GCSE and A Level Success

Tuesday 15 September 2020

2020 presented our community with many challenges. For our students who were due to sit their examinations at the end of Year 11 and 13, not being able to do so was a particular challenge for them. This should not overshadow what has been, for GCSE students five years, and A level students seven years of hard work, focus and dedication to achieve their personal best. We believe that all young people are infinitely precious and gifted for a purpose, and therefore seek to measure success in terms of personal best achievement. Sadly, we were not able to come together as a community to celebrate their successes with them on results day, but it is with great pride that we celebrate the personal achievement of all of our students, offer our congratulations and good wishes as they prepare for their next step. We are sincerely proud to share some of their achievements with you.

GCSE Success

95% of Year 11 students achieved 5 grade 4’s or more this year and overall 91% of grades were grade 4 or above. The attainment of students continues to be above national average, with this cohort achieving an attainment 8 score of 60.52.

This year’s cohort did not all start their secondary education career with us in year 7. Ten students joined us from Thomas Hepburn School part way through Year 9. At such a pivotal time in any student’s career, they demonstrated resilience and strength of character as they continued to seek to achieve their personal best and we celebrate their success this year. Marson Francisco was awarded 10 grades above 7 including 5 grade 9’s and Dolan Campbell achieved 8 grade 7’s or above including 1 grade 9.

This year we can celebrate once again students who were awarded top grades in their GCSE’s as 12% of all grades awarded this year were the highest grade. 64 students achieved 240 grade 9’s between them. 52 students achieved 8 or more grade 7’s or higher. The 30 students who achieved the highest sets of grades achieved 269 grade 8 and grade 9’s between them.


High achieving students

We are thrilled to congratulate individuals who achieved the top results in the College. Anna Cumming achieved the top GCSE results, 12 grade 9’s, while Emma Dawes, Safiya Hossain, Maarij Khan and Sophie Rowland all achieved 10 grade 9’s. Hannah Hindmarsh achieved 9 grade 9’s, whilst Sean Hobson and Sophie Jones achieved 8. The following students all achieved 7 grade 9’s: Hibat Akhtar, Sophia Beadle, William Bourn, John Gough, Charlie Green, Faye Slater, Isaac Stamper Hannah Waterfield and Manaswi Vemula.

Star student Anna Cumming returned to Emmanuel College in Year 12 to continue her study at A-Level and was joined by another 135 Emmanuel College students who took up courses in our Sixth Form. We were also delighted to welcome 11 students from other schools into our Sixth Form this year.

Subject success

Our academic departments continued to demonstrate excellent results in students achieving a grade 4 or above, with many achieving 100% including Latin, separate sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), economics, music, drama and graphic communications. 44% of students achieved a grade 9 in computer science and the performing arts excelled awarding 55% of students the top grade in music and 43% in drama. In religious studies 24% of students were awarded grade 9 and 36% at grade 8.

A-Level Success

Our Year 13 students have achieved excellent results in their A Level courses this year. 19.1% of A Level grades awarded were A*, while 43.4% of grades were grade A or above and 95.5% grades C or above. The average points score per A-Level was 42.8 which means an average grade of a B. In the days following results being released, 81% of the cohort had accepted a place to study at a higher education institution and others have successfully pursued an apprenticeship or place in industry. 31 students achieved A Level grades equivalent to AAA or above and 9 achieved 3 grades or higher equivalent to A*A*A*.


High achieving students

Nine students achieved A Level grades equivalent to A*A*A* (168 points), including top students Erin Creswell and Thejes Sundar who achieved 4 A* grades who will take up courses at Cambridge and Oxford. They are joined by Dean Fowler and Sidharth Nambiath who achieved 3 A* grades and 1 A grade. Dean will join Leeds University and Sidharth will join Imperial College London. Samuel Gorman achieved 3 A* grades and 1 B who will attend Durham University. Gemma Moran will pursue Midwifery at Cardiff University this year after achieving 2 A*grades and 2 A grades. Kezia Bell, Josh Dixon, Holly Evanson, Sidbarth Nambiath and Olivia Ord also achieved 3 top grades.


Oxbridge students

Five students are heading to Oxford or Cambridge having achieved outstanding results. Erin Creswell will read Natural Sciences at Cambridge. Thejes Sundar (Physics), Josh Dixon (French and German), Jess Harrison (Japanese) and Oluchi Chikwem (Theology and Religion) will all join Oxford.


Medical students

Five students are starting degrees in medicine or nursing this year following their results. Lucy Kay will join Cardiff to study Medicine and Olivia Ord will join Newcastle University to study Medicine and Surgery. Katie Douglas will join York University to study Adult Nursing. Gemma Moran will join Cardiff to study Midwifery and Erin McDougall will join Northumbria University to study Child Nursing.


Engineering and STEM Students

We are proud to again see so many students going on to study engineering subjects or other STEM subjects. 12 students are pursing degrees in engineering, half of whom are girls. A further 19 girls are starting degrees in other STEM subjects this year. Students pursuing Civil Engineering courses this year include; Maab Ahmed, Jack Gilfillian, Jess Greenwell, Nooba Khalisadar, Talitha Simpson, Charlie Watson and Ashan Uddin.

Other future engineers include Lubabah Hossain who will join Durham University to study General Engineering. Josephine Riani will study Aerospace Engineering at Manchester and Miles Crosby will study Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria University.


Subject Success

In economics and further maths all students were awarded an A grade or higher this summer. In maths and art over 70% of students were awarded an A or above. In art, drama, economics, engineering, English literature, French, further mathematics, geography, German, history, music, physical education, physics and politics all students achieved a C grade or above.