[K]eswick School students matched last year’s record breaking GCSE results with 75% of students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.
English Language and English Literature achieved 82% and 85% A*-C grades respectively. Physics and Biology both achieved 90% A*-C grades with 86% of grades being at the same standard in Chemistry. Maths and Additional Maths achieved 82% and 95% A*-C grades respectively.
In other EBacc (English Baccalaureate) subjects students achieved 86% A*-C in German (with 43% of all grades awarded being at A*-A), 85% A*-C in History achieved and 83% A*-C in Geography. Success in the EBacc subjects should enable students to move on to the most prestigious universities across the UK and abroad.
Students achieved 50% A*-A grades in Music, with 89% of grades being at A*-C in this subject.
Another outstanding success came in GCSE Latin. An incredible 84% of the results were A*-A and 100% of students achieved an A*-C. This included 5 students in Year 10, 5 students in Year 9 and one Year 8 student! Latin is now taught to three classes after school every week following the Cambridge University Latin course. Other extended school opportunities include GCSE Astronomy, GCSE Dance and an advanced skills modern languages literature course.
Amongst the top performers were Arran Horne (Wigton) and Eleanor Saville (Frizington) who both scored 12 A* and A grades, and Tom Hind (Keswick) who achieved 10 A* grades and 1 A grade. Other high fliers include Matthew Andrews (Workington) 8A*, Sam Hignett (Wigton) 7A*, Finley Sleath (Keswick) 7A*, Anna Shenton (Workington) 6A*, Robert Fryer-Spedding (Keswick) 10 A*-A grades, Hattie Gomme (Whitehaven) 10 A*-A grades and Jack McCarthy (Wigton) 10 A*-A grades. 19 students achieved 8 or more A* and A grades and there were many other successes with students of all abilities making outstanding progress.
These exceptional results and reflect the quality of teaching and learning at Keswick School where students thrive in an ambitious, friendly and happy school community. Over recent years the school has enjoyed many accolades including being rated as one of the top schools in the North of England and featuring in Ofsted’s annual report for the exceptional quality of the Sixth Form. In our most recent inspection (2014) the Ofsted inspectors graded the school ‘outstanding’ in every category.
80% of Year 11 will now continue with their A-level studies at Keswick School with the remainder looking forward to commencing college or starting an apprenticeship.
Simon Jackson (Head teacher) said: “These results are down to the outstanding efforts of our highly motivated and exceptionally talented students and staff. They reflect a happy and ambitious school community where effort and hard work is admired and aspired to. Academic success also requires a strength of character and this is well catered for through friendly competition, great pastoral support and plenty of extra-curricular opportunities. That’s the basis for our students’ success.”
Sarah Peck (Chair of Governors) said: “Congratulations to all our students on their fantastic GCSE results today. They have worked hard, with the support and encouragement of both staff and their families, to achieve these grades and once again there are some amazing individual results. Students at Keswick School are encouraged to achieve their best and participate in vast array of extra-curricular opportunities. On behalf of the Governors I would like to thank all those involved in their education which enables them to take the next step in their education or training from such a positive position.”