Hanley Castle students set new school GCSE record
Hanley Castle High School’s Class of 2022 are celebrating a remarkable set of GCSE results. As the first cohort to sit external exams since the pandemic, this brilliant and determined group of students produced the school’s best ever set of GCSE results.
34% of all grades were awarded at Grades 7, 8 or 9, with almost a quarter awarded at grades 8 and 9.
Overall, 90% of students gained good passes in English and 84% in mathematics, while half of all students achieved the English Baccalaureate – twice the national average.
There were some remarkable individual successes with both boys and girls achieving top grades across all subjects.
Izak Dingley and Felix Day led the way with nine Grade 9s each.
Izak was delighted with his results. Chatting with his teachers, he commented, ‘I worked hard and had high expectations, but did not expect to do as well as this’. Izak is planning a career in medicine and will now join Hanley Castle’s sixth form to study maths, further maths, biology and chemistry. Izak is planning to celebrate with breakfast at a local pub. His mum said he can have as many sausages as he likes!
Hot on the heels of Izak and Felix were Lucas White and Anastasia Boyer with eight Grade 9s and two Grade Eights, followed by Oliver Cummings and Olivia Georgetti with seven Grade 9s and two Grade 8s, and Jess Austwick and Arthur Quinn with six of their ten GCSEs at Grade 9.
Results were very strong across all subjects, but the school’s science students again performed particularly well, with over 60% of passes in biology, chemistry and physics at Grades 7, 8 and 9. Students also gained an exceptional number of top-grade passes (Grades 7, 8 and 9) in music (73%), English (37%), history (45%), geography (42%), French (38%), computer science (41%) and business studies (42%).
Headteacher Lindsey Cooke commented:
‘We are so excited for our remarkable GCSE students. I can remember so clearly that day back in March 2020 when we were forced to send them home for the first lockdown. They were just Year 9 students then, but their maturity and resilience quickly shone through.
Since then, they have dealt with remote learning and constant disruption in the most exceptional manner. Rather than make excuses, they have demonstrated an unmatched work-ethic and ambition. All of their teachers are delighted to see their exceptional hard work rewarded in this way.
It is a particular pleasure to see so many of these committed and dedicated students gaining top grades, or grades which have exceeded all of our expectations.
The 2022 cohort had a fabulous attitude and have set a new standard for academic excellence; the school is proud of each and every one of them.
We are already looking forward to welcoming them back to our sixth form to commence the next exciting stage in their education.’