GCSE results day at Ridgeway Secondary School in Astwood Bank near Redditch was extraordinary for two reasons.
Like schools around the country, Ridgeway’s Year 11 students were awarded GCSE grades based on teacher assessments rather than formal examinations which were cancelled because of the covid-19 pandemic.
They were also the first GCSE results in the school’s history. Ridgeway converted to secondary status in 2016 after many years as a 9-13 middle school and this was the first year the school has had Year 11 students.
Headteacher Mike Bennett said students had been through a challenging and concerning time and that their hard work and commitment had been recognised.
“Our first ever set of GCSE results are fantastic and represent the hard work, determination, support and dedication of our students and staff,” he said. “The motivation and ambition shown by students is to be applauded and we are extremely proud of the achievements of all of our students.
“We are tremendously proud of all our GCSE students this year. It has been a very different exam season for the nation and the students took this in their stride. They have proven over their years at our school that hard work, dedication and a consistent approach pays off.”
Mike Bennett added: “There have been some remarkable individual performances not only in the grades that students have attained but also in the progress that they have made while at Ridgeway. All students should feel pleased with their results.”
Ridgeway Secondary School’s top achievers included Mary Dowchan-Kowalska, who achieved an extraordinary nine grade 9s and one grade 8 – equivalent to the old A* grade. These included 9s in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, PE and Polish. Her grade 8 was in French.
Hannah Randall achieved an amazing eight grade 9s and one grade 8 in her GCSEs. Hannah’s grade 9s were in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Business Studies, French and History. Her grade 8 was in English Literature.
Lauren Smith achieved four grade 9s in Combined Science, PE and Business Studies, four grade 8s in English Literature, Maths, French and Geography and one grade 7 – equivalent to the old A grade – in English Language.
Fleur Yeomans performed brilliantly, attaining three grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Science. She also attained five grade 8s in Art, French, Music, History and Science and one grade 6 in Maths.
Aleks Owusu-Finkgraf attained excellent results, recording three grade 9s in Biology, Physics and Geography. He also attained three grade 8s in English Language, English Literature and Chemistry. This was backed up with two grade 7s in Maths and German and a grade 6 in Computer Science.
James Edmunds attained a wonderful set of results including a grade 9 in History. He also achieved three grade 8s in English Language, English Literature and Maths and five grade 7s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and French.