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Bucking the trend at GCSE

Following hot on the heels of last week’s stunning A-Level performance, GCSE pupils bucked national trends to maintain their record of consistent and excellent results.

Over three quarters (78%) of all GCSEs taken in this summer’s exams were awarded A or A* grades, with 48% of entries at grade A*. Seven students achieved the perfect record, with a full sweep of A*s in all of their subjects. Impressively, 93% of students gained A*-B grades.

Yet again the dedication of both staff and pupils yielded dividends with superb value added performance. Each student gained on average over half a grade per subject, exceeding expectations. Such a performance at such a crucial stage in their education provides a great springboard for the future, highlighting the benefits of a Grange education.

The new generation of GCSE’s marked their debut in the subject of English. Despite national uncertainty, over a quarter of the year group achieved the elusive top grade 9 in English. Congratulations to the 28 students - Harmann Bansal, Grace Barnett, Katie Booth, Ruby Burling, Tom Butler, Carys Cummins, Sam Harding, Izzy Hill, Gina Hucknall, Izzy Hutt, Ellie Kabishi, Latchen Kinghorn-Perry, Will Lancaster, Patrick Lee, Bree Livesey, Charlotte Lloyd, Beth Lord, Hana Patel, Libby Prescott, Anusha Rao, Joanna Ravenscroft, Maisie Rowlinson, Jodie Sale, Kate Samuel, Charlotte Sellers, Freya Sheldon, Erin Simpkins and Isabel Sneath.

Seven pupils successfully secured all A*s across the board. Well done to Izzy Hutt, Bree Livesey, Beth Lord, Anusha Rao, Joanna Ravenscroft, Freya Sheldon and Erin Simpkins.

Despite the national pattern of the proportion of pupils achieving good GCSE passes in England falling this year, Grange students achieved 77% A*/As. Following on from the success of Chemistry at A level, Science achieved an impressive 86% of all GCSE entries at A* or A. Mathematics achieved 88% and the Humanities subjects (Geography, History & Religious Studies) attained 80%, despite national reports of drops in those areas.

Head Debbie Leonard said “This is an outstanding set of results, even more so set against the background of tricky exam reforms and debate around grade boundaries. Supported by staff and parents, the students have reached the highest academic standards. The fact that many have done so, whilst excelling at enrichment activities, such as GB rowing trialist Ellie Cushen, U16 England Football Goalkeeper Francesca Bentley, North of England Hockey Player Aemilia Cooper and 800m ISA Champion Ben Lee, is testimony to the all-round education we provide as a leading educational establishment.”

Not to be outdone, our U16 Netball National ISA champions team amassed a haul of top grades. This included 36 A*s, 11As, 9 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s.

Regulars to the Grange Theatre will be delighted to hear that Toby Bowcock, Kathryn Neary, Carys Cummins and Cara la Rocca-Sugden (all of whom have featured in both school and house plays) achieved 26 top grades between them. Quite a feat alongside the rave reviews they have received for their accomplished performances on the stage!

Head of Year Mrs Sunners commented that ‘I am delighted to see so many happy faces on results day and really pleased that so many of the students fulfilled their potential’.

Huge congratulations to all of the students, your hard work certainly paid off!

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