This morning our year 11 school leavers arrived back at school to collect their GCSE results; a culmination of years of work and months of revision. There was a largely celebratory mood as many were delighted to obtain the coveted top 9 grade. We’re also excited to report that our overall attainment in all subjects, including English and Maths, is the best it’s ever been at Our Lady’s. We’re so proud of the way the students have committed themselves to study and revision at a time when the exam system has been coming under-fire for being stressful and pressurised.
For the third year, GCSEs have been graded using the reformed qualifications system which uses a grade scale of 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. The system was changed to allow further distinction between the top grades. The way schools are judged has also changed to rely less on the number of children reaching grade C or above.
Adebayo Adedeji was all smiles after opening his exam results and having achieved four grade 7s and a grade 9 in History it was easy to see why. He said; “I’m over the moon. I’ve worked really hard. I’m heading to Loretto to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths.”
Isobelle Cunniffe was one of Our Lady’s top performers this year with four grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and a distinction in PE. She was overwhelmed on opening her results. She said: “I feel relieved. I’ve got two 9s in Combined Science which I’m really pleased about because I want to go into veterinary medicine.”
Amid controversy about the greater challenge and stresses of the new exam system, students like Isobelle have excelled. Twin sisters Edith and Angela Agbaji also obtained top grades, with Edith achieving four 9 grades. She said; “I couldn’t sleep last night. I am so pleased. I also got a distinction* in Sports Science. I am going to Loretto College to study English Literature, Law and Maths. I definitely want to do something in law.”
Angela said: “I was pretty calm yesterday but today I was nervous. I got a 9 in history, I’m still in shock. I’m thinking of becoming an architect.”
Despite the pressures of a reformed grading system, our students continue to impress us.
Julia Rocznika couldn’t believe how well she has done. She said; “I wasn’t expecting my results at all because I had a bit of a downfall and it’s thanks to the amazing teachers at Our Lady’s helping me through my struggles. I’m so happy I got a 9 in Geography – that’s really helped me out right now. I’m going to Xaverian to study Maths, Economics and Geography.”
Julia thanked Mr Ormsby for helping her achieve her grade 7 in Maths.
Mr Ormsby said; “These are our best-ever results. Students have achieved a record number of top grades with a large number of students achieving top grades across all subjects. It has once again been a very successful year for Our Lady’s and these record results are reflective of the hard work of staff and students. Everyone involved should be very proud of what has been achieved.”
Mr Ormsby would like to invite all prospective students starting in years 5 and 6 to the school’s Open Evening on Thursday 19 September from 4.30pm.