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Celebrating GCSE results day in Sandwell

Students across Sandwell today (Thursday 24 August) received their GCSE results.

Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “GCSE results day is a milestone in young people’s lives so I would like to thank students for all their hard work and congratulate them on their results.

“I would also like to thank school staff and parents and carers for their support before and during the exam period.
“If a student has not achieved the results they wanted, they need to know that it isn’t the end of the world and that there are still options and we are here to help.”

Connexions Sandwell is offering an exam advice service which is available weekdays from Thursday 17 August to Friday 1 September, 10am – 4pm. Just call 0121 569 2955 if you need any advice on your results and what to do next.

Here are just some of the results from around Sandwell:

Ormiston Forge Academy

Ormiston Forge Academy students celebrate GCSE results for 2023

Alongside the continued success of the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), some particular individual highlights include:

  • Abeeha Mustafa, who achieved top grades in all subjects, including a grade 9 in English Language and History, whilst also securing grade 8s in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Religious Studies.
  • Abyan Mead also achieved top grades in all subjects, including a grade 9 in History and 8s in Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Religious Studies and Computer Science.
  • Lewis Grundy and Emily Garrington, who both successfully achieved top grades, including a grade 9 for Lewis in History and 8-8 in Science for Emily. Both students also played leading roles in the school production of ‘School of Rock’ earlier in the year, which was reflective in both achieving the highest grade possible in Performing Arts.

Oldbury Academy

Oldbury Academy are thrilled with the results our students have achieved. It was amazing to see so many smiles from our Year 11 students this morning. They are an amazing year group and should be very proud of their achievements.

Headteacher, Mr Shackleton stated “Our students have proven themselves to be resilient, motivated and an inspiration to us all. We are incredibly proud of all they have achieved, well done everyone. Best wishes and good luck to all our students who are moving on to Sixth Form, apprenticeships, training or employment’’.

Finally, ‘’I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our students and staff for their hard work, commitment and effort over the last five years. We are really proud of what you have achieved’’.

“I am proud to share that the following students achieved some outstadning grades:

  • Ewan Beckett achieved 3 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, a grade 7,and a distinction*.
  • Bartosz Rydzyk achieved 4 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, and a distinction*.
  • Sanmeet Singh achieved 2 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, a 6, 5, 4, and a distinction.
  • Bhwana Devi achieved a grade 9, 5 grade 7s, a grade 6 and 5, and 2 distinctions.
  • Jack Patel achieved a grade 9, 5 grade 8s, a 7, 5, and a distinction.
  • Krystal Downer achieved  2 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, 2 grade 6s, and a grade 5.”
Oldbury Academy GCSE student celebrates his exam results for 2023

Q3 Tipton

Adam Slack, Associate Headteacher, said : “We are proud of what students have been able to achieve given the challenges they have faced over the past few years. We wish all the very best success in whatever they go on to do and achieve in the coming years.”

Particular students of note:

  • Rasa Sharma, average grade of 8 – 1 9, 5 8s, 1 Level 2 Distinction, 2 7s, 1 6
  • Jatin Sheema, average grade of 7 – 4 8s, 2 7s, 1 Level 2 distinction, 2 6s
  • Rayona Grant, average grade of 7 – 2 8s, 6 7s, 1 Level 2 distinction, 1 6
  • Sara Khanom, average grade of 7 – 1 Distinction*, 1 distinction, 3 7s, 5 6s

Shireland Biomedical UTC

Overall, 42.2% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, with Grade 4 set by the government as a pass, with 4.4% of students having achieved the top Grade 9-7.

35 year 11 students have all studied at least 8 GCSE or BTEC subjects from a broad range of 11 subject areas. 

Kayleigh Steed, Head of Sixth Form at Shireland Biomedical UTC, said: “We are so proud and delighted to be celebrating our students’ GCSE results with them today as all their hard work comes to fruition. Congratulations from all of us at the Academy! 

“As you look ahead to new horizons, remember your achievements are testament to your commitment to learning, equipping you with the knowledge and skills for the limitless opportunities and bright futures that await you.“

Shireland Collegiate Academy

Overall, 63% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, with Grade 4 set by the government as a pass, with 16% of students having achieved the top Grade 9-7. 

