‘New record’ for Sir John Thursby GCSE results

Pupils from Sir John Thursby celebrate their GCSE results
Pupils from Sir John Thursby celebrate their GCSE results

Students and staff are celebrating as Sir John Thursby Community College’s GCSE results have increased again this year to a new school record.

In the last two years GCSE results at the school have increased by 16% with 54% 5A*-C, including English and maths, making the one of the best schools in the country for improvement, said headteacher Mr David Burton today.

“Our lead Ofsted inspector said we could be outstanding at the next inspection and we are certainly following that path with an 18% increase in English results this year and maths also improving even further,” he said. “Science students excelled themselves again with excellent results in biology, chemistry and physics.

“Our Lead Computing College status has seen over 96% of our students passing the course the government introduced to challenge students who wanted to pursue a career in computer programming. There were also outstanding results in Applied Science with over 44% of students achieving an A* or A grade.”

He went on: “Virtually all subjects are at or above national levels with 93% in Physics, 92% in Chemistry, 85% in Biology, 100% in Double PE, 100% in Design Materials, 76% in Fashion and Textiles, 83% in German, 76% in Art, 100% in Childcare, 72% in Geography, 67% in Citizehship and 62% in Graphics.”

He said “There were warnings of GCSE results going down in England this year but we have continued our record-breaking rise of 10% last year to set another new school record.

“Our excellent results are due to the hard work of students, staff and parents which have combined to move us even closer to being graded an outstanding school. Eight students achieved straight A* and A grades with over half of our students achieving an A* or A.

“Our academic excellence combined with our outstanding care, guidance and support and success on the sportsfield, in the debating chamber and as a Gold Artsmark school means that we are oversubscribed again this year.”