RIDGEWAY Academy has been celebrating their first ever GCSE results.
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 pupils 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.”
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.
Hannah Randall achieved an amazing eight grade 9s and one grade 8.
Lauren Smith achieved four grade 9s and one grade 7 – equivalent to the old A grade.
Fleur Yeomans performed brilliantly, attaining three grade 9s, five grade 8s and one grade 6 in Maths.
Aleks Owusu-Finkgraf attained excellent results, recording three grade 9s, three grade 8s and two grade 7s.