Polam Hall’s students have once again achieved outstanding results in their GCSE exams.
Against a national average of 68.8% of entries scoring A* – C, a fantastic 80.5% of Polam’s GCSEs were graded at A*-C, with 26.4% at A*-A and 52% at A*-B.
Students were delighted with their results, including Charlotte Fletcher who had already sat GCSEs in French, Maths and Science last summer a year early, gaining A*s in all three subjects.
Charlotte achieved 10 A* altogether in her GCSEs taken and in addition she also gained an A in AS Level Statistics, a Year 12 course.
Charlotte said: “I am absolutely thrilled with my results, I was determined to get 10A*s and my hard work paid off. The school was brilliant letting me take 3 GCSEs early and the AS Statistics this year.”
Polam Hall currently enters its pupils for IGCSE English which are not recognised in the DfE’s performance tables. This International GSCE, can be taken by international and independent schools across the world. In contrast to traditional exams, students who study the IGSCE only sit one major exam at the end of each course instead of ongoing continuous assessments. This year Polam Hall students gained 33.3% A*- A in English Language and 83.3% A*- C. In English Literature they fared even better, gaining 50% A*- A and 91.7% A*- C.
Both the GCSE and IGCSE counts as the same qualification as far as employers and universities are concerned and Polam Hall students sit the rest of their GCSE subjects as normal alongside their IGCSE subjects.
Another student who has cause to celebrate today was Nathan Alcock, who will be staying on at Polam Hall this autumn to continue his A level studies. He achieved 10 A*- A and one B in his GCSEs.
Speaking on the year’s successes headmaster John Moreland said: “These are excellent results for a small and varied year group and we are delighted with them. Against a backdrop of tougher exams, tougher marking and no modules to do along the way our pupils and staff have done a great job. Yes, there have been a few disappointments, inevitably, but we know our students are resilient enough to weather them because of all the work we have done with them around the academic curriculum.”
Polam Hall is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school which aims to unlock the full potential of every pupil, with a strong focus on excellence, service, extracurricular activities, family values and pastoral care.
Beginning in September 2015 the school is set to become a free school, having been approved by the Department of Education in June. There will be no fees for day students with boarders paying for board and lodge only.
It has been based at its Grange Road site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.
For more information about the school visit www.polamhall.com