THE HEADTEACHER of All Saints Catholic College believes ‘another year of excellence and success’ reflects the adaptations at a ‘new’ school.
And the hard work of both pupils and staff has certainly paid off, even with the trials the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown at them.
Headteacher Gus Diamond said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year.
“Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure pupils are all able to progress on to further education and study and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.
“This is the first cohort of pupils who have completed five years of their studies as part of the new All Saints.
“Their achievements truly reflect the ongoing improvements in the school and show their resilience in the face of the most challenging of circumstances.
“Pupils and their teachers, have given everything to ensure they have been successful.
“This cohort of young people have really seen some fundamental changes to their school. Their fortitude and resilience are why they have achieved their successes today.
“I am immensely proud of the family of All Saints: pupils, staff and our very supportive parents.
“Together, we have been on a huge improvement journey and today, for the majority of our pupils, that has paid off in their GCSE results.”
Pupils at All Saints, on Birch Lane, Dukinfield, are now looking ahead to their next educational step at college.
And the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in huge changes for how their grades were attained.
Following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards.
The results reflect a number of months of intense work and continued assessment.
All of the grades have been formulated based on pupils’ work when assessed using GCSE materials. Pupils sat many hours of assessments and staff marked many pages of exam materials to ensure that each pupil’s final grade was the fairest and most accurate, based on each pupil’s ability and work.
At all stages there has been rigorous and continuous moderation and review process to ensure that the final grades are both accurate and reliable.
However, the Government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year because of the varying impact of the pandemic.