Congratulations are due to the whole of Year 11 as they pick up record-breaking GCSEs.

Our headline figure of 91 per cent of students achieving five or more passes at C or better including English and mathematics is a marked rise on the last three years’ results, and places Emmanuel firmly amongst the best Comprehensive schools in the land.

The overall pass rate of 99.5 per cent is our best ever result.

One in every six grades is an A*, and three quarters of the results are at B or higher.

Sixty one per cent of students have achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which demands a C or higher in English, mathematics, a science, a foreign language and a humanities subject (the national average last year was 18 per cent).

A record 30 students achieved 11 As or better, with the college’s top three students achieving 12 A*s.

Every student collecting their results on the day was invited to join the celebrations with a 99 ice cream and a whole year group photograph.

Principal Jonathan Winch said: “While there are of course some stand-out individual performances, overall these results represent a superb whole year group effort.

“Today’s results reward only a part of the hard work and commitment of our students. Alongside their academic work they’ve developed a host of other talents and interests, which they use to enrich the lives of others. We’re really proud of them.”

Departmental achievement includes:

  • Mathematics: 94% A*-C and 49% A/A*
  • English Language: 94% A*-C and 33% A/A*
  • English Literature: 97% A*-C and 42% A/A*
  • Technology: 100% A*-C, 66% A/A*
  • Music:100% A*-C, 78% A/A*
  • Latin:100% A*


Individual achievements include:

  • Top student Freddie Potts who achieved twelve A* grades with an average mark of 98%;
  • Sophie Farrell, Rachel Hammerton and James Knox who also achieved a clean sweep of A* grades; Sophie now heads for Chetham’s School of Music, widely regarded as the most outstanding and progressive specialist music school in the UK;
  • Sam Pendleton who achieved four As, three Bs and four Cs (including English and mathematics), despite a cognitive ability test score giving him just a 4% chance of achieving five passes, and a physical disability which requires him to wear a back brace. Sam’s courage in the face of adversity was recognised when he won the Wiecek Cup at the college’s annual prize-giving held at The Sage Gateshead last month.