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GCSE Results 2018:
Bishop Thomas Grant School Year 11 Students Beat New Exam Stress
There was good news for Year 11 students of Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham when they picked up their results from the summer 2018 GCSE examinations as the vast majority have again achieved excellent grades for progression to the school’s Sixth Form.
The new GCSE grades 9 to 1 (4 is the new pass grade, equivalent to the old grade C) make unclear comparisons with last year’s results but with an overall pass rate (9-4 rather than A*-C) of 83% in Maths and English senior staff at the school are confident that high standards are being maintained at this Outstanding (OFSTED) school.
Under the new system English grades 9-7 (A** - A) run at 33%, grades 9-5 (A** - High C) at 79%. In Maths grades 9-7 run at 32%, grades 9-5 at 63%. Departments scoring a 100% pass rate at grades 9-5 included Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education with Physics and Latin close behind on 98%. BTEC First Awards produced excellent results with Health and Social Care and Travel and Tourism scoring over 90% with Distinction* - Merit grades.
There has been much talk in the media about the stress imposed on students and teachers by the new examinations and grading system. Abby Hughes who scored 7 grade 9s, 3 grade 7s and 1 grade 8, commented “We all felt a little like guinea pigs in the new system and it’s a little unfair that in a few years’ time we will be competing for jobs with people who went through the old system, which was much easier. Here at Bishop Thomas Grant School we felt the stress as a community and I am grateful to my family for the support I received from them too.” Thomas Jence, who scored 2 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 7 grade 7s managed to avoid complications to his journey home from Kerala caused by the floods in Southern India, and returned to Bishop Thomas Grant School in time to receive his results after a little help from his family friends in Kuwait who provided him with a stop-over. Emma Mansell managed to achieve a grade 9 in History and English Language and Literature despite having a broken leg during her exams. Other top achieving students included Hareya Gebreyohanes with 9 grade 9s and Emily Warnham with 5 grade 9s.
Head of Year 11 at Bishop Thomas Grant School Ms Hayward commented “It has indeed been a hard couple of years for our Year 11 students, coping with all the new demands and I am so pleased that they have come out with good grades which justify all the effort they have put in. Parents have been very supportive and on behalf of the staff, I wish them well in the coming years in our Sixth Form.