Following the publication of this year’s GCSE examination results, the staff and Trustees of Newent School and Sixth Form Centre would like to say a huge congratulations to our Year 11 students. Our English and Maths results are in line with last year with those students who achieved a passing grade in English and Maths (Grade 4+) increased.

At a time when much is being made of the fall in standards it is easy to become distracted and lose sight of the individual successes secured by students. This is not a new phenomenon as it happens at this time every year, but we are delighted to share the results achieved by our fantastic students in this year’s GCSE examinations.

Note should also be made of some of our students who attained multiple qualifications at grade 9. Really well done!

Within them are stories of phenomenal success, triumph over adversity and, put simply, students who have worked hard. With the support of their parents, teachers and the entire staff team here at Newent, they are able to continue their education – either with us or elsewhere.

These results place our community in a strong position moving forward and lay the foundations for more success in years to come. Having negotiated their way through a challenging few years in education, with much disruption, as well as the shifting goal posts, we are not only proud of their success but confident this is only the start for them. These results are a testament to the resilience and strength of character developed by this year group through challenging times. We continually ‘Strive for excellence’ ensuring each student is able to ‘be the best they can be’ no matter what their starting point when they join us. This mantra, along with our support and guidance, has served our students well.

Kirsty Gordelier (AP Achievement and Progression) commented,‘Congratulations are in order for our exceptional GCSE students on attaining their well-deserved results! Your dedication to your studies and the enthusiasm you have exhibited throughout this journey have culminated in this achievement. As you embark on the next chapter of your education, remember that these results are a testament to your hard work and a solid foundation for your future aspirations. We look forward to supporting many of you as you continue to excel within our own Sixth Form and wish the very best to all of you in your future endeavours.’

The Art Department is thrilled to highlight the impressive accomplishments of its students, where students have achieved on average over a grade above the national expectation. In doing so they have also been addressing important social problems through their work. This year’s GCSE results are in part due to an outstanding collection of art pieces with some focusing on specific areas that have impacted their lives, such as knife crime. These impactful artworks not only display the incredible talent of our students but also demonstrate the teamwork between our school and the Hollie Gazzard Trust.

The Drama team have also again shone after their A-level success with a similar trend in their results, with 74% of students achieving a Grade 5-9 and 27% achieving a top grade between Grade 7-9.

We are also thrilled to celebrate the impressive accomplishments of many of our students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) on this special GCSE Results Day. Their hard work and resilience in overcoming language challenges has been truly inspiring. These students have shown exceptional dedication, tackling language hurdles while excelling in their studies. Their achievements not only motivate their peers but also showcase our school’s diverse and inclusive atmosphere.

We wish all our students well as they strive forward in this ever-changing world and offer them any help they need, as well as asking them to stay in touch to help those who follow them in the coming years.

Principal Dawn Burke said: ‘It has been a pleasure working with the Year 11. They should be proud of the way they have pulled together to support each other, as well as the work they have clearly put in over these last two years. I am looking forward to getting to know the majority of them better as so many of our young people coming back to us for their Sixth Form studies. Huge thanks too, to all the staff and families in our community that have support these students along the way. Well done, class of 2023!’

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