Our Year 11 students and staff are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. In a year of change, with significantly more challenging GCSEs and a new grading system in maths and English, we are delighted to report that we have matched our record breaking performance of last year.

80% of students achieved the new 9-4 grades in English AND Maths, matching the equivalent percentage of A*-C from last year.

There were many outstanding individual performances and we are delighted that so many students will progress on to study A Level and vocational courses in our Sixth Form which, indications following last week's results appear to show, is the best performing state school Sixth Form in the whole North East.

Head of School Andy Byers said, "I am immensely proud of this group of students. They have been the guinea pigs for many of the changes that have been introduced by central Government throughout their school career so it is fabulous to see that they have performed so well. Given the difficulty of the new GCSEs, these results can be seen as our best ever”.

"Our students can now move on to a variety of A Level and vocational courses, apprenticeships and college courses with confidence following their hard work and success and we wish them a bright and successful future".

We would like to congratulate all of our students on their results this summer. These results are the best in the school's history with an amazing 50% of all entries graded A* or A (or equivalent). 71% of all entries were graded A*-B. The percentage of A* grades at A Level doubled this year.

There were many outstanding individual performances and the school is delighted that four students will be going on to study at Oxford or Cambridge with a further eight taking up courses in medicine or dentistry.

In Sports Science, every student achieved a Distinction* and in A Level Economics, every student achieved an A* or A grade.

Head of School Andy Byers said, "These fabulous results are just reward for the hard work of the students over the last two years and for the support they have received from their teachers and parents".

Year 9: Tuesday 5 September 2017
Year 10: Wednesday 6 September 2017
Year 11: Wednesday 6 September 2017
Year 12: Thursday 7 September 2017
Year 13: Wednesday 6 September 2017 (all Year 13 students have one to one interviews with their subject teachers on Tuesday 5 September 2017)

Mrs Bevan has sent through some photos of the German Exchange group: outside the Reichstag Building, where they had a talk and visit to the glass dome, at the Brandenburg Gate, at the Dr Oetker factory, and on their joint trip to Osnabruck, which included a tour of the historical sights. The group also met the mayor of Steinhagen; the news article and photo below appeared in two local newspapers.

click image for larger view