Urswick students celebrate fantastic GCSE results

There were screams of excitement as Year 11 collected their GCSE results at The Urswick School today. 51% of students achieved grade 4 or above in English and Maths, a 9% improvement on last year.

Amongst the highest performing students were Begum Karakus, who achieved 11 GCSEs either at A* to B, with grade 9s in English and English Literature and grade 8 in Maths. From this year English and Maths are graded one to nine, with nine being the highest. Other subjects will use the same numerical grading system in the future. Begum who was clearly surprised with her grades said, “I never thought I’d get a 9 in English Literature. I’m overwhelmed with my results and looking forward to starting my studies to become a doctor.”

Richard Brown, Headteacher said: ‘I am delighted. Our results are up on last year, yet in many ways this is a completely different exam just with the same name. The papers are more difficult and in some subjects there was real uncertainty amongst teachers and students as to what the exams would look like. Urswick students have overcome these obstacles and achieved success. This is a tribute to their hard work and dedication and the skill and professionalism of our teachers’.

‘This is my tenth year of GCSE results at the school. We have made so much progress at Urswick in that time and I am delighted for everybody’.

Former Head Girl Melissa Hussain achieved 11 GCSEs, including A*s in RE, Additional Science, Computing and History with grade 8s in Maths and English Literature. She said: “I’m so surprised at my results but relieved that my hard work has paid off and I’m so thankful for to the teachers here at The Urswick that have helped me achieve my wonderful results.”

Kacper Filar already the school’s Chess Champion, achieved A* in History and Computing and a grade 8 in Maths. He said “I really wasn’t expecting to have done so well. The teachers here have really helped me over the last 5 years and I’m very grateful for all they have done. I’m not sure what career I will go into, but being able to speak English, Polish and French, that will be something I continue with.” Kacper arrived in this country from Poland at the age of nine and is now planning to join Urswick’s Sixth Form. In total he passed 11 GCSEs.


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