Havering results: Harris Academy GCSE results show impressive improvement

Aug 25, 2017, 01:25
Havering results: Harris Academy GCSE results show impressive improvement

Gainsborough's Queen Elizabeth's High School has celebrated another batch of successful GCSE results.

Ninety-three pupils at the Nacro education centre in Boston have joined more than 1,800 other students of the social justice charity in out-performing the national GCSE average pass rates for English and Maths. Seeing that I had done so well made me so proud of myself that all these years that I had put in so much effort to achieve the best in me.

New grades for English language, English literature and maths will be awarded for the first time on Thursday.

Priory Community School students collecting their GCSE results
Priory Community School students collecting their GCSE results

The percentage of pupils achieving 9 to 4 grades in English was 81% and 67% of pupils achieved graded 9 to 4 in maths. "Well done to all, including our parents, who play a vital part in the education and success of their child".

There were some exceptional individual performances with one pupil gaining six A* and five A grades - despite having faced a potentially life threatening illness while in year 8.

Also the grading system has been changed from the traditional A-U to a 9 to 1 system with 9 being the equivalent of an A*.

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Head of upper school, Amanda Longstaff, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside these young people, watching them grow in confidence and maturity as they faced the challenge of the new, more rigorous GCSEs in English and Mathematics".

Students who scored highly included Melissa Jenney, who was among just 3 per cent of students in the country expected to achieve a grade 9 today.

Cllr Gordon Watson, deputy leader of Rotherham Borough Council, said: "Congratulations to all the students who have worked so hard to achieve these results, which are especially impressive given the added pressures due to the changes to the grading system and the more demanding English and maths GCSEs".

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The results revealed that 49% of pupils achieved an A*-A or equivalent with 99% achieving at least one A*-C or equivalent. "They should be very proud of themselves".

Results at the school in Lambs Lane South, Rainham, which joined the Harris Federation previous year, are up dramatically.

She said: "I was nervous coming to the school and shaking when I opened the envelope, then I started crying tears of joy when I saw my results".

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