GCSE RESULTS: Barnwell, Stevenage

Pupils at Barnwell School in Stevenage have outperformed last year’s results, with the governing body “immensely proud” of their achievements.

The number of pupils achieving five or more GCSE or equivalents at A* to C increased to 78 per cent, up from last year’s 73 per cent, while 47 per cent of those passes included English and maths, an increase of four per cent on last year’s figures.

Headteacher Vivien Swaida said the rise continues a trend in results “fostered by the school’s unique and distinctive ethos which promotes community values and strong working relationships between staff and students.”

“The Governing Body of Barnwell School together with the staff are immensely proud of the achievements of all students in Year 11. We are absolutely delighted for every individual.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate all students for their achievements across all subjects. Of particular note is the way in which students prepared for examinations, particularly in core subjects where this year increasing numbers achieved the higher grades – 61 per cent in English language, 69 per cent in English literature, 58 per cent in mathematics and 70 per cent in science.

“We recognise and highly value the contribution of our parents and carers to these wonderful achievements. Today is a well deserved opportunity for the whole school community to celebrate together.”

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