Despite the fundamental disruption to Year 11 students’ education, Gillotts School are delighted to announce another set of outstanding GCSE results this year.
In the truly exceptional circumstances of 2020, the school’s sole focus was on ensuring their Year 11 students could progress successfully to their next stage of education and employment.
Since 2013, Gillotts School results have consistently placed the school in the top 25% of schools in the country, in terms of the progress our students make. This year is no exception and indeed builds on the year on year improvement they have seen in recent years. They are one of the consistently best performing schools in Oxfordshire. The school are not releasing any statistics this year as there will be no Department of Education Performance Tables.
Headteacher, Catharine Darnton, said, “What we celebrate is the all round achievement of Year 11 2020. Not only do they leave us with great results, but they have shown themselves to have all the key qualities they need to be successful in their personal and professional lives – kindness, empathy, resilience. We were distraught when their time with us came to an abrupt end, when the Government closed schools on 20 March. We will not truly see them as leavers until we can have a final celebration with them all – we still don’t know when, but it will happen!
“I know all Year 11 students will join me in thanking the key people who have made these results possible – their parents and their teachers. I thank all the students for their commitment and hard work and I am very proud of all that they have achieved.”
Student Maria Korsunova (pictured left) achieved 6 grade 9s (highest level) in History, Maths, Geography, Physics, Biology and Chemistry, 2 grade 8s in Spanish and English Language, and 2 grade 7s in Religious Studies and English Literature. She said, “I was so pleased with what I received, it went better than I expected. At first when we were told that we wouldn’t be sitting our GCSEs, I panicked as it wasn’t certain how we would be graded or if we’d even receive grades. This would’ve caused complications when going into colleges and sixth forms. However, fortunately, we were later informed of what will take place. I have received my place in Piggott for September and I am planning to take History, Maths and Psychology A level.”
Another top achieving student, Abby Brooks achieved a grade 8 in Maths and grade 9 in English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, History, Spanish and Drama. She commented, “Due to covid-19, we couldn’t go to school to get our results and celebrate there but I still met up with a small group of friends on results day in one of their gardens and we celebrated together.”
“I’m really pleased with my results and I’m thankful for all my teachers at Gillotts for helping me to achieve them. I feel very lucky to have got the grades that I did because it’s been a very confusing few months and no one really knew how we were going to be graded as we didn’t have the opportunity to take the final exams. In September I am going to Henley College to study Biology, Chemistry and Drama.