Congratulations to all FHS students who received their GCSE results this morning after a long summer break no doubt full of anticipation! There were lots of nervous faces as the envelopes were handed out but many of these were then filled with happy smiles as they read the content. As widely reported in national media the GCSE examinations have increased significantly in rigour over recent years and this year was no exception. We are delighted that our students have worked hard and risen to that challenge with great energy and determination.
The hard work that students put in over the last two years has certainly paid off with 84% of all GCSEs being grade 4 (old grade C) or above. 16 students successfully achieved grade 7 or above (old A/A* grades) in at least eight subjects with eight students having the accolade of achieving grade 7 or above in all subjects. A welcome addition this year was the Higher Project Qualification, an independent research project that is graded according to GCSE criteria, that was introduced for the most able. The students who followed this programme achieved great success with two thirds gaining the highest grade.
Headteacher, Dominic Mackenzie, commented “I don’t think anyone should underestimate the challenge of GCSE and that the only route to success is hard work. The group of students who have received their results today are testament to this. Through diligence, engagement and commitment they have secured terrific results that will pave the way to very bright futures. Well done, one and all!”
Mrs Fiona Grieveson, Chair of Governors, said “Governors are very aware of the challenges these students have faced amidst the many national changes and they should feel extremely proud of their results this year. As always it has been a real pleasure and source of great pride to be here this morning to see the joy and relief on the faces of our students. I would also like to offer the Governors’ continued thanks to all the staff for their hard work in preparing the students so thoroughly for their examinations.”