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Harpenden celebrates high GCSE grades once again this year

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 August 2018

Pupils at Roundwood Park School: Hugh Lind, Antonia Eckley, Jimmy Hayward, Ellie Smith, Laurence Gupta, and Alviar Cohen

Pupils at Roundwood Park School: Hugh Lind, Antonia Eckley, Jimmy Hayward, Ellie Smith, Laurence Gupta, and Alviar Cohen

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Nervous teenagers opening their GCSE results this week had to grapple with a new numbered grading system.

Roundwood Park pupils Laurence Gupta and Glenn Armstrong.Roundwood Park pupils Laurence Gupta and Glenn Armstrong.

Yet pupils and teachers in Harpenden were celebrating after the unfamiliar system made no difference to the high achievements expected of schools in the town.

This year 23 subjects were graded from U to nine. Grade one is like G under the former system, A* is now grade eight , and higher than A* is now a nine.

Roundwood Park School said its high results are testament to efforts of the whole team, including staff, pupils, and parents.

Headteacher Alan Henshall said: “The whole community has risen to the challenge and we are delighted to see so many happy faces this morning.”

Picture: Sir John Lawes School.Picture: Sir John Lawes School.

Sir John Lawes School was particularly pleased with its science results, as 59 pupils obtained a score nine.

The King’s School in Harpenden celebrated a grade nine attainment rate of 22 per cent, compared to a national average of four per cent. Additionally, every single pupil passed maths.

Head of secondary Andy Reeves said: “With the help and support of our caring staff, our pupils have thrived and attained results that are outstanding for a mixed, non-selective school.”

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