GCSE 2011: Success at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School

CELEBRATING: students at Chapel High School celebrate their GCSE results. Photo contributed.
CELEBRATING: students at Chapel High School celebrate their GCSE results. Photo contributed.

STUDENTS, parents and staff at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School were celebrating their success with the arrival of the GCSE results this week.

For the fourth successive year results at the school improved and, this year, 80 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C passes, around 60 per cent of them including English and maths.

GCSE RESULTS: the wait is over for students at Chapel High School. Photo contributed.

GCSE RESULTS: the wait is over for students at Chapel High School. Photo contributed.

For Headteacher Stuart Ash these were his final examination results and he was delighted to see the students perform so well.

“These are excellent results, a tribute to the hard work of the students and staff and the support of their parents. GCSE results are an important gateway for young people; I am sure these results will pave the way to successful futures for the young people leaving us,” said Mr Ash.

Over 60 per cent of the students achieved an A or A* grading and 25 per cent of the year group managed five or more of the highest grades.

Nine students achieved all A and A* gradings in their results and achieved well over 100 top level passes between them. Most of them started their success early sitting Astronomy as an extra-curricular subject at the end of Year 10, while Bethany Shire achieved her first A* in Year nine when she sat her GCSE Maths examination, following that with top grades in Additional and A/S maths during Key Stage 4.

These highest achievers included twins Gabrielle and Jessica Lamb who, between them, received 14 A* and ten A grades, putting them in a good position to move onto A Levels as well as Joshua Bennett, Toby Gundry-White, Leonie Price, Sarah Vincent and James Whitehead.

Highest achiever in the school was Robert Weston who achieved A* grades in all of his subjects, 12 in total.

Martyn Bonham achieved an A* in Astronomy although he is only in Year nine. He hopes to begin to study Geology when he starts Year 10 in September in addition to his normal studies.