GCSE results: St Mary's Catholic School staff salute students' 'exceptional' grades
Staff at St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford have paid tribute to the "resilience and strength" of their GCSE students today (Thursday, August 20).
Christian Gleitzman achieved a total of ten grade 9s while Maame Ofosu celebrated with her friends as she was awarded two 9s, three 8s and three 7s.
Classmate Sean Browne was very pleased with his seven 9s and two 8s, Amy Dain-Williams was delighted by her five 9s and three 8s and Mark Pearce-Fordham achieved nine grades 9 to 5.
Head Andrew Celano, said: "This year group have risen magnificently to the challenge of coping with the last few months. I am hugely impressed by their resilience and strength, and I'm also delighted that they have achieved truly exceptional grades.
"Ever since they arrived at the school five years ago they have been a focused, hard-working group and the results they have been awarded today reflect the incredible attitude to learning that they have consistently shown.
"Spiritually, emotionally, academically and pastorally, these young people have developed enormously over the years; they are amongst the finest students a school could ever hope to work with.
"Because of that, we're especially pleased to be welcoming so many back into our sixth form. We've missed them and they've missed each other, so it will be wonderful to see so many of them taking their rightful places at the top of the school, together again, and taking full advantage of our cutting-edge new accommodation and facilities set to open for this new Year 12."
Deirdre McHugh, deputy head at the Windhill secondary, added: "Thank you to all the parents, teachers, support staff and our whole community who have supported these students through one of the toughest periods of their lives.
"As a school, we have worked hard to ensure the students have grades that reflect the exceptionally high grades that this year group were demonstrably on track to secure.
"It is great that they are all now securing their next pathway so they can move on with their education. I, for one, am hugely looking forward to the start of term, seeing the students and getting back to a 'new normal'."
Leanne Massey, head of Year 11, said: "What a fantastic morning! We were delighted to welcome back the Year 11 pupils to receive their exam results today.
"It was great to see their familiar faces and share this experience with them. I am delighted with their performance and proud of how well they have conducted themselves throughout.
"Congratulations to all of the students on their exam performance and we wish them further success for the future."