GCSE Results Day 2018: Bancroft's School staff and students breathe a sigh of relief
PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 August 2018
Pupils at Bancroft's School have exceeded their GCSE results expectations.
The school – based in High Road, Woodford – reported feeling uncertain before GCSE results were revealed this morning (August 23).
A new grading system and tougher exams had led to teachers and pupils – called fifths – feeling unsure what to expect.
Headteacher Simon Marshall said: “I think nearly all our fifths and their teachers can breathe a sigh of relief after a nerve-wracking two years of study and uncertainty.
“Today’s results, before any remarks are completed, compare favourably with the best any GCSE cohort has achieved at Bancroft’s.”
He added that even though it was impossible to judge this year’s results against previous years’ it was clear the class of 2018 had done exceptionally well.
According to the school 41 per cent of subjects were awarded the top grade under the new grading system from one to nine (the highest and equivalent to a top A* under the old lettered grades).
In total 85pc of exams sat were awarded seven to nine or an A/A*.
And 39 of the 125 pupils in the year group received nine or more of the top grades, nine, eight and A* while 11 notched up a clean sweep of ten top grades.
Pupil Nikhita Shah – shaking as she opened her envelope – said: “My hard work and perseverance have really paid off.
“I started revising quite early on and made sure I did a bit everyday.”
She added that it was a challenge to face so many new courses.
Mathu Kathirgamasutharsan said she had been freaking out about some subjects but in the end she was delighted with her results.