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Sunderland strikes high in GCSE results day

24 August 2017 Community News Featured Spark Reports


Today marks one of the most important days in a GCSE’s students life: GCSE Results day!

Katie Baggott visited Hetton School in Sunderland who have made a huge positive shift in the direction of the school, due to recently moving to a new school building last September and had a change in leadership in February.

We call all remember the nerves you felt during the morning of GCSE results day! Students across Sunderland have been pleased with their results!

Charlotte Prosser, a Year 11 student at Hetton School achieved straight A and A* grades in her GCSE’s. Charlotte studied Spanish, Geography and History and wants to proceed to A levels to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Katie Fairless also achieved the grades that she needed for studying A levels, she passed her Maths and English GCSE and is going to Sunderland College to pursue her A levels.

Hetton School’s ground-breaking ‘Learn to Achieve’ strategy has made the biggest difference to its students,  with an 8 percent rise in the number of students achieving a good grade in both English and Maths with some students achieving spectacular results.

Acting Headteacher, Craig Knowles said: “We made a decision to change the mindset of our students. We now teach them how to be resilient, how to seek feedback and learn from it, how to learn from the success of others, and how to embrace challenge. Hetton School is a hugely rewarding and positive place to work and this strategy is a big factor in that success.”

Grindon Hall Christian School here in Sunderland also celebrated another year of good GCSE results. Student Ellie Rylance’s diligence and hard work paid off as she celebrated her results which included 5 A*s in Biology, Business Studies, French, History and Latin and two Grade As in Chemistry and Physics – she is thrilled with her results!!

Max Vardy was also extremely happy with results which includes 3 A*s for Chemistry, Business Studies and History and four As in Further Maths and Biology.

Grindon Hall’s new Principal, Joanne Maw said, “These results represent the tremendous dedication and hard work of students, their teachers and exceptional support from parents. We are very proud of all of the students and wish them every future success.”

Over 50 per cent of Hetton School’s students will continue to do either A Levels, Level 3 courses or Level 2 courses at Sunderland College or other local colleges. Approximately 10 per cent will continue to pursue apprenticeships. Hetton School encourages local employers to consider students who are leaving school as great prospects for apprenticeships.

Acting Head Teacher Craig Knowles said: “It’s a positive way forward, especially for ex Hetton School students who have finished university and achieved a first class degree. We can set on them on the right track but their determination and character helps them to succeed later in life.”

You can catch the full interview from Hetton School’s Head Teacher Craig Knowles here:  t=0 https://audioboom.com/posts/6235978-katie-baggott-gcse-results-day?t=0

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