All smiles! GCSE students get deserved grades ‘first-time around’

All smiles! GCSE students get deserved grades ‘first-time around’

By Adele Forrest | 20/08/2020

All smiles! GCSE students get deserved grades ‘first-time around’
Asher Greatorex and Katie Wright celebrate picking up their GCSE results. PICS: Alex Roebuck.

THERE was a “collective sigh of relief” from GCSE students at Wales High today following the heartache of last week’s A-level results day.

This morning, students received the grades they deserved “first-time around”, said headteacher Pepe Di’Iasio.

Following the Government’s U-turn on Monday, students have been awarded results based on their teacher-assessed grade and not a computer algorithm.

The school said it was a day “full of smiles” and “too many successes to mention”.

Emily Eccles, who last year suffered a traumatic facial injury in a horse-riding accident, has come through significant adversity to receive her results today.

She said: "My brother is an A-level student, so I was very worried about collecting my results today. I am so thankful that the right decision has finally been made.”

Celebrating amongst the top achievers were Ben Crew; Alice Fallon; Matthew Mayor; Matthew Widdowson; Jessica Barber; Kara Flood; Asher Greatorex; Grace Fletcher-Sorsby; Heather Armstrong; Josie Brown; Charlotte Hughes and Evan Wood. These students are now looking forward to further study at A-level.

Also celebrating was budding criminal psychologist Amelia Sohail, who gained strong grades in a mixture of GCSE and vocational courses, and is looking forward to further study in the sixth form.

William Gabbitas was happy to achieve grades beyond what he expected and is now going on to study a level 3 diploma in drama at Sheffield College.

Headteacher Pepe Di'Iasio said: “There was a collective sigh of relief this morning. After the heartache of last week’s A-level results day, we are thrilled to see this cohort of students receiving the grades they deserve, first-time around.

“We always place our students at the heart of what we do, but this year it was especially important to us that students got a grade that we feel reflect their ability and potential.

“It goes without saying that we are incredibly proud of all of them and wish them every future happiness, whatever path they choose to take next." 

Left to right: Jade Storey, Eleanor Laycock, Katie Staniforth




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