GCSE Examination Success

It gives us great joy to announce that our GCSE students have achieved some of the best grades ever. The talented cohort have done incredibly well with almost 80% of grades awarded at grades nine, eight and seven.

This cohort, similar to the Year 13s, have had to get used to the ever-changing goal posts that this year’s exam season has brought. They have done this with good grace, and a maturity which will stand them in good stead for their next step into post-16 education.

There are some notable highlights that everyone involved with Chetham’s should be very proud of:

  • 38% of results were at grade nine.
  • One class of students in Year 10 sat GCSE Music a year early and every one achieved grade nine.
  • Two students achieved a ‘full house’ of 8 grade nines.
  • 11 students, or 28% of the Year 11 cohort, achieved all grade eights and nines.

It is more than appropriate to pay tribute to the staff who have worked incredibly hard, under difficult circumstances, to ensure that students have been able to achieve their well-deserved GCSE grades. We must also mention our supportive families who have encouraged their children to keep going, even when things have been so uncertain.

We also wish to give a further update since the A-Level results were announced on Tuesday. We can proudly say that nearly every one of our Year 13 students have been accepted into their first choice of University and Conservatoire!

Two students to Oxford, two (hopefully three) to Cambridge, two to Durham, one to each of Bristol and Bath, five to King’s College London, and one to each of Liverpool, Dundee, Salford and Birmingham. These are in addition to the students who have gained generous scholarships to go to Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music, plus many more in this country and overseas. It is very clear that the academic life of the School enables our young, musically talented students to achieve the very best grades, instilling a tremendous work ethic and focus on achievement.

Bravo to our GCSE students, you have shown resilience, grit and determination and deserve to enjoy every bit of your examination success.


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