Exam Success for Gillotts Students

Even though the skies were grey this morning, it didn’t dampen the delight of Gillotts students receiving their GCSE results this morning.

The school are delighted to have another set of outstanding results.  This is the first year of GCSE exams since 2019 and this cohort of young people have experienced three years of disrupted education due to COVID-19.  Our main focus is on ensuring our Year 11 students can progress successfully to their next stage of education and employment.

In 2022, the key performance measures are as follows:

  • 71% of our students have achieved passes in both English and Maths at grade 5 or better, and 85% at grade 4 or better
  • 42% of our students have achieved 5 or more passes at grade 7 or better, and 85% at grade 4 or better
  • Our top three performing students achieved nine grade 9s and one grade 8 each
  • 89% of students secured the key grade of 4 (or better) in English
  • 89% of students secured the key grade of 4 (or better) in Maths
  • In both English Language and Maths, 40% of grades were grade 7 or better

Since 2013, Gillotts results have consistently placed the school in the top 25% of schools in the country, in terms of the progress the students make.  This year is no exception and indeed builds on the year on year improvement we have seen in recent years. The school is one of the consistently best performing schools in Oxfordshire.

The Headteacher, Catharine Darnton, said, “What we celebrate today is the all-round achievement of Year 11 2022.  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.  These students have faced incredible challenges over Years 9, 10 and 11, with two periods of school closure, periods of self-isolation and a contingency teacher assessed grade process running alongside their GCSE preparations. 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.”

Pupil Isla McCracken said, “They are lot better than I expected. I was really nervous.  I’m going to Henley College to study Biology, English Literature and Environmental Studies A Levels.  I think we’ll go out to dinner to celebrate.  Isla’s Mum Catherine added, “I’m very proud of her.  She put in a lot of work and despite all the troubles we have had with Covid, I’m over the moon for her.”