Students, staff and governors at The Forest School are celebrating another pleasing year of GCSE exam results.

Headteacher, Ian Straw, said “We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements, with 69% of them achieving Grade 4 and above in English and 75% achieving Grade 4 and above in Maths. I very much enjoyed being in school this morning to be with Year 11 as they received their results and it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the celebrations with our successful students. I am grateful that so many staff and governors came to share in the students’ successes which is a true testament to our Forest family.

Once again, our more able students at the school performed exceptionally well. Particular highlights include Max Donnelly, Callum McCartney, Hamish Barnett and Imran Darr who all achieved at least 12 higher grades of 7 – 9. Imran achieved 11 Grade 9s and an A* (Distinction) in Further Maths. Overall 19% of all results were 7+ grades – significantly above the national average for boys.

The higher GCSE grades in English and maths of Grades 7 – 9 are notoriously difficult to achieve. However, there was a total of 97 Grade 9s achieved and I am delighted that 33 of our boys achieved a higher grade in maths, and 30 in English . In addition to our excellent maths results, 100% of students who took statistics achieved Grade 4 and above. We continue to be very pleased with our geography results, where 81% of students achieved Grade 4 and above. We are also very pleased with our modern foreign languages results, with 75% of students across French, Spanish and German achieving a Grade 4 and above.

We celebrate all our boys’ results and it is worth noting that those pupils who achieved less than a Grade 4 in English today sat exactly the same paper as those who achieved a Grade 9. Some of our boys made outstanding progress: Isaac Coldicott, Max Donnelly, Aidan Wright, Jack Roberts and Hamish Barnett achieved on average two grades higher in their exams than forecast.

Mr Straw added “I am delighted that the hard work, commitment and dedication of our students and staff, along with the support of parents, have been rewarded.  At Forest we strive to challenge students and provide an environment where boys really do learn best.”

Cliff Purvis, Chair of Governors added: “I am very pleased with the results and the boys should be extremely proud of their achievements. Our students, their parents and the staff at the school are to be congratulated. These results are never achieved without the hard work and commitment of both the students and the staff.”

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