GCSE results: John Spendluffe students celebrate exam success

Pictured from left are Cain Marshall, Daniel Blunt, Robert Harrison (back row) plus Poppy Dawick and Chelsea Olaribigbe (front row). EMN-190822-140807001
Pictured from left are Cain Marshall, Daniel Blunt, Robert Harrison (back row) plus Poppy Dawick and Chelsea Olaribigbe (front row). EMN-190822-140807001

John Spendluffe Technology College students have shone this summer with some fantastic results in key subjects.

Full details of the examination results will not be known until later in the year but there were a lot of happy staff and students present on results day as outcomes overall were above that of the last academic year.

Larissa Vickers celebrates her fantastic results.

Larissa Vickers celebrates her fantastic results.

The constant shifting of GCSE grade boundaries and amendments to courses always poses a challenge to students to hit the highest grade outcomes in some subjects but their determination and commitment to their studies was evident for all to see.

Almost 50% of the cohort gained a standard pass in Mathematics whilst 56% gained a standard pass in English. Many students excelled in their English examinations with around 12% gaining a grade 7 (equivalent to an A grade) or above.

A school spokesman said: “Despite a recent Ofsted rating where the school was judged ‘In Need of Improvement’ in relation to student outcomes and teaching and learning, these results demonstrate that the improvements that have been initiated during the last academic year are securing good outcomes for students and we look forward to the year ahead. Students at JSTC get a good quality of education which sets them on the right path for their future careers.

“JSTC is proud of all of our students and their achievements. However, special mention must go to the following students.”

• Larissa Vickers: 11 GCSEs including grade 9s in English Language and Literature, Maths, all three Sciences, Geography and Food, a Distinction* in PE, grade 8 in RS and grade 7 in Spanish. With this number of grade 9 GCSEs Larissa will be amongst the top performing students nationally.

• Lucy Dent: 11 GCSEs including grade 8 in English Language, Distinction* in IT, 7s in Chemistry, English Literature and Art with 6s in Maths, RS, Biology and Spanish.

• Ethan Powell: 11 GCSEs including grade 8 in Graphics, Distinction in Engineering, 7 in English Language and 6s in English Language and Biology.

• Jamie Lee Large: 10 GCSEs including Distinction* in Music, 7 in Chemistry and 6s English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Geography.

• Tilly Pashley: 10 GCSEs including grade 7s in English Language and Biology and 6s in Chemistry and Mathematics.

• Lewis Bevis: 11 GCSEs including 5 at grade 6 in English Language and Literature, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Commenting on her results, Larissa Vickers said: ‘I have grown in confidence and self belief during my time at JSTC.

“I have had good teachers who pushed me to do my best and they have given me advice and support when needed.”

A school spokesman added: “These GCSE results compliment the recent additions and improvements being made to the JSTC site.

“The construction of a new four classroom teaching block and accompanying changing and toilet facilities at a cost of over £600,000, plus the installation of LED lighting across the whole site shows that JSTC is committed to providing the best learning environment for our students.

“We wish our outgoing Year 11 well for their future endeavours. We are sure that our new Year 11 will equally benefit from the hard work and commitment of staff at JSTC.”