GCSEs: Chapel High School equals best ever performance

Chapel High School students celebrate their GCSEs.
Chapel High School students celebrate their GCSEs.

Students at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School were celebrating after equalling the school’s best ever GCSE performance.

Against a national picture of volatile grades and tougher grading, results were good across the board with 69 per cent of year 11 students achieving five or more grades A*-C, including English and maths.

The students’ achievement was particularly impressive given the difficulties of the national picture this year. To the delight of all concerned, the government’s new rules on resitting qualifications had minimal impact on the school’s results with 65 per cent of the year 11 students gaining these grades at their first attempt.

Students at all levels achieved their best. The school was particularly pleased to see that students made good progress across the board, particularly in the key subjects of maths and English.

More able students also did well with six achieving all A and A* grades. Overall almost half of the students achieved one or more A or A* grade, including 14-year-old India Headen who was awarded an A grade in Spanish.

Claire Hesketh, who received 11 A grade passes, said: “It’s hard to say exactly how I feel. I’m surprised, delighted and relieved all at once.”

Headteacher Simon Grieves commented: “We’re delighted that our students have done so well this year.

“They have worked hard and have achieved wonderfully well.

“Chapel students have, once again, shown their calibre, achieving well above national averages. Well done to all our students and many thanks to the staff and the families who have worked so hard to support them.”