As the rain poured down, the mood amongst year 11 pupils was contrastingly bright and jubilant as we welcomed them into school for a celebratory breakfast to receive their long awaited GCSE results. We are delighted that our pupils and their parents were able to come together, with their teachers, to recognise all their hard work. We are proud that it also marked an improvement in overall grades from the last public examinations taken in 2019, with 57% of grades 9/8 (A*) and over three-quarters of grades achieving a 9-7 (A*/A) – an even more commendable achievement.
Chloe found the efforts of the teaching staff particularly constructive:
“I really struggled with sciences but the extra study periods were really helpful. I’m very happy with my overall grades and my science results were a big surprise in the end! I’m looking forward to staying at Sydenham High for Sixth Form to study Italian, Classics and History”.
This sentiment was echoed by Zainab who commented that, “The teachers were a very big support system. The extra help wasn’t just in lessons, but at lunchtimes and after school and they always wanted you to do well – they didn’t care that they gave up their time. They were like ‘we will be there’ and that makes all the difference.”
Sydenham High’s new Head, Ms Antonia Geldeard, extended her warm congratulations to pupils at our GCSE celebration breakfast today. She praised their excellent achievements and stated:
“I am immensely proud of our young people who have seen their hard work and determination over the last two unprecedented years rewarded today. Their achievements at GCSE are a recognition of their commitment to learning and their personal growth.
In addition to these results, and equally important, are the character and values they have developed, the breadth of interests and the engagement with our co-curricular opportunities; these are strong foundations for the next steps in their lives. I look forward to supporting our future Sixth Formers as they commence the exciting journey of A Level study, exploring new areas of academic enquiry and relishing the challenges ahead. My special thanks go to our teaching staff for their support and guidance and the energy they devote to education.”