GCSEs: Chatsmore’s alternative approach proves successful

Proud parents Dawn and Rob Walker with daughter Yolanda and son Harvey
Proud parents Dawn and Rob Walker with daughter Yolanda and son Harvey
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CHATSMORE Catholic High School students are reaping the rewards of its alternative approach to GCSEs, says its head teacher.

The school has surpassed the national average for GCSE results for the past three years, with 60 per cent of students achieving five or more A*-C grades in maths and English this year.

We are ecstatic. We’re really pleased for her, she’s worked really hard.

Parents Dawn and Rob Walker

Students start their GCSE options in year nine and take at least three exams in year ten, as a way of alleviating exam pressure.

Yolanda Walker, 16, from Chalet Road, Ferring, achieved two A*s, two As and two Bs in her year 11 exams.

She said: “I’m really really happy. I got full marks in further additional chemistry and that’s what I’m doing for A Level, along with maths and art.”

She praised the school’s approach to GCSEs and added it helped when she went for an interview at The College of Richard Collyer, in Horsham.

Her parents, Dawn, 48, and Rob, 51, said: “We are ecstatic. We’re really pleased for her, she’s worked really hard. The results are from sheer dedication and hard work. The school has been fantastic.”

Sixty per cent of year ten students at the school achieved three or more A*-C grades.

Game of Thrones star Brenock O’Connor, 15, was one of those students. Unsurprisingly, he achieved an A in drama, but he also scored a strong B grade in science and a C in art.

He said he was going to go home and watch hit US drama House of Cards.

Head teacher Mike Madden said: “Because there’s huge pressure at exam times, we try and split that pressure over three years.

This is the third year in a row results have gone up, and year ten next year will break all records.

“As a whole community, we should be proud of the achievements of our students, not just the progress they have made in their GCSE exams, but also their contribution to the community and how they have grown as young people in their time with us.”

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