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Posted on: 20 August 2020

TPS Students Achieve Fantastic Results In An Extraordinary GCSE Yea

After an extraordinary year, students, staff and parents at The Petersfield School are today celebrating after collecting their excellent GCSE results.  Despite not being able to sit exams this year and the recent furore about the grading process, the results are a testament to all the hard work and dedication that the students have shown throughout the length of their GCSE courses.  Overall, outcomes at TPS have continued to build on recent years’ record-breaking results and our students will now enjoy even more opportunities to progress to the ambitious future opportunities of their choice.

Several individual students received truly remarkable results including our highest achieving girl, Lucy Powell from Petersfield, and our highest achieving boy, Charlie Offen from Waterlooville, who both secured a jaw-dropping eleven grade 9s each (equivalent to A** grades under the new grading system).  Lucy said, "I have enjoyed everything here at TPS!  I am so happy with my grades and would like to thank all my teachers for helping to inspire me so much.” Charlie said, "TPS has been amazing.  It’s given me so many opportunities, including being Deputy Head Boy this year, and I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”  Both students are off to Bohunt Sixth Form to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology (Lucy), and Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry (Charlie).

Former Head Girl Jess Minton achieved grade 8s and 9s and is off to Godalming Sixth Form to study English Literature, Politics and Maths.  She said, “I am so pleased with my results and would like to thank everyone at TPS for all the support and the opportunities I have had over the last 5 years.”

Piers Clouting was the boy who made the most progress during his time at TPS, achieving 8 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s.  He said, “I joined TPS in Year 8 and it was the best decision ever - everyone was so welcoming and I have had some brilliant teachers who have helped me achieved these grades.”

Jennifer Church was the girl who made the most progress with 4 grade 9s, one grade 8 and 4 grade 7s.  She said, “Everyone should always make the most of their time at TPS and study hard to achieve their best.”

TPS Principal Mark Marande commented, "This has been one of the most resilient and hardworking year groups I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I am incredibly proud of all the students receiving results today.  Despite the significant upheaval and uncertainty surrounding the GCSEs this year, the huge amount of effort and high level of engagement that they have put into their studies, day in and day out during their time at TPS, has really paid off for them.  We know that they will go on to achieve exceptional things in the future and that they will be the generation that overcame the current challenging situation.

Chairs of Governors, Steve Cliff and Beth Vaughan, said, “This is a very well-deserved set of GCSE results. Huge congratulations to the students and the staff on their hard work and commitment in such testing times. The Petersfield School should be proud to have supported this year group through uncharted territories so successfully. The school’s values - to enjoy, respect, and achieve - are at the heart of everything TPS does, and these results are a testament to their strength. We wish all the students the very best of luck in their next steps.”

Bohunt Education Trust Leader, Neil Strowger, said: "Congratulations to all TPS GCSE students receiving results today: they are thoroughly deserved. We are incredibly proud of our young people’s achievements and wish them all the very best for their future education. I hope to see many at Bohunt Sixth Form, which this year achieved record results with an incredible 50% of entries at A*/A."