GCSE results 2020: Our Lady of Sion pupils celebrate their successes

Pupils at Our Lady of Sion school have received their GCSE results after an ‘incredibly challenging and unsettling’ year.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 3:07 pm

Exam cancellations as a result of coronavirus meant grades were based primarily on teachers’ predictions.

A controversial algorithm was scrapped by the Government after widespread criticism in disappointing thousands of A-level students.

A spokesman for the school said its grades had been calculated with meticulous care, taking in the views of staff and senior managers.

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Notable results this year include :

- George Dagg, who achieved nine Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and an additional maths Grade A. He will stay on at sixth form to study maths, physics and geography.

- Charlotte Sandiford achieved eight x Grade 9 and three xx Grade 8 and will be staying at Sion Sixth form to study art, biology and chemistry.

- Sam Cundy achieved seven x Grade 9 and four x Grade 8 and is off to BHASVIC to study A level physics, maths and geography

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- Sam Keogh achieved five x Grade 9 and six x Grade 8 and is staying at Sion to study maths, physics and chemistry

- Lyra Walton achieved one Grade 9, eight x Grade 8 and two x Grade 7s and is studying psychology, philosophy and geography at BHASVIC

Acting head, Steve Jeffery, said: “My heart is bursting with pride! Our students have done it again. Even during an incredibly challenging and unsettling time, these resilient, hard-working and dedicated young people have achieved outstanding results. Whatever is being discussed within the various facets of the media, I would strongly challenge anyone who endeavoured to diminish the value of our academic results awarded in 2020.

“I will happily shout from the rooftops that these young people have worked exceptionally hard during unprecedented and troubling times and have still managed to secure outstanding results that are rightfully theirs to own.

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“They achieved those grades through sheer hard work and an intrinsic drive to succeed. This was energetically encouraged through the support of excellent teaching and pastoral care from teachers and parents. I am immensely proud of this community.”

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