IT IS GCSE results day – and Winchester pupils are celebrating their success after a tough year.

Those at Henry Beaufort have made headteacher Sue Hearle "extremely proud" – with 81 per cent of them achieving a grade 4 or higher in both English and maths.

One in five of the soon-to-be college students achieved a grade 7 or above in the two subjects.

"We are extremely proud of the results that our young people have achieved this year," said Ms Hearle. "Their hard work and dedication have resulted in yet another record year for the school.

"This is a remarkable achievement given the obstacles our young people have had to overcome in the last two years. 81 per cent of our students have achieved a grade 4 or higher in both English and Maths with one in five of our students achieving a grade 7 or above in both subjects.

"We need to acknowledge what has been achieved in education this year. The remarkable resilience of young people, despite the ever-changing decisions on how GCSE results would be determined and when they would be published, combined with the dedication and sheer will power of school professionals’ right across the country who made it work for our young people.

"I am proud to be part of a profession that always puts young people first. To the class of 2021, I salute you and to my colleagues, thank you for making these superb results possible."

At Perins in Alresford, the grades were high and in line with the highest achieved by previous cohorts.

Joe Bundy attained ten grade 9s; Finlay Newman got nine; and Alice McPherson achieved seven grade 9s and three grade eights.

Executive headteacher Steve Jones said: "This year's Year 11 cohort have always been recognised as an able group; however we also wish to highlight how highly regarded they are as positive, resilient, engaged members of the school and wider community.

"The teaching and pastoral teams have really enjoyed working with them and, despite the unprecedented challenge faced this year, there have again been some exceptional individual performances across the range of GCSE subjects which include the difficult to attain Grade 9s."

Pupils at the Westgate School are also celebrating their successes.

Headteacher Fae Dean said: "We are delighted to announce another set of outstanding GCSE results at The Westgate School. 

"Pupils worked incredibly hard, supported by their parents/carers and all the adults in school, and should be very proud of their results.  We wish them the very best of luck in the next stage of their education."

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