2020 GCSE success stories

It was all smiles for King's GCSE pupils on results day.

A trio of brilliant young High Peak academics achieved stunning GCSE results. Pictured (left) is Head Girl and hot shot Lottie Dennett, from Glossop, who is on the King's pistol shooting squad got a stunning ten 9s and will now study Biology, Chemistry and Psychology in the King's Sixth Form with a view to reading Veterinary Science at university.
Lottie said with a smile: "I wasn't nervous about my results, but when I got them I nearly choked on my pain-au-chocolat," adding compassionately, "I am so thrilled all my peers also got the grades they deserved and worked so hard for."
Musician Rosie Ibberson (right), also from Glossop, also hit the high notes with ten grade 9s and one 8 and said of her life at King's, "It's such a great environment." At the front, chorister and pianist Ruth Ridgway, from Whaley Bridge, who got four 9s, six 8s and one 7 and, alongside her A Level studies at King’s, will complete her Duke of Edinburgh programme going for Gold Award in the Sixth Form. 

Dominic Townsend recorded a stunning set of results. A skilled archer and fantasy gaming expert, Dominic got nine 9s, an A* and a 7, and will continue into King’s Sixth Form to study History, Economics and Psychology A Levels before going on to read Law at university. 

His fellow King’s School GCSE stars were also 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 the top Macclesfield school recorded at 9 - 7 (A*/A).

Pieter Coyle was the only student at King's sitting Dutch GCSE, but he aced it just like all his other stunning results. Hockey player Pieter, from Wilmslow, hopes to use his stunning set of GCSE results as the first step towards Oxbridge entrance. First he will study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Computing at A Level in the King's Sixth Form. 

Brilliant Leek academics Martha Wood and Jo Whiteley resisted a congratulatory hug as they celebrated their GCSE results.  
Martha (left), from Rudyard got ten 9s and one 8 and will study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths in the King's Sixth Form. A Duke of Edinburgh Silver award holder who will go for Gold in the Sixth Form, Martha is also a skilled rower and ultimately wants to read Natural Sciences.  
Good friend Jo Whiteley, from Leek, got nine 9s, one 8 and an A* and will read History, German, English Literature and Politics in King’s Sixth Form. 
A hugely talented pianist and cellist, Jo said: "The best thing about King's has been my own year group. We are so close and there is a real sense of community which wasn't dampened by the lockdown." 

Madeline Holden from Poynton spoke for her generation after picking up her results. The musician and martial arts expert who got eight 9s, two 8s and one six with a 6 in Further Maths said: "It's been quite tough and challenging for young people, but pleasing results at the end of it all has shown how hard work and determination pays off." 
Madeline is pictured with fellow Poynton student Milan Turnbull who will also go on to King's Form with a set of stunning results. Duke of Edinburgh silver award holder, Milan, got five 9s, five 8s and one 7 and will study Chemistry, Biology and Maths at A Level with a view to applying for either Dentistry or Medicine.  
King’s Head of Foundation Jason Slack called the revised system “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.”