2013 Gryphon GCSE results bucking the national trend

At The Gryphon School there has been a significant increase in the proportion of exam entries achieving the highest grades despite a national drop:

  • The proportion of exam entries graded between an A* and a C increased to 81% whilst nationally it was 68.1%, down from 69.4% last year.
  • The proportion getting an A* or an A increased to 31% whilst nationally it fell from 22.4% to 21.3%.
  • 28% of our students achieved 7 or more A* or A grade passes.
  • Overall 82% of students achieved the equivalent of 5 or more higher A*-C grades which is well above national levels. 62% achieved this with English and Maths.
  • There were excellent vocational qualifications achieved

Headteacher, Steve Hillier, said,

“This was a year that many schools were concerned about the effects on grades of changes to exams and how they are marked. Hence we were especially pleased with the individual achievements of so many of our students both in their academic subjects and vocational courses.

The students bucked the national trend by achieving an even greater number of higher grades than previous years. The academic success shows the quality of the students and the work of the school to support them.

Some schools have inflated their results by entering students early, using multiple resits, or entering them for more than one exam in the same subject. We have concentrated on having a high quality and balanced curriculum that gives students time to learn not just to sit exams. This approach very much reaps its rewards when students go on to further study as shown by our outstanding A Level results. Around 70% of Gryphon students will stay on into the Sixth form to take A Levels here. They will be joined in Year 12 by over 100 students from other schools.

Two of our students have been offered places at the prestigious Welbeck Defence College in Leicestershire which only offers 180 places nationally each year.

We will be celebrating our GCSE and A Level results in our Prize Giving ceremony in the historic Sherborne Abbey at 11.00am on Saturday 21 September.”

There are some exceptional outcomes for the following students, all of whom gained at least 10 A* and A grades:

Arabella Grundell from Longburton 12A* 1A
Madeleine Pollard from Milborne Port 11A* 1A 1B
Matthew Slack from Buckland Newton 8A* 5A
Helen Semmons from Milborne Port 7A* 5A
Holly Heaton from Sherborne 7A* 4A 1B
Anna Jesty from Holnest 7A* 3A 2B
Stephen Sandy from Glanvilles Wootton 6A* 6A
Alice Derrick from Thornford 6A* 5A 1B
Katherine Priest from Yetminster 6A* 5A 1B
Thomas Straughan from Melbury Bubb 6A* 5A 2B
Philippa Bates from Sherborne 5A* 8A
Duncan O’Brien from Bradford Abbas 5A* 7A
Oliver Short from Nether Compton 5A* 7A 2B
Megan Forrester from Sherborne 5A* 6A 1B
Ross McFarlane from Nether Compton 5A* 6A 1C
Josephine Jobbins from Sherborne 5A* 5A 2B
Thomas Swann from Sherborne 5A* 5A 2B
Matilda Forrest from Sherborne 4A* 8A
Nicole Upton from Sherborne 4A* 7A 1B
Matthew Ward from Melbury Osmond 4A* 7A 1B
Emily Hall from Bradford Abbas 3A* 9A
Emily Smith from Milborne Port 3A* 9A
Jessie-Lee Gregory from Sherborne 3A* 8A
Jordan Adler from Sherborne 3A* 7A 2B
Grace Older from Sherborne 3A* 7A 2B
Holly Ward from Bradford Abbas 1A* 9A 2B
Grace Lindsay from Chetnole 11A 1B
Eleanor Johns from Hazelbury Bryan 10A 2B

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