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Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH GCSE SUCCESS

Sedbergh has bucked national trends with significant rises in GCSE exam results this year. 40 per cent of grades were A*- A and 87 per cent grades C or above.

Deputy Headmaster (Academic), Dan Harrison reflected that, “This cohort has been the first one to benefit from the full range of improvement measures that we have developed over the last three years and we can see and measure the impact. Despite all the fuss at a national level, Sedbergh grades have risen by 10 per cent this year and we are confident there is more to come.”

Amongst the several initiatives which have contributed to these results are the Cambridge Study programme, which sees high fliers study for a week at Cambridge in term time, Elevate study skills lessons which have been integrated into the curriculum and the unique 100-Hour Revision challenge.

13-year-old Sedbergh pupil, Yann Fayad, from France, has clearly impressed GCSE examiners, gaining a clean sweep of 11A* grades and a distinction in Further Maths. Headmaster, Andrew Fleck, recalled, “I remember when Yann first visited the school at the age of 10. He was fizzing with intellectual curiosity.

I gave him an Oxbridge Maths problem which he had solved by the end of his visit to the School.” Yann will continue to study Maths and Sciences before applying to top French Colleges to study Engineering. Katherine Fleck scored 9A* grades and one A, she will study Maths, 3 Sciences and a BTEC in Agriculture at Newton Rigg College in furtherance of her ambition to become a vet. Oliver Cowen, Eve Wilby and Adele Fairclough all combined 6A* grades with As.

Sedbergh School offers sixth formers a wide choice of subjects, listed on the school website https://www.sedberghschool.org/senior/explore-sedbergh/academics, and entry thresholds for GCSE applicants are five grade Cs.  We welcome applications and encourage early contact. This year our Upper Sixth achieved the best ever set of A Level results and 95 per cent of leavers have secured places at University, with more to follow. 

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