CHESTER: Students celebrate GCSE success


Staff reporter (Chester First)

Students at schools in Chester and the surrounding area have been finding out their GCSE results today.

Below is a round-up of how some of the schools have performed.

This page will be updated throughout the day with the latest results, pictures and videos from the schools.

Abbey Gate College

Students at Abbey Gate College have been praised for their dedication after bagging a top set of GCSE results.

Head teacher Tracy Pollard drew particular attention to Douglas Connor-Webb, Ben Biggs, Naomi Craig, Tom Gideonse, Sophia Hiley, James Kelly, Henry Meadows, Victoria Vale, Samindi Thenuwara and Patrick Regan.

She said: “I commend the dedication of the teachers and the efforts of all of those in Year 11. These results bode well for their success in the sixth form and the college looks forward to helping these young people develop both their academic and personal potential.”

The Bishop's High School

STUDENTS and staff at The Bishops’ High School in Chester are celebrating the school’s best ever GCSE results.

Almost three quarters (72 per cent) gained five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths and eight out of 10 gained five or more GCSEs at A*-C grades.

Headteacher Justin Blakebrough said: “These are a fantastic set of results and they are a reflection of the hard work of our students and the dedication and commitment of our staff.

“We are delighted that the last five years of results continue to show a strong upward trend in headline GCSE results. We know from Ofsted that we are already in the top 22 per cent of schools in terms of value-added performance and these results are likely to strengthen that position.

“We are proud of all of our students including those who achieved the top grades and those who, while not necessarily obtaining the highest grades, secured ones that demonstrated significant progress in their journey through secondary school.”

High performing students at the school in Vaughans Lane, Boughton, included: Jamie Gittins (10 A* and 1A), Gareth Thacker (7A*; 2A; 1B); Elle Astbury (3A*; 7A; 2B); Harriet Williams (4A*; 5A; 2B); Henry Youd (3A*; 3A; 4B); Joel Thomas (7A*; 4A); Jenna Bewsher (3A*; 5A; 2B plus AS level B); Phoebe Houghton (3A*; 8A) and Grace Wiffen (3A*; 7A; 1B).

Students who far exceeded their estimated grades included Sean Barlow, Bernadette Young, Charlotte Ball, Kathryn Hanwright and Ellie Bergin.

Blacon High School

Blacon High School has an “exciting” future thanks to an impressive set of GCSE exam results and a new school building in the pipeline, its head teacher has said.

Sue Yates praised students for coping well with the changes brought in by the government.

She said: “Despite significant changes made by the government this year to the way the exams have been organised and how they are measured, students at this school have once again achieved improved outcomes.

“We have some exceptional individual student outcomes and once again this year many of our students have now secured places to study A levels, level 3 courses and other vocational routes. This includes some students who have been awarded fully funded places to some of the top public schools in the country through a bursary programme that is offered at this school.”

Top performers included Georgia Owen (11 GCSEs with 5 at A* and A), Shaun Shrigley (11 GCSEs with 8 at A* and A), Bethany Sherwin (11 GCSEs with 7 at A* and A), Stephanie Chinchen (11 GCSEs with 5 at A* and A), Elizabeth Hughes (11 GCSEs with 2 A* and A), Daniel Dixey (10 GCSEs with 4 A* and A) and Kieran Rigby (10 GCSEs with 4 A* and A).

Mrs Yates added: “The future for this school is very exciting with a completely new school building to be opened in 2017. The today outcomes show how the hard work and commitment at the school by staff, students, parents and the community result in continuing good outcomes.”

Christleton High School

THE HEADTEACHER of Christleton High School has praised students for a record-breaking set of GCSE results.

A whopping 84 per cent achieved five A* to C grades, including maths and English, with 99 per cent passing eight or more subjects.

A record number of 29 students achieved eight or more A*- A grades, with seven of them achieving eight or more A* grades alone.

The results represented an eight per cent improvement on last year, the school has said.

Headteacher Tony Lamberton said: “We had very high expectations of this year group and they have more than come to fruition in these outstanding results. These are challenging times for young people and it is inspiring to see how committed and hard-working they are.

“We naturally wish all our students every success in their future studies and careers.”

Ceri Sullivan, head of Year 11, added: “This is a fantastic set of grades. I couldn’t be happier for the students and staff with these fabulous results.”

THE Catholic High School

THE Catholic High School in Chester recorded its highest ever proportion of A* and A grades in this year's GCSE results.

More than three quarters of students secured at least five A*-C grades, with 60 per cent of the year able to include both Maths and English in this score.

John Murray, headteacher, said: “Once again, we are very proud of our students and what they have achieved. Along with their hard work goes that of their teachers, and the tremendous support we get from parents. Congratulations to all of them.”

Leading the celebrations were Francesca Noro and Dan Vickers, who achieved straight A* grades.

Other top achievers included Francis Adair (2A*, 8A), Louise Beltrami (5A*, 5A), Eleanor Edwards (9A*, 2A), Bente Hollestelle (4A*, 6A, 1B), Poppy Jeffery (5A*, 4A, 1B), Sam Johnson (8A*, 3A), Jessica Jones (2A*, 6A, 2B), Sean Maddocks (1A*, 7A, 2B), Rosanna Maletta (6A*, 5A), Charlotte Massie (6A*, 5A), Preeyen Mistry (5A*, 4A, 1B), Francesca Noro (12A*), Marcus O’Neill (8A*, 2A), Ciaran O’Sullivan (4A*, 5A, 1B), Matthew Pagan (3A*, 5A, 3B), Michal Paradysz (2A*, 5A, 1B), George Rathbone (3A*, 6A), Katherine Scanlan (2A*, 7A, 1B), Claire Tierney (10A*, 1A), Daniel Vickers (11A*), Jennifer Worden (3A*, 3A, 4B).

