Rossall pupils continue to excel at GCSE

Rossall School teachers and pupils have much cause to celebrate following another year of excellent achievement. 

In a year where top grades were down relative to pandemic levels, well over half the cohort achieved a grade 7- 9/A* – A in a huge range of academic subjects including Art, English Language, Latin, Music and Religious Studies.

Students will now go on to study A Level, International Baccalaureate and BTEC Qualifications at Rossall Sixth Form where over 60% of students each year go on to study at Top 20/Russell Group universities.

This year students will be heading to Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Durham, Leeds, the London School of Economics, UCL, King’s College London and Loughborough, to name a few.

William Bateson achieved a stellar nine grades at grade 7 or above, including 9s in English Language, English Literature and Latin Classical Greek which he studied off timetable. William is planning to study Maths, Chemistry, History, Latin and Greek at A-level.

Leonie Beswick achieved eight grades at grade 7 and above, including 9s in Drama, Music and Religious Studies. Leonie, an exceptional performer who played the lead role of Maria in the School’s recent production of West Side Story is planning on taking the newly launched BTEC in Performing Arts alongside Philosophy and English.

She said, “I am delighted to be one of the first ever students on the Broadway Academy programme and I am really looking forward to it.”

“I would like to thank my teachers for their help and guidance. They ensured I achieved good grades and built me up, giving me the confidence I needed in my exams.”

Daniel Cahalin and Lewis Skillbeck both achieved superb results in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics and are now planning to study a formidable combination of subjects at A-level including Maths and Further Maths that will stand them in good stead to pursue competitive science courses at top universities in the UK and abroad. 

Alongside these excellent results, both students excelled in the Further Mathematics additional qualification, completing the course in an intensive week of study. A phenomenal achievement. 

Lewis said, “I would like to thank Mrs Stacker who made it possible for me and Daniel to sit Further Mathematics. We only had a week to prepare for the examination and we both came out with an A.”

Emma Siddall and Beth Strutton, two of Rossall’s most promising football players, were delighted with their results.

Emma said, “I am really pleased with my results; I did better than I was expecting to.

“I am looking forward to studying BTEC Sport and Biology at Rossall Sixth Form and hope to one day have a successful football career.

“I think we were all inspired by the Lionesses’ victory in the Euros over summer and I hope that that will be me one day.”

Beth added, “I have absolutely loved being a part of Rossall’s Football Academy and part of the ISFA National winning team.

“I also hope to have a professional football career, playing for Manchester City’s first team. Of course, I would also love to play for England – that’s the goal.”

Beikai Li, one of the School’s rising stars in the Football Academy, achieved top grades across his GCSEs including 8s in Maths and Religious Studies and 7s in Spanish, English Language and English Literature. Beikai is planning to study Biology, History, Maths and Physical Education at A-level.

Valerie Versterre achieved a superb set of results boasting no fewer than five grade 8s alongside an impressive A* in her Higher Level Project (HPQ) qualification in which she undertook in depth research into an area of Philosophy. Valerie will be studying Maths, Physics and Psychology in the Sixth Form.

Thomas Shepherd achieved excellent results in Biology, English Language and English Literature, French and Mathematics and is planning to study the International Baccalaureate. With excellent results across all of his subjects, the International Baccalaureate will stand him in good stead to study a range of subjects at University.

Headmaster Jeremy Quartermain said, ‘We are incredibly proud of the achievements of all of our students. 

“Young people across the country have faced an unprecedented set of challenges and this year, more than ever, they deserve a huge amount of praise for the grades that they have achieved. 

“It is pleasing to see so many top grades but we are a School dedicated to educating the whole person and there are many compelling examples of courage and determination in the face of  personal adversity. 

“Our children motivate and inspire us to give the very best of ourselves to ensure their future success.”   

Scholarships and bursaries are still available for outstanding students.

The School offers a number of scholarships and bursaries for pupils entering Year 7, 9 and 12 and welcomes enquiries from potential applicants with the scholarship application deadline set in late November of each year. If you would like to find out more about Rossall then please contact [email protected] or phone 01253 774201.