GCSE Results: King Alfred headteacher ‘pleased’ with outcome after a ‘tough year’

PUBLISHED: 13:10 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 24 August 2017

Dan Anderson and Harvey Barnshaw collecting their results at the school.

Dan Anderson and Harvey Barnshaw collecting their results at the school.

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Students at The King Alfred School, in Highbridge, were finally able to open their eagerly-awaited GCSE results today (Thursday), with more than 50 per cent of students passing English and maths under the new grading system.

Alice Gardner, Chelsea Walter and Kaitlin Jarvis.Alice Gardner, Chelsea Walter and Kaitlin Jarvis.

GCSE grades have changed, with maths and English converting to a numerical system.

Scores of 4 and 5 are equivalent to a C, while a score of 9 is better than an A*.

Headteacher Denise Hurr told the Mercury she is ‘really pleased’ with the results, after a tough year for the school.

Back in June, the school was deemed inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted in every key area.

Mrs Hurr said: “It has been a tough year for us, so I am really proud of how the students and staff have responded.

Imogen Criddle, Charlotte Bray and Sasha Moores were happy with their results today (Thursday).Imogen Criddle, Charlotte Bray and Sasha Moores were happy with their results today (Thursday).

“It has been hard for us adjusting to the new system as often teachers have not known how it is going to work as it is all new.

“But I am proud of how they have handled it.”

There were some excellent individual performances, with some students securing the top score of 9 – a result only expected to be achieved by three per cent of students.

Megan Robinson recieved a grade 9 in maths, 7 in English language, 7 in English literature, and eight A* grades.

Rachel Bailey, Melanie Gray and Aaliyah Brown.Rachel Bailey, Melanie Gray and Aaliyah Brown.

Rhiana Sinclair was awarded an 8 in maths and English language, 7 in English literature, as well as four A* grades and four A grades.

Dan Anderson told the Mercury on results day there were a lot of rumours filtering around social media about the maths and English grades.

He said: “There were lots of things on Facebook saying many people had failed, so that really added to my nerves. But I did much better than I thought I had done.

“It was really tough with the new system and I think everyone found the exams hard.

Happy students at King Alfred.Happy students at King Alfred.

“But now, I am going to stay on to study at Sixth Form and I am really happy.”

MORE: All you need to know about the GCSE grade changes.

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