Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Students' Commitment Rewarded with Fantastic GCSE Results

Smiles on GCSE Results Day

Years of hard work paid off for students collecting their GCSE results with a string of superb results from our Year 11 students.

10 students shared 92 A* and A grades, the highlight of a strong overall performance. Among our top performers were Daniel Murphy (7A* and 4A), Benjamin McKeown (6A*, 4A, 1C), Paul Southern (6A*, 3A, 2B), Shaun McCormick (4A*, 6A, 2B) and Benjamin Hardacre (4A*, 5A, 1B, 1C).

Many other students achieved results they can be very proud of, having worked hard throughout their GCSEs and outperformed their target grades.

Headteacher Ms Smyth said: "Our high fliers have shown that through hard work and with the dedication of our staff, the very best results can be achieved.

"Lots of other students have exceeded their target grades, with some making four levels of progress which is fantastic.

"The students who are fully committed, and with people at home who support them and the school, have proven to the West Derby community that this is a good school."

Subjects across the curriculum performed well, both in terms of grades achieved by individual students and overall as a year group.

"English, which has always been a flagship department for us, has bucked the national trend of falling results as ours have gone up again," added Ms Smyth. "ICT, art and languages all came close to achieving 100% A*-C grades, while PE saw a big jump in their results even with a much bigger group.

"Maths had some very good individual results and we will continue our work from this year to ensure that our interventions, including small group work and one-to-one help, can deliver significant improvements in the years ahead.

"The majority of Year 11 students are coming back to the Sixth Form, and we hope they have been inspired by last week's A-level and AS-level results as to what they can achieve, and what we expect from them. For those students leaving us and going on to apprenticeships and college courses, we wish them the very best of luck for their futures."

Check out some more photos from results day in our Flickr album.

Bible Quote

“Praise the Lord because he is good.  His faithful love will last forever.”
Psalm 136:1

Word of the Week

Machiavellian (adjective)

Subject which uses this term: English Literature; Drama; History; Politics

Meaning: cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous.

For example: ‘Mrs Lyons is Machiavellian. She manipulates Mrs Johnstone into giving up her baby. She uses Mrs Johnstone’s superstitious nature to ensure she gets what she wants.’

MRS. LYONS: You do know what they say about twins, secretly parted, don’t you?


MRS. LYONS: They say…they say that if either twin learns that he once was a pair, that they shall both immediately die. It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers shall grow up, unaware of the other’s existence. They shall be raised apart and never, ever told what was once the truth. You won’t tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone, because if you do, you will kill them."

Thought for the Week


"Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people."

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