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Posted on: 23 August 2018

Record-breaking GCSE results third year in a row!

Students, staff and parents are celebrating at The Petersfield School today after another year of record-breaking GCSE results this year.

The students achieved the academy’s highest English and Maths pass rate in its 60-year history, with 83% achieving a Grade 4 or higher in both subjects, a three percentage point increase on last year’s record results. This is despite the increased academic challenge of the new style GCSEs, which are now graded on a scale of Grades 1 to 9.

Overall this is the third year in a row that the school, part of the high-performing Bohunt Education Trust, has achieved record GCSE results, reaffirming TPS’s status as one of the leading schools in Hampshire and an academy of choice for local parents. 

Students were awarded nearly 130 of the brand new GCSE top Grade 9s (equivalent to an A**) across their GCSE subjects. 

Subjects of especially high performance, where over 90% of students achieved a ‘good’ pass included English, Triple Science, Geography, Religious Studies, Spanish, Media, Photography, Art, Sociology and Drama.

This year there was again particular success in English, with 93% of students achieving a Grade 4 or better (91% in 2017), and over three quarters of students achieved a Grade 4 or better in two sciences (up 12 percentage points from last year).

Additionally, disadvantaged students at TPS have done very well – the proportion of these students achieving a Grade 4 or better in both English and maths rose by 15 percentage points from last year, to 79%. This means that these students are doing significantly better at TPS than non-disadvantaged students in general achieve nationally.

Among the many individual student success stories are:

  • Zoe Offen – nine Grade 9s and an A*
  • Lucy Wootton – eight Grade 9s, one 8 and two A*s
  • Hannah Hastings – eight Grade 9s and two Grade 8s
  • Sam Ladd – five Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and an A*
  • Oliver Taylor – six Grade 9s, and four Grade 7s

Sam Ladd said, “I am completely blown away by my results! It is very difficult to pick out any one teacher to thank, because every single one of them at TPS was amazing and I couldn’t have done this without them!  I am now going on to study Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths A-Levels.”

Zoe Offen said, “I have really enjoyed my time at TPS!  Does revision pay off? It really does. I knew I wasn’t going to get bad grades but I didn’t think I would finish right at the top!”


Mark Marande, Principal of The Petersfield School, said:


“I am absolutely delighted that all of the hard work and dedication shown by our students has been recognised with these fantastic results.  The students have been exceptionally well supported by their superb parents and teachers. As part of the Bohunt Education Trust, we’ve worked closely with our partner schools to build a culture of the highest achievement.


“Here at TPS we will be celebrating these record breaking GCSE results in conjunction with our Diamond Jubilee this year. I’m delighted that more students than ever before will be leaving TPS for the education and career pathways of their choice and we look forward to even greater success together in the future.”


Ben Francombe, Chair of Governors, said:


"This is an extraordinary set of results for the school.  It is such an achievement for the students, who worked so hard and showed calm dedication in the face of a rapidly-changing and demanding examination culture: I would like to congratulate them, the families for their support and - of course - Mr Marande and all staff, at the school and in the Trust, who have shown a relentless dedication to maintaining and exceeding the already high standards of TPS: a proud moment for all!"


Neil Strowger, CEO of Bohunt Education Trust, said:


“As a group of schools, Bohunt Education Trust is celebrating some record results this summer and this despite examinations getting more difficult. I would like to pay tribute to TPS students, staff, parents and governors for the magnificent - and thoroughly deserved - GCSE results achieved this summer. I wish the students every success for the future and look forward to welcoming many to our new sixth form next month.”