Salesian School is celebrating another excellent year of results with their GCSE students. 88% of students earned five A*-C grades (including English and Maths), and 37% of exams taken scored the highest A and A* grades.
When official Progress 8 scores (a new measure, introduced this year, to assess the rate of progress of students since leaving primary school) we expect this to be over +0.5. Put simply, this means that half of all the exam scores at Salesian were one grade higher than the national average. These grades represent continuing high performance, especially for a non-selective, comprehensive school.
(For a selection of photos from results day, see our Celebrating section.)
Particular congratulations go to Martha Garcia Vizuete and Leah Hennessy, who both earned nine A* and two A grades, and Nadia Baptista, Julia Da Costa and Caroline McCormick and also earned nine A* grades and a single A grade. Ten students earned ten A or A* grades this summer, and a total of 44 students – 20% of those sitting GCSEs – earned eight or more A/A* grades.
It was an extra special day for Martha, the youngest student in the yeargroup, who was collecting her outstanding results on her sixteenth birthday. “It’s amazing, I can’t really believe it,” she said. “I was so nervous, my brother had to open my envelope for me. I was aiming to get all As, but I never expected to do so well.” It’s been a week of celebrations for the Garcia Vizuetes – last week, her brother Jose was the joint-highest performing A level student at Salesian, with A*A*AA. Martha will follow in her brother’s footsteps, studying A levels at Salesian. “I really like the teachers so I’m going to stay and study History, French, Maths and Chemistry.”
Leah Hennessy also picked up 9 A* and 2 A grades. “My first thought was ‘how did I do so well?’” She’s going to enjoy ribbing her elder sister, who she outperformed, as she prepares to take up A Levels at Salesian in September. “I’m going to take the three sciences and maths: I want to do engineering at university.”
Headteacher James Kibble said: “We’re so proud of our students: once again they’ve demonstrated outstanding progress and attainment. This is proof of their work ethic, the support of their parents and the love, effort and expertise of our fantastic team of teachers. We’ve been encouraging everyone this year to have a ‘growth mindset’ about their learning and it’s great to see that paying off. These are terrific results from our GCSE students and we can’t wait for many of them to join us again in September in our Sixth Form.”