GCSE results: Significant increase in top grades at Ratcliffe College

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle
GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle
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Ratcliffe College is delighted with another impressive set of GCSE results.

Following the college’s outstanding inspection, these excellent results reinforce this message.

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

Ratcliffe College saw a significant increase in A* grades, with 48 per cent of all grades A*/A. The college takes pride in supporting all students, teaching a wide spectrum of abilities; with 87 per cent of all grades being C or better, there is clearly significant value added to all students regardless of their ability, said the college.

Headmaster Gareth Lloyd said: “Our examination results have, yet again, proven that we stretch the most able while at the same time supporting every individual, nurturing their own personal strengths. I am immensely proud of my students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of my colleagues to each and every child.”

In the very difficult further mathematics examination, which is far more challenging than GCSE mathematics, there was an increase in the A/A*; 23 per cent of the year group achieved grade A or above (including A**), significantly bucking the national trend. 

Top students are Philip Gyesi-Appiah (11A*s, including A* with Distinction in Further Maths), Joseph Smith (10 A*s and 1 A), Tom Cusack and Nathalie Dawe (both with A* with Distinction, 8 A*s and 2 As), Esme Kelly (8 A*s and 3 As) and David Hippisley-Cox (A* with Distinction, 7A*s and 2 As).

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

Olivia Back achieved 5 A*s and 5 As. A scholar athlete, Olivia is an exceptionally talented hockey player, having successfully earned her place in the Under-16 England Team. Concurrent with her studies at Ratcliffe College, she plays for the Leicester Ladies’ First Team Hockey Club, a National Premiership team. Olivia is currently trialling for England’s Under-18 National Team.

Olivia said: “I’m really happy! My dad says never to fail through lack of effort, and I try to embody that. I tend to do my work as soon as I get in, and then relax. It’s good that I have friends who understand.”

Congratulations are also extended to Jack Nightingale who has achieved 6A*s and 5As. A hardworking and enormously talented young man, Jack is a member of the Leicestershire County Cricket Club Academy and has also been nominated for the England Cricket Board (ECB) Under-19 Long List, for which he will be scouted over the next few years.

Jack said: “It was challenging to balance cricket with my school work. There is no magic formula, just hard work. I couldn’t have done it without the support of school, the cricket club and my parents.”

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle

GCSE results day at Ratcliffe College. Photo: Matthew Edward and Sunny Hoyle