L-R: Harry Haynes, Sam Ritchie, Jemima Billsberry-Green and Amy Lloyd from Churcher’s College, Image: David Clarke/Solent News & Photo Agency

Students in Petersfield are going into the bank holiday weekend armed with strong evidence of their hard work.

The impressive scores from across our local schools are despite disruption to students’ studies from the Covid pandemic.

At The Petersfield School students amassed a record number of grade 9 results between them – grade 9 is the highest possible rating. One student, Francesca, received twelve grade 9 results while four other students each achieved nine nines.

Churcher’s College says four girls and three boys at the Ramshill campus achieved straight nines and seventy three percent of grades were awarded at 7, 8 or 9 – that’s equivalent to the old A or A star grades.

Headmaster Simon Williams said it appears the Churcher’s students have been unhindered by the pandemic.

At Ditcham Park School, results have improved for the fifth year running with pupils achieving one grade higher than predicted in each subject.

Headmaster Graham Spawforth said it was testament to the hard work of students and the school’s inspirational teachers.

Full statements from our local schools

Churcher’s College

GCSE Examination Results 2022

Churcher’s College students collect their grades at the Ramshill campus in Petersfield

After the euphoria of bucking national trends by such significant margins at A Level, at GCSE we are more in line with those trends in our grade distribution. As one might expect our results more closely reflect those of 2019, the last year of exams, rather than the last two Covid, non-examined years.

That said, there are one or two highlights of note. With the change over from letter grades to numbers, OFQUAL set some benchmarks, the top one being that A* and A grades would be equivalent to Grades 9 to 7; at just over 73% Grades 9 to 7, this year is our highest total ever, ignoring the two non-examined years, 2020 and 2021.  At the top end there have been some stellar performances as well, seven students, four girls and three boys, achieved straight Grade 9s.  In previous examined years our largest number achieving this exceptional, maximum grade position has been two students; even in the Covid non-examined years it has been eight.


Facing so much disruption over the last two years and with all the uncertainty over public exams generated by Covid, it is a delight to see quite how resilient the students here have been. It appears that their academic progress has been unhindered by the pandemic and their accomplishments are being rightly recognised and applauded.

Their determination, endeavour and success inside and outside the classroom bodes well for the future and it is a delight for all of us who teach them that we will enjoy the company of this year’s GCSE cohort for another two years as they flourish in our Sixth Form.

The Petersfield School

Francesca achieved twelve nines

The Petersfield School celebrates fantastic GCSE student achievements

Students at The Petersfield School (TPS), which is part of Bohunt Education Trust (BET), are celebrating today after receiving their GCSE results, enabling them to embark on the next exciting stage of their education journey.

Staff, parents and students have joined together to mark the achievements of the 2022 cohort, who have shown great commitment, determination and hard work over the last few years to secure such excellent results.

The 2022 GCSE results continue the trend of exceptionally high performance at The Petersfield School, matched with a determination to ensure an unrivalled wider experience for all students.  Achievements were celebrated across the school, with some of the standout individual highlights including:

  • Francesca C achieved a staggering twelve grade 9 GCSEs!  She said, “I am speechless! I am so relieved that the hard work paid off – I had great Year 11 teachers who really got to know me, and whenever I needed help, I knew I could talk to them!”  Francesca is going to Godalming College to study A-Level English Literature, Spanish and Drama & Theatre Studies.
  • Max H, outgoing Head Boy, achieved a remarkable nine grade 9 GCSEs and one grade 8.  He said, “It’s an amazing feeling to finally get to this point, especially after the pandemic years! Everyone has been so supportive during these challenging times.” Max is going to Alton College to study A-Level Maths, Criminology and Law.
  • Lucy S, outgoing Head Girl, also achieved a fabulous nine grade 9 GCSEs and one grade 8. She said, “I am just so proud of everyone, and am really looking forward to my next step – I am going to Bohunt Sixth Form to study A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths.”
  • Ossian W-S achieved nine grade 9 GCSEs and one grade 7.  He said, “Today is a good day! I am pleased with my results and would like to thank my teachers who have been so supportive.” Ossian is going to Peter Symonds College to study A-Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Music.
  • Rosie B achieved an incredible nine grade 9 GCSEs and one grade 8.  She said, “I am thrilled because I tried really hard and I would like to thank my teachers for supporting me!”
  • Maja O, who has been a great champion for the environment – both inside and outside of school, and who during Year 11 addressed the East Hampshire COP26 climate meeting – achieved six grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7. 

Collectively, students received a record-breaking 213 grade 9 results, equivalent to A** grades. Over 35% of all the grades awarded this year at The Petersfield School were at the highest levels – grades 7 to 9/A* to A. 

Subject areas where performance has been particularly strong this year, with more than 85% of the results being achieved at grade 4 and above, include English, History, Religious Studies, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Sociology, Dance, Media Studies and Photography.

Today’s results reflect The Petersfield School’s commitment to BET’s ethos of ‘enjoy, respect, achieve’, which underpins the culture and outcomes of all its schools. This includes delivering unparalleled educational opportunities and highly effective teaching to nurture and develop students into becoming “game-changers”.

Together, the Trust and the school aim to support young people to flourish throughout their school journeys and then on into later life, with educational, enrichment and pastoral support both inside and outside the classroom.

TPS students in the sports hall

Mark Marande, Principal at The Petersfield School, said:

“We are delighted with today’s results, especially considering the disruption education has faced over the past few years. Our students and their families can all be incredibly proud of their achievements, which are hugely deserved.  It has been brilliant celebrating with them today and we wish them the very best for their future.  I would like to thank all our students, their families, our staff and the wider school community for their ongoing support and dedication.”

Neil Strowger, Trust Leader at Bohunt Education Trust said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating the hard work of our students and staff across the Trust today as they collect their examination results – results which will help them to embark on the next stage of their education.  We are inordinately proud of our 2022 cohort and wish them the very best with their next steps, whether that be studying with us at Bohunt Sixth Form – which achieved a record 51% A*/A for A Level students this year – Colleges, or embarking on Apprenticeships.”

Ditcham Park School

Students grasp their grades on the famous Ditcham Park staircase

Ditcham’s GCSE pupils celebrate excellent results

Pupils and staff at Ditcham Park School are celebrating today’s excellent GCSE results; 51% of all results were graded 9-7 (A* & A) and 99% of results were pass grades 9-4. This is the fifth consecutive year GCSE grades have improved at Ditcham Park School. Furthermore, our pupils achieved one grade higher in each subject than predicted.

Headmaster Graham Spawforth says:

“Firstly, heartfelt congratulations to all our students for their impressive set of results which are testament to their hard work and inspirational teachers.

For the fifth consecutive year our pupils’ grades have improved and I am enormously proud of all our pupils and am grateful to our teachers and parents for their support; it is our combined efforts which enable us to achieve this success.

“This year’s results are an improvement on last year’s Teacher Assessed Grades and the 2020 Centre Assessed Grades and all the more impressive given this is the first-time students have sat exams since 2019.

“Due to their talents and hard work our students will all be moving on to their first choice Sixth Form or College. I know all our staff and Governors join me in wishing our students every success in their future studies and careers.”