The publication of today’s GCSE results sees Highfields School’s ‘Class of 2018’ celebrating some excellent achievements. Today’s results include the first results from the new, more challenging reformed GCSE qualifications in many subjects. 70% of students achieved passes in English and Maths at the new grade 4 or above, (equivalent to the old A*-C grades), and in line with the strong outcomes of recent years. Many students have achieved outstanding individual results, with 17 students gaining 8 or more passes at grades 7-9 (equivalent to the old A*-A, with a grade 9 being set above the previous A*). Two students achieved 7 or more grade 9s and close to 40% of the year group recorded at least one grade at 7 or above. Many other students made excellent progress overall.
Head of Year 11, Nicola Gresswell said, ‘These results represent the outcome of much hard work on the part of staff and students, and the support of parents. It is great to see youngsters achieving so many higher grades. However, it is also good to see the progress of students across the ability range, as we look to ensure we have given them the best possible platform for the future.’
Headteacher Peter Cole said “we are delighted that despite the uncertainty around the introduction of the new, more demanding GCSEs, the vast majority of our students achieved results which they can be very proud of. Crucially, these results enable our students to progress, as planned, to their intended next steps in education, employment or training.”