saltash.net community school would like to congratulate all students in Year 11 on achieving a very pleasing set of results today against a backdrop of significant GCSE change and reform. A fantastic 92 students out of the 231 strong cohort secured at least one A* or A grade, with a fifth of them achieving at least 3A* or A grades.
Students and staff rose to the challenge of a revised curriculum and many syllabus changes, with the year group as a whole performing well on the new Progress 8 Measure. As the new measure is a national comparator, the final outcome will not be known until all of the results have been verified in the Autumn Term, but initial indications show, pleasingly, that saltash.net students across the ability range are making better than the expected progress based on their prior attainment.
There were many superb individual performances, including the following twelve students who all achieved at least 9 A* and A grades:
Charlotte Berry: 5 A* and 4 A grades
Niamh Cameron: 5 A* and 5 A grades
Tori Carter: 6 A*and 5 A grades
George Duff: 4 A* and 5 A grades
Matthew Higgins: 4 A* and 5 A grades
Rowenna Hoskin: 1 A* and 9 A grades
Lucy Kevern: 3 A* and 7 A grades
James Lancaster: 6 A* and 3 A grades
Harry Lockley: 7 A* and 2 A grades
Kari Summers: 2 A* and 8 A grades
Josh Tennant: 4 A* and 7 A grades
Eleanor Williams: 9 A grades
Charlotte Berry also deserves an extra special commendation as one of the school’s top performing students as she managed to achieve 100% attendance across years 7 to 11 whilst at saltash.net, demonstrating a fantastic commitment to her learning and education!
Another Charlotte deserving of an extra special mention from this Year 11 cohort is Charlotte Barriball, who in the summer term of her year 10 GCSE course was diagnosed with Pre B Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a type of cancer treated as Leukaemia. Charlotte was placed on a two year treatment plan which included major back operations to remove her tumour and regular courses of chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
With ongoing support from her family, Bristol Children’s Hospital, and saltash.net, Charlotte achieved the remarkable feat of still gaining 6 A* – C grades in her GCSEs. A hugely talented sportswoman, Charlotte’s GCSE in PE was particularly special to her. The PE department at saltash.net paid tribute to her efforts, saying, ‘Charlotte is a true warrior. She is one of the most inspiring students we have known, completing the entire year 11 course in just six weeks, most of it over the Easter holidays when she attended revision and catch up sessions every single day. She is so deserving of every accolade going her way!’
In an extremely inclusive school, saltash.net is also very proud of the results of those students for whom learning itself has been a major challenge. Alongside students who joined the school at the start of Year 11 having previously encountered major disruption to their education, students from the school’s Trematon Zone also performed exceptionally well, with Beth Hackworthy securing a GCSE in Art as well as Entry Level Qualifications in English, Maths and ICT.
Speaking on results’ day, Headteacher, Mrs Bryce, applauded the efforts of students and staff during a ‘turbulent’ time in education: ‘Everyone has worked very hard over the past two years to get the best results possible. The Class of 2016 has made us very proud, not just because of their academic success, but because of how they have developed as capable and caring young people. We all wish them every success in the future and look forward to welcoming a large number back into our 6th Form at the start of the Autumn Term.’