School bucks national trend with best ever GCSE results


Students at John Spence High School have bucked the national trend by achieving the best ever GCSE results in the school’s history.

Whilst the proportion of students gaining the highest grades fell nationally for the second year in a row, the school saw a significant improvement on its previous best results.

An impressive 90 per cent of John Spence students gained five or more A* to C grades and 74 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

And in the core subjects, 82 per cent of students gained an A* to C in maths, 83 per cent did so in English and 92 per cent achieved two or more good science grades – all around 20 per cent higher than the national average.

Headteacher Jim Stephenson said: “These results are fantastic. The excellent outcomes for the youngsters picking up their results will give them the best possible chance of success in Further and Higher Education and the world of work.”

He added: “The students and the school staff have worked unbelievably hard to achieve these results, and it’s fantastic to see that all of the hard work has paid off.”