A stunning 44% of Year 11 pupils at The Hurst Community College have already achieved GCSE A or A* grades in English Language.  The entire cohort of 167 pupils sat their English Language qualification last November in order to spread examination pressure over their final year.



When the results came through last month, the school was thrilled to discover that 48 pupils had been awarded A grades, while 25 had achieved the prestigious A* grade. 

In total, an impressive 87% of pupils achieved the benchmark of a C grade or above, with this figure set to rise further after some pupils resit the examination this May.


Pupils, parents and teachers are unsurprisingly ecstatic at this glittering achievement. Head Girl, Elise England, 16, was one of the pupils to gain a coveted A* grade. She commented, “I was really pleased and surprised when I got my result! Thanks must go to the great English teachers who have supported and helped us all the way.”

“I’m extremely happy and proud of both myself and my fellow pupils,” added Head Boy, Tom Williams, 16, another pupil to have banked an A* grade.

Meanwhile, Head of English, Laura Groom, was quick to praise the pupils for their dedicated approach. “These magnificent results are a just reward for their efforts. Not only did pupils give 100% in lessons, but huge numbers also came back after school and during the holidays for extra revision sessions. I’m delighted that their hard graft has really paid off.”

Roger Jones, who took over as headteacher last September, was equally complimentary of both pupils and staff. “These pupils have fully embodied our new school motto of Ambition, Commitment, Excellence. Although examination outcomes are only part of what we value here at The Hurst, I do believe these exceptional results reflect the extremely high quality of teaching that we offer.”

“We are well on track for another year of strong GCSE results all around,” he added. Last year, based on their best exam entries, 69% of Year 11 pupils attained the government standard of five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths, making The Hurst one of the highest achieving state schools in the local area.

Photo caption: Year 11 pupils at The Hurst Community College celebrate an early bumper crop of A and A* grades in GCSE English Language.