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GCSE results 2014: The Gryphon School

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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The Gryphon School said today: "Our GCSE and BTEC results are once again excellent against a national backdrop of tougher exams and lower pass rates in many subjects. This year's results have had a much greater emphasis on exams at the end of the two-year course and a reduction in coursework and modular units. There is a stronger element of traditional subjects. In June every secondary school was written to by the Ofqual regulator warning that schools could expect greater volatility in the results because of the changes made to the system. Despite this, and the fact that The Gryphon is a community school serving the full ability range, the standards are significantly above national levels.

  • The proportion getting an A* or an A was over 27%, well above the national pass rate of 21.3%.
  • Over 25% of our students achieved at least 5 or more A* or A grade passes.
  • 78% of exams taken achieved A*-C grades compared to 68.8% nationally.
  • 9% of exams taken achieved an A* grade compared to 6.7% nationally.
  • The A*-C pass rate in Mathematics increased significantly to 82% compared to 62.4% nationally.
  • The results in the traditional subjects of the Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics - English Literature, Geography, History, RE and Mathematics are very strong.
  • The proportion of students gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths increased to 65%.
  • There were excellent BTEC vocational qualifications achieved.
  • Quite exceptional individual results with six students achieving 10 or more A* grades – two students gained 13 A*s in all their subjects".

Headteacher, Steve Hillier, said, “We are delighted and enormously proud of the individual achievements of so many of our students both in their academic subjects and vocational courses. There are some quite exceptional results with students gaining multiple A* and A grades. There are also other students who gained D, E, F and G grades which are great personal achievements for them. The academic success shows the quality of the students and the work of the school to support them.

We have concentrated on having a high quality and balanced curriculum alongside considerable support and excellent facilities that gives students time to learn and personally develop not just to sit exams. This approach very much reaps its rewards when students go on to further study as shown by our outstanding A Level results.

Around 70% of Gryphon students will stay on into the Sixth form to take A Levels here. Others will head off to apprenticeships, training or college courses. Over 100 students from other schools will also join A level courses at The Gryphon this summer.

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We will be celebrating our GCSE and A Level results in our Prize Giving ceremony in the historic Sherborne Abbey at 11.00am on Saturday 13 September.”

There are some exceptional outcomes for the following students, all of whom gained at least 9 A* and A grades:

Rae Nicholls from Sherborne - 13 A*grades

Sophia Rogerson from Sherborne - 13 A* grades

Henry Straughan from Melbury Bubb - 12 A* and 1 A grade

Rachel Anderson-Deas from Sherborne - 11 A* and 2 A grades

Freya Hoppe from Sherborne - 11 A* and 1 B grade

Louisa Cary from Yeovil - 10 A*, 2 A and 2 B grades

Samuel Lovatt from Milborne Port - 9 A* and 3 B grades

April Yeatman from Knighton - 8 A* and 5 A grades

Isabelle Doran from Ibberton - 8 A* and 4 A grades

William Edwards from Poyntington - 7 A*, 5 A and 1 B grade

Jack Martin from South Barrow - 7 A*, 4 A and 1 B grade

Gabrielle Dryden from Yeovil - 6 A* and 8 A grades

Sebastian Thrower from Yetminster - 6 A*, 6 A and 1 B grade

Martha Solloway from Thornford - 6 A* and 6 A grades

Joy Ingle from Sherborne - 5 A*, 7 A and 1 B grade

Victoria Davey from Bishops Caundle - 5 A*, 6 A and 1 B grade

Chloe Symms from Adber - 5 A*, 5 A, 2 B and 1 C grade

Daniel Fretwell from Sherborne - 4 A*, 7 A, 1 B and 1 C grade

Anna Sturgeon from Yeovil - 4 A*, 7 A and 1 B grade

Arabella Hodgson from Oborne - 3 A*, 7 A and 2 B grade

Aimee Sturgeon from Yeovil - 3 A*, 7 A and 2 B grades

Clara Tate from Sherborne - 3 A*, 7 A, 1 B and 1 C grade

Luke Donaldson from Henstridge - 3 A*, 6 A and 3 B grades

Hollie Stokes from Milborne Port - 3 A*, 6 A and 3 B grades

Daisy Harris from Stourton Caundle - 3 A*, 6 A, 2 B and 1 C grade

Chloe Gauvin from Rimpton - 2 A*, 10 A and 1 B grade

Callum Boa from Yetminster - 2 A*, 8 A and 2 B grades

William Clarke from Glanvilles Wootton - 2 A*, 8 A and 2 B grades

Wade Elgee from Sherborne - 2 A*, 7 A, 3 B and 2 C grades

William Beeson from Glanvilles Wootton - 2 A*, 7 A and 3 B grades

Chloe Burton from Yeovil - 2 A*, 7 A and 2 B grades

Alice Driver from Poyntington - 9 A, 2 B and 1 C grade

Madeleine Wright from Holwell - 9 A, 2 B and 1 C grade

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