282 of our young people today received their GCSE results. 69% achieved 5 A* - C grades, of which initially we estimate 61% reached the new bench mark of 5 A*-Cs including English and Maths. Across the board we are very pleased with how well students have done in their academic subjects. We are also delighted that we have achieved well in the vocational courses that we offer. Over 100 students study vocational courses such as BTECs in Outdoor Education, ICT, Music and Performing Arts and the new Diplomas, where students also did very well.
We are very proud of the achievements of our young people, and today celebrate all the students’ successes. They, with the support of our incredibly hard working teachers, have worked very hard to achieve these results.
Some individuals deserve special mention for their exceptionally high achievement. This year we had the delight of two boys and two girls sharing the best 8 GCSE or equivalent grades. Savannah Clawson, Luke Warren, Tomas Bullingham and Winona O’Connor were our highest achieving boys and girls.
Other notable high achievers are Anju Gaston who achieved 10A*s at GCSE and an A at AS level. Phillip Gomme also achieved 4 A* and 6 A also including an A for Geography AS.
Adam Box, Year Team Leader for year 11 commented on how proud he was of the achievements of the year group. “I am delighted with the results this year. There are many high achievers, but importantly students from across the range of abilities and courses have worked hard and produced good results. I am also delighted that so many students have taken advantage of the huge range of other opportunities QE offers, such as Drama and music productions, Ten Tors, Duke of Edinburgh and Sport – essential elements in what we call the Skills for Success.”
Richard Newton Chance, Principal commented that he was delighted with the individual success stories , but also the achievements of every student, especially those who did well against the odds. “We are delighted with the results today. They are our best ever overall and especially in English and Maths. This has come after some incredibly hard work by the students and staff. We are very happy that despite the national news about reductions in results, especially in English, we have continued our improving trend. This has confirmed our belief in delivering a quality, broad and balanced education, suited to the real needs of the individual student, rather than the school’s league table position.”