'Grit and determination' brings success for GCSE students

August 13 2021
'Grit and determination' brings success for GCSE students

TEACHERS have praised the "grit and determination" of GCSE and BTEC candidates at Yate and Sodbury schools.

A year and a half of disrupted education due to the coronavirus pandemic culminated in a long series of in-school assessments after national exams were cancelled.

Grades have been based on a range of evidence, including tests and coursework, marked against national standards and then moderated before exam boards approved the final grades.

As results were published it was time for celebration.

At Brimsham Green School, pupils who received the highest grades of 8 or 9 for all of their subjects were Jolie Dyer, Charlotte Hutchinson, Cameron Stillie, Phoebe Ashley, Sophie Archer, Nathaniel Lewis, Caitlin Lord and Beatrice Norris.

Many others were awarded grade 7 for many if not all their GCSE subjects.

Brimsham Green School pupils collect their GCSE results

Head teacher Kim Garland also praised students who’ve made ‘exceptional progress’ since starting at the school, highlighting Devon Birch, Kofi McCalla, Jasmine Phillpott, Henrik Hegadus, Katesley Arriola, Harry Lynham, Jessica Carey-Ward, Josh Milton, Martha Bryant, and George Stiff for praise.

Ms Garland said: "All students have worked with real grit and determination, not just this year, but throughout their Key Stage 4 studies.

"Imagine not knowing whether you were working towards an examination or not. Imagine needing to develop good competency with technology first, so that you could access your remote lessons. And then imagine completing ongoing assessments over many months, knowing everything you did counted.

"I am full of admiration for Brimsham Green’s Year 11 students – they have learned that they can cope with life’s uncertainty, they have learned that they can manage anxiety, and excel regardless!"

At Chipping Sodbury School (pictured top), 41% of students in Year 11 achieved 1 or more of the top grades at 7 or above.

The strongest performers with a string of 9 grade 9’s were Carys Stephenson and Jess Dale. Amongst the many students who were awarded a mixture of grades 7, 8 and 9 were James Day, Jessica Hopson, Josh Hodey, Evie Hass, Madeline Cronin, and Chelsea Hopson.

Head teacher Katherine Turner said: “I am delighted for our students, who have had a very positive attitude to their learning and demonstrated resilience especially during these past few months.

"I wish to pay particular tribute to the continuous support provided by families not just over the past few months but throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

"Chipping Sodbury School has great young people, who are a credit to our whole school community.”

At Yate Academy, associate head teacher Natalie Wilcox said staff were "exceptionally proud" of their Year 11 pupils.

Pupils who achieved a combination of the highest GCSE grades of 7 to 9, and distinctions in BTEC subjects were David Marasigan, Morgan Robinson, Jacob Baines, Liam Street, Jacob Spencer and Charlie Bliss.

Those who attained high GCSEs including 9s were Callye Morgan, Patrycja Adas, Anna Jose, Amberley Britton, Alicja Roginska, Alicia Buff-Orozco, Eunice Pizarro, Heidi Cowley van Eeden and Harry Box.

Head teacher Izzy Ambrose said: "These young people have gone above and beyond and demonstrated determination and resilience during these unprecedented times.

"Their results are a fair reflection on the progress they have made at Yate Academy and all our students are fully deserving of what they have achieved today."

Alicja Roginska and Eunice Pizarro pick up their GCSE results at Yate Academy