GCSE RESULTS: Pass rate just keeps improving at Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket pupils are celebrating another year of improved pass rates.
Thomas Becket pupils are celebrating another year of improved pass rates.

The number of students passing their GCSEs at Thomas Becket Catholic School increased by eight per cent on 2015's figures, despite tougher tests.

Students from the Spinney Hill school were celebrating this morning after discovering they had achieved the best set of GCSE results in recent years.

A total of 51 per cent achieved a standard pass or above in English and maths (now a grade 4).

While comparisons are difficult this year due to changes in how GCSEs are graded, the pass-rate figure is up eight per cent points on 2015 and includes some outstanding individual performances.

According to the school’s new head teacher, Ciran Stapleton, the Class of 2017’s results are a fantastic platform for the school to build on.

“I want to congratulate the students, their families and staff for all that has been accomplished. We should all be very proud of their successes," he said.

“These young people have raised the bar and set a new important milestone for us. I want future year groups to see what has been achieved and use this as motivation to give us even more reasons to celebrate in the future. It’s great to see such an uptake for the sixth form here.”

Among the students who excelled were Henna Wilson, Weronika Hinc, Sally Curtis, Norbert Gawrysiak and Josie Diaby, who all secured a raft of A*s, As and Bs.

Henna, who achieved an incredible 5 A*s and 5 As (or their equivalent), said: “I am really happy with my grades – all my hard work really paid off.”

Mr Stapleton joined Thomas Becket from St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Slough, which under his leadership celebrated its best Ofsted result in a decade.

He said: “I was lucky enough to spend the last few weeks of the summer term at Thomas Becket, and during this time I started to get a feel for the potential that the school has.

“Just looking at today’s results you see that there have been both individual successes and strong performances by departments across the school. We rightly should take this moment to celebrate these achievements.”