Students and staff at Parkside Community College have been celebrating today as GCSE qualifications are awarded, after another challenging year due to the pandemic.
This year, GCSEs were awarded following Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) due to the cancellation of external examinations. As part of this assessment process, students at Parkside sat moderated exams and completed a variety of coursework to demonstrate the progress they had made.
This morning was an opportunity to recognise the hard work of Parkside’s Year 11s not only during their GCSE course, but over the past five years of secondary school. Many of them will now be preparing to return to the school’s Sixth Form, which has also seen some fantastic university successes this summer. This including a high proportion of Sixth Formers securing places at top Russell Group universities including Edinburgh, Leeds and Sheffield.
Looking to follow in their footsteps, those Year 11 students celebrating particular successes today included:
- Abigail Jackson, who was awarded 12 of the top Grade 9s, including in Ancient Greek and Latin which she sat at the end of Year 10;
- Flora Palfrey, who was awarded ten Grade 9s – again representing the highest achievements across all her subjects;
- Carlos Davies, who was awarded ten Grade 9s and one Grade 8 – this includes one Grade 9 in Latin which was sat at the end of Year 10;
- Ben Collier, who was awarded Grade 9s in all his subjects;
- Saoia Galvin, who was awarded nine Grade 9s and one Grade 8;
- Keir Harper, who was awarded eight Grade 9s and three Grade 8s;
- James Bainham, who was awarded eight Grade 9s and two Grade 8s.
Commenting on today’s achievements, Craig Morrison, Executive Principal of Parkside Community College, said:
“We really are delighted for our students this year. Whilst the awarding process has once again been different, these young people should feel no less proud of the grades they have secured. They have shown such determination in the face of major challenges, adapting excellently to home and blended learning and maintaining focus on their studies throughout. It is a pleasure to see this hard work rewarded.
“In congratulating students, however, I also want to recognise our whole school community for the part they have played in today’s successes. Teachers have been tireless in their efforts towards students and our parents and families – this year more than ever – have provided the crucial support needed to help their sons and daughters do their very best. Thank you to everyone.”