We are celebrating GCSE success with our students achieving more than double the national average of top three grades, despite concerns over the new tougher number grading system.
Many students achieved over and above their predicted grades across a wide range of subjects.
Sophie Hume is celebrating grade nine scores for all her eleven subjects, placing her among the best performing students in the country. She said “I’ve achieved so much more than I expected! I have always been very self-motivated and wanted to prove to myself that I could do well if I worked hard, and the teachers have encouraged and supported me every step of the way. Giggleswick has definitely helped me realise my potential.”
Among concerns that not enough young people are learning foreign languages, Sophie was encouraged to follow her passion for linguistics at Giggleswick, studying not just French, Spanish and German at GCSE but also signing up for the Latin enrichment club to achieve the top grade in all four languages. She also found the time to learn Italian alongside her studies.
Our musicians were also top performers with 75% achieving the higher grades 7-9 (A*A). Maddison Goode, winner of our Young Musician of the Year competition earlier this year, said “Being at Giggleswick has definitely helped me pursue my passion for music and it was the best experience winning Young Musician of the Year.”
Science has always been an area of particular strength at Giggleswick and this year brought more GCSE success with an impressive 81% achieving Grades 7-9 (A*A) in chemistry and a 100% pass rate across all sciences. There was also a clean sweep of 100% passes in art, biology, computing, Latin, music and further maths.
Sophie commented “All the activities at school mean I have been able to stretch myself even more with maths lectures, astronomy club and I’ve also had the time to take part in drama productions.”
Headmaster Mark Turnbull said “Just as we saw in our A level results last week, it is wonderful to see our GCSE students adding significant value to their grade projections through their hard work, support of their teachers and embracing all the opportunities available to them at school.”
Clayton Moore, a boarder from Barrow-in-Furness was also delighted with his results today. He said “I’m so happy and shocked and couldn’t have asked for anything more. From the bottom grade in Latin in my mocks I got the top grade today! I was encouraged and encouraged and I didn’t give up. When I arrived at Gigg I was shy and had no confidence and last month I found myself singing in Westminster Abbey!”