Celebrations for Leeds school pupils as GCSE results are revealed
There was double joy for families of students picking up GCSE results today.
Five sets of twins at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) were among the thousands of pupils across Leeds celebrating after what has been described as a "tremendously difficult" year.
Two sets are celebrating grades of 7, 8 or 9 in all subjects. Esha and Risha Gupta, from Alwoodley, were on cloud nine, with 19 of the highest grade between them and Oliver and William Law, also of Alwoodley, achieved 15 grade 9s.
Esha and Risha have mapped out identical paths through sixth form, choosing to study A-levels in maths, biology, chemistry and economics. Esha said: “We’re so happy, our grades exceeded our expectations. We’ve made the most of our time off over the last few months but now we can’t wait to start school again.”
Clara and Orland Winters, from Roundhay, have 20 passes between them, with 18 passes at grade 7 or above and a grade 9 each. Harrogate twins Hannah and Lucia Davies chalked up 19 GCSEs between them, half at grade 7 or above, while Alwoodley pair Flossy and Iggy Clancy are celebrating 20 passes including 17 at 7 or above.
Overall at GSAL, students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate despite the challenges of the past few months.
It comes after confusion last week surrounding A Level results which were downgraded by government appointment moderators.
“Our students were disappointed to lose the opportunity to sit their examinations; however we are pleased that the assessment process has recognised their consistent hard work in senior school. Teaching staff followed Ofqual’s guidance diligently to produce a fair outcome for every student, through honest and accurate centre assessment grades.
“I am extremely proud of our GCSE students, and very appreciative of their parents and school staff who have tirelessly supported students through this very challenging period. I am hugely looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September."
Adam Ryder, the principal at Morley Academy said the 11th hour government ruling meant students were not placed at a further disadvantage.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "I am exceptionally proud of all our students who have received their GCSE results today, and which will allow them to secure their college and apprenticeship places.
"The change in policy by the Government and Ofqual to move to Centre Assessment Grades was one hundred per cent the right decision and ensures that individual students have not been further disadvantaged by statistical modelling. I would like to wish all our year 11 students the best of luck in their next chapter.”
At Benton Park the headteacher welcomed the move taken by the government earlier this week to release results based upon teacher assessments.
Headteacher Delia Martin said: “Whilst it was a different kind of results day, nevertheless it was a pleasure to see our students achieving the results they deserve and have worked so hard for over the course of the last 5 years. I am incredibly proud of everything they have achieved so far, and the resilience they have shown throughout these difficult months. Plans are now well underway to welcome the majority of our students back in September as part of our sixth form where they will continue to build upon their success to date with us."
Carr Manor School said it had been humbling to see the progress and results that pupils had achieved. Executive principal Simon Flowers said: “It has been particularly humbling to see individuals who have been on a significant journey of progress and overcome challenges and difficulties secure strong sets of results. We are pleased to see our pupils thrive and flourish as young adults embarking on the next chapter of their lives.”
There was a 90 per cent pass rate in English at Woodkirk High School and an 87 per cent pass rate for maths.
Principal Mrs Joe Barton said: “Against the back drop of this year, the students deserve these results. Congratulations to the class of 2020. We are looking forward to seeing many return
to the Sixth Form and wish all good luck for the future."
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