Students Celebrate Success in GCSE Examinations.

Students at the Selston High School have been celebrating as they have received their GCSE results.

Over 90% of students this year have achieved good passes with nearly 70% achieving 5 or more grades at C or higher.

This cohort were the first to sit the new format GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. The new qualifications saw the introduction of the Grade ‘9’ for the first time, which rewards exceptional performance; only around 3% of students in the country secure these grades. At Selston we were particularly pleased that 133 grades of 8, 9, A or A* were awarded to our students this year.

The key features of these new qualifications that will be extended to cover all subjects over the next 2 years are:

  • more challenging content;
  • assessment based upon a greater number and length of formal exams taken at the end of the course (except for practical subjects);
  • a new 9 to 1 grading system (with 9 the highest and 1 the bottom grade (grade 7 aligns with the former grade A, 4 with C and 1 with G).

There was a very supportive and positive atmosphere at the school as students found out their grades, with scenes of celebration amongst friends, family and Academy staff.

Head teacher John Maher, stated that he was very pleased with the results this year which ‘reflected the hard work of students and staff and the outstanding support from Parents and Carers over the last 5 years’.

Mr Maher commented that he was particularly pleased that so many students had achieved the challenging targets set for them by the school including the 3 top performing students who share between them 3 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 5 A*s and 19 As.