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GCSE success for Ridgewood students

Ridgewood School is celebrating some very strong outcomes for its students once again this year.

This summer saw the introduction of the new 9-1 grading system for almost all subjects, along with more hours of examinations and much more challenging assessments.

Only 2% of students nationally were awarded the new highest grade 9. Ridgewood saw 27 students (one in ten of our cohort) achieve at least one of these grades and Ridgewood students achieved a total of 83 grade 9s. This is an outstanding achievement. Eight students achieved straight grade 9s in at least six subjects and thirteen students achieved grade 9s in at least three subjects. Shana Alam-Alderson achieved nine new grade 9s, and Caitlin Beswick and Charlotte Day achieved eight grade 9s. Ellie Lydon achieved seven of the new top grades and this was matched by Max Huddart’s total of seven grade 9s.

One in five grades achieved overall by Ridgewood students were awarded at a grade 7 or higher (or equivalent in GCSEs measured on the old grading system).

Individual subjects also saw large numbers of students achieve the top grades of 7-9, with 192 of all grades awarded at 8 or higher. One in five of all grades in maths were 7 or higher, and in Religious Studies, 43% of grades were 7 or higher. Chemistry, Biology and Physics saw 46% of grades at 7, 44% at 8 and 40% at 9.  History also saw students perform very well with seven grade 9s and 28% of grades at 7 or higher. Performing Arts students celebrated 55% of their grades at Distinction or higher and 43% of Ridgewood musicians achieved the top grades. 42% of PE students achieved Distinction or higher and 57% of grades in Construction were Distinction or higher.

Maggie Dunn, Headteacher, said:

“Our students and staff have faced extraordinary challenges this year, as have all students nationally, with the new GCSE examinations. I would like to extend my thanks to all of our teaching and support staff who have worked relentlessly to encourage and challenge the students through this process and to the families of our students who have offered so much support at home and for the school. On behalf of all of our staff I would like to congratulate every single one of our students on their achievements this summer and wish them well for the future.”