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GCSE students set to flourish in Reigate Grammar School’s Sixth Form

 

  • The average grade profile for RGS students is ten 8 grades (A*-A)
  • More 8 and 9 grades (A*) than every other grade put together

It has been quite a year for GCSE students all over the country, including those at Reigate Grammar School. After a week of great uncertainty, leaving these students wondering what their futures may look like, grades have finally been awarded, with RGS students recording record results.

RGS students have come through the Covid-19 summer and, in a matter of weeks, will resume their studies in the Sixth Form at RGS. They will enjoy working in the wonderful Harrison Centre in preparation for university and life beyond. Whether through face-to-face lessons or using video technology, students will re-engage with school life – enjoying extra-curricular clubs and sport, participation in the arts, subject-specific seminars, utilising the extensive library, and simply being with their friends.

Today’s results are the best GCSE grades that students at RGS have ever achieved and, whilst they been awarded differently this year, the most important thing is that they enable students to access a wide range of A Level and other courses at RGS and elsewhere. Teachers know their students and trusting in their grade predictions is acknowledgement of this fact.

Headmaster, Shaun Fenton says:

“Well done Class of 2020! These students have demonstrated fine qualities of character, they have been good friends to each other, they have fun, they work well, and they are growing up into fine young men and women. That is much more important than any clutch of certificates.

Thank you for the support of parents, for the dedication of our teachers and for the wonderful students who have been through such difficult times.”

With GCSE exams cancelled, students helped to manufacture and distribute PPE for front line workers and worked with a local foodbank. They also reached out to the elderly, or otherwise vulnerable members of the community, offering practical help with shopping, collection of prescriptions, or just to provide some company and moral support.

Whilst schools were closed in the summer term, RGS didn’t waste the learning time and, for these students, with no GCSE exams, teachers instead used online, home-learning facilities to deliver transition programmes, introducing students to their Sixth Form studies a term earlier than would have previously been possible. This means that the students moving onto A Levels are better placed than ever before, which bodes well for the future.

Reflecting the school’s ethos that ‘a great education is about so much more than exam results’, RGS was awarded Independent School of the Year for its pastoral care by the Times Education Supplement (TES) in 2019 and has recently been shortlisted for School of the Year in the Independent Schools of the Year awards 2020.

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