CELEBRATIONS were on the timetable for many Vale students as the nervous wait for GCSE results came to an end.
Exam results were revealed with teenagers across Evesham and Pershore discovering whether they had secured the grades they wanted.
The Coronavirus pandemic saw all GCSE exams axed meaning the grades received today (Thursday) were based on in-school assessments.
A controversial moderation formula used for last week’s A-Level results was scrapped on Monday (August 17) after about 40 per cent of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, which used a formula based on schools’ prior grades.
Because of the pandemic, education chiefs at Worcestershire County Council supported by Worcestershire Children First have undertaken not to collect and publish school level data.
As a result, schools across the Vale were not required to release results for students and the school overall. Three number grades – 9, 8 and 7 – correspond to the old-style top grades of A* and A.
Despite this, Prince Henry’s High School celebrated the achievements of 302 students and highlighted a number of those who notched up an outstanding nine or more grades from 9 to 7.
Among the top performers was Nina Reid who recorded ten 9s and one 8 while Olivia Griffiths notched up eight 9s, two 8s and a 7. Madeline Hedgecott secured seven 9s, two 8s and a 7 while Ryan Thomas walked away with seven 9s, two 8s and two 7s.
Headteacher Dr Tony Evans, said: “Whilst the students were unable to sit examinations due to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, my staff and I are delighted with the outcomes we have seen.
“These reflect the hard work of the students, their parents and the teachers here at Prince Henry’s who have supported them in this most unusual and difficult of years.
“We wish all our Year 11 students every success with their future studies or careers, and are looking forward to welcoming many of them back to our sixth form in September.”
No results were revealed by Pershore High School but headteacher Phil Hanson offered his congratulations to all of his students and staff.
“We are really proud of how they have conducted themselves through this very unsettling time. Thanks to the hard work of our students and staff the vast majority of them have achieved the grades that allow them to progress as intended.
“As always we are available to support those students who require further guidance about their next steps and they should contact the school for an appointment.”