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Posted on: October 19 2018

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Well done Class of 2018!

Well done Class of 2018!


A huge well done to the students in the Class of 2018 for achieving the school’s best ever results this summer. 83% of students achieved a ‘good’ pass (C+/4+) in both English and Maths, 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. The combined rates of progress across all subjects for all students, no matter their starting point, also increased again and remain significantly above the national average.


Overall this is the third year in a row that the school has achieved record GCSE results and, in the school performance tables published this week, TPS is now the third highest performing school out of the 72 secondary schools in Hampshire.


Students were awarded nearly 130 of the brand new GCSE top Grade 9s (equivalent to an A**) across their GCSE subjects and nearly one third of all GCSE grades awarded at TPS last year were at the A*/A/7-9 top level.


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 13 percentage points from last year, to 77%. 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* (Zoe was one of just 732 students in the whole country to achieve this many of the new Grade 9 GCSEs)

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!”


We are all incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication show by the ex-Year 11 students. In our Diamond Jubilee year, they have been a great inspiration for future year groups and I look forward to hearing about the many wonderful things they will doubtless go on to achieve after their time at TPS.


Mark Marande