GCSE results 2018: Stanborough School
PUBLISHED: 14:49 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 23 August 2018
After many weeks of waiting, Stanborough School pupils were finally able to collect their GCSE results.
The school was extremely pleased with the results achieved by the pupils who were the first cohort to receive the majority of their GCSE exams on the new 9 to 1 scale with the rest of the GCSE exams continuing to be awarded A* to G grades.
Notable achievements included Kono Washio with three GCSEs at grade 9 and five at grade 8.
Lucy Thompson achieved two GCSE scores of grade 9, six at grade 8 and an A grade.
Mattia Salsi, 16, who achieved two grade 9s, one A* and four grade 8s at GCSE level, said he would advise next year’s pupils to stick with revision and try not to lose motivation as the exams approach.
He said: “It’s easy to lose focus the closer you get to the exams but that is the key time to be revising.”
The youngster has his eye on becoming a software developer and will be joining the school’s sixth form in September.
Charlotte Ball, 16, achieved three grade 9s, one A* and two grade 8s and will now be joining the sixth form to study Spanish, history and media.
The youngster said she revised extremely hard but admitted that like many pupils whenever she wasn’t revising she felt stressed and guilty.
When asked what advice she’d have for pupils set to take the exams next year, she said: “GCSE results are important but it’s not worth getting massively stressed and upset over.
“Your results are not the end of the world.”
Charlotte’s mum Lisa Ball, who works at the school, said: “I’m just so proud of her. She worked so hard and she deserves every result she got.”
Rory Satterley-Hull achieved two grade 9s, five grade 8s and an A grade, all at GCSE level.
Other top achievers included Harry Cross, Alice Wells, Luke Mawer and Sophie Reid.
Bow Burden, 16, proved everyone wrong including herself when she picked up an amazing set of results this morning.
The youngster, who told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that she truly thought she had failed, walked away with a pass in everything.
She said she revised four to five hours a day and feels “so happy”.
Described by teachers as the biggest “self-doubter”, Daniel Paget, who has dyslexia, passed all of his eight subjects.
Daniel said he is in a “dreamlike state” since picking up his envelope this morning and can’t believe how well he has done.
He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I had to work so hard to get them and have always really struggled with exams.
“The school have been so supportive and we’re going to celebrate now with pizza.”
The youngster, who dreams of working in stage production in a theatre and currently works at the Wyllyotts Centre in Potters Bar, has spent his whole summer doing work experience in London.
His mum Maxine Paget said: “I couldn’t be prouder. It’s been scary dropping him off at 7am and watching him go into London on his own, but he works so hard.
“It has been a rollercoaster and we are all very emotional today.”
Head teacher Peter Brown said: “We are extremely proud of the students’ achievements this year.
“This cohort has not only had to work extremely hard for all their GCSE and BTEC qualifications, but they have also had the added uncertainty of being the first cohort to take the new style GCSE exams in the majority of their subjects.
“I am also proud of our superb team of teaching and support staff at the school who have supported the students so well over the past three years.
“Together with strong parental support, the students have been very well prepared to meet the demands of an increasingly difficult examinations system.”
He added: “We are also very pleased that a high proportion of students will continue their studies into our excellent Sixth orm at Stanborough and will continue to perform at the highest level as demonstrated by our very good A-level results achieved last week.
“We also have a number of students who have been successful in their GCSE and BTEC qualifications and will now follow college or Level 2 Apprenticeship courses.”