Best ever GCSE results for students at Huxlow Science College
It’s double celebrations all round at Huxlow Science College today (August 24th) as the school has posted the best set of GCSE results in its history. This is hot on the heels of brilliant A Level results last week. An impressive 63% of students gained the equivalent of 5 A* - C grades, including English and Maths, which is well above the national average.
The achievement is made even more impressive as this year’s students are the first to be graded under the new numerical system, which has been introduced to assess the English and Maths subjects. Grades 7 - 9 have replaced the former A and A* grades.
Head Teacher Steve Gordon said: “We are extremely proud of our Year 11 students and thrilled with their achievements. They have shown huge dedication to their studies and have earned the fruits of their labour. We particularly have to recognise the staff in the English and Maths departments who have dealt spectacularly well with the requirements on their subjects introduced by the new grading system. Students have been given extensive help with their revision techniques and staff have put on lots of revision sessions.”
He added: “Here at Huxlow we are extremely focussed on developing the whole child and as well as celebrating these academic achievements we are confident that all of our Year 11s are prepared to go on and do well in the adult world.”
Highest achieving student was Alfie Aldridge who gained 11 GCSEs with a 9 in English Literature and 8s in English Language and Maths. Dominic Booroff also gained straight As with an A* in Physics.
Ho Yen Tsang also gained more than 9 top marks with A* grades in Biology, Physics and French. Sinead O’Callaghan got straight As with A*s in Chemistry, Physics and French. Ellie Sim earned 4A*s in Biology, Chemistry, French and Geography. Rielly Kitchener gained several top grades with A*s in French, History and Physics. Georgia Knighton earned 6 A grades and level 7s in English and Maths. Amy Stoker also gained A* grades in Resistant Materials and Graphics and Physics. Bethany Nightingale got a fantastic Level 9 in English Literature.
Twins Jaimee and Lauren Panter (pictured below) are also celebrating after both gaining a number of top marks. They will now stay on to study at Sixth Form.
Lauren said: “We are thrilled with our results and put in a huge amount of work. We revised together which really helped as we were able to test each other.”
Sinead O’Callaghan who will be staying on to study at our Sixth Form following her fantastic results said: “I was so happy when I opened the envelope and saw my results as I had been really nervous and worried. I am going to study Maths and Further Maths as well as Psychology and Chemistry at University and hope then to go on and study Maths at university.”
Ollie Hall who earned a fantastic A* in Physics said: “I’m so pleased as I put in a lot of hard work. We also had fantastic teaching.”
The school has done particularly well in Maths, French and especially the Science subjects. 84% of Biology students gained a C grade or higher; 82% of Chemistry students earned a C grade or above and 74% of Physics students gained C or above. Under the new grading system 73% of Maths students gained Level 4 (C grade equivalent) or above. Of particular note, three students gained the top grade 9 in English. 87% of students gained grade C or above in French.
A high percentage of GCSE students are expected to stay on at the school and join the successful Sixth Form, which this August posted its best ever A Level Results. In September students will be able to study in the newly designated Sixth Form Centre.