GCSE Grade 9 success for life long friends at Richmond School

Sam Potter, James Longstaff and Uchenna Anyadiegwu

Students from Richmondshire, who have been friends since birth, are celebrating their very similar GCSE results.

All three of the Richmond School pupils achieved straight 9 grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

Sam Potter, James Longstaff and Uchenna Anyadiegwu, have grown up together and spent five years at school together.

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The firm friends, who in their free time work at Millgate House, Richmond are also looking to follow the same path in their A-levels, choosing to continue STEM subjects of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

A school spokesperson said all three students delivered exceptional results, with phenomenal success from James who swept the board with ten straight 9s.

They said a full suite of 9s is rare and James is one of only 837 or 0.2% of students nationally to have achieved this.

James said: “I am absolutely ecstatic to achieve all 9s. It was down to a combination of loads of hard work and the support of staff at the school.”

Head of Maths, Scott Lunn said: “Uchenna, James and Sam have worked incredibly hard and have achieved tremendous results. We are looking forward to welcoming them back to the Sixth Form College in September to pursue their studies.”

A strong performance in Engineering also highlights the importance of STEM subjects, which are increasingly sought after by employers and highly regarded in industry, with all students achieving Merit or above and 42% of the 32 students gaining Distinction or Distinction*.

Highlights from the GSCE results include Cristina Vaidos who couldn’t speak English when she joined the school less than two years ago.

Cristina Vaiodos and her mother

Through her immense commitment to overcome the language barrier and her sheer hard work, Cristina has passed 11 subjects, including achieving a grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature.

Head of English, Rebecca Watson said: “To join school without speaking English would be a hugely daunting experience for anyone but Cristina has applied herself with such determination and resilience. Her results are incredible.”

Katie Wood overcame a knee injury, resulting in time off school, to achieve an impressive set of GCSE results.

In spite of being on crutches for several weeks, followed by a period of recuperation, Katie attained a grade 9 in PE as well as Art, plus high-scoring grades in her other eight subjects.

Katie is also a champion cheerleader and, alongside her GCSE studies, was working hard for the world championships, typically training five times each week in gymnastics and cheerleading.

Katie said: “I am over the moon with my results and I am looking forward to doing A-levels at Richmond Sixth Form in Art, Geography and Maths.”

Head of PE Lesley Abbey said: “Katie is a fabulous sportswoman and is academically very strong. She showed great strength of character to overcome her injury and achieve outstanding results in all her subjects. This is an amazing effort and is testament to Katie’s dedication and hard work.”

Students celebrating their GCSE results

Lola Cross has continued to demonstrate her natural linguistic flair by scoring a top Grade 9 in German.

She had already passed GCSE in French also with a Grade 9 and in 2018 received an A in GCSE Russian.

Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “I am delighted that our students have achieved some really superb results again this year and are now, quite rightly, looking forward to embarking on the next phase of their education.  I wish them the very best of luck as they continue on their journey.”