GCSE pupils at Trent College have enjoyed another year of success with the school celebrating 45% of entries graded at grade 7 or above and 25% at grade 8 or above.
Indeed, a number of subjects performed particularly strongly. Results in the three sciences are all outstanding; 89% of all entries in the three sciences achieved a grade 6 or above with 51% achieving grade 8 or above.
A high number of other subjects also saw pupils achieving impressive results, with many seeing over a third of their entries achieving a grade 8 or above.
Darren Brumby, Deputy Head Academic said “It is very good to see such strong results from what is a very broad choice of subjects. We are very proud of the grades the pupils have achieved in these new more challenging courses.”
One of the school’s top performers across the board is Josh Robinson, with seven grade 9s, two 8s and a 7. He said, “I’m relieved! Since the mocks I have really put in the work. I think my success has been helped by finding something outside the classroom; for me that has been climbing, which has given me space. Debating has also been great for my confidence.” Josh’s proud mum added, “He was determined to fill every hour at school productively. Both Debating and Drama have been so good for him.”
Academic and Art Scholar, Isabel Goldman achieved top grades in all subjects with six grade 9, four 8 and an A* in Further Maths. She said, “I’m so happy. I worked as hard as I could. The Debating and Oxbridge Societies have both really pushed me, while seeing the Sixth Formers within the societies get some wonderful university offers has also been really motivating. I’m staying on for Sixth Form to take History, Physics, Maths and Further Maths and want to study Physics or Astrophysics at university – we have an amazing Physics Department here at Trent, the teachers have shown me how exciting Physics can be and now my life will be in this field.”
Head of Main School Mr Noble has worked with the year group since the start of their GCSE journey and was on hand to celebrate with them as they received their results. He said, “It is a wonderful atmosphere this morning, it is amazing to see so many smiling faces and to see the pupils receiving the rewards for their hard work. They’ve been a very positive year group and it is great to see them doing so well.”
Drama and Academic Scholar, Maddy Stentiford, whose very impressive results included six 9s, was extremely happy. She said, “I am really relieved, it has been a long wait since taking the exams!” Maddy will be staying on to study Maths, English Literature and Physics. She continued, “I am looking forward to the next stage of school life at Sixth Form; I’ve been here since Nursery but now I’m looking forward to the independence of A Levels. There is so much to do here, such as sport, drama and academic societies – you have everything you could ever want and there is always someone to support you in all areas.”
Deputy Head Prefect, Milly Hibbs, on receiving her results of four grade 9s, four 8s, a 7 and a 6, said, “I’m feeling really good, I’m very happy with my maths result as I did so much work!”. As well as being an Academic Scholar Milly competes as part of the ‘A’ teams in Hockey, Netball and Cricket and is a National qualifier for Cross Country; she is also a keen musician. When discussing how she fits so much in as well as achieving excellent results, she says, “I’m just used to it! I’ve joined in with all of the opportunities here since Year 7, it all just fits together; the atmosphere is so friendly and there is always help when you need it.”
Jack Grantham, an Academic Scholar and member of the school’s successful Debating team achieved an A* in Further Maths, as well as three grade 9s, four 8s and three 7s. He feels that as well as lots of hard work, his debating has helped him with his studies. He said, “Debating helps you think outside the box, it has helped improve my essay subjects, such as thinking of further points to discuss and then how to elaborate on these.” Jack will be continuing his studies at Trent College’s Sixth Form, taking up A Levels in English Literature, Maths, Further Maths and Politics.
Sports Scholar and keen rugby player, Joshua Jackson, was another very high achiever. He secured four grade 9s, two 8s, three 7s and a 6. He said, “I’m really happy. I wanted to live up to the high standards around me at school and I’ve had to believe in my own abilities to achieve these results.”
Ollie Royer, who is a Sports Scholar, Sports Prefect and 1st team player in Rugby, Cricket and Hockey has achieved top results as well as sporting successes. He today received his results of two grade 9s, four 8s, two 7s and a 6 as well as an A in Further Maths. He said, “I am over the moon, lost for words! I’ve had a great group of friends around me, they have been as focused as me and the teachers have kept us on track! Tutors and heads of year have been great and my sport has been such an important way to relax and switch off with time away from studies.”
Head of Trent College, Mr Bill Penty, said: “Once again, our pupils have achieved some great results and our warmest congratulations go to them. This has been against the national background of the increased depth and difficulty in terms of the syllabus content, but they have certainly embraced this extra challenge to gain some truly impressive results.
“They have done this while excelling in so many other areas of school life, and I am very proud of them and the excellent staff who have done such a good job to support and prepare them.”