Poynton High School GCSE Class of 2018 have brilliantly risen to the challenge of the new, more academic GCSE qualifications, and have achieved truly phenomenal results – officially the best results the school has ever achieved.
Head Teacher, Mr David Waugh, said “…simply put, I am in awe! I am honestly genuinely moved and in awe of just how well our students have done. Their results are so very well deserved and are a great reward for their unwavering dedication to their studies and their participation in school life. My first day as Head Teacher of Poynton High was also this year group’s first day, five years ago now. Since that day, this group of young people have been truly inspirational in all that they have done. The Class of 2018 have risen to the challenge that we have set them every day … to jump in with both feet! I am truly humbled to see how well each and every one of them has achieved in their GCSE exams. I am particularly pleased to see their achievements across the whole curriculum, with English, mathematics and science achieving well over 80% of all students gaining Grade 4 or above.
Poynton High School Class of 2018 have achieved outstanding results in their GCSE examinations with over 88% of all students gaining their Grade 4 or above in English and 83% in mathematics. With 75% in English and 65% in mathematics gaining the new “strong pass” grade our students and staff are celebrating the great depth of their achievement.
Today is about every single one of our 237 students and their own individual achievements. Every student has their own story and their own challenges that they have overcome. For example, Txell Gonzalez-Jiminez joined us from Spain in 2015 with limited English and she has been superb since the day she arrived, achieving 11 GCSEs with Grades 7 in French, Art and two sciences, Grade 9 in Spanish and Grades 4 and 5 in English Language and literature. Not only has she achieved brilliantly but that is also on the back of her sister gaining the grades she needed to start university this September from our sixth form last week. In addition, I would like to make a particular mention of Archie Cunningham, who despite some significant specific learning barriers has achieved his Grade 4 in English Language, achieving 7 GCSEs and has surpassed his target grades in 5 of his subjects. Archie has been an inspirational student, who has worked so hard to overcome his barriers.
The battle for “top spot” was keenly fought with Samantha Ford achieving a massive eight Grade 9s with Charlotte Davies in Mrs Hall’s form group, Megan Valentine and Eve Gibbons achieving seven Grade 9s, closely followed by Anya Nevitt and Ewan Timms with six, Anna Chartres, Sian Bennett, Joseph Bulman, Jessikah Fildes and Holly Cartledge with 5 and Alexander Chapman, Jack Marsden, Jessica Parker, Emilia Cole, Sarah Fore and Tegan Williams with four.
2018 also saw the “competition of the twins” here at PHS. We have five sets of twins in this year 11 cohort. Jonah and Oscar Cawley topped the charts with 22 GCSEs between them including five Grade 9s, five Grade 8s and seven Grade 7s. Abi and Emily Moore totally “smashed it” with 20 GCSEs in a great range of subjects from art and dance to history and business studies. Jack and Olivia Lee-Frith achieved 20 GCSEs between them with great results in subjects ranging from Spanish and computing to history and geography. As well, Joshua and Lucas Edmondson achieved 20 GCSEs between them including religious studies, Spanish and fantastic level 7s in sports science. Luke and Owen Johnson also achieved 20 GCSEs ranging from Computer Technology to Performing Arts to History. Absolutely amazing!
Poynton High School traditionally delivers an inclusive academic curriculum and our cohort of students this year have achieved brilliant results in their full range of subjects. Ranging from 90% Grade 4+ in GCSE PE to 81% Grade 4+ in GCSE RE, 83% Grade 4+ in GCSE Drama to 84% Grade 4+ in GCSE French. With 83% Grade C+ in GCSE Product Design and 80% Grade 4+ in History our students have once again proved their great abilities across the entire spectrum and broad range of subjects available to them here at Poynton High School.