GCSE results: School’s pride as Hazelwick students raise the results bar

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Students at Hazelwick have beaten the school’s 2014 GCSE results with almost one-third of them earning A* or A grades.

Headteacher Ann Fearon said the students should all be “immensely proud” after 78 per cent of them earned A*-C grades compared to 72 per cent last year.

I’m so proud of the hard work and dedication that has gone into ensuring that Hazelwick students are well prepared for their futures, whichever path they choose to follow

Wendy Stanford, chair of governors

She added: “Our results are particularly pleasing in view of the government’s clear emphasis on the importance of Key Stage 4 students taking high-value traditional GCSE qualifications, which enable students to progress to the next level and are recognised by universities and employers alike.”

The results were all the more impressive following the government’s decision not to allow students to re-sit exams for some course units early to ease them through the grade C barrier.

A spokesman for Hazelwick pointed out that 94 per cent of the qualifications taken this year were GCSE subjects and not just equivalents.

This year’s 69 star performers achieved five or more A/A* GCSE grades, with 31 of them scoring at least five A* grades.

Two students earned seven A* grades; seven achieved eight A* grades, four scored nine A* grades and the highest-attaining student scored the perfect 10 with 10 A* grades.

The school saw the highest number of students - 127 - earn the EBacc (English Baccalaureate), which required GCSE A*-C grades in the traditional academic subjects of English, maths, two sciences, history/geography and a language.

When it came to languages, students certainly proved their worth, with 18 out of 20 earning an A*s in Latin, while an impressive 94 per cent of French, German, Spanish and Latin grades being A*-C - and with 51 per cent being A/A*.

As for the core subjects, 72 per cent secured grades of A*-C in English and maths; some 84 per cent earned at least two GCSE A*-C grades in science – with more than 60 students achieving three separate science A*-C grades.

In history and geography, 80 per cent of students achieved A*-C grades.

Ms Fearon added: “Our students should be immensely proud of their achievements and I congratulate them.

“I would also like to congratulate Hazelwick staff and parents for the fantastic support provided for our students.

“Hazelwick School is a school to be proud of. We are ambitious for our students and that ambition is making a positive difference to their futures.”

Chair of governors Wendy Stanford added: “These results complete another great year for the school.

“When added to the school’s excellent performance at A-level this year, they confirm Hazelwick’s commitment to achieving academic success at all levels.

“I’m so proud of the hard work and dedication that has gone into ensuring that Hazelwick students are well prepared for their futures, whichever path they choose to follow.”

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