The Forest School GCSE results day. Pic Steve Robards SR2008202 SUS-200820-125337001

GCSE results 2020: Headteacher of Forest School in Horsham praises ‘very positive results’

The headteacher of Forest School in Horsham has praised students’ ‘very positive’ GCSE results.

By Sam Dixon-French
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 1:20 pm

Mr Ian Straw said the grades ‘fully reflect the hard work that this group of boys have put into their studies over the past three years’. He added: “These students have had to cope with a great deal of concern regarding the way in which their results would be accurately predicted and the coverage of the A Level results over the past week will have contributed, I am sure, to anxieties about today. I was very pleased to see the announcement regarding the use of Centre Assessed Grades from Ofqual and the government.”

The grades the students have been issued with have been through a thorough review process which involved each and every member of staff within departments, the subject team leader and the line manager that oversees the department, Mr Straw said.

He added: “The results were then scrutinised by SLT and sent to the Fischer Family Trust for further independent scrutiny before finally being submitted to the exam board.

“In view of this, our students can take confidence that the grades awarded have been issued with care and consideration. Whilst our students have not had the opportunity to undertake GCSE examinations, the grade they have been awarded is a fair reflection of their ability; they have proved, day after day, that their work has been of the standard outlined in the awarded grade.

“The results issued are every bit as valid as those achieved by any previous cohort. They were awarded by colleagues with many years of collective experience who worked closely with our students on a daily basis.”

Today was the first time staff saw ‘so many smiling faces’ since March, Mr Straw said.

He added: “I was delighted to see so many members of our Forest family return to collect their well-earned results, particularly since the boys did not get a proper send-off due to the pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming them back for our Forest family barbecue at the start of term where we can say a proper goodbye and wish them all the very best on their continued journey. They have been well prepared and I know they will do us proud, I have no doubt that they will achieve great things. In no small part this is due to the support and hard work from our staff, governors, parents and the students themselves. I am extremely grateful for all that they do.”

Cliff Purvis, chair of governors added: “I am once again very pleased with the results and congratulations go to all the boys along with their parents and the staff who have supported the boys throughout. These results are a reflection on the continued hard work of both the students and the staff at the school”.

Amongst the many fantastic results today, the school said it wanted to draw special attention to the following students:

Samuel Forbes 15 GCSE including 7 at Level 9. Samuel achieved GCSE Maths Level 9 in 2018 and Additional Maths Grade A in 2019.

William Randal 13 GCSE including 9 at Level 9

Aathavan Nithianantharajah 13 GCSE including 7 at Level 9 and also a Distinction * at Cambridge National Level 2.

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