A long summer of waiting was over today as York students received their GCSE results.
And they have excelled. York scored a five per cent increase in students attaining the English Baccalaureate, while 66 per cent of pupils gained 5+ A*-C grades (including English and maths).
This is a 2.5% increase on last year’s result, going against the national trend of slight decline.
Cllr Stuart Rawlings, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said:
I congratulate them all!
Here are some of the stories from York schools.
What a year!
All Saints RC School reports a record year for GCSE results both overall and individually.
Thirty Year 11 students achieved over 8 or more A* and As. Some of the biggest smiles were on some of our special needs students.
Head teacher Bill Scriven said:
All our students deserve to be so proud of their achievements.
What a year!
Chair of governors Peter Cannings said: “I would like to congratulate everybody and express my gratitude to all the staff for their care for each individual student and their continuing drive and determination.”
Best ever progress
Following on from a great set of A level results, Joseph Rowntree School students recorded the best ever results at Key Stage 4 in terms of progress made from the end of Key Stage 2.
Altogether 64% of Jo Ro students achieved five GCSEs including English and maths, and the leadership team described as “superb” the progress students made across a number of subjects such as English, maths, science and the arts.
More than 20% of students taking GCSEs this summer achieved five or more A* or A grades, and 10% of students achieved eight or more A* or A grades.
Head Richard Crane said:
Congratulations to all of our students who took examinations this summer, and we wish them all the very best for the future.
Some Jo Ro students with multiple A*/A grades
Catriona Coe (11)
Fay Crockett (11)
Jack Fletcher (11)
Isobel McLaughlin (11)
Matthew Parker (11)
Chadwick Cosgrove-Stephenson (10)
Benjamin Kilner (10)
Maya Saint John (10)
Emma Young (10)
Owen Marshall (9)
Isobel McArthur (9)
Kathryn Barge (8)
Jenna Bunyan (8)
Luke Dickinson (8)
Lotte Horberry (8)
Peter Spain (8)
Matthew Taylor (8)
Elena Whitely (8)
‘Exceptional young people’
Students at Huntington School achieved many individual successes as well as an impressive set of schools records.
The school saw
- 70% of students gain A*-C GCSE grades in English and mathematics, an improvement of 3% on last year
- more than 40% of students attained the full set of English Baccalaureate qualifications, Huntington’s best figure ever
- 12% of students attaining ten or more GCSEs at grades A*/A, another record
- 30% of all entries awarded A*/A grades, our best ever percentage of top grades at the school.
One of the star performers is Lucy Edmunds who gained 11 A*s and an A in Further Maths this year, to add to her GCSE Latin A* result from last year, giving her a grand total of 12A*s and an A.
Head teacher John Tomsett said:
Indeed, I would argue that the most valuable outcome for all our students is a good set of qualifications secured in a culture of love.
Individuals like Lucy Edmunds managed to gain 11 A* grades and 1 grade A as well as train with the Team GB Junior Rowing girls’ quad to compete at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poznan, Poland last month where she won a silver medal.
We should all work hard and play hard and if we can say, hand on heart, that we did all we could, then that is all we can ask of ourselves. And that is the case with this exceptional group of young people and their teachers.
Huntington students with 10 or more A*/A grades
Charlie Drury (11/2)
Safa Sadozai (11/2)
Benjamin Brown (11/1)
Alice Linaker (10/1)
Abigail Brownlee (9/3)
Charlotte Boyle (8/5)
Isobel Shoffren (8/3)
William Young (7/6)
Molly Lyons (7/5)
Joanne Draper (6/6)
Madison Dews (6/5)
Isobel Davies (6/4)
Isabel Buchanan (5/5)
Emily Burnett (5/5)
Andre Vasconcelos (4/8)
Luca Rago (4/6)
Ellen Van Opstal (4/6)
Alexander MacDonald (4/5)
Finn O’Rourke (3/9)
Madison Hancocks (3/8)
Rebecca Higginbottom (3/8)
Eleanor Mitchell (3/8)
Over in Fulford School 81.7% of students achieved the new Basics performance measure of A*-C in English and maths.
Altogether 35.7% of entries were at A*/A with a substantial increase in the A*/A grades achieved by girls. Thirty two students gained at least 10 grades at A*/A with 13 of these students achieving 12 A*/A grades.
And the year group obtained a 100% pass rate at 5 GCSE grades A*-G.
Head Lorna Savage said:
Today is another great day to be part of our Fulford community and to celebrate the successes of our students.
At Millthorpe School 70% of students achieved five passes at grade C or better including both English and maths, a 4% improvement on 2015.
They also established a new best of 44% for the government’s favoured English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure – which places the school in the top 12% in the country. And one in eight students achieved 10 or more GCSEs at Grade A or A*.
Head Trevor Burton said he was very proud of his students.
The results are also a great testament to the tireless work of our staff and the support of our parents and carers and are especially impressive against a backdrop of a further fall nationally in the GCSE pass rate at C and above.
Is this our best ever set of results? The goalposts keep moving so it is difficult to say. What is more important to me is that today, Millthorpe students can walk away knowing they have done as much as they can to move on to the next stage in their education in a position of great strength.
Outstanding achievements at Millthorpe
Bethan Law (11 A* + 2 A, including A* Distinction in Further Maths)
Ella Field (12 A*)
Emma Phillips (11 A* + 1 A, including A* Distinction in Further Maths)
Luke McDonnell-McKeown (9 A* + 2 A)
Joe Newton (9 A* + 2 A)
Tom Percival (7 A* + 5 A, including A* Distinction in Further Maths)
At Canon Lee School the Year 11 students have secured a set of results that show significant improvement upon last year.
At least a dozen students have gained results that are predominantly A and A*s and many have made significant progress in relation to their targets.
Principal Helen Dowds and vice-principal Mrs Johnston thanked all the parents and staff for their hard work and commitment towards supporting the school and making certain the children in our care are successful.
Archbishop Holgate’s School students are once again celebrating results that exceed the expected performance of the top 25% of similar schools nationally.
Altogether 74% gained A*-C in Maths and English which is the highest the school has ever achieved.
And 23% of the year group achieved 5 A* and A grades.
Head Andrew Daly said: “I would like to thank all our staff, our students and their parents for their hard work and commitment to the school, which has rightly been rewarded with excellent grades for themselves but also record results for the school.”
Deputy head Alexis Green-Harding said:
One in a millennium!
At York High School the proportion of Year 11 students who have gained five good GCSE grades has almost doubled this year compared to 2015.
Head David Ellis said: “We were extremely disappointed with the way that grade boundaries were moved in 2015 which had a negative impact for our students a year ago but I am incredibly proud of the way that the whole school community has risen to the challenge in the last 12 months resulting in the progress we have made this year.”
Associate head teacher Rod Sims said students had responded brilliantly to the extra demands that staff placed on them.
The young people recognised that as the examination boards continue to raise the bar the challenge of gaining high grades is ever increasing and they worked with staff incredibly hard to gain the very best grades that they could.
One pupil celebrating results is Chloe Stead who achieved 7 GCSEs at grade C. Chloe was the first baby born in York in the new millennium.
Mr Ellis said: