GCSE results 2018
Astley Cooper students celebrated some excellent GSCE results in a year when the majority of subjects have changed to much more difficult examination papers and the numerical 9 to 1 grading system in what has been called the biggest exam shake-up in a generation.
Student George Elson, who achieved 5s and 4s - equivalent to the old B and C grades - in the majority of his subjects summed up what many students were feeling when he said, ’I didn’t expect to do as well as I have.’ George is staying on at Astley Cooper to take the innovate Work Based Learning Programme and will be spending two days a week at school and three days in the Sales and Marketing department at SWR, where he hopes to start an apprenticeship.
Amy Dorling, who also achieved top grades in all her subjects, and is staying on at school to take A levels in English Literature, Drama and Psychology, said, ‘ I’m really happy with my results . Hard work paid off.’
Rayne Marsh, accompanied by her mother, said that she was particularly concerned about the Maths and Science examinations but did very well in both. She did equally well in the English Literature examination – in which students could no longer have copies of the texts in the exam – and said, ‘I was pleasantly surprised by the poetry question and felt that I could write about quite a few of the poems we had to learn.’
Rayne is staying on into the Sixth Form at Astley Cooper to take A levels in Biology and Double Sport and hopes to go on to University to take a degree in Physiotherapy. Rayne’s mother said, ‘I’m really proud of her and very grateful to the school for their fantastic support.’
Headteacher Edward Gaynor said: ‘Congratulations to our students. We know that there has been a lot of anxiety nationally over the tougher GCSEs this year. It is a credit to our young people and their teachers that so many students have done well today.’
One mother, whose son did exceptionally well this morning, said, ‘I’m over the moon. The staff support for my son has been amazing. I’m delighted with the school.’