Students across Telford and Wrekin celebrate GCSE results

Students in Telford and Wrekin have received their GCSE results today (Thursday 24 August).

Students across Telford and Wrekin celebrate GCSE results

Overall GCSE results are similar to 2019 following a return to pre-pandemic grading this summer in England.

A large number of students in the borough have passed their GCSEs and other equivalent qualifications, demonstrating the hard work undertaken by staff and students.

The Telford Langley School is celebrating a good set of GCSE results.

There have been some impressive individual achievements at the school as increasing numbers of pupils have achieved numerous 7-9 grades in a range of subjects as well as achieving some of the highest grades in their English and Maths GCSEs.

Steve Carter, The Telford Langley School headteacher, said: “It’s pleasing to see that the support of our trust and hard work of the staff and the students has been rewarded with some excellent results.”

Philip Hamilton, CEO of the Community Academies Trust said: “Telford Langley School is a settled purposeful learning environment where young people have every opportunity for success. 

“The results this year are further evidence of this and I am very proud of the commitment shown by staff, students and their families to make this happen.”

Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby Academy Acting Principal Joanne Edgar said: "It has been an absolute delight to watch the anxious expressions be replaced by smiles of pride and jubilation as pupils (and parents) realise that the hard work and commitment invested over the past two years has been rewarded with some impressive grades. 

“On behalf of the staff and the governors, I would like to wish all pupils every success with their next steps."

The Learning Community Trust says it is pleased with GCSE results at all three of its Telford secondary schools.

Hadley Learning Community, Ercall Wood, and Charlton have improved in a number of areas which coincides with positive Ofsted reports.

Jane Hughes, CEO at Learning Community Trust, said: “Across the schools, the attainment and average grades of the students increased, with a number of students achieving the highest grades possible across all their subjects.”

Newport Girls’ High School’s (NGHS) Year 11s are once again celebrating fantastic GCSE results which are higher than in 2019 with 82% of results graded 7-9 (A*/A).

In sciences almost 90% of Biology grades were 7-9 (A*/A) and well over a third of Physics and Chemistry were 9s.

Every student achieved a pass in English with 86% securing an A*/A. Most of the cohort completed the English Baccalaureate and achieved an average grade of 7.6 in these nationally recognised more demanding subjects. 

Four students also achieved a very rare accolade of straight grade 9s and, on average, NGHS students added around three quarters of a grade to their government predictions - yet another improvement on 2019.

Headteacher Michael Scott said: “Our Year 11 Class of 2023 did not let anything stand in their way of success. 

“We are thrilled with their hard work and the support of their teachers and families. We look forward to welcoming a large number of them along with a bumper group of new entrants to Year 12 in September.”

Telford College is celebrating another excellent set of GCSE with English and Maths grades once again comfortably ahead of the national average.

Achievement rates for English and Maths were up on last year for both adult learners and 16-18 students, with a pass rate of 97% for Maths and over 95% for English. 

Janet Stephens, Telford College Deputy Chief Executive, said: “These are absolutely fantastic results, reflecting all of the hard work our students and staff. We are very proud of them.

“Our English achievement rates were over 10% above the national average, and Maths results for 16 to 18-year-olds were even further ahead than that.

“Maths and English are so important, because they not only form a key part of the Government’s levelling up programme, and are qualifications which open up pathways to the maximum number of courses and job opportunities.

“It’s one of the reasons we are so excited to be working with Telford & Wrekin Council and local businesses on creating a new digital skills and enterprise hub in the town’s Station Quarter, with maths at the very heart of a modern, technology-driven curriculum.”

Janet added: “We look forward to seeing many of our students now progressing with us onto A levels, apprenticeships, or our range of T Levels which we are launching in September.” 

Michelle Salter, Telford and Wrekin Virtual School Headteacher said: “Well done to all our Year 11s Children in Care for achieving a very good set of GCSE results, a reflection of their hard work and effort.  

“They are now getting ready to start the next chapter of their education, going onto college, sixth form or to one of our local training providers to further continue their studies.”

Councillor Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Visitor Economy said: “Congratulations to all the borough’s pupils, their families and our school staff and governors who have worked so hard towards this GCSE results day.

“I wish everyone who took their GCSEs this year every success in their future endeavours, whether they do A-Levels, a vocational qualification or start their working lives.”

For anyone who has received their GCSE results or finished a course and isn’t sure what do next, Telford & Wrekin Council’s FutureFocus service can help. 

FutureFocus offers free careers advice and guidance to young people up to 19 years old. They can drop in for a chat with the FutureFocus team at Southwater One (ground floor), anytime between 10am -5pm (Monday – Friday) or phone 01952 388988.

For emotional support and wellbeing, young people under 25 years old can contact BEAM, Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Wellbeing service.  

BEAM is offering a drop in service on 24 August (10am-6pm) at 9 Market Square, Wellington, TF1 1BP.  

Photo: Students at Charlton School receive their GCSE results.