Delight as Tupton Hall School students collect GCSE results after months of disruption
After another difficult year of uncertainty and pandemic restrictions, Year 11 students at Tupton Hall have finally collected their eagerly awaited GCSE results.
Overall, 61.3 per cent of the cohort achieved five or more GCSE Grade 9 to 4s, including English and Maths, and 37.4 per cent achieved five or more GCSE Grade 9 to 5s.
Headteacher Andrew Knowles said: “I am delighted for our students who have worked so hard to achieve their grades against the backdrop of months of uncertainty and anxiety. This is a day for great celebration and joy. Our students have earned these grades, and we congratulate all of them on their achievements.”
He explained that the teacher assessed grades used instead of the typical summer examinations, reflected students’ abilities, attainment and progress in a range of assessments.
Grades were sent to the examination boards following a rigorous checking process to ensure that each student was treated equally and fairly.
This included subject teacher estimates, faculty leader moderation of grades, senior leaders’ cross moderation and examination board sampling.
Mr Knowles added: “I am very satisfied that our students are receiving the grades that they have duly earned and I thank the staff for their hard work, professionalism and diligence throughout this process.
"After an unprecedented two years of study both at home and at school, we now hope that all of our students can progress on to their chosen destination; either into sixth form, college, training providers or apprenticeships.
“Together with our Year 12 and 13 students, these young people have had to deal with great adversity and therefore deserve all of our efforts and resources to support them. The staff here are very proud of our students.
"Students and staff have shown great resilience and strength during the Covid-19 crisis which will be needed for the foreseeable future. We wish our young people the very best, and once again congratulate them on their achievements.”
Frances Archibald was the highest ranked student in the year group, achieving an astonishing 10 Grade 9s.
She put her success down to a “lot of focus and hard work”, and plans on studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Philosophy at A-Level.
Collecting her results, she said: “I’m really happy! I worked really hard for these results and I’m so excited for the next chapter!”
Ava Bateman was amazed with her results, having achieved two Grade 9s, six Grade 8s and one Grade 7, and will be studying music performance and song writing at Confetti Institute of Create Technologies in September.
She said: “I’m so happy and excited, and I’m so thankful for all of the staff who have been here to support me.”
Tabitha Bruty achieved five Grade 9s and 4 Grade 8s.
She will be returning to Tupton Hall Sixth form in September to study, with long term aspirations of working in forensic pathology
“I’m overwhelmed at the minute, I can’t believe it! I’m surprised and relieved,” Tabitha said. “Now I know I’ve got my GCSEs, I’m excited to come back in September and carry on working towards my goals.”