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Celebrating GCSE Success at St Peter’s School, York

After success in last week’s A Level results, pupils at St Peter’s School are now celebrating outstanding GCSE results with half of all grades awarded 9 or 8, over two thirds at 9 to 7 (equivalent to the old grades of A* and A) and 83% of grades from 9 to 6.

This year’s results were ahead of the school’s performance in 2019 and the school is extremely proud of the achievements of all pupils with an astonishing 14 pupils achieving a clean sweep often or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 8.

Jeremy Walker, Head Master says:

“What a day for our fantastic Fifth Form and huge congratulations to them and their teachers. They can take great pride in everything they have achieved, and we are all thrilled with their results today. Their positivity and commitment to all aspects of school life is admirable and we are delighted to celebrate their academic achievements alongside all they contribute to the life of the school.

I repeat my thanks to my dedicated colleagues who provide inspirational teaching and unwavering support to every pupil. I also thank parents for working in partnership with us to support their children, together as a strong community.

Our talented Fifth Form pupils have already made such valuable and diverse contributions to life at St Peter’s School, focused on their academic and co-curricular activities whilst developing strong friendships and having an enormous amount of fun! Now they are taking their next step to Sixth Form and will be joined by new pupils from other schools, we look forward to seeing their skills, values and interests develop even further.”

There have been many exceptional individual performances, including: Alice who showed her all-round talents with an astounding twelve grade 9 GCSEs, one of only a handful in the country to attain such results.

Alice is a consistently persuasive member of the Debating team, being part of the team that reached the National Finals of the ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition in London, after success at the regional finals. She said, “It was amazing to see my hard work pay off. None of this would have happened without fantastic support from my teachers and family.”

Harry was delighted to achieve an astonishing eleven 9s and an 8. He was awarded the Fifth Form Prize for Academic Merit at our recent Commemoration Day and has represented the First Team in rugby and is a keen hockey player.

Edward was pleased with his amazing ten 9s. His musical contributions in school have been significant as well as his sporting commitments which saw him placed in the Rugby First Team. He recently wowed the audience playing the complicated ‘Elégie Op 143’, on violin in the Senior Music Festival Final.

Islay did extremely well, achieving nine 9s, an 8 and a 7. She took on the additional challenge of a GCSE in Astronomy through the York Independent State School Partnership.
Islay shows prowess in the school’s rowing crews, consistently winning medals as part of a very strong team. She is working towards Silver Duke of Edinburgh award and is an active member of the School Council.

Jimmy was proud of his eight 9s and two 8s. His passion for rowing has developed at school where he is now training to become a cox. His expertise in music wows audiences whether it is his singing or playing the piano and organ. He said, “I’m really proud of my results. I couldn’t have done it without great teachers and family. I can’t wait for Sixth Form.”

Keen cricketer Joshua was pleased with his eight 9s and three 8s. Another cricketer Wills, who captains North of England, and has consistently topped batting averages, was bowled over by his seven 9s and three 8s.

Polly, Helena, Isobel, John (who took the lead part in Peter Pan and Wendy to great audience acclaim), Ailsa (a keen tennis player), Eryn (a skilled rower) and Wendi, were other talented St Peter’s pupils who all achieved ten or more GCSE grade 8 and 9s.

August '23