Amble GCSE pupils congratulated for 'tremendous stoicism'

GCSE pupils in Amble have been praised for their “hard work and perseverance” after it emerged 63 per cent at James Calvert Spence College achieved passes in English and maths.

Friday, 13th August 2021, 10:42 am
Updated Friday, 13th August 2021, 6:02 pm
From left, Imogen Jackson, Emily Shaw, Rianna Waddell, Chloe Gerrard and Hope Vernon, students at James Calvert Spence College, Amble, receive their GCSE results. Picture by JCSC.

The youngsters received their results yesterday and the grades were teacher-assessed for the second year in a row, thanks to the pandemic.

Neil Rodgers, executive head teacher, said his pupils had “overcome the challenge of significant disruption” through two of their most important school years, and their GCSE and vocational results were well-earned.

He told the Northumberland Gazette: “These young people showed tremendous stoicism, adaptability and resilience throughout key stage 4. And during the recent summer term, students had to maintain their optimum performance level for weeks while tackling multiple assessments across every subject.

Joel Harrigan, who gained nine GCSEs. Results: Biology 9, Business 8, Chemistry 9, English Language 8, English Literature 8, Food Preparation and Nutrition 5, History 6, Maths 7, and Physics 8. His next move is into JCSC Sixth Form.

“It is their hard work and perseverance through adversity, coupled with absolute determination from our staff team, that our students would not be disadvantaged, which ensured students achieved the grades they thoroughly deserved. I am incredibly proud of them all.”

He said many students would now continue their studies with the college by entering the sixth form in September for, hopefully, a more “normal” academic year.

He added: “To those moving on to new challenges, we wish them all the best, safe in the knowledge that they are well-prepared for whatever awaits them in the future.”

Audrey Kingham, director of education and skills at Northumberland County Council, said: “Waiting for GCSE results is an extremely nerve-wracking time and add to that what our children and young people have been through in the last year warrants huge applause.

Megan McGarvey achieved nine GCSEs. Results: Biology 8, Chemistry 8, English Language 8, English Literature 7, French 8, Geography 8, History 6, Maths 6, and Physics 8. Her next move is into Sixth Form at James Calvert Spence College.

“Our young people have shown great strength, and now you can look forward to your future whether you are choosing to continue through to sixth form, college, a vocational route, to employment or an apprenticeship. I wish you all the very best of luck.”

Teachers based the grades on students’ performance in mock exams, coursework in some subjects, as well as other assessments completed in class. They were only assessed on content they were taught.

Nationally, 3,606 students in England received straight 9s this summer – the highest grade – compared with 2,645 in 2020 and 837 in 2019.

Hayden Briggs checks out his results at James Calvert Spence College, Amble.
Dylan Clark, pictured with director of English, Mrs Payne, gained the following grades: BTEC Digital Information Technology Level 2 Merit, BTEC Performing Arts Level 2 Pass, Biology 6, Chemistry 7, English Language 5, English Literature 6, Geography 4, Maths 5, Physics 6. Dylan's next move is into Sixth Form at James Calvert Spence Collage, Amble.
Mr Moore, head of Sixth Form at James Calvert Spence College, Amble, advising GCSE students on their next steps.
Liam Douglas, with his GCSE results at James Calvert Spence College, Amble.
Executive head teacher Neil Rodgers