GCSE results: Mark Hall Academy reflect on achievements

AFTER a challenging year in many respects, teachers and leaders at Mark Hall Academy have spent some time reflecting upon some encouraging exam results.

Academy Principal, Manjit Hazle said: “This year’s results are in line with what staff, and the academy, had forecasted all year.

“The Centre Assessed Grades process was addressed with rigour by staff during lockdown. Students have found the last week since A levels were published stressful, but the majority are pleased with their results.”

The academy is in the process of looking in detail at all results but highlight some specific useful illustrations of successful outcomes:

Natasha Cohen who was dual educated due to health problems is delighted to have the hurdle of GCSEs over as well as having been discharged from Hospital. She is looking forward to starting her courses at Harlow College following a rocky 12 months.

“I was delighted with a 6 in English. I am going to EDSV academy to pursue a sports course”. Her dad said “thank you for everything the school has done to support my child”

Grace Bickerstaff felt like she didn’t know if she was coming or going over the last week. Having a part time job has helped keep her mind off the results. She is delighted to have achieved the grades that allow her to progress to her chosen sixth form – Herts & Essex. However, Grace felt it was an anti-climax today as she would feel more deserving of the results if she had taken the exams. Grace achieved all grades at 7+ and included 3 grade 9 and 4 grade 8’s.

Rebecca Mepsted plans to go to Herts & Essex and was relieved this week when she heard that the Centre Assessed Grades would be honoured as she said the teachers at Mark Hall were honest all year about the predicted grades.

Kian Dobson who felt that he could have achieved more in Year 10 was delighted to see his efforts in Year 11 recognised. He has surpassed his target grades and will continue to Harlow College to study carpentry. He and his mother were delighted with his grade in English. His mother said he dug deep this year and all the teachers have been amazing in supporting him.

Dontae Teske hoped to build on the results he had achieved last year. He said how it felt weird coming back into the academy having not been in a school setting since March. The results reflect the hard work he did at home throughout the year.

Susan Byles, Regional Education Director, from the Academy Transformation Trust, said “I am delighted to see that all the students at Mark Hall Academy have achieved grades which truly reflect their progress and hard work.

“The Centre Assessed Grades submitted by the academy to the examination boards went through a rigorous moderation and standardisation procedure not only within the academy but also across the eleven secondary academies in Academy Transformation Trust.

“As a result, we are confident that the grades achieved by all our students accurately reflect the standards the students would have attained had they been able to sit the examinations under ‘normal’ circumstances. I would like to send my congratulations to all of the students receiving their GCSE results today at Mark Hall Academy and to express my appreciation of the staff who worked so hard to ensure the students achieved what they deserved to.”

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