Retford students celebrate GCSE success

by | 12 September 2017 | Community Focus, Education and Learning, Retford

There were celebrations across Retford on GCSE results day. Jasmin Saalmann, from the Elizabethan Academy, achieved a grade 8 in both English and maths, combined with a further four A*s, one A and three Bs. Jasmin is continuing her A-Level studies at the Elizabethan, studying sociology, German and ICT at Retford Post 16.

Elizabethan Academy principal Christine Horrocks said she was “delighted” with this year’s results. “Although it is impossible to draw direct comparisons with previous years, the Elizabethan’s results have remained strong. With a Grade 4 being equivalent to the old Grade C, the number of Elizabethan students achieving a pass grade in the key subjects of English and maths was significantly up on previous years, despite the increase in difficulty.”

The new grading system for some GCSEs has meant that 3.2% of students across England were awarded a grade 9 in English literature, 2.2% in English language and 3.5% in maths. Students celebrating grades at this exceptional level at Retford Oaks Academy include Jess Lee and Taylor Edwards in English, and James Nadin in maths.

Samantha Gregory, from Retford, achieved an A*, three As, a grade 7 in English language; three Bs, one C, a grade 7 in maths and grade 6 in English literature. She now plans to further her studies at an English-speaking college in Spain.

Hannah Warner, from Retford, achieved an A*, two As, three grade 7s, a B and a distinction in creative media. She also studied for an A level in art and was awarded a grade B. Hannah is looking forward to moving to Southampton and starting EDF Energy’s engineering maintenance apprenticeship scheme in September.

At Tuxford Academy 23% of all grades were A*-A (or the new equivalent, 7+) and 70% of students at the academy achieved five or more standard passes (the new grade 4 or equivalent) including English and maths.

Lucy Walsh, from Retford, was a high-achiever and was awarded two grade 9s, two A*s, five As, a grade 7 and two Bs.

  • Pictured: Retford Oaks Academy’s Emily Bell and Hannah Warner