Royston school riding high after GCSE result success

PUBLISHED: 10:05 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 20 August 2015

Sophie Kirkham, Saffy Cook and Taylor Sharp

Sophie Kirkham, Saffy Cook and Taylor Sharp


Pupils at Meridian School have reason to celebrate today after producing ‘exceptional’ GCSE results.

In no particular order: Amy Jordan, Hollie Jennings, Hannah Buckley, Rhiannon Fage, Alice Clarke and Georgia Plumb.In no particular order: Amy Jordan, Hollie Jennings, Hannah Buckley, Rhiannon Fage, Alice Clarke and Georgia Plumb.

About 20 per cent of all grades achieved were A* or A grades, while almost 40 per cent were grade A*, A or B.

Assistant headteacher David Atkins said: “While these high grades are so encouraging, we must add that at Meridian, where progress is monitored against individual students’ target grades, it has given huge pleasure to see students working so hard and attaining well deserved grades, whatever they may be.

“This year group – the largest Year 11 cohort at Meridian for a number of years – worked extremely hard to achieve some exceptionally pleasing results.

“Always enthusiastic for all of the various opportunities which school life presented, they have shown how academically capable they are. “The vast majority of these students have come up through the first and middle school system of Royston and its surrounding villages, and can feel really proud of these achievements.”

Matthew Houghton with his MumMatthew Houghton with his Mum

Jess Weatherall, head of sixth form, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with these students and they should be pleased with what they have achieved at this stage in their school careers. We look forward to working with many of them when they join the Meridian sixth form at the start of the new term, and wish them all well when they commence their studies or training beyond Year 11.”

The school has decided not to publish the overall percentage pass rate at this stage in a move repeated across North Herts, but have picked out some of this year’s star performers.

These were:

•Dominic Caddick 9 A* 4 A 1 B

•Saffy Cook 9 A* 2 A 1 B 1 C

•Kaitlin Saward 8 A* 5 A

•Katie Reynolds 8 A* 3 A 1 B 1 C

•Matthew Houghton 7 A* 4 A 1 B 1 C

•Amy Jordan 5 A* 5 A 2 B 1 C

•Sophie Davies 4 A* 7 A 2 B

•Hollie Jennings 4 A* 7 A 2 B

•Abbie Robinson 4 A* 7 A 1 B 1 C

•Joe Ready 4 A* 4 A 4 B 1 C

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