon Jones gained nine grade 9s and two grade 7s and will be returning to Wales to study Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Geography.
Also celebrating was Louis Gadd, who is delighted to have achieved the grades to begin his Public Services course at Sheffield College, with a view to joining the fire service in the future.
Pepe Di’Iasio, Headteacher at Wales High School, said, “Over the past two years, we have seen our students take on challenges not only related to the normal course of GCSE study, but difficulties that have arisen due to the ever-changing national picture.
“Today, we celebrate how our students have worked diligently to overcome those difficulties.
“Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students are all able to progress onto further education and study, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.” Headteacher Mr Di’Iasio said.
The Dukeries Academy
Students and staff at The Dukeries Academy have risen to every challenge they have faced and are rightly proud of their achievements which are a testament to their outstanding dedication and commitment.
Ged Rae, Principal of The Dukeries Academy, said: “I am delighted by the achievements of our incredible Dukeries Academy students. Working with our highly committed, expert, staff they have achieved the success that their hard work and determination most certainly deserved.
"Individually and collectively, I am confident that this group of young people will build on their experience through COVID and excel in the future. I wish them well and I look forward to welcoming many of them to TDA6 or ATT FE as they continue their learning journey in the ATT family.”
Whilst the Academy are proud of all their students, amongst a number of notable individual success stories is Sean Bird who is celebrating an impressive set of results. Having already achieved a grade 9 in Maths during Year 9, Sean has added an additional 6 top grade 9s to his qualifications. This is a result of Sean’s incredible hard work and determination to succeed.
Student Emily Woodfield also achieved a fantastic set of results with a Distinction* in Engineering and grade 9s in English Literature, English Language and Religious Education.
Mount St Mary’s College
Students at Mount St Mary’s College are again celebrating record GCSE results, as a total of 40 per cent of pupils achieved 9-7s in their results, with modern foreign languages and sciences performing exceptionally well.
Pollyanna Harrison will go onto study for A levels in Psychology, Drama and English Literature after achieving three 9s, two 8s and three 7s in her GCSEs.
“I didn’t sleep too well last night so I’m very glad to have my results in my hand,” she said. “My brother Toby collected his A level results on Tuesday so we’ve all been very nervous this week, but it’s all good and we can celebrate together as a family.”
Mount St Mary’s College Deputy Headmaster Jack Murphy said pupils should be very ‘extremely proud’ of their achievements.
“Today is about celebrating success,” Headmaster Jack Murphy said. “This has been an extremely hard year for both pupils and teaching colleagues alike but today the sun is shining and we have had a lot of children collecting fantastic results and that is simply brilliant!”
Mr Jon Hardy, principal at Tuxford Academy said: “I am very proud to see the hard work and dedication of our students and staff pay off today, especially considering the obstacles that they have had to overcome over the past 18 months.
"Watching the way in which our students have adapted and risen to each new challenge has been inspiring, and I look forward to seeing many of them back here in September as they take the next steps on their educational journeys.”
Hard work paid off too for Ellie Cawston, from Walesby, who managed to secure eight grade 9s, one grade 8 and an A*. Ellie is considering a return to Tuxford to study A Levels in geography, business, psychology and core maths. Commenting on her results, Ellie said: “Really pleased with my results and that my hard work has paid off. I am excited to start my A Levels now!”
Hill House School
Pupils at Hill House are overjoyed this week as they received an outstanding set of GCSE results.
Despite their studies being disrupted by COVID, the Auckley school recorded its best ever GCSE results, with 75% of all GCSEs gaining 9-7, and a massive 48% gaining the top 9 and 8 grades.
Top performers included Kian Tamjidi, Sanjeev Singh, Anya Goel, Farhan Khan and Ishita Singh, who all secured clean sweeps of grade 9s.
Bawtry’s Ahmad Miraj was delighted with his fantastic results of nine 9s and one 8. Ranskils’s Rocco Cook was also very happy with his clean sweep of 7s, 8s and 9s.
Headmaster David Holland was delighted with the results, saying: “This is a super year group, and our pupils earned their grades through massive amounts of hard work both by them and their teachers. Throughout the various lockdown periods we kept our full timetable working online.
“Staff and pupils worked together to make sure they kept their momentum and these results are a vindication of that approach. The pupils are very deserving of these fantastic results, especially in these difficult times,” Headmaster David Holland continued. "We are extremely proud of their ability, resilience and positive attitudes. They are very well set to move on to the Sixth Form with great confidence.”