Salesian School is celebrating a year of record results with their GCSE students. 93% of students earned five or more standard passes (A*-C or 9-4) including English and Maths, and 44% of exams taken scored the highest A and A* grades, or the equivalent 7-9 grades in English and Maths. A spectacular 99% of students scored five standard passes. These grades represent continued, excellent progress for our students, especially given that Salesian is a non-selective, comprehensive school.
Particular congratulations go to Laura Evans, who scored the highest grades (A* or 9) in 11 GCSEs. Thomas Cardemil and Janine Dacanay both earned 10 top grades, while Thomas Fry, Henry Hawkins and Caragh Thornley all achieved three 9s and six A* grades.
In total, 28 students scored 6 or more A* grades (or equivalent) or higher. 23 of our 221 students scored 10 or more A or A* grades (or equivalent) and 51 (23%) students scored 8 or more A+ grades (seven A*, one 9 and two 8s).
Headteacher James Kibble said: "These are great results - our best ever - so once again we're all thrilled! As always, the success has come about through the combined efforts of a great cohort of students who have worked hard to fulfil their potential, the highly supportive families that we are so pleased to work with and our brilliant staff.
"School leaders have been more nervous than ever about results this year given the new GCSEs in English and Maths. However, we are blessed with highly professional and diligent teachers at Salesian and they have ensured that the students were well-prepared and supported to rise to the challenge; they deserve particular praise for all the extra work that has gone into this over the last two years.
"Even though we are a non-selective, comprehensive school, these results will see us placed as one of the highest performing schools in the country. While we're obviously delighted about that, far more important to us is the individual achievement of each student. Our aim is to ensure that every one of our children is happy in the long term and these qualifications, together with the all-round education they have had at Salesian, will ensure that they have the best possible chance of that. They are a delightful group who will no doubt go on to do great things; we are so proud of and pleased for them all!"
The list below shows students who scored 10 or more A* and A grades and equivalents, or earned at least seven of the highest possible grades (A* or 9). Many of them are shown in the picture, above.