GCSE success stories 2021

Hard working GCSE students have successfully navigated their exams to record outstanding results, believing that coping with the COVID lockdowns has developed their maturity and flexibility.

That endeavour and resilience was rewarded with a stunning set of results: a remarkable 49% of grades were at 9/8 (A*) with 71% at 9 -7 (A*/A)  and 85% at 9 - 6 (A* to B). An outstanding eight students achieved a clean sweep of 9 grades, with 24 students getting all 9s and 8s.

Head Girl Zoe Griffiths, who got a stunning 11 straight 9 grades, and will be staying on for King's Sixth Form said: "The uncertainty of how we were going to be assessed loomed over everyone and the successive rounds of testing upon which we were eventually judged was very stressful.

"However, on the bright side, working remotely from home has definitely improved us as independent learners and we should do better in the Sixth Form and then university."

Deputy Head Boy, Ben O'Donnell, who was another of the brilliant young students earning straight 9s, added: "Not being in school for nine months was tough, but we pulled through because of the hope that one day things would return to normal. In fact, the home working was a distraction and gave us something to do."  

Head of Foundation Mr Jason Slack said: "Year 11 students at King's have risen to the challenge and overcome so many barriers over the last 18 months to secure exceptional results in their GCSEs. The hard work, adaptability and determination of the pupils and their teachers has been richly rewarded amid disruption and change like no other. This wonderful academic success is only part of the full picture of a very talented year group whose all-round education is excelling in many broader ways through outdoor education and extra-curricular opportunities. I'm really excited to see this cohort go on to thrive in King's Sixth Form and contribute to the School's ongoing success and development."

Pictured above (from left) are some of the pupils who earned all straight 9s. Talented orienteer Ben O'Donnell, who wants to become a doctor; rock and jazz guitarist Sammy Earnshaw, who wants to go on to study Chemistry; another band musician Zoe Griffiths, who adds "I want to go where the wind takes me." Niya Alias, who wants to read Maths at either Oxford or Cambridge and work in teaching; rugby player Toby Denton who wants to be a doctor and Macclesfield harrier Molly Brown who also wants to read Medicine. Also achieving all straight 9s but not pictured were Nick Reynolds and Anna Warham.

Pupils (pictured left) were also joyful this morning. Star of King's theatrical productions, Freya Griffiths, achieved a fabulous three 9s, four 8s and three 7s. Fellow thespian, Amelia Phillpotts, achieved a stunning all 9s and 8s; future lawyer Annabel Townsend achieved three 9s, an 8, four 7s and a 6. Jamie Pearce, who achieved two 8s, seven 7s and two 6s; Head Boy, Rory McCabe, who got nine 9s and one 8, said: "We all had to play the cards we were dealt and just get on with it. It’s been tough and stressful at times, but there wasn’t an alternative. I look at my friends and feel we have earned these grades. We all worked extremely hard in very difficult circumstances."

On the front, from left: Lucy Evans got two 9s, fours 8s a 7 and two 6s, and hopes to go on to study English at university. DofE award holder Grace Cornford achieved four 9s, two 8s, three 7s and a 6 and also hopes to go on to study English Literature. Singer and runner Edie Waters achieved seven 9s, three 8s and a 6.

Head Girl and musician Zoe Griffiths, who got a stunning 11 straight 9 grades, is pictured right, along with (from left) Equality and Diversity Council member Loryn Robinson, from Lower Withington, who got six 9s, two 8s and three 7s; Edward Gandy, from Lower Peover, who got two 9s, six 8s and two 7s and ultimately wants to be vet; Abby Jones, who got three 9s, two 8s, three 7s and a 5 and a 6; and Izzy Hammond, from Knutsford, a member of King's national championship trampoline team and cross country runner, who got four 9s, one 8, four 7s and a 5.


Congratulations to Charlotte Parker (left) from Wilmslow, who got five 9s, four 8s and two 7s and wants to become an engineer. The DofE award holder will be studying all the Sciences in King's Sixth Form as the first stage in moving on to study engineering. Sammy Earnshaw; from Alderley Edge, got a stunning 11 grade 9s. A talented rock and jazz guitarist, Sammy wants to be a leading chemical engineer and charity worker. Sophia Ghorbanian, achieved three 9s, four 8s, two 7s a 6 and a 5 and wants eventually to read Global Development at York.


Pictured from left to right at the back are rugby star Toby Denton, from Peak Forest, who got ten 9s and one 8 and wants to study Medicine; fellow rugby man Archie Little, from Buxton, who got five 9s, three 8s and two 7s and ultimately wants to read Architecture. Ben O'Donnell, then Equality and Diversity Council member Sammy Barton, who got four 9s, four 8s and two 7s and is aiming to study History and Politics. At the front are: Lottie Clark, from Whaley Bridge, who got four 9s, three 8s and three 7s and is a member of King's national trampoline team and world championship cheerleading team; Katy Radcliffe, from Glossop, who got six 9s, three 8s and one seven and is aiming to be a veterinary surgeon. Finally, talented musician Lilly Cook, who got eight 9s, two 8s and a 7.


Pictured from left to right on the back row are: Hockey player Hatty Bailey, who got six 9s and four 8s; Reuben Thomden, who got  five 9s, one 8, three 7s and a 6  and wants to read Law; cricketer Lewis Johnstone, from Congleton, who got nine 9s and two 8s and Aaron Raymon,from Congleton, who got five 9s, four 8s and two 7s. On the front row are: Jess Burton, who got seven 9s, two 8s and one 7 and was a member of King's World Championship cheerleading team; Cate Ling, who got one 9, two 8s, three 7s and four 6s, and talented musician Becky Foster who wants to be a zoologist and got nine 9s, an 8 and a 7.


Pictured on the left is guitarist William Davies, from Bosley, who got eight 9s, two 8s and one 7 and will take

Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Economics in the King’s Sixth Form and ultimately wants to work in Finance and Accounting. Next to him is Tommo Sheridan, from Leek and who will take Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths at A Level and wants to study Medicine at university.


Congratulations everyone & best of luck for the next stage of your learning journeys!!!