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GCSE Results Day 2018
Students at The Weald School were celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results at the Billingshurst School on Thursday 23rd August.
Headteacher Peter Woodman commented, “There was huge excitement, joy and some tears of relief as students opened envelopes to receive their GCSE results. Students have produced another bumper set of grades which match our best previous performance as a school. This is the second year that students have been graded using a numerical system for maths and English. This year 26 subjects were graded on the new 9-1 system. 82% of students achieved the new grade 4 or standard pass or better in English and 81% achieved this in maths. 76% of students achieved both English and maths at a grade 4 or above. We are thrilled to see that all our students’ hard work has paid off. Examinations in nearly all GCSE subjects were more demanding this year with more content to cover and higher levels expected from students so it is gratifying to see that our headline figures have been sustained and improved on within this national context.” With 259 students in the year group over 60% of all grades were at 9-5 (or equivalent) and 80% were at 9-4 (or equivalent). There were some stunning individual performances. Nicola Kemp achieved a clean sweep of 9 GCSEs at grade 9 along with an A*. Other top performers included Isabella Stevens with 8 grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and an A*, whilst Lucy Tucker achieved 7 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and an A*. Peter Woodman added, “We were thrilled to see so many students getting their target grades. These days are not just about those students getting the highest grades but about all students achieving the grades they need for their next step in education. The culture that we have developed here at The Weald means that students are prepared to work hard and be seen to work hard by their peers. It is fantastic to see the reaction from students when they see that all this hard work has paid off. We are particularly delighted at students’ performance on the new Progress 8 scale which measures progress from KS2 to KS4. Early indications suggest this will be very positive.”