Headteacher praises Northampton School for Boys GCSE pupils who have worked ‘tremendously’ hard

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Pupils at Northampton School for Boys have worked ‘tremendously’ hard to gain ‘stunning’ GCSE results.

Retiring headteacher Sir Michael Griffiths said he was ‘delighted’ with the GCSE results released today (Thursday).

Sir Michael said: “The students and staff have worked tremendously hard to achieve these stunning results in a year where there has been much nervousness nationally about the various effects of the changes to GCSE.

“More than four in five boys have achieved 5 or more good passes, and 75 per cent have achieved these including English and maths.

“A total of 47 per cent achieved the EBacc, far, far above the national figures. Three quarters of all boys achieved at least seven *A-C grades, and over half achieved at least nine.”

A total of 40 boys in a year group of 210 got at least five A grades and 11 boys at least nine As.

Sir Michael said: “Results in so-called hard subjects such as maths and sciences were up again this year. In mathematics, for instance, 93 per cent achieved a C grade or better, with 83 boys getting an A or *A. “English results in both language and literature were also their best for several years. In fact, only one subject had a lower pass rate at C grade than last year.”

Deirdre Kennedy, the director of sixth form, said: “What is really important is that almost every boy seeking a place in our sixth form will have got the grades needed to begin their A-level courses.

“Their excellent grades will put them in a strong position when applying to the best universities in a year’s time. I am confident they and our external students will together adapt well to the rigorous requirements of sixth form study.”

Jon Elder, head of year, said: “This year group have not only done well academically, but have also been a fabulous group of young men who have made a great contribution to the life of the school.

“They include wonderful sportsmen and musicians and actors and outward-bound enthusiasts. They have got their just rewards.

“We hope that every young man will use his grades as a launchpad for the next phase of his education at this school or at college or in work-based training.”

New headmaster, Richard Bernard, said: “I am delighted to be taking over a school in such good health. These results are ones of which everyone can be proud.

“I am looking forward to working with the staff, students and parents to ensure that this excellent foundation is built upon, enabling students to achieve their ambitions for their future careers.

“It is – and will continue to be - the NSB way: to look every year as to how we can improve still further.”