Schools in and around Petersfield have posted strong results in this year’s GCSEs.
Students who study at TPS, Churcher’s College, Ditcham Park School and Bedales learned their grades after a year of disrupted lessons and remote learning.
This year their grades have been determined by their teachers, using a mixture of coursework and internal assessments.
The Petersfield School
Head Teacher Mark Marande said:
We are exceptionally proud of all of our students who have worked extremely hard over the last two years, and beyond, to receive their excellent grades today. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate their achievements, which are hugely deserved. They really are the ‘bounce back’ generation and we are very excited to hear about their undoubted future successes. It is with enormous thanks to all our students, their families, our staff, our governors and the wider school community for their ongoing support over the past year that we look forward to seeing our students take their important next steps.
The school has singled-out four local children who achieved stunning grades.
The highest performing girl at TPS is Daisy Webber. Daisy is from South Harting and achieved eleven grade 9s. She plans to go on to Godalming to study Maths, French and Psychology. Daisy said
I’ve really enjoyed my time at TPS – even over the past challenging year, but the support of the school
and my friends has made it memorable.
The highest performing boy is outgoing Head Boy, Joe Chinnock, who also achieved eleven grade 9 GCSEs. Joe lives in the Tilmore area of Petersfield and is going to study Maths, Physics and PE at Godalming. He said:
TPS has been brilliant and has exceeded my expectations
Another high performing girl, Phoebe Patient from Sheet, achieved ten grade 9s and 2 grade 8s. She is also going to Godalming to study Maths, Chemistry and English Literature, and hopes to go on to study Genetics at University.
Phoebe Clifton, from Petersfield, overcame challenges to achieve great GCSE results with three grade 9s, six grade 8s and a grade 6. Phoebe has a rare condition which means that she is partially sighted and studying presents extra challenges. Phoebe is going to Bohunt Sixth Form to study Biology, Psychology and PE. She said:
The TAs at school have been super supportive and I have really appreciated their help. TPS is a great school and I will miss everyone.
At Petersfield’s longest-established school on Ramshill, 100% of GCSE students received a grade 4 (standard pass) or higher.
30.3% of grades were 9s and 79.2% were grades 7 to 9, equivalent to the old grade A or A*.
Headmaster Simon Williams told students that the best views come after the highest climbs. He said in this exceptional year the students should be proud of more than just their results.
That this year’s cohort have required exceptional levels of innovation, self-reliance and self-determination above and beyond previous years is without question; that they have shown such inspiration, diligence and tenacity in abundance is equally clear. When we reflect back on these last two years I hope we will be able to see what extra has been achieved by the children despite Covid rather than what we lost because of it.Simon Williams
Ditcham Park School
The school reports that pupils and staff at Ditcham Park School are celebrating a set of excellent GCSE results.
49% of results were grades 9-7 and 99.9% of results were grades 9-4.
Headmaster Graham Spawforth, commented:
Congratulations to our students and staff for their efforts in achieving these excellent results which are fully deserved; we are enormously proud of all our pupils. It is pleasing that our students have obtained grades which reflect their hard work and talents despite the pandemic’s impact on the exam process which has been stressful for students and teachers alike.
Congratulations to all local students from everybody at Petersfield’s Shine Radio. You make it shine.