Huge congratulations to all of our Year 11 pupils receiving their results today. They have done themselves and our school proud, achieving an amazing set of GCSE results, and have adapted fantastically to the significant changes in the system. Remarkably, 24% of grades were at A*/A (including 9-7 in English and Maths) and nearly half of pupils (47.5%) achieved at least 1 A*/A or 9-7 grade. A total of 53 pupils got 5 or more A*/A and 9-7 grades, equivalent to nearly a quarter of the year group, with 28 of these pupils achieving at least 8 of the top grades and 12 of these pupils achieving at least 10 of the top grades. Achievement in the core subjects was extremely impressive with 73% of our pupils achieving the Basics Measure (9-4 in English and Maths ). This level of performance has been matched by the other subjects across the curriculum and goes against what appears to be the national trend, particularly in English, where results are reported to have gone down, with 87% of our pupils achieving a 9-4 in either Language or Literature.

At a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to attain such excellent results, we are delighted to see the efforts of our staff and pupils recognised in this way, with over 70% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C including a 9-4 in English and Maths. Whilst acknowledging the enormous achievements of the most able is very important, what gives me the greatest pleasure is the consistent progress that our students make, irrespective of their ability or starting point. Our pupil centred approach along with the fantastic support and dedication of our parents and wonderful teachers will enable our pupils to move into the next stages of their careers with confidence.

The Year 11 Team have provided incredible support leading up to and during their exams. Year 11 Learning Manager, Becky Parry- Jones describes it as a real privilege to have worked with this year group over the past 3 years, as they have juggled their studies with additional activities in the wider school community, extending their skill sets and sharing their experiences with younger pupils. She wishes them well in their future and knows that the qualifications they have achieved, coupled with the personal skills they have developed will make them determined, resilient and successful young people.

We wish all of our 2017 Hardenhuish Year 11 ongoing success, with the large majority returning to Hardenhuish 6th Form in September where they will be able to take advantage of the new study facilities. They leave with our congratulations for their achievements and our grateful thanks for their excellent contribution to the life of our school over the last five years.

Lisa Percy