Celebrations for GCSE Students
24 Aug 2017
Hundreds of students were celebrating top GCSE results at Ashby School.
In a year of curriculum changes and a new grading system, students and teachers were delighted with the performance in this year’s GCSE examinations.
More than 530 students sat GCSE exams at Ashby School in 2017.
Of these, several achieved As, A*s and the new top grades of 7 to 9 (equivalent to A and above) in all subjects.
These included Rebecca Coward, who dropped just a single mark in one of her maths papers, and Josh Bancroft, who is considering a degree in maths, after achieving grade 9 and A* in maths and further maths respectively.
Other students are using their GCSE success as a springboard to advance their career ambitions.
Ben Hart will take up a football scholarship with Burton Albion later this year, in the hope of becoming a professional footballer.
Harry Thornley, who will continue his studies in the Sixth Form, will begin flying lessons in his quest to become a pilot.
Headteacher Eddie Green said: “At a time of great volatility and turbulence in the exam system, we are delighted with today’s results. We are particularly pleased that our results in the core subjects of English, maths and science have performed so well and are in line with what we anticipated.
“Today is a day for celebrating individual success. There are large numbers of students celebrating exam results which exceed their expected levels and some who have grades of A* and 9 across the board.”
Grades Add Up to Maths Success for Rebecca
Talented mathematician Rebecca Coward hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a maths teacher, after picking up a string of top GCSE grades.
Rebecca dropped just a single mark in one of her maths papers and achieved As and A*s across the board, along with a grade 9 in maths.
She said: “I was hoping for these kind of results so I am really happy. I think the secret is to work hard all through the year – and always revise for mocks because it is never wasted revision.”
Rebecca will move in to the Sixth Form where she will study for A levels in maths, further maths, physics and French, before doing a degree in maths.
She added: “I want to follow in my mum’s footsteps and be a maths teacher. The maths teachers at Ashby have inspired me, too, especially Mr Chamberlain.”
Josh is on Cloud Nine
Josh Bancroft crowned an excellent set of GCSE results with two grade 9s – in maths and English literature.
Josh, who achieved As and A*s in every subject, is now considering a degree in either maths or history.
He said: “I am really pleased to have got two grade 9s.
“When you’re revising, it is impossible to learn every single thing on the syllabus so you have to go for the key points – and try not to stress about it!”
Josh will now study for A levels in maths, further maths, German, English literature and history.
All As for Isobel
When Isobel Armstrong opened her exam results, she was pleasantly surprised to find all top grades.
Isobel took 10 GCSE subjects, achieving three As, four A*s, grade 8 in both English language and literature, and a grade 9 in maths.
She said: “I didn’t really know what to expect but I didn’t expect to have done this well. I am so happy, especially with my 9 in maths.”Isobel will now study maths, biology, PE and geography at A level a
Keen sportsman Ben Hart is hoping to turn his passion into a professi
nd hopes to go on to university.
GCSEs Kick Off Next Goal for Footballer Ben
on when he begins a football scholarship at Burton Albion.
As part of the scholarship, Ben will play football six times a week, as well as attending college and completing an NVQ.
Ben, who plays at right back or right midfield, successfully combined his footballing commitments with his studies to pass all his GCSEs.
He said: “What I really want to do now is play professional football. It has been my dream since I started playing when I was about four. These GCSE results mean that I can move on to the next stage.”
High Flyer Harry to Take to the Sky
Just weeks after collecting his GCSE results, aspiring pilot Harry Thornley will take his first flying lesson.
Harry passed all his GCSEs with several top grades, in spite of dealing with some complex medical issues during his time at Ashby School. He will now study for A levels in English language, geography, business and product design.
Harry said: “I am really happy with my results. This means I can carry on with my ambition to become a pilot. I have got my first flying lesson in the next couple of weeks – I can’t wait.”
Psychology of Success for Esther
A career in psychology beckons for straight A student Esther Robinson, who achieved an A* in psychology and a string of top grades in all her other subjects.
Esther, who picked up a grade 9 in English language, said: “I worked hard but I didn’t want to raise my expectations too much so I am really happy with what I got.
“The school revision programme was great – it really worked for me.”
Esther will now study psychology, biology, chemistry and English language at A level before pursuing a career in psychology.