Ripon Grammar School – Success stories and pictures

Leena Athab

Ripon Grammar School headmaster Jonathan Webb praised students for working through adversity and disruption to achieve a strong set of GCSE results.

“I am delighted so many of our GCSE students have done so well this year. With the regrading of results to pre-pandemic levels there has been a degree of national uncertainty as overall pass rates have fallen.

“Our year group have worked through adversity and disruption to achieve a strong set of results which now allow them to access their chosen pathway for further study.

“My thanks as always to their teaching staff who have supported them so well,” he said.

The 122 students in the year group achieved a total of 432 grades 9-8, the equivalent of the old A* grades. More than 90% of grades were 9-5(A*-B)s and 57.3% were 9-7(A*-A)s.

Among those doing brilliantly is Leena Athab who achieved nine grade 9s and three grade 8s.

The 16-year-old, from Melmerby, plans to study maths at university following A-levels in maths, further maths, economics and physics.

Anastasia Bell hopes to study religion at the University of Cambridge following A-levels in religious studies, politics, German and chemistry.

The 16-year-old, from Thirsk, who achieved seven grade 9s, three 8s, one 7 and one 6, said: “I’m just so pleased all my hard work over the past two years has amounted to such a fantastic selection of results.”

 Will Bellaries achieved nine 9s, an 8 and a 7 and plans to study mathematics at university following A-levels in maths, further maths and music.

“I’m so relieved the past two years of hard work have paid off finally,” he said.

The 16-year-old, who took up piano when he was five years old, gained a distinction in his Grade 7 exam a week before taking GCSEs.