Everyone at Alec Hunter Academy is delighted with another set of excellent GCSE results, maintaining the trend of recent years. 66% of the year group gained a grade 4 or better in both English and Maths, a rise of 5% on 2018, whilst 37% achieved a grade 5 or better in both, also just bettering last year’s mark. It was particularly pleasing to note the very high outcomes in English, setting a new record for the school, with 82% of students gaining a Grade 4 or better and 64% claiming a Grade 5 or above.
However, perhaps most striking of all was the fact that improvements were secured right across the board in the full range of subjects. 21 of the 25 courses taken by students at the school saw a higher percentage of students achieving a Grade 5 or better compared with 2018, and in 14 of these courses, the increase was by 10% or more.
Headteacher Trevor Lawn said “This is a really impressive outcome and I am ecstatic because the year group so thoroughly deserved this success. They were a charming bunch of young people and it has been a pleasure to support and guide them through the last 5 years to this fitting conclusion. They will now be able to move on to the next phase of their lives with strong qualifications and with the confidence to achieve even greater things. I wish them all well in their future endeavours – we will miss them.
As ever, teachers and support staff showed huge commitment to prepare students for these examinations, giving their time liberally and providing both academic and emotional sustenance. I am very proud of the exceptional team that I am privileged to lead at Alec Hunter and of the very personal approach that we take to getting the best from every individual. It is hard work at times, but we feel very well supported by our school community, with so many appreciative parents, and the priceless smiles on our students’ faces today make it all worthwhile.”
Numerous students gained outstanding individual results. Alex Fenn and Nathan Bancroft both excelled by achieving Grade 8 or Grade 9 (equivalent to the old A* grade) in 9 subjects, while Abby Sutton was the top female performer, gaining 2 Grade 9s, 4 Grade 8s and 4 Grade 7s.
The following further high achievers, who deserve the heartiest congratulations on a brilliant performance, all gained top grades (Grade 7 or higher) in at least 5 subjects:
· Frank Carroll – 1 Grade 9; 3 Grade 8s; 4 Grade 7s
· Issy Chapple – 2 Grade 9s; 1 Grade 8; 3 Grade 7s
· Harry Cridland – 1 Grade 8; 5 Grade 7s
· Holly Newman – 2 Grade 8s; 3 Grade 7s
· Elliott Arrow, Kitty Day and Rebecca Sandford – 5 Grade 7s