GCSE Celebrations at The Gryphon

Students at The Gryphon School in Sherborne are celebrating today after receiving excellent GCSE and BTEC results. All of the students worked incredibly hard and this has been reflected in the grades they have received.

Connie Symms achieved outstanding results – gaining ten grade 9’s and a BTEC Distinction*. She said “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy!  Thank you to all my teachers for all the support through the last few years.”

Twins, Holly and Chloe Gillett, achieved a fantastic fourteen 9’s, six grade 8’s and a distinction between them. Holly said “I was really nervous, I have worked so hard and tried my best, and kept up with all the online learning during lockdown, so I’m just incredibly happy today”. She will be going on to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths, which she hopes will enable her to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Chloe was also delighted with her results and is staying on for Sixth Form to study Film, Biology, Chemistry and English Language.

The school was also delighted to host BBC Radio Solent’s reporter Laurence Herdman, who interviewed a number of excited students live on air after they had opened their results this morning.

Henrietta Love achieved an amazing nine grade 9’s and two 8’s. She said “It feels incredible, I was expecting to do ok, but I’m so pleased with my results!” Henrietta will be joining The Gryphon Sixth Form to study for A levels in Maths, Economics and History.

Edward Palmer achieved a brilliant seven grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s and a 7. He said “I am thrilled, just really, really pleased. I’m looking forward to being able to celebrate with friends”. Edward is also staying on for Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Rosie Beeson got five grade 9’s, three 8’s and three 7’s, and said she was delighted that all of her hard work paid off. Charlotte Willis received five grade 9’s, five 8’s and a 7, and said “It’s been really tough but the end result is worth it”.

This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.

Head of Year 11, Joe Miles said “I am so proud of all our students today – it has been an incredibly tough two years for them, and they have shown amazing resilience and determination. They have been a fantastic year group over the last five years, supporting each other on the journey. We look forward to welcoming many of them back for Sixth Form in September, and we wish them all the best of luck with whatever they go on to do”.


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