Highams Park School’s Year 11 students have followed the lead of their 6th Form peers and produced some fabulous achievements of their own. With last week bringing a record number of A* grades at A level at Highams Park, this week has seen a similar increase in the proportion of Grades 7, 8 and 9 at GCSE. 

Outstanding individual achievements are being celebrated by students and their families – none more so than the superb outcomes of Martha Wakefield, whose results exceeded those of all previous Highams Park students since the introduction of the new grading system. Martha gained ten Grade 9s and one Grade 8, which represents a truly stunning achievement. Martha is planning to study Maths, French, Computer Science and Business Studies in the 6th Form.

Sidney Bartolotta also produced some magnificent results, achieving eight GCSEs at Grade 9, one at Grade 8 and two at Grade 7, to go alongside her A* in Italian. Sidney is looking forward to A levels in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and French at Highams Park 6th Form.

Maryam Ali excelled with five GCSEs at Grade 9 and six at Grade 8, which will take her on to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology as she pursues her dream career in Medicine. Daniel Caves San Jose gained an equally impressive five subjects at Grade 9 and six at Grade 8, plus an A in Italian, and will join us again in September to study History, Government and Politics and Sociology. Omar Ahmad is the third student in this year’s Year 11 to achieve five GCSEs at Grade 9, alongside three Grade 8s, one Grade 7 and two Grade 6s. Omar is another budding medic, who plans to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths next year.

Other achievements of note include Shameer Ashraf, Max Garner, Klaudia Halat, Rosie Rallings and Albert Smyth who all achieved 3 GCSEs at Grade 9 with a host of Grade 8s and Grade 7s between them. Max and Rosie deserve a special mention, as they both had to balance preparation for GCSEs with their sporting commitments. Rosie has been representing Great Britain in Synchronised Swimming in Croatia this summer, while Max was selected by England Hockey to play in the 2019 Futures Cup as part of the U17 Boys’ Squad.

These outcomes, and the achievements of so many other individuals not mentioned here, represent the culmination of considerable hard work and determination.  This is perhaps best embodied by the superb results gained by James West, Ishaa Mohammed, Claudia Agusheva and Rachel Doig, who are amongst the students making the greatest progress during their 5 years at Highams Park.

The Principal, Phil Grundy, said this about the GCSE results: “All of the staff at Highams Park would like to congratulate the students on their GCSE results. Alongside the individuals highlighted above there are many more who should be rightfully celebrating the outcomes of their diligent study.  It is brilliant to see students now equipped with the GCSE grades, as well as the life skills, to move forward to the next stage of their studies.  The staff here now look forward to working with them for the next two years in the 6th Form and their future success at post 16 study.”

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