Outstanding success for the Mount GCSE students

Much has been reported about the challenges faced by this year’s cohort of students as they tackled the reformed system of GCSE examinations. With almost all subjects now being graded 9 – 1 (in place of the old A* - G), the new style examinations have been designed to stretch the most able and rely much more heavily on an end of course examination than in previous years. The grades A* and A are now replaced by numbers 9, 8 and 7, with the 9 pitched above the former A*.

Hot on the heels of last week’s excellent A Levels, the results of this year’s GCSE examinations have been a source of great pride and joy for very many of the Mount St Mary’s College students.

With a pass rate of 99.7%, our students can now see that their years of hard work and determination have paid off and they are now moving forward to pursue further study in their subjects of choice. 84.6% of the grades achieved were at the highest pass level (9-4) and 26% of the grades were an 8 or a 9.

William Thompson from Sheffield scored a magnificent eight level 9s, two level 8s and one level 7. He will now continue his studies at the Mount and has chosen A Levels in Chemistry, History, French and Latin. Also achieving a tremendous set of results, Tomisin Owolabi from Swallownest scored seven grade 9s, two level 8s and one level 7. He is excited to be now studying Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics.

Izzy Coakley from Bolsover joined the Mount two years ago and has gone from strength to strength both on the sports field and in the classroom. A talented Pentathlete, Izzy competes in her chosen sports at a national level and has managed to combine this with her academic studies to secure six level 9s and three level 8s. A truly superb achievement.

Shreyan Ghosh joined the Mount in year 9 having previously lived and studied in India. His hardwork and dedication to his studies have now secured him six level 9s, three level 8s and one level 7. He will progress to Higher Line at the Mount to study Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Further Mathematics. Originally joining the Mount from Nigeria, Mukaosolu Emeka-Ofomata has been a very valuable member of the girls’ boarding community since she joined in year 8. Her four years of commitment and study have now gained her two grade 9s, four grade 8s and three grade 7s. Well done Muka!!

A very bright future beckons for Mark Alkins-Tooth who is also choosing to pursue the sciences at the Mount have swept the board with seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and one grade 7. Fellow classmate Benedict Morley is today celebrating with one grade 9, five grade 8s and four grade 7s whilst Samuel Connolly takes home two level 9s, four level 8s, two level 7s and two level 6s.

The stories of achievement are not just limited to those who took home large numbers of the very highest grades. Today saw very many smiling and relieved faces as students learned they had secured their predicted grades or higher in all of their subjects.

Headmaster Dr Cuddihy warmly congratulated students and teachers alike saying: “We were all delighted to receive this set of results today. Coming after the wonderful A level results it has meant we have had a very good week indeed at the Mount. Today I want to extend my warm and sincere thanks to everyone who helped our students get to this day. It takes a village to raise a child they say. In the case of GCSE results we should remember that the seeds of these successes were sown in the family and later in primary school. For most of our students that was at Barlborough Hall and other excellent primary schools. Since coming to the Mount these students will have worked with a wide variety of teachers and support staff who have helped them get to this day. So the joy of these excellent results is shared by many. Above all though the credit and congratulations must go to the Syntax class of 2018. You have so much of which you can be proud and so much to which you can look forward with confidence.”

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