Today was another day of celebrations at The John Roan School as GCSE qualifications were awarded and students and staff gathered to mark the occasion.
This year, due to the cancellation of external examinations, GCSEs were awarded following Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). As part of this assessment process, students at John Roan sat moderated examinations and completed a variety of coursework to demonstrate the progress they had made.
This morning was a moment for recognising and reflecting on the hard work and achievements of the whole cohort – not just over the last two years, but all five years of their secondary schooling.
In doing so, there were a number of students celebrating particular successes, including:
- Daniel Kennett-Brown, who was awarded nine Grade 9s and one Grade 8;
- Aedan Bullen, who was awarded eight Grade 9s and two Grade 8s;
- Abya Nouar, who was awarded four Grade 9s, four Grade 8s and two Grade 7s;
- Hamish Stewart, who was awarded three Grade 9s, four Grade 8s, one Grade 7 and a Grade 5;
- Lydia Shoben, who was awarded four Grade 9,s, three Grade 8s and one Grade 7;
- Nadya Dawson, who was awarded three Grade 9s, three Grade 8s, two Grade 7s and two Grade 6s.
Beyond those students who were awarded the top grades, many students worked hard to make particularly strong progress, meeting and exceeding their original targets. This reflects the growing ambition of students and John Roan’s whole-school ethos of achieving ‘the best in everyone’.
Cath Smith, Executive Headteacher at The John Roan School, said of the day:
“I would like to congratulate each of our students who are celebrating today. Their hard work and dedication have been exemplary over the past 18 months, where they have risen to the challenges that Covid-19 has presented us all with but has not let that distract from their learning and studying for their GCSEs.
“It is always pleasing to see students celebrate their achievements and whilst this year is different to normal years today’s grades are as important and relevant to these students’ lives and to their hard work as ever. We are very proud of our 2021 cohort and we look forward to welcoming so many of them back to their new bespoke Sixth Form Centre in September.”
These GCSE qualifications follow a highly successful day on Tuesday, where Sixth Formers secured their university places at a range of top Russell Group institutions. To build upon this summer’s strong achievements, for September 2021, The John Roan School are investing heavily in their Maze Hill site to create a dedicated Sixth Form Centre with subject-specific ‘hubs’ for every A Level and BTEC course offered.
Sixth Form students starting Year 12 in September will also benefit from a new Competitive Admissions Programme for students aiming for Oxbridge (in partnership with Blackheath High) and The John Roan Scholarship Programme. Generously supported by The John Roan Foundation, the scholarships will give students access to a wealth of additional support and resources such as subscriptions, event tickets and book tokens, all of which are intended to further enhance students’ university applications, particularly to the Russell Group of Universities.