GCSE success for students at Staveley’s Netherthorpe School after a turbulent two years of study

Year 11 students at a Staveley school are today celebrating success in their GCSE and vocational qualifications after two years of turbulent study during the pandemic.

Thursday, 12th August 2021, 11:15 am
Updated Thursday, 12th August 2021, 11:28 am

Netherthorpe School says all of its students have succeeded as they collect their results today, August 12.

According to the school, some of them have achieved the top GCSE grades and this year it has seen additional interest from students joining and undertaking their post-16 studies in our Sixth Form.

Some students will also now move on to Chesterfield College while others have opted to start apprenticeships in both local and national organisations.

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Some of Netherthorpe School's top achievers (L to R) Megan Ives, Lauren Rodgers, Ernie Harmson, Riley Lockwood, Edward Swann, James Vernon, Chris Swann, Imogen Levesley and Fabricio Mougou

Headteacher Helen McVicar said “This period in education has been like no other but the successes today are testament to the dedication and commitment of our students, their families and the staff at Netherthorpe.

"Although the year 11 students were unable to sit formal examinations this year, the assessments that replaced them were just as demanding and rigorous.

"Being a young person in these extraordinary times has been fraught with challenges but it is essential to highlight just how amazing and adaptable the students have been.

"A lot has been written in the media about a ‘lost generation’, I would describe them as the ‘crucial generation’ who have built a resilience and awareness of the fragility of the world. They are a unique set of young people who understand the way people work together, the way that self-sacrifice saves lives and self-discipline builds community.

“I am very proud of all our young people and how they have adapted and responded to the uncertainty and change they have faced this year at school. I wish them all the best for the future. Whatever route they take, we know that they will continue to make positive changes in the world.”

Amongst those celebrating top grades were Netherthorpe School studets Isabella Del Solar, Ernie Harmson, Lily Haywood, Megan Ives, Riley Lockwood, Daisy Manning, Fabricio Mougou, Lauren Rodgers, Edward Swann and James Vernon.

In England, GCSEs are now graded on a numerical system from 9 to 1, rather than from A to E.

The highest grade is 9, while the lowest is 1 – not including a U (ungraded).

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