There was much relief at Wilmslow High School today as students celebrated another impressive set of GCSE results with over 77% of entries gaining A*-C grades.
Dr James Pullé, Headteacher, congratulated students taking GCSEs in 2016 on their achievements saying "As a comprehensive school that is committed to being at the heart of its community, Wilmslow High School always regards GCSE results day as a moment to celebrate the full range of our students' aspirations and achievements. The students collecting their results today will now be taking the next steps in their education or training in the school sixth form, at college or in an apprenticeship. Whatever their destination we thank them for their contribution to school life over the last five years and wish them well for the future."
"Following last year's sharp rise in Wilmslow High School's GCSE results, and in the context of broadly stable results nationally, we were delighted that results at Wilmslow High School have remained impressive with over 77% of GCSE entries gaining A*-C grades. 70% of Wilmslow students have achieved the old threshold of 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics, with 75% gaining a C or above in English Language, 83% in English Literature and 86% in Mathematics. As usual, our top achievers gained excellent results with over 27% of entries gaining A or A* grades."
Dr James Pullé added "Of course, examination results are only one part of a "whole education" and students in this year's GCSE cohort have participated fully and performed highly across the full range of our wider curriculum. Achievements in national competitions, local events and moments of personal commitment have all been previously celebrated through school publications and the local media but this is a good moment to reflect on and recognise our community's good fortune in having so many young people of character."
Students achieved impressive performances across all 41 of the qualifications on offer at GCSE level.
Over 30% of the grades achieved in the following subjects were at A*A: Additional Maths, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, History, PE, Physics, RE, Sociology, Spanish and Statistics.
Whilst the following English Baccalaureate humanities and language subjects all saw over 79% of grades achieved at A* to C: French, Geography, German, History and Spanish.
Some noteworthy individual achievements include:
Georgia Brown achieved 12A*s and an A in Additional Maths. Georgia, who will go on to study English Literature, History, French and Politics A Levels, said "I am so happy and so relieved.
Anna Mulroy achieved 11 A*s and will study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and German A Levels.
Matilda Ward achieved 8 A*s and 2A and will study Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Levels. She told me "I am really happy and excited. I am also very relieved as I was so scared beforehand."
Emily Hamilton achieved 4A*s, 5As and 1B and will go on to study Chemistry, Biology, English Literature an Modern History at A Level.
Scott Walker achieved 4 A*s and 4 As and will now study A Levels in English Language, Law, Maths and Biology. He said "I am so relieved it was a lot of hard work."
Olivia Willett achieved 2A*s and 8As and will take A Level Maths, Psychology, English Literature and History. Olivia said "It hasn't sunk in yet, I feel pretty amazing."
Her mother Lara Willett told me "I am just ecstatic, she has done phenomenally well. I am so pleased for her. It was a lot of hard work but worth it."
Members of the public will have the opportunity to see some of the excellent art and design work produced by the GCSE and A-Level students in the exhibition being held at the United Reform Church as part of the Wilmslow Art Trail during the weekend of 14-16th October 2016.
Wilmslow High School continues to celebrate the broader linguistic skills of their students through the MFL Team's World Languages Programme. Congratulations go to the following students on their achievements:
Alex Sharp – A* in GCSE Italian
Toprak Sen – A* in GCSE Turkish
Kornelia Niemiec – A in GCSE Polish
Some highlights from this cohort's time in the school include:
The success of Georgia Brown, Scott Walker and Olivia Willetts in the ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition reaching the national final.
The musical performances over time of the band "Fast Exit" - Niklas Edler, Joe Saks, James Darroch, Ollie Appleby and Jack Bicknall.
The U16 Girls Netball Team being crowned Cheshire champions.