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Rookwood School celebrates 2023 GCSE results

Students collecting GCSE results at Rookwood School


We are proud to announce our 2023 GCSE results which reflect the school’s commitment to providing a highly supportive and nurturing environment where every student can thrive regardless of their starting point.

Students achieved grades well above the national average, with 85% of students achieving grade 4 or above (equivalent to a C) and 30% of grades being awarded Grade 7 or above, equivalent to an A or A*. Particularly pleasing is the percentage of students achieving Grade 9 – the highest grade possible – with a 4% increase this year compared to pre-pandemic results.

Commenting on this year’s results, Mr. Anthony Kirk-Burgess, Headmaster of Rookwood School, said “As a non-selective school, we are always delighted with the progress our students make during their time at Rookwood. Students develop their skills both academically and more broadly through their extra-curricular activities. As expected, as a result of exams regulator Ofqual returning to pre-pandemic grading levels, our results are lower this year, but we are delighted with our students’ overall grades.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all our students for their outstanding achievements and thank our dedicated staff and supportive community for their unwavering commitment to Rookwood’s success.”

Some notable achievements include:

Drama: 57% of our Drama students achieved Grade 8 or 9.
Geography: 23% of our Geography students achieved Grade 9.
Biology and Physics: 57% of our Biology and Physics students achieved Grade 7 or above.
Design and Technology (DT): 50% of our DT students achieved Grade 7 or above.

In Drama, the results achieved were well above the national average and higher than the average for independent schools. Mrs. Heather Blackmore, the School’s Head of Drama, was thrilled with the results.

A particularly impressive student is Sophie who achieved a Grade 9 in Drama. Commenting on Sophie’s result, Heather said “Sophie is one of the hardest working students I’ve taught, so she couldn’t be any more deserving of this result.” Sophie’s mum was delighted with Sophie’s results overall and said she was “beyond proud of my daughter.”

Student Elysia nervously opened her results but was thrilled to have achieved an average grade of 8.4 across all her subjects. “I’m feeling all the emotions right now,” commented Elysia, “but overall I am so happy and relieved to know that it’s all been worth it.”

Student Marc was also happy with his results, saying “I did so much better than I expected, so that’s a real win for me”.