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Hard work pays off with excellent GCSE results

22nd August 19

group of students on results day

King Alfred School Year 11 students celebrated today with a set of excellent GCSE grades. The school continued to demonstrate how it supports all of its students to achieve great results with over a third of results at grades 9 and 8 and half at grades 9-7. Overall, 96% of results were graded 9-4 which is equivalent to grades C and above in the old system.

The grades 9-1 have replaced the previous letter system: Grade 9 is higher than the previous A*, Grade 7 is comparable to an A in the old system, Grade 4 = C and Grade 1 = G.

Robert Lobatto, King Alfred School Head, said “These are an excellent set of results, richly deserved by our students who have worked exceedingly hard this year. This shows that outstanding academic success does not have to mean unrelenting pressure and stress. They are a great springboard for continued success at A levels. I congratulate all our GCSE students.”

L-R: Archie, Oliver V, Giulia and Ori celebrate a great set of results

The Year 11 students performed well across all subject areas. 100% of the Music students achieved 9-7 grades while 100% of Design Technology students achieved 9-4 grades. Five pupils earned a full house of 9-7 grades.

One of those students, Archie W was just glad it was all over saying, “I’m really pleased. The teachers were very supportive, especially when I thought it was all too much! I’m glad it’s over for now, but I’m looking forward to A levels.”

Head of Music, Neven, with Archie who is going on to study Music A level in our Sixth Form

All pupils take English and Maths, where the results remained strong, with 98% of students achieving 9-4 grades in English Literature and 96% doing the same in English Language. In Maths 94% achieved 9-4 grades. 

Students again performed well in science with 100% of students achieving grades 9-6 in Biology, 87% doing the same in Chemistry and Physics.

The tone at the Manor Wood site was one of celebration today, with students and teachers joyous that all their hard work paid off. The majority of students are returning to the school for A levels in a few weeks.

Tara opens her envelope!

Student Tara N said “I’m really pleased with my grades and looking forward to doing A levels here. I love the school and know the teachers here will help me achieve great results. I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else.”  

Emma Sevitt, Head of Years 10 & 11 said; “Throughout this year our students have pushed themselves to achieve well in their coursework and exams. Seeing them rewarded with great results is satisfying as I know how hard they’ve worked to get them while also taking part in a huge range of other school activities. Well done!” 

India and Eve were falling over with delight at their hard-won results.

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