100% of year 11 students have all studied at least 9 GCSE or BTEC subjects from a broad range of subject areas.  

Mr Irish, Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy, said: “Our heartfelt congratulations to our year 11 students on achieving their GCSEs! Your results stand as testament to all your hard work, and we are extremely proud of you all. You have shown remarkable growth since starting your journeys with us at Shireland and have no doubt that the future holds endless, exciting opportunities for you. “

Wood Green Academy

Notable achievements from the following students, who we are looking forward to welcoming back into our sixth form:

  • Sam Curtis gained 9 x Grade 9s, 1 x Grade 8.  He also was the highest performer in OCR’s GCSE Physics A (Gateway Science) in the country for the June 2023 examinations
  • Abda Uddin gained 9 x Grade 9s and 1 x Grade 8
  • Saara Khanum gained 5 x Grade 9s and 5 x Grade 8s
  • Kenzie Hill gained 3 x Grade 9s, 6 x Grade 8s and 1 x Grade 7
  • Sophie Rushton gained 3 x Grade 9s, 6 x Grade 8s and 1 x Grade 7

Mr James Topham, the school’s headteacher said:

“We are immensely proud of all of our students with this set of results. The resilience and drive of all of our students is truly inspiring.  As well as the work our students completed, a huge thank you and well done must also go out to all the staff at Wood Green Academy, parents and friends who all worked hard to support our students with their education.”

Perryfields Academy

Perryfields academy students celebrate their GCSE 2023 results

A special mention goes to: Amani achieving grade 9 in both Biology and Religious Studies, grade 8 in English Literature and History with an additional five grade 7s. Kirandeep who achieved grade 9-9 in Science Trilogy (double award), grade 8 in both Maths and History and a L2 Distinction* for Enterprise. Kainat who performed exceptionally well in Science; achieving a grade 9 in Chemistry and grade 8 in both Biology and Physics, also achieving grade 8s in English Literature and Spanish.

Headteacher Clare Harris said: “It has been an absolute pleasure providing this year group with their hard-earned results. Their grades are testament to their determination and dedication over the years and I very much look forward to hearing about how their next chapters in life begin.”

Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School

Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School students celebrate their GCSE results for 2023

Year 11 pupils at Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School have worked diligently and have been rewarded with excellent GCSE and BTEC results.  Almost 75% of all pupils achieved GCSE English or Mathematics with almost 70% achieving both qualifications at a higher level. 

Over a third of grades in Religious Education were awarded 7 to 9, including eleven 9s and twenty 8s while in Mathematics a quarter of grades were at 7-9. In the Single Award Sciences almost three quarters of pupils completing these three courses achieved levels 6 to 9.   In English Language and English Literature almost a third of pupils achieved grades 6 to 9.

Henryk Koryl, Head of School said: ‘Year 11 have worked very hard to achieve excellent GCSE results. There has not only been an increase in the amount of information pupils are required to revise and remember, but there have also been changes made to the examination papers in an effort to further stretch and challenge pupil at the end of key stage 4. For two long years, our year 11 pupils have persisted in their efforts and have seized every opportunity to attend additional revision sessions in an effort to achieve to the very best of their ability.’

St Michael’s Church of England High School

St Michael’s Church of England High School students celebrate their GCSE results for 2023

The hard work of our students paid off, with 100 percent of them achieving grade 9-4 or equivalent in biology, chemistry and physics. Over 90 percent achieved 9-4 in music, sport, retail and health and social care.

Many of our students achieved grade 9s or the vocational equivalent: in total, 59 students across a range of 27 subject areas achieved the top grade in at least one subject. Individual performances were extraordinary with one student, Izzy Joesbury, achieving eight grade 9s or equivalent. Additionally, one student, Chloe Winwood, achieved seven grade 9s or equivalent and one student, Robin Draper, achieved 6 grade 9s or equivalent. We are also very proud of those students who have made significant progress since being at St Michael’s: Greisi Peca made the most progress achieving five grades 9s or equivalent and five grade 8s, followed by Peter Willmott and Jacob Warmer.