August 2020

GCSE Results: Students receive just rewards for their hard work and commitment

Year 11 students returned to Withernsea High School for the first time in five months on Thursday morning to collect their long-awaited GCSE results.

Due to the social distancing measures in place, results were opened outside under blue skies and bright summer sun - a scene which echoed the resiliently upbeat and cheery mood of the students after what has been a most unusual and unsettling time.  

While some schools opted to deliver their results digitally, Withernsea High School was one of a number of schools across the county that facilitated results collection in person. It was a move that proved to be the perfect antidote to the abrupt way in which the students’ time at school was cut short in March, and to the uncertainty over grading they have faced in recent days.

As well as reuniting friends, it also enabled students, along with their parents/carers, to have face-to-face contact with members of the school’s leadership and careers teams who were all on-hand to offer support and guidance for students’ next steps. The message delivered today was one of continuing support, with students encouraged to remain in contact with the school throughout their next phase of further education, training or employment.

With the last minute national changes to how grades were calculated, there was a genuine sense of relief and delight that today’s grades were a true reflection of what students had personally achieved in their time in school.

Headteacher Mark Crofts commented: ‘The last six months has thrown the world into disarray, denying students opportunities and learning experiences. It was therefore a real pleasure to restore some normality today; firstly, to see our Year 11 students and, most importantly, to seem them justly rewarded for their efforts.

I can say with absolute certainty that students received the grades they deserved, and they should be immensely proud of what these grades represent. For four and a half years, they have worked towards this, and rightly, their grades are now the passport for them to move on to new and exciting courses and studies.

Without doubt this year group will be remembered. I am certain they will rise to the challenge posed by this unforeseen break in their education. Today, I have heard many students talking of how they are keen to get on with their studies, demonstrating a determination to make the next few years really count. We all wish them the very best in their endeavours, urge them to keep in touch, and look forward to seeing them at the Class of 2020 reunion.’