Rossall School celebrates outstanding GCSE results

Harriet Clough and Xavia Riley-Oakes

Staff and students are celebrating after a dramatic rise in the percentage of top grades achieved at GCSE.

Just under 50 per cent of all GCSE examination entries were awarded grades 7-9  (A/A* equivalent).  Over 60 per cent of English Literature candidates achieved a grade 7 (A) or above and an astounding 83 per cent of Physics candidates and 88 per cent of French entries achieved a grade 7 or above. 

This impressive surge in performance comes at a time when the School has embarked upon an ambitious development plan which has academic excellence at its heart. The opening of Rossall School’s Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning is already paying dividends in so many regards. 

Headmaster Jeremy Quartermain said:

“I am absolutely thrilled by these results and I am tremendously proud of all of our Year 11 boys and girls. As a year group, they have demonstrated a conscientious work ethic and they were superbly well supported by outstandingly attentive teachers. The sheer number of Rossall pupils now achieving a clean sweep of top grades is a wonderful reflection upon the intellectual aspirations of this most dynamic and forward-thinking of schools. 

“We celebrate the success of all of our pupils and we are tremendously excited to welcome them into our Sixth Form for the beginning of what promises to be a very exciting academic year.”

Twins William and Edward Robinson gained ten 9s and nine 9s & one 8 respectively and are currently on a four day camp in St Albans, trialing for the England Hockey U17s. William and Edward will be joining Rossall Sixth Form in September to study A Levels.

Edward and William Robinson

Harriet Clough and Andres Hernandez Maduro were both awarded all grades 9 to 7 (A*/As) Harriet was really pleased with her results, commenting: “I feel extremely proud and very excited for the future”. 

Harriet now plans to stay on at Rossall Sixth Form to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma and added:

“The teachers here at Rossall were always available and supportive of me every step of the way, ensuring I was well prepared for the examinations. They knew exactly what I needed to achieve the best results possible.”

Three sets of twins received their GCSE results today. Along with the Robinsons, twins Stephan and Thierry Bilby and Joseph and Lily Warwick collectively were awarded forty-four grade 9-7. Stephan and Thierry Bilby, from Lytham, are both in the Army section of the Combined Cadet Force at Rossall and have just returned from a six week International Army Cadets Exchange in Canada. The boys had a fantastic time and are delighted to return home to such great results. Stephan and Thierry are going to study A Levels in DT, Graphic Design and Physics.

Thierry and Stephan Bilby, and Joseph and Lily Warwick

Joey and Lily Warwick will also be studying A Levels at Rossall. Lily plans to study Psychology, PE and Biology and commented:

“I could not have asked for more support than I received at Rossall, the teachers pushed me to do well and to achieve my very best.”

Xavia Riley Oakes who gained three 8s, seven 7s and one 6 said: “I feel relieved that the pressure is off and thankful that all the hard work has paid off.”

Xavia, who plans to study A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, credited the teaching at Rossall for her success:

“All my teachers spent hours helping me understand concepts of the courses and helped me grow with confidence during my GCSE years, which was really important.”

Ella-Mae Storm-Eckersley gained one 9, three 8s, four 7s and two 6s and will be continuing her studies in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology in Shanghai. Ella-Mae wishes to study Veterinary Science at University.

Eleanor Koxzakiewicz, Charley Clarke, Ella-Mae Storm-Eckersley, Skyler Bowes, Gabrielle Terrington, Xavia Riley-Oakes and Lily Warwick

“I felt relieved and happy when I opened my results,” said Ella-Mae. “I shall be celebrating with my friends and family this evening.”