New grades bring out the best in Frensham Heights students
In the first year where GCSE results in English and Mathematics are awarded by number rather than letters, Frensham Heights students have secured excellent results. Over 25% of exams in these subjects secured Grade 7 and above. Seven per cent of these were awarded Grade 9, a result that media reports indicate will be awarded to just 2-3% of students nationally.
“I am so proud of our students,” said headmaster Andrew Fisher. “Behind the cold statistics, there are individual students who have done themselves very proud.” Two students, Izzy and Claire, both secured three Grade 9s each, a grade that exam board AQA explained would be set at a level above the current A* and awarded to ‘only the very highest performing students’.
Between them, Izzy, who joined Frensham in Year 7, and Claire, who joined in Year 9, also secured an excellent 14 A* and one A. Both are going through to Frensham’s Sixth Form to study for their A Levels.
Overall, 93% of students were awarded Grade 4 and above, closely equivalent to the previous Grade C and above. Alongside English Language, English Literature and Mathematics, there were some very strong performances in several other subjects – with Physics achieving 83% A*A, Fine Art achieving 72% A*A and over 50% of all students in Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Photography and German all achieving these top grades.
“Yet again, our results reflect the wonderfully broad range of subjects taken by Frensham students,” said Andrew. “It is so exciting to see a child who is a top maths student, for example, joining Frensham and finding an equal love for and ability in one of our creative subjects – or vice versa.
“The variety of choice and the fact that all subjects are treated equally at Frensham means our students can really discover what they’re passionate about – and I know from countless former students that this passion serves them very well in their future careers.”
In a year when national GCSE results are said to be at their lowest level since 2008, Frensham Heights students had even more reason to celebrate this morning, with 40% of all exams achieving A*-A.
As with last week’s A Level results, the good news was spread across academic and creative subjects. As headmaster Andrew Fisher said: “Our Year 11 students’ success is well deserved and again reflects just how well they can achieve in all areas of the curriculum. I am delighted for them and so proud of both the students and Frensham’s dedicated members of staff.”
All three sciences proved very strong this year, with an outstanding 81% of students achieving A* in Physics and 95% achieving A*-A, while three-quarters of students achieved A*-A in Biology. On the creative side, Fine Art produced equally strong results, with 95% of students achieving A*-A, closely followed by Graphic Communication at 90%.
Among those celebrating this morning were Esalan Gates and Franny Sullivan, both of whom had been awake since the early hours anxiously counting the minutes to 6am when they could see their results online…both achieved a brilliant nine A*s and one A, with Franny also gaining a B in her 11th subject.
“I was really nervous so I simply couldn’t sleep,” explained Franny. “It hasn’t yet quite sunk in.” Both girls wanted to see their results alone to start with. “I was by myself then I looked up and my mum saw the look on my face and rushed in! I hasn’t felt like the exams were truly over until today. Now we can look ahead and focus on the next stage.”
Both girls are staying at Frensham Heights for Sixth Form – and true to Frensham form, both are studying a great range of subjects: Franny will be taking Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Photography while Esalan will study Maths, English, Drama and Fine Art.