GCSE Attainment Rises at Ashby School
23 Aug 2018
GCSE students at Ashby School have been celebrating a rise in attainment across almost all subjects.
This was the first year students’ results were graded 9 -1, in accordance with the government’s new system.
One of the students whose hard work paid off was Kate Pruden who picked up grade 9 in all 10 of her subjects, along with an A*.
There was also good news for dancer Lorna Brierly, whose results were all at grades 8, 9 and A*. Her success means she can decide between pursuing her passion for performance or a more academic career.
Two students hoping for top grades to pursue their chosen careers were Izzy Stander, who wants to become a doctor, and Ciaran Keenan, an aspiring lawyer. Both picked up an impressive array of 8, 9 and A grades.
Others, like engineer Sam Knifton, have already embarked on their chosen career paths. Sam took time off from his apprenticeship to collect his results
Headteacher Eddie Green said: “We are really pleased to see that attainment across the school is up on last year in many subjects and in some is at record levels. It is a really positive picture.
“The new grading system and turbulence in the current education system do not appear to have affected results unduly so I am very happy.”
A total of 547 students sat GCSE exams at Ashby School in 2018.
Frederick Hopes to Become Geneticist
Frederick Ward is hoping to indulge his interest in genetics after picking up a raft of top GCSE grades.
Frederick was thrilled to discover he had five grade 8s, including three in science, along with 7s and 6s in his other subjects.
He said: “I was not expecting these results. I am really happy to have got grade 8 in all three of my sciences, especially as I really want to go into genetics.
“I have always been fascinated by genetics. There is a lot of controversy and it is an area I would definitely like to get involved in.”
Frederick will now study for A levels in biology, chemistry and physics.
Kate is on Cloud Nine
Kate Pruden was delighted to achieve grade 9 in all 10 of her subjects, along with an A* in further maths.
She puts the secret of her success down to hard work – and to the help she got from staff at Ashby School.
Kate, whose family moved into the catchment area to make sure she got a place at the school, said: “I don’t know what results I expected – maybe 7s – but it wasn’t these! My advice to anyone going into Year 11 is to work hard throughout the year.
“All the teachers at Ashby School were fabulous.”
Kate will now study French, economics and maths at A level and hopes to read
Economics at university.
Hard Work Pays off for Ciaran
Ciaran Keenan is on course to fulfil his dream of becoming a lawyer after picking up five grade 9s, two 8s, two As, one 7 and one B grade at GCSE.
Ciaran said: “I did get my head down and I did a lot of work for the mocks so it obviously paid off.”
Ciaran is not relying only on excellent exam results to prepare for his future career. He has also clocked up some valuable work experience, helping with logistics and health and safety at a company in Ashby. He has even taken a qualification in food safety to enable him to take on additional responsibility with the firm.
Ciaran will study German, chemistry and history at A level.
Rugby Player Izzy Will Give Medicine Her Best Try
Izzy Stander put her GCSE success down to flashcards – and the ability to switch off by playing rugby at local and county level.
Izzy, who hopes to become a doctor, achieved six 9s, two 8s, one 7, one A* and one A at GCSE.
Izzy said: “Doing medicine is going to be tough but these results have given me confidence. I have always wanted to help people so doing medicine ties in perfectly with that and with the subjects I enjoy most.
“When it comes to revising, I would definitely urge anyone to use flash cards. We had them all over the house!”
Izzy will study biology, chemistry, maths and further maths at A level. She plays counter rugby for Ashby Rugby Club and for Leicestershire.
Sam Takes Time Off to Collect Results
Engineer Sam Knifton took time off from his apprenticeship to collect his GCSE results.
Sam, who started work three weeks ago, received three officers after applying for several apprenticeships.
He now attends college one day a week and spends the other four learning the ropes at a local engineering firm.
Sam said: “For me, an apprenticeship was the obvious choice. Engineering is something I am interested in and where there are always going to be lots of opportunities and I am earning money already.”
Lorna's Results Take Centre Stage
Dancer Lorna Brierly was thrilled to pick up eight grades 9s, one 8, and two A*s at GCSE.
Lorna, who studies ballet, tap and modern dance for 10 hours a week outside of school, will now follow these alongside A levels in physics, maths, French and art.
She said: “I was hoping for grade 8s so I am still in shock. I started my revision after Christmas but I also kept up with my dancing.
“Now I’m not sure whether I will go into performing or maybe go to university. I guess it is a nice problem to have!”