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GCSE results day 2020: All Sancton Wood School pupils in Cambridge achieve five or more GCSEs passes

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All students at Sancton Wood School in Cambridge achieved five or more GCSEs at grades 4-9 this year.

Thirty Year 11 students at the independent school in St Paul’s Road studied for GCSEs and IGCSEs across 14 subjects this year.

Pupils at Sancton Wood School in Cambridge. Picture: Sancton Wood School (40909370)
Pupils at Sancton Wood School in Cambridge. Picture: Sancton Wood School (40909370)

Some 97 per cent of them achieved five or more grades 4-9 including English, maths and science, with half of these at the top 7, 8 and 9 grades - the equivalent of the old A grade and above.

One student, Noah, achieved an impressive 10 grade 9 GCSEs.

In the unprecedented circumstances of the global pandemic, which prevents students sitting exams this year, the school said it was “delighted that the government decided to ratify the teacher grading s submitted to them in July and are confident that these grades are a fair reflection of our students’ abilities”.

A small number of Year 9 and 10 students studied for their GCSEs early, and all achieved grade 9s.

Students for whom English is their second language achieved GCSEs also achieved some remarkable top grades.

Senior prefect Jacob said: “Sancton Wood has been fantastic for me and all my year group. The teachers believed in us and the small class sizes meant that we got plenty of time with them during the GCSE course.

“I am so pleased with my results and am confident I achieved them because of the experience I have had at Sancton Wood; not only do I leave with great results but also happy memories of my time at school.”

School principal Richard Settle said: “This has been such a difficult time for our students, and we are exceptionally proud of how they have handled themselves and the hard work and dedication the teachers and staff have shown.

“It’s part of a Sancton Wood education to learn the key skills of resilience and strength of character; this cohort has shown this and more. These excellent qualities will see them well during the next steps of their educational journey.

“Sancton Wood delivers outstanding GCSE results year on year and this is a testament to our tailored educational programme, with small class sizes, motivated students and excellent teachers at its core.

“Lots of this year’s cohort have been with us since the prep school and it’s a strength of the school that we therefore know each child in depth when they reach Year 11.”

The co-educational mixed ability school, which is non-selective, said the results were a vindication that “providing outstanding pastoral care” will help them thrive.

“We continue to be motivated by the huge difference between expected grades given to students when they arrive at Sancton Wood in Year 7 compared to the actual results they achieve,” the school said.

The school is part of the Dukes Education family. It has a nursery pre-prep school, prep school and senior school for pupils aged from nine months to 16. It has class sizes of about 16 across the school.

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