20th August 2020

Sancton Wood Celebrate Outstanding GCSE Results

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Year 11 students at Sancton Wood School received some outstanding news today when they opened their GCSE results. A cohort of 30 students sat GCSEs and IGCSEs over a range of 14 subjects. Overall 100% of students achieved five or more GCSEs graded 4-9.  97% of students achieved these results including English, maths and science.

50% of these results were in the top 7, 8 and 9 grades (the equivalent of the old A and above). One of our students, Noah achieved an impressive haul of 10 grade 9 GCSEs. 

Today’s results day comes from unprecedented circumstances, as the first of its kind in the history of education.  We are delighted that the government decided to ratify the teacher gradings submitted to them in July and are confident that these grades are a fair reflection of our students’ abilities.

As ever, there were a small number of students from Years 9 and 10 sitting GCSEs early, these students all achieved grade 9s. Students for whom English is their second language achieved GCSEs with remarkable top grades.  Some students who faced very difficult times during their GCSE years have triumphed and those who have been nurtured at Sancton Wood from their early years have performed particularly well.

Senior prefect, Jacob said:

“Sancton Wood has been fantastic for me and all my year group.  The teachers believed in us and the small class sizes meant that we got plenty of time with them during the GCSE course.  I am so pleased with my results and am confident I achieved them because of the experience I have had at Sancton Wood; not only do I leave with great results but also happy memories of my time at school.”

School Principal, Richard Settle said:

“This has been such a difficult time for our students, and we are exceptionally proud of how they have handled themselves and the hard work and dedication the teachers and staff have shown.  It’s part of a Sancton Wood education to learn the key skills of resilience and strength of character; this cohort has shown this and more.  These excellent qualities will serve them well during the next steps of their educational journey. 

Sancton Wood delivers outstanding GCSE results year on year and this is a testament to our tailored educational programme, with small class sizes, motivated students and excellent teachers at its core. Lots of this year’s cohort have been with us since the Prep school and it’s a strength of the school that we therefore know each child in depth when they reach Year 11.”

The results are an impressive outcome for a non-selective, mixed ability school and a vindication of the school’s belief that by providing outstanding pastoral care, pupils will thrive and achieve great results. We continue to be motivated by the huge difference between expected grades given to students when they arrive at Sancton Wood in Year 7 compared to the actual results they achieve.

The unique, family-orientated environment that Sancton Wood creates, allows for the early identification of not only strengths to be nurtured but areas pupils find challenging which can be addressed with tailored support. This is key to their academic success, especially in Cambridge where many other independent schools’ admissions are based on existing academic ability. 

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