On results day, Headteacher, Siobhan Denning, said: “We are extremely proud of our pupils’ achievements, with 74% of them achieving Grade 4 and above (C+ in “old money”) in both English and Maths in the new, harder GCSEs, against a national figure for all pupils of 66%. It was lovely to be in school this morning and watch the pleasure and delight in our pupils’ faces as they opened their envelopes and read their results. There were so many happy faces and it was wonderful to see so many staff in school to share in the boys’ successes.
“As in all schools today, there was some concern about the impact of the new exams. However, we had worked hard with the boys to ensure that they were fully prepared and they performed outstandingly. 81% achieved a Grade 4 or above in Maths; our English results of 82% are especially pleasing, as they significantly buck the national trend for boys’ results in English.”
More able pupils at the school continue to do exceptionally well – 26 pupils achieved 10 or more A*/A/Grade 7+ results. Alex Becker, James West and Jack Davey got 12 or more grades at A*/A/7+, Omker Kerkar, Joshua Barnett, James Collins, James Burrows and Bradley Burke achieved 13 A*/A/7+, Joe Widdowson and Joe Pollard achieved a fantastic 14 A*/A/7+ grades. Special congratulations go to James Maclean for an amazing total of 15 A*/A/7+ grades, including a clean sweep of new grade 9s in English and Maths. Overall 22% of all results were A*/A/7+ grades – significantly above the national average.
The new highest GCSE grade in English and Maths of a Grade 9, intended to raise the bar beyond the old A*, was one schools have been told would be almost impossible to achieve. Ms Denning stated: “I am delighted that 8% of our boys achieved this Grade 9 in Maths, against a national figure of 3.5%; and 4% in English (2.2%). Todays’ press has also focused on the poor performance of British pupils in foreign languages. Again – our results are stunning, with an average of 87% across French, Spanish and German.
“We celebrate all our boys’ results and it is worth noting that those pupils, who achieved less than a Grade 4 in English today, sat exactly the same paper as those who achieved a Grade 9. Some of our boys made outstanding progress: Dan King, Spencer Wright, Paul Green, Ash Beech and Scott Munnoch achieved on average two grades higher in their exams than forecast, whilst Alex Munnoch outstripped his forecast by an average of 3 grades.
“I am delighted that the hard work, commitment and dedication of our pupils and staff, along with the support of parents, have been rewarded. At Forest we strive to challenge pupils and provide an environment where boys really do learn best.”
Cliff Purvis, Chair of Governors, added: “I am very pleased with the results and the boys should be extremely proud of their achievements. Our pupils, their parents and the staff at the school are to be congratulated.”