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Personal Everests Conquered by Hard-Working GCSE Students

Thursday 12 August 2021

St Joseph’s College is delighted with the results achieved by GCSE candidates - this was a strong cohort who achieved superb grades in line with the College’s high expectations. Whilst grading systems necessarily change at a time of pandemic, checks and balances were put in place to ensure integrity, oversight and fairness.

St Jo’s students worked hard both online and in school throughout this difficult year, excelling under controlled conditions when they sat their end of course assessments, with a laudably responsible attitude to revision.

The impressive headline statistics include:

  • 94% of grades for the 68 candidates were Grade 4 and above
  • 93% of students achieving five GCSEs at Grade 4 and above (including English and Mathematics)
  • 44% of all grades at 7 to 9 (A -A*A*)
  • 98.5% of students achieved Grade 4 or above in English
  • 93% of students achieved Grade 4 or above in Mathematics

Mr Cinnamond, Deputy Principal, commented: 'The impressive headline statistic of 93% of students achieving five GCSEs at Grade 4 and above (including English and Mathematics) only tells part of the story for a cohort who have shown great resilience and have brilliantly learnt to adapt to the challenges of online learning.

'This was undoubtedly a very successful year with most students equalling or beating their personal targets. As ever, we celebrate students achieving their own “Everest” and clinching those all-important Grade 4s or 5s in Maths and English, whilst also being incredibly delighted by the record-breaking 44% of all grades at 7 to 9.'


‘We are extremely pleased that the vast majority of this cohort will be staying on with us to complete A-levels, BTEC and CTEC courses at St Joseph’s College Sixth Form. Indeed, we look forward to seeing great things from this talented group of young adults who will be shortly joined by a large number of other excellent recruits both from the local area and beyond.’