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Congleton High School Students Secure Exceptional GCSE and BTEC Results

There was real cause for celebration at Congleton High School this week with students delighted to learn that they had secured fantastic grades in their GCSE and BTEC courses. With results that significantly improved on the previous year, 59% of the cohort of 180 received at least one 7-9, A*/A or D*/D grade with 40 securing five or more top grades and 15 students an amazing nine or more. 26% of all grades (one in every four) was a top 7-9, A*/A or D*/D grade and, in total, a remarkable 431 top grades were achieved.

Once again, Maths and English proved equally successful at Congleton High this year, with 73% per cent of students achieving a grade 9-4 pass in both subjects (individually returning 83% in English and 78% in Maths). Success was seen across all the EBacc subjects - English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages - with Sciences, in particular, shining out with pass rates of 98% for Biology, 94% for Chemistry and 90% for Physics. All EBacc subjects also performed tremendously well against national statistics, with Maths proving extremely successful at almost 10% above the national average for top grades achieved.

The school has continued to offer a broad curriculum, with an impressive range of thirty GCSE and BTEC subjects, ensuring that students are able to select courses that support their education aspirations and long term career goals. More-able students have had the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as Further Maths and Statistics (which saw a 100% pass rate) alongside the core curriculum.

Along with the success seen across the academic courses, students studying the school’s vocational subjects also saw high levels of attainment. ICT, Child Development, Health and Social Care and PE BTEC all achieved exceptional results with up to 100% pass rates and 43% of ICT students celebrating A*/A grades.

Among the many Congleton High students celebrating exceptional results this year are a number of high achieving students including:

  • Daisy Tranter, who achieved an incredible nine grade 9s and two A*s. Daisy is one of only 732 students across the whole of the UK who is able to celebrate a ‘clean sweep’ of grade 9 results.
  • Laetitia Eichinger, who secured seven grade 9s, three 8s and one A*.
  • Dyana Nikolova, who achieved seven 9s, one 8, two A*s and one 6.
  • Sarah Prayle, celebrating six 9s, three 8s, one 7 and an A*.
  • Alex Lehm, who returned six 9s, three 8s and one 7.
  • Zack Ball, who achieved five 9s, two 8s, two 7s and one A*.
  • Nicole Tadjeran, who secured three 9s, five 8s, one A*, one 7 and one B.
  • Hannah Bleakley, who took an impressive total of twelve courses, and attained two 9s, five 8s, 2 A*s and three 7s.
  • Twins, Caitlin and Ethan Kelly, who between them achieved 16 top grades - five 9s, eight 8s, two 7s and 1 A*.

Head of School, Mr Jim Barlow, commented on the achievements of the 2018 cohort:
“Our students have performed exceptionally well this year and can be very proud of their well-earned, impressive grades. This is a result of their own hard work and determination to succeed and also through the guidance and coaching of their teachers, who have supported them through these new, more challenging GCSEs in many ways including offering revision and catch up sessions after school and at weekends.

“Throughout the school, we have also worked hard to improve and maintain our careful tracking of students’ progress to ensure that every student remains on target and achieves the results of which they are capable. This has definitely proved successful, as the progress made by this GCSE group is significant, with many by far exceeding their targets.”

Chair of Governors, Mr Richard Benson, applauded the students’ success: 
“It was an honour and a pleasure to able to share our students’ fabulous results again and we congratulate each and every one on their significant achievements. I would like to also thank our dedicated teaching and support staff team, who work so hard to ensure our students are able to perform to their maximum potential and develop the skills needed for the workplace and for life.”

Cmat CEO, Mr David Hermitt, added his congratulations:  
Our GCSE and A Level results days this year have both given us all reason to celebrate 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.

“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.”

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