GCSE RESULTS 2020: Pride and delight at Smithdon grades
The circumstances may be unique, but there was plenty for the class of 2020 to celebrate as GCSE results were published today.
At Smithdon High School in Hunstanton, three quarters of students secured at least a grade 4 in English and Maths, the equivalent of a grade C under the old system, with half achieving grade 5 or better.
The grades were based on teacher assessments following moves to dump the controversial external moderation system earlier this week.
Headteacher John Hirst said: “No-one could have predicted what we would be facing together in 2020 and we are all very proud of our students and staff who have worked so hard in difficult circumstances.
“Today’s results and the grades our students have received are a true reflection of their work and dedication along with the professionalism and integrity of our staff.
"We are very proud of what the students have been able to achieve.”
Notable achievers included Emillie Hipkin and Nathaniel Linsell but Mr Hirst also mentioned Caytlin Davies, Hassan Miah, Rose Richardson and Declan Davies for the progress they have made while at Smithdon
Lydia Askew was delighted with her results of a 9, 8, six 7s and three 6s - her top grade coming in PE. She’s now off to Springwood Sixth Form to study English, history and biology.
She said: “I was really nervous about coming in to collect my results because I was worried about what they might be. When I opened the envelope, the first result I looked for was history and I got a seven so I was happy. Overall I did better than I expected.”
Grace Bailey was over-the-moon with her results - two 6s, four 7s, two 8s, and a Level Two distinction. She’s now off to Access Creative College Norwich to study event production.
She said: “I’m really chuffed with these results. I was a bit overwhelmed when I opened up the envelope and saw my results for the first time - I really didn’t expect to get these results.
“It was nerve wracking going into school today but it was a lovely experience to go into school to collect my results because after the year we’ve had, it was great to see everyone there.”
Meanwhile, twins Matthew and Hannah Back were delighted for each other as they picked up the grades they needed for their post-16 destination.
Matthew who secured good grades in Design and Technology and PE is going to study engineering at the College of West Anglia, and Hannah who was pleased with her results in Geography, English Language and PE is off to Springwood Sixth Form to study biology, chemistry and criminology.