It was not only the Year 11 students at Ellesmere College who had cause to celebrate their GCSE results this summer, where over a third achieved A* - A grades. A number of students in Year 9 took their GCSE in Religious Studies two years earlier than expected.
At a time when top grades fell nationally for a second year in a row, Ellesmere students managed to achieve a record number of passes, with more pupils than ever achieving the best grades.
Between them, 36 students achieved 3 A*s, 3 As, 8 Bs and 13 C grades in the full GCSE and 2 As, 2Bs and 5 Cs in the short course. The pupils take these exams at the end of Year 9 with just a year's teaching.
Harry Orr, Head of Religious Studies, said "What the students have been able to achieve in Year 9 has been exceptional, if you think that these grades are normally only achieved after two years of studying in Year 11. Those who did so well can look forward to their other GCSEs with confidence".
Successful candidates who achieve their GCSE in Year 9 can also opt for an AS in Religious Studies through Years 10 and 11. Isaac Maddock-James also achieved a grade A in AS Religious Studies whilst still in Year 11.
9th October 2014 Back to News