Students at Gillotts School should be feeling proud of themselves today after achieving an outstanding set of GCSE results.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing significant disruption to their secondary education, the 181 students still managed to attain some fantastic GCSE results. 67% of students achieved passes in both English and Maths at grade 5 or higher, and 85% at grade 4 or higher. 33% of the students achieved an impressive five or more passes at grade 7 (or better), and 84% at grade 4 or better.
Gillotts’ top performing student achieved ten grade 9s and one grade 8, and two more students achieved eight grade 9s and two grade 8s.
May Lee was delighted with her results, which included three grade 7s, three grade 6s, and four grade 5s. She said, “I am really happy about the 7 in History because it’s a really hard subject and I’m glad. And I’m happy with a 6 in Chemistry because I thought the paper was really hard! And 7 in Biology as well. I’m going to Cranford for sixth form, and I’m doing Psychology, Sociology, and Politics. I’m celebrating by going to Reading Festival today – it’s kind of what everyone is doing!”
Sophie Chapman said, “I’m relieved. The stress is over! I’m happy. I got an 8 in Business, which I’m really happy about, and a 5 in Maths, which I’m happy with because I thought I was going to fail Maths! I am going to Henley College, and I’m doing Textiles, Photography and French.”
The stress about Maths results was a common theme amongst the students, with many professes how shocked they were to have passed! Lottie Baker (who is moving on to BCA next year) said, “I’m proud that I passed Maths! I was thinking that I wouldn’t pass because I’ve never passed a Maths exam before, so it was a shock. I’m also proud that I passed Science, because I was never very good at it.”
Despite the stress over Maths results, 88% of students secured a grade 4 or better. Similarly, 88% of students achieved grade 4 or better in English.
Since 2019, Gillotts’ GCSE results have placed them in the top 10% of schools in the country, and this year is no exception. Headteacher, Catharine Darnton, said, “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.”