King's GCSE stars were thrilled and relieved with a stellar set of results.
After the fractious debate over A Level grades, the teacher-assessed awards saw 70% of all grades at King's recorded at 9 - 7 (A*/A).
King's new Head of Foundation Jason Slack called the adoption of teacher-assessed grades "A victory for common sense, rightly rewarding a year group who had worked tirelessly both before and during lockdown."
He added: "This cohort will all get their opportunity to sit exams when they take their A Levels and I am sure they will thrive having maintained their studies so assiduously during their enforced time away from school."
Star student Emma Graham, 16, from Macclesfield who got a magnificent 11 straight 9s, spoke for the student body. "Lockdown was challenging, however these results and the knowledge that we have been protecting our community make it worthwhile for us at least."
Pictured above (from left) are just some of the many high achieving King's students. On the back row are: Cricketer and rugby man Harry Owens, who got five 9s, five 8s and a 7 in Further Maths and ultimately wants to become a doctor. Mackenzie Blackaby, 16, who got ten 9s and a 6 in Further Maths, wants to read Computer Science at Cambridge. Electric guitar player Max Parks Szymborski, 16, who got four 9s, six 8s and a 7 and wants to work in high-tech car design. Accomplished athlete and county runner Claudia Rodriquez-Martinez, 16, who got five 9s, six 8s and a 7 in Further Maths and wants to read Medicine. Jack Phillpotts, 16, who got eight 9s, two 8s and one 7 and says he enjoys life at King's, "because of all the extra-curricular opportunities." RAF Air Cadet Alex McCall, 16, who got eight 9s, two 8s and one 7 and who wants to work in the digital sector. Black belt taekwondo expert Tommaso Roncaroli, 16, who got eight 9s, two 8s and one 7 and will read Politics, History, English Literature and Latin at A Level.
On the front row are: 11 straight A star student Emma Graham, 16, who wants to be an engineer and enjoys playing the guitar. First XI Hockey player Euan Usher, 16, who got seven 9s and four 8s and will apply to Oxbridge colleges to read Biochemistry and Genetics. Track Cyclist Trinity Mack who got 11 9s and one 8 and will read Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology in the King's Sixth Form. Hockey player Holly Burke, 16, who got seven 9s, three 8s and one 7 and is also hoping to become a young doctor. Finally Rugby captain James Miller, who got nine 9s and two 8s and wants to read Economics and cites "the sport' as his favourite part of life at King’s.
Head Boy Charlie Oakes (pictured) achieved all 9-7 grades in his GCSES and is going on to study Geography, History & English Literature in King's Sixth Form, Charlie is a Bronze & Silver DofE Award holder and ultimately hopes to study a humanities course at university.
Connie Jordan achieved two 9s, seven 8s and two 7s and her next step is studying A Level Maths, Further Maths, Psychology and Economics. The longer-term ambitions of the talented hockey player include a job involving figures.
Abi Breese-Tovey, from Goostrey, achieved nine 9s, one 8 and an A*. Her next step is studying Maths, Physics, Psychology and Further Maths at A level. Beyond that, the talented mathematician and musician hopes to study either Mechanical Engineering or Psychology at university.
Lewis Johnson achieved a string of 9-7 grades, plus a 6, and will study A levels in Biology, Economics, French and Geography. The bronze and silver DofE award holder and talented linguist is looking forward to King's Sixth Form and achieving Gold DofE.
Talented athlete Izzy Moores, from Rainow, achieved three 9s, six 8’s, a 7 and a 6. Next, the U17 hockey performance centre player with study Geography, Economics and Psychology in King's Sixth Form before going on to study law at university.
Izzy Watkins achieved two 9s, seven 8s, a 7 & a 6 in today'sresults. The cheerleading & trampolining star will now study A level Geography, Biology & Psychology in King's Sixth Form before hopefully doing a degree in midwifery.
Would be veterinary surgeon Olivia Burns was was testing the herd of cows at her neighbouring farm in Sandbach when mum called with her GCSE results. Olivia got five 9s, four 8s and one 7 and will now study Chemistry, Biology and Psychology in King’s Sixth Form with a view studying Veterinary Science, normally the toughest of all university admissions. A British eventing competitor and keen swimmer, Olivia said: “The experience of lockdown was bitter sweet. I started a lot of new hobbies like cookery and painting but, having done so much work, was worried about the arbitrary nature of the results.”