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CHS Celebrates Great GCSE and BTEC Results

Congleton High is celebrating again after the school’s GCSE/ BTEC students achieved fantastic results this month. With 164 students in the year, over half (54%) achieved at least one top A*/A, 7+ or Distinction*/Distinction (D*/D) grade. In total over 300 A*/A, D*/D and 7+ grades were recorded, with all subjects, both academic and vocational, boasting a healthy share.

Maths and English both returned fabulous results again this year, with eighty three percent of students achieving a grade 9-4 pass in the new grading system for English and seventy eight per cent achieving the same for Maths. The results for English were an impressive fifteen percentage points above the national average and for maths it was even higher at eighteen percentage points. The school's Maths results also outperformed the Cheshire East provisional average of 74%. These superb figures will compare extremely well against some of the best performing schools in the country.

Remarkable pass rates were, in fact, displayed across all subjects, with six GCSE courses - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art, Media Studies and GCSE PE - all achieving an amazing one hundred per cent A*-C pass rate. The Social Studies team had additional cause for celebration on results day with every single student studying the course scooping the top Distinction*/ Distinction grade!

A particularly rewarding result for the school was the overall improvement in male students’ results. Nationally, boys have traditionally lagged a fair distance behind girls in English and Maths, so the school has placed additional emphasis on male student teaching and learning methods. The hard work has definitely paid off and although the girls have continued to perform to a very high standard, the boys have closed the gap experienced in previous years down to just a single percentage point. Seventy four per cent of girls achieved a grade 4 and above in English and Maths with an impressive seventy three per cent of boys doing likewise.

On results day, teachers, parents and governors gathered with students to celebrate their success and were again joined throughout the morning by Sky News, who filmed students opening their results and, later, reporter, Mike McCarthy, interviewed them live on air to share their exciting news.

Once again, the school’s many sporting superstars proved that it is possible to do equally well in sport and at school. Two of those competing at a high level, whilst maintaining their academic performance include Fin Jackson, who has gained a two year scholarship with Port Vale FC and competitive swimmer, Megan Sheard. Fin was delighted to secure great passes in all his subjects but extra thrilled to open his results to see that he had been awarded an A* for PE. Likewise, Megan was overjoyed with her great results, which included an A in PE along with an A* in History and another A for RE.

Chair of Governors, Mr Richard Benson, applauded the students’ success: 
“We were all delighted to be able to share our students’ fabulous results on the day and congratulate each and every one on their achievements. It was particularly rewarding for our dedicated team of teaching and support staff, who have worked with these young people over many years to ensure they are able to perform to their maximum potential and develop the skills needed for the workplace and for life.”

In addition to the Year 11 students collecting their results on the day, were two younger members of the school. Maths stars, Ru Morgan, Year 9, and Isaac Cumberlidge, Year 7, had already gained GCSE Maths A*s, with Ru sitting his at the end of Year 7 and Isaac at the end of Year 6. Not content with this accolade, Ru sat his Further Maths GCSE this year, dropping only one mark in the entire paper and was rewarded with the much coveted A** grade. Isaac chose to undertake the new GCSE Maths exam and he and his parents were all delighted to learn that he had again achieved a remarkable top grade in that too, celebrating a grade 9 on results day.

Executive principal, Mr Hermitt, added his congratulations:  
Once again, our results day was a time of celebration for us all and it was very rewarding to see the many happy, smiling faces of our students as they learned of the outcome of all their hard work. As a school we were extremely pleased to see that the boys have responded well to our work with them and, subsequently, have bucked the national trend and are now performing as successfully as the girls in English and Maths.

“We are extremely proud of all our students and commend them on their hard work, which has resulted in such high standards and set them all in good stead for the next stage of their lives. We look forward to welcoming many of them back into Year 12 and say farewell and good luck those moving on to new chapters.”

Amongst the very high achieving students at the school, achieving eight or more A*/A or equivalent grades, are: Sam Harden (9), Madeleine Morgan (9), Emily Rutherford (9) Dalya Shanati (9), Hugh Cotton (8) and Ted Hubbard (8).

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