Students, Staff, Parents and Governors of Priory School are today celebrating the best GCSE results in the school’s history. The percentage of Year Eleven candidates achieving five or more GCSE passes at grade C or above, including English and Maths, was Priory’s highest ever at 57%, a 11% increase on the previous year, with rates of progress in English and Maths being significantly above the national average. As national passes in English and Maths decline substantially, Priory’s achievement is all the more remarkable.
Priory’s results are ahead of the national picture. The BBC is reporting that the proportion of students receiving a C or above in English has dropped to 61%, whereas Priory’s increased to 67%. Priory’s Maths results are 72% compared to a national figure of 62%. Furthermore, more than 10% of the grades received by Priory students were A* or A grades.
There were some truly exceptional individual performances; the top ten performers were:
- Grace McCormick 6A*, 5 A grades
- Robbie Oliver 5 A*, 6 A grades
- Alice Hopkinson 4A*, 5 A grades
- Jack Banfield 6A*, 2 A grades
- Forida Rahman 3 A*, 8 A grades
- James Unwin 3 A*, 5 A grades
- William Kellam 3 A*, 5 A grades
- Alice Jackson 2 A*, 10 A grades
- Katie Pinnock 1 A*, 5 A grades
- Priya Ghosh 2 A*, 4 A grades
Headteacher, Stewart Vaughan, said:
“When I joined Priory School in September 2015 as the new headteacher I did so in the firm belief that Priory had the potential to become a great school. What I didn’t expect was for it to happen quite so quickly. We are all immensely proud of these record results which reflect the hard work, effort and talent of our students. I am terrifically proud to recognise alongside these wonderful achievements, the high quality support our students receive from governors, parents and a hugely committed and enthusiastic staff.
Priory School has been serving its local community for over one hundred years, and this year has been a particularly remarkable one, with highlights including our first student expedition to Iceland, the introduction of our Duke of Edinburgh programme and our inaugural Festival of Arts. These achievements and results mark the opening of the next chapter for Priory School, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Life isn’t all about examination grades but such excellent results give our students great life chances.