Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

History-Making Pupils Are Set to Join School's Largest Sixth Form Yet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

History-Making Pupils Are Set to Join School's Largest Sixth Form Yet

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YEAR 11 pupils at Newcastle School for Boys have made history with an outstanding set of GCSE results ahead of their start in what is set to be the school's largest sixth form cohort ever.

The boys joined others around the country as the first group of pupils to sit the reformed assessments throughout their GCSE studies.

Despite indications that the examinations would prove more challenging for those sitting this summer, the boys excelled themselves, producing an exceptionally high set of results, far surpassing the national average for grades.

Despite only 4% of grades being awarded at the grade 9 level across the UK, 12.8% of the boys' results were awarded at this highest grade. In addition, the pupils secured a 100% pass rate, with 56% grades at 9 to 7 and 98% at 9 to 4. Among the group were a few boys who achieved a particularly noteworthy set of results, including Abdul Alsunaid with six grade 9s, three grade 7s and one A-grade (in business studies which still uses the A* to E structure), and Joshua Dressner with five grade 9s, three grade 8s and three A*s (in ICT, business studies and computer science). Sixteen-year-old Jesse Meeson and his family had double cause for celebration following his older brother Alfie's outstanding A-level results of four As the previous week. Following in his brother's footsteps, Jesse was awarded eight grade 9s and two grade 8s to place him among the highest-performing pupils nationally.

"We're absolutely delighted with the boys' results" said deputy head (academic) Alex Newman.

"There was always going to be some uncertainty about how the exam reforms would affect the overall grades for the boys but they have all certainly stepped up to the mark. It's fantastic to see the boys' and their teachers' efforts rewarded in such a way and with so many boys achieving the highest level of grades.

"It was also particularly pleasing to see that these high results were spread across the subjects, demonstrating their progress across the curriculum. …

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