GCSE Students Shine despite "tougher" exams.

Students at Sidcot are celebrating an impressive set of GCSE results, once again significantly above the national average. Sidcot students achieved 39.1% of grades between 9 to 7 (equivalent to A* to A) with 87% of scores between 9 and 4 (equivalent to A* to C). This means Sidcot students nearly doubled the national average of 20.8% for grades 9 to 7.

Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick said: “We are extremely proud of what our students have achieved but we also pride ourselves on providing more than just exam results.  We offer a broad education for students with opportunities and experiences beyond the confines of the classroom. The outcome of this approach are well-rounded individuals equipped to lead interesting, purposeful and adventurous lives.”

There were a number of standout performances this year including;

Freya King achieved an incredible nine grade 9s and an A* with distinction for Further Maths, putting her in the top 2% of mathematicians in the country. Freya picked up her results whilst on holiday and said “I was nervously waiting for the email to come through but when it did the results were beyond my expectations. I’m going to study Biology, Maths and Chemistry at A level as I’m hoping to study Veterinary Medicine.”

Matt French bagged seven grade 9s, two grade 6s and an A* with distinction for Mathematics. Matt said “I was really pleased with my grades it was exactly what I was hoping for. We’ve all put in a great deal of hard of work and the teachers have been so helpful making sure that we’re always being challenged.”

Lottie Packman achieved five 9 grades, two 8s and one 7. Lottie plans to do A Levels in Maths, Physics, English Literature and Spanish with a view to doing an Apprenticeship Degree as an Aerospace Engineer. Lottie said “I joined Sidcot in Year 10 and was inspired by my work experience placement at Airbus. I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut and hopefully this is the first step in achieving that goal.”

Sarah Carr attained an impressive six grade 9s and three grade 7s. Sarah plans to take French, Geography, Psychology and AS Art. She said “I was really pleased with my results, they were better than I expected. The teachers here really put themselves out providing extra sessions and support to make sure we were well prepared.”

Mr Kilpatrick continued: “The success of our students is testament to their commitment to study and the support they have received from their teachers and families.  However, success in the classroom has not come at the expense of their holistic experience.  We are a busy school where students develop skills and talents in a wide range of areas – not least a sense of care and service to others.  Those who have recently received their results should be justifiably delighted with what they have achieved, but equally proud of the young people they have become.”