GCSE results: Birchwood High School principal Dr Chris Ingate says 'No one should feel that Year 11 students have got off lightly'
A record number of Year 11 students at Birchwood High School will be taking up sixth-form places to study A-level or Level 3 BTEC in September.
The news was revealed as 236 boys and girls at the Parsonage Lane secondary in Bishop's Stortford received their GCSE results on Thursday morning amid smiles and jubilation.
Among them was Ben Gregory, who achieved a clean sweep in all ten of his subjects at the highest grade of 9. He will be taking A-levels in maths, further maths, biology and chemistry at Herts and Essex High School, which is a specialist science college, as he hopes to study medicine at university. His mum Jill said: "Nothing to do with Birchwood as it is a really fabulous school too."
Referring to the political turmoil over this summer's Covid-19 affected school exams, principal Dr Chris Ingate said: “I was so relieved to hear that the Government had decided to do a U-turn and base these results on teacher-assessed levels.
"Last week’s A-level fiasco has also been addressed and we are in the process of resending these students their updated grades.
"I was delighted to see so many happy and successful boys and girls.
"At Birchwood, I was so impressed with the professional and accurate way our teachers worked to give each student the best-fit GCSE level for each subject they studied. There was rigorous moderation and standardisation.
"No one should feel that Year 11 students have got off lightly. They worked incredibly hard for the last three years and were preparing for their public exams as schools were closed due to Covid-19. I know that many were upset by this at the time, but hopefully today has gone a long way to redress their sense of achievement.
"We have seen record sixth-form uptake for students wishing to study A-level or Level 3 BTEC. Students moving on to FE [further education] college or apprenticeships also have the qualifications to do so."
Mr Herbert, Head of Year 11, said: “I feel privileged to have been able to work with such a fantastic set of students over the past five years. I have witnessed the hard work, enthusiasm and drive to succeed in so many, as well as the kind, polite and caring behaviour they demonstrated every day.
"I am exceptionally proud of every single one them and I wish them all the very best as they embrace the next stage of their education.”