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It’s been an amazingly hot August in terms of sunshine and June was sweltering as 153 year eleven students sat dozens of exams. At that age they wanted to be out in the park or playing football or sending countless Instagram messages to each other. But, instead, they sat in swotting and sweating night after night, revising for their GCSE exams.
Today our students reap the rewards of their hard work, of their teachers’ hard work and their parents’ patience and support. The GCSE results are out and the celebrations begin.
Chauncy students’ results are very good. Some have done astonishingly well and some are disappointed. There is a link for most between attitude to work and results.
Students had to sit more exams than ever before – many more than in the poorly remembered days of O Levels. In most subjects there was no coursework allowed this year. But still, the students have done very well and in this area of great schools our students have performed better than others nationally.
This year’s results are particularly impressive because the new GCSEs, with broader subject content and more written exams have been deliberately designed to be tougher. Teenagers had to sit up to 25 written exams and there were no past papers on which to practise. Student nervousness and anxiety was matched by their teachers who have also performed brilliantly across the local schools.
Exam success is not left to chance. Even though the exam syllabuses may be changed every year all our teachers prepare the candidates to an extent not known to people who went to school 10 years ago. Holiday, evening and even weekend revision classes are standard fare. Warm ups before each exam, students given breakfast and a bottle of water, air conditioned rooms and professional invigilators make sure the kids get the best chance of showing what they have learned.
And they have excelled.
Families should know that Chauncy offers a wide range of courses and also will provide advice on college courses. No–one needs to be without a place in school or college if they want to continue their studies. we advise families to contact us as soon as possible.
We want to pass on our best wishes to the dozens of teenagers now embarking on modern apprenticeships and to those who will be continuing their studies at HRC and other colleges.
Dennis O’Sullivan (Headteacher)