THE wait is finally over for hundreds of students across Thurrock who have been opening their GCSE results this week (Thursday 24 August). Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and health visited four of our schools and joined students in celebrating their many successes.
He said: “Early GCSE results* from our schools suggest that 61% of the Thurrock entry has gained a pass grade in English and maths combined. This moves the performance in Thurrock schools even closer to the National Average.
“The exams and the grading system have changed this year making it difficult to determine how this year’s results compare with previous years with tougher exams to ensure students are fit to compete with students on the world stage.
For students confused with changes or need advice, visit the Thurrock Careers service by visiting: thurrock.gov.uk/exams
St Clere’s School and Harris Academy Chafford Hundred were the best performing schools in the borough.
At St Clere’s School, Danielle Ball achieved 7 A*-A grades, a grade 8 and 2 grade 9s. Charlotte Joy achieved 6 A*-As, and 7, 8 and 9 in the new style English and maths GCSEs.
At Grays Convent, Jenna Fullerton achieved 9 A*-A grades and a 9 grade in the new style GCSEs.
Cllr James Halden added: “I enjoyed meeting students in four of our academies today and I want to congratulate all students and their families, teaching staff and school governors for their efforts in achieving these excellent results.
“One of the biggest leaps of improvement has been Hassenbrook who saw a massive 20% jump in English results since joining the Stanford and Corringham Trust.
“We will continue to have high aspirations for all our young people and support our schools and academies to achieve even higher standards.”
Results received today for children looked after have come from schools in and out of the borough. This year, eight achieved grades 4 and above in English and maths, which is 32% of the entry. Of these, one young man is studying at Harris Chafford Hundred and gained 8 A*-A grades with a 9 in English literature, and a young female studying at St Clere’s gained 7 A*-A grades, with a 9 in English as well as maths.
Many of the other 17 CLA also achieved well in vocational subjects and our unaccompanied asylum seekers who were studying English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) gained their City and Guilds qualifications.