Today was a big day for the future of Richmond School’s Year 11 cohort with more than 200 students receiving their GCSE and CTEC results.
his is the first time since 2019 that the results have been awarded using the same standards as before the pandemic, so parents, students and staff awaited these results with perhaps a little more trepidation than in the past.
Teaching staff say results were strong across the board, with particular highlights this year in maths, science and engineering.
Richmond School’s high standards in French and German continued, with excellent results reflecting the school’s status as a PASCH school – gaining exclusive academic and extra-curricular support from the Goethe Institut in Germany.
Students also performed well in the core subjects of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) as well as in Art, demonstrating strength across a wide range of subjects.
Niamh Hyman achieved eight top grade 9s and one grade 8. Tabitha Aston and Harry Sellars achieved six grade 9s, with Anna-Rosie Scott Hall gaining four.
Murray Duncan, Tom Grigg and Ethan Stewart received three apiece. Six of these students will return to Richmond Sixth Form College in September to continue their academic success.
Kirsty Tarran, recently returned from an international Scout Camp, gained two grade 9s and a collection of 7s and 8s. Sanskriti Thapa achieved four grade 8s, with Elsa Wright earning a grade 9, an 8 and five 7s.
Ellis Hepper scored a grade 9, three 8s and a 7. The previous two students were both student leaders, with Ellis giving high quality support on the technical side of the school’s productions.
Noah Edwards achieved an excellent, consistent set of grade 7s and 6s and also found time to support the school’s drama productions – a particular highlight being his Cheshire Cat in the recent pantomime
Will Hume, one of the school’s outstanding musicians, gained a brilliant collection of grade 7s, 8s and a 9 – results he should be very proud of. All of these students are likely to return to Richmond Sixth Form College to continue their studies and the fantastic contribution they have already made.
For some students, GCSE results herald a different route – the world of training and employment. Once again, a number of students have been successful in securing a place on an apprenticeship.
Harry Crossland achieved a great, consistent set of results, especially in the core subjects and will be starting an apprenticeship with the local firm BSA Electrics run by Luke Boston, an alumnus of the school. Elsa Byrne-Parr will be starting a Level 3 course in Equine Management at Askham Bryan College and Kieran Knights will be moving to Park Academy in Chester-le-Street where he has earned a scholarship to continue his rise through the ranks of junior rugby talent.
Jenna Potter, Headteacher, said: “Once again our Year 11 students have shown that hard work, determination and enthusiasm can yield fantastic results.
“This cohort has been an absolute joy to work with, with a brilliantly diverse combination of individuals and characters. It has been a great privilege getting to know them during their time at the school.
“The national context of this year’s exam results has been challenging, but it is great to see that our students have risen to these demands, with so many of them achieving and surpassing expectations.
“We wish them all the very best with the next steps of their lives and of course look forward to seeing many of them back very soon to continue their studies with us at Richmond Sixth Form College.”