Fairfield High School students have risen to the challenges posed by the new GCSE exams and achieved fantastic results across the board. Nearly 10% of the cohort gained 4 or more grades at the new ‘gold standard’ highest level – grade 9 – equivalent to A**.  Four students achieved a grade 9 in 6 or more subjects, and Flo McCarthy takes her place in the top 732 students in the whole of England with 7 or more grade 9s!

79% of students achieved 5 or more “standard” (previously Grade C and above) passes including English and Maths and 62% gained the government’s new higher “strong” pass in 5 or more subjects including English and Maths.

Both attainment and progress data are even higher than last year’s excellent results.  Early indications of progress data suggest that Fairfield students have achieved on average nearly three quarters a grade higher than students of similar ability nationally, which is a wonderful achievement for all of our students, whatever their starting points.

In 12 subjects over a third of the grades achieved were at grade 7 (previously grade A) or above, and almost half of the year group gained their EBacc qualification with a third of students achieving the prestigious “strong” pass (grade 5 or higher) in all their EBacc subjects.

Head Teacher Sue Gaston said  “We are always proud of our students, but this year is particularly special because there has been so much uncertainty and so many changes around the new GCSEs.  There is no doubt that these exams are more challenging than ever and I am delighted that our students have achieved the success they deserve and have worked so hard for.  The staff at Fairfield have done a terrific job once again; the great partnership we share with parents and carers also means that we can effectively support our students through the pressure of exams and now all celebrate this amazing achievement together”.