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Students at Saint Gregory’s Bath were elated this morning as they opened their outstanding GCSE results: 84% of grades were graded 9 – 4 (A*-C equivalent), with over a third of all results achieving the highest possible grades of 9-7 (A*-A equivalent).

Within these overall outstanding results were a number of remarkable individual accomplishments. Keren L was over the moon to receive her results of 11 GCSEs with 9 at grade 9 and 2 at grade 8. Emily B and Ben S secured 11 and 10 GCSEs respectively, all at the top grades 9-7. Lakeeshan S achieved 10 GCSEs, all grades 9-7; he will continue his academic journey through sixth form with the ambition of studying engineering at university. Thomas M and Treesa R both also secured 10 GCSEs, the majority at grades 8 and 9.

Ms Ann Cusack, Headmistress, was thrilled, saying: ‘It is always difficult being the first cohort to undertake new exams and under a new grading structure but for the students of Saint Gregory’s to not only rise to the challenge of tougher exams, but also earn grades at this outstanding level is an exceptional achievement. Our students have once again excelled and improved on our results from last year despite the national outlook, which predicted dramatically lower levels of GCSE attainment as a result of a higher degree of challenge and rigour.”

“I am hugely grateful for the commitment, knowledge and hard work our staff have put into making the change to reformed GCSEs so successful. The last two years have seen unprecedented pace of change across the public examination system and these superb results are testament to our staff’s expertise and unfailing dedication.”

Core curriculum subjects were amongst the highest achieving with students excelling in both mathematics and English, despite involving more demanding content and elimination of coursework. 87% of all mathematics entries were awarded grade 9-4 (A*-C equivalent) with over a third at the highly coveted 9-7 (A*-A equivalent). English students faired equally impressively with 83% of all grades at 9-4 (A*-C equivalent) with 34% achieving the top results 7-9 (A*-A equivalent).

In an era of severely compressed curriculum offerings across most schools, Saint Gregory’s continue to buck this trend achieving particularly outstanding results, once again, across the performing and creative arts. An impressive 89% of students achieved 9-4 (A*-C equivalent) across the broad spectrum of subjects offered. Continued investment and development of the arts at Saint Gregory’s creates a diverse, lively and culturally rich curriculum for young people that is highly valued by students and parents alike.

Saint Gregory’s strongly advocates a safe and inclusive environment for learning where students feel valued as individuals, inspired to extend, challenge and equip themselves to achieve new goals and develop a life-long love of learning so that their school experience is not a two-dimensional exam factory. The 2018 GCSE and A level results demonstrate unequivocally that it is possible to both secure the highest levels of attainment whilst also retaining an environment that ensures students grow into well-rounded, reflective, caring and thoughtful young people.

‘St Bernadette’s Students Celebrate Top Grades’

Anxious faces turned to smiles of joy as students opened their GCSE results at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School, with many students achieving large numbers of top grades.

Students, parents and staff at St Bernadette’s, are celebrating strong results across a range of GCSE subjects and for individual pupils.

With the introduction of tougher exams and a new grading systems only a small percentage of pupils will achieve the top grade 9. Catherine Kuria and Narayan Sandhu achieved 11 grade 9s between them, gaining grades 7 and 8 across all of their subjects.  Other students achieving multiple top grades are Hattie Brice, Abi Davidson, Devona Asif, Amy Carmichael and Ayub Akram.

65% of students achieved at least a new grade 4 in English and Maths and 34% achieved at least the new grade 5 in both English and Maths. One in three students achieved at least one grade 7 or higher amongst their results.

“These results are testimony to the hard work and high expectations of students and staff.” said Headteacher Basia McLaughlin, “We are very proud of the achievements of our students and are delighted to be celebrating their success with them. St Bernadette’s is an ambitious and supportive school and we work hard to ensure every young person realises their potential.”