Aaron Bladen, Tom Greaves, Curtis Hall, Maisie McMahon and George Rathbone achieved starred distinctions in performing arts, a qualification equivalent to grade A at AS level, after appearing in the school production of ‘Our House’


Neil Cross, head of Year 11, said: “This year group had so much thrown at them during their GCSEs. The rules changed in just about every way, what with dropping the speaking and listening element from English, the rules on early entry and, of course, the first year to go through with terminal examinations for many years. Even so, they have done themselves proud.”

Queen's Park High School

STUDENTS at Queen's Park High School are celebrating a bumper crop of GCSE results with the year group hitting its target of achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English. 

Top performers included Danielle Buckley (9A*s, 2As and 2Bs), Arien Cartwright (8A*s, 6As and 1B), Hannah Dixon (6A*s, 7As), Eleanor Finlay (4A*s, 7As and 1B), Alex Goldsmith ( 5A*s, 9As), James Houghton (3A*s, 7As and 1B), Catrin Jones (7A*s, 3As and 2Bs), Cian Salisbury (5A*s, 5As and 1B), Harry Williams (5A*a, 5As and 1B) and Jim Williams (3A*s,9As) 

Science and modern languages departments performed exceptionally with almost half of all grades at A*/A. 

Photography, textiles and art all had very high A*-C pass rates, while English and maths also performed strongly, increasing the school’s English Baccalaureate success by more than five per cent on last year. 

Stephen Casey, headteacher, said: “I am proud of our students and the results they have achieved. I am delighted for those students who achieved a string of grades at A and A*, as well as all those who have worked exceptionally hard to achieve their target grades. 

"We have been successful in narrowing the gap between the results of our more disadvantaged students and their peers, something we have been working hard on as a school as this is now a national initiative. We are pleased that our gaps are closing more quickly that they are nationally.” 

Clare Scanlon, director of learning, added: ‘The students in this year group have shown a high level of commitment throughout Key Stage Four and I am proud that so many have got the results they truly deserve.” 

And Key Stage Four manager Ceri Prys-Owen said: “It has been a pleasure to work with these students throughout their time at this school and particularly during the past two years. Students grasped the many opportunities afforded to them via our well established raising achievement and intervention programmes and this has resulted in some excellent grades. 

“I look forward to seeing the continued success of those students returning to our sixth-form and wish them and the remainder of the year group every success as they move on the next stage of their lives.” 

Queen's School

GIRLS at the Queen's School in Chester have been hailed as among the best in the country following this year's GCSE results.

More than 93 per cent of all grades were at A*-B, and every student passed eight subjects or more at grades at A*- C including maths and English.

Furthermore, a total of 83 per cent bagged five or more GCSEs at grades A*- A.

Head teacher Sarah Clark said: “I am enormously proud of all the girls who have worked so hard this year to get these fantastic GCSE grades – well done to everyone on a superb sustained effort throughout the two years.”

Every girl in the year group achieved A*- B in English literature, with 95 per cent getting A*- B in English language and 93 per cent achieved A*-B in maths.

In the sciences 89 per cent achieved A*-B in biology, 86 per cent got A*-B in chemistry and 92 per cent came away with A*- B in physics.

Everyone sitting art, classical civilisation, German, Latin and ICT received either an A or A* and all those who took drama, Mandarin and religious studies got A*-B grades.

Girls who worked exceptionally hard contributing to this excellent set of results include Emma Whitfield and Chloë Bransby who both achieved 10 A* grades each.

Other top achievers include Amy Clarkson (9A* A), Shreya Jauhari (9A* A), Kimberley Meredith

(9A* 2A), Isabel Millican (9A* A), Alice Thompson (9A* A), Alexandra Castling (8A* 2A), Louisa Cowell (8A* 2A), Eleanor Hassall (8A* AB), Isobel Jones (8A* 2A), Louisa Manby (8A* 2A), Rhianna Thornton-Reid (8A* 2A), Rachael Turner (8A* 2A), Jessica Willis (8 A* AB), Sarah Chandler (7A* 2A B), Lauren Evans (7A* 3A), Nia Jones (7A* 3A), Georgina Lane (7 A* 3A), Alice Penny (7A* 3A), Lola Shaw (7A* 3A), Sara Salim (7A* 4A), Bethan Sudder (7A* 3A), Emmeline Blellock (6A* 4A), India Hall (6A* 3A B), Francesca Lloyd-Watts (6A* 4A), Eden Northcott (6A* 4A), Katherine Woods (6A* 4A), Alexandra Le Gros (6A* 3A B) and Jemma Bright (6A* 4A).

Upton High School

TWINS from Upton High School in Chester bagged a whopping 18 A* and six A grades between them in their GCSE exams.

Thomas and Katie Reid were among those celebrating after ripping open their results envelopes yesterday.

Overall, almost half of the year group bagged at least one A* or A grade, more than three quarters achieved A* to C grades in maths, and almost 50 per cent achieved the The English Baccalaureate performance measure.

Headteacher Paula Dixon said: “Yet again Upton High School students have done us proud. I am so pleased with these results which prove that with hard work, resilience and determination, you will succeed.

“Thank you to the staff who have worked so hard to support our students and to our parents and carers for their continuing support.”

Other top performers were: Anna Geertsma-Dolton (9A* and 2A), Joel Russell (9A* and 4A), Ewan Cook (8A* and 1A), Edward Hawksby (5A* and 6A), Dominic Hadley (5A* and 4A), Katie Oliver (6A* and 3A), Jodie Brown (4A* and 5 A), Sunam Husain (4A8 and 6A), Bethan Williams (7A and 3A*), Ella Foreman (6A and 3A*), and Leah Winstanley (6A and 3A*).

See full story in the Chester Leader

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