12th August 2021
This is our second GCSE results day where the achievements of the Year 11 students have not been assessed through the traditional method of final exams at the end of the GCSE course. This year’s process has been based upon grades awarded by schools, based on the evidence available to them that students had completed by the end of their courses, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards.
Despite this change to the process for the second year running there has been some incredible success for youngsters across the borough and we would like to celebrate in particular the success of a number of students who have been awarded top grades. Isabella Knight has achieved a grade 9 in each of her nine GCSEs. Tate Foxhall, Erin Howick, Amy Wallis, Holly Fletcher and Henry Brook have all achieved eight grade 9s each. Juliet Carroll, Olivia Mensah, Callum Stewart have all achieved seven grade 9s each, while Rhys Glands and Alexandra Brewis have achieved six grade 9s each.
It has been a pleasure to be able to welcome back our students that were able to collect their results from school today, to celebrate their success and happiness with them, and wish them well for the future as they move on to their next steps.
Traditionally at this time schools would share with you school performance data, including pass rates and subject performance measures. This year however The Spelthorne Secondary Schools are in agreement that due to these unusual circumstances it is not the right time for us to share this data and our combined focus should be on the community of young people we serve.
The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
We are incredibly proud of all the hard work that went into the achievement of these results in truly exceptional times. These students have maintained focus and commitment to their studies throughout 16 months of disruption and uncertainty. They have shown resilience and fortitude where many would give up. We hope that their achievements will now provide them with all they need to progress smoothly to their next stage of education or training and we look forward to seeing what they go on to achieve in the future.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the staff at Thamesmead who worked quickly, and tirelessly in this situation to prepare and implement a system that allowed our Year 11 students to be assessed.
Photos by Miss Dos Remedios