GCSE results day: Success stories aplenty at Hathershaw

Date published: 12 August 2021

It's been a year of amazing student achievements at the Hathershaw College.

GCSE results continue to show year on year improvement, with an impressive number of students having secured the highest grades of 7, 8 and 9.

As a year group, Hathershaw students have attained success within a period in which they had to show great strength through lockdowns, school closures and missed schooling.

What has been a very difficult time for everyone has been dealt with in a manner that is mature and commendable.

Some of the circumstances in which the excellent results were attained has also come into focus.

Emma Palmer achieved her results whilst becoming a carer for her Grandmother, while Rhys Williams has remained consistent throughout a very difficult year, losing two beloved family members, never complaining and remaining polite and well mannered.

Hafsa Shahnaz, Senior Ambassador, has overcome numerous stays in hospital and has shown resilience and courage managing her workload.

Following a second year of cancelled exams, qualifications were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, carefully moderated internally by Curriculum Leaders and Senior Leaders before being approved by the Principal.

They were then awarded by the exam boards.

Rhys Williams

Students achieved results within the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, but Hathershaw College is proud to also offer an increasingly diverse and ambitious curriculum with subjects like Business Studies and Psychology being studied.

The College also offer students an opportunity to study vocational subjects such as Sport and Health and Social Care.

As in previous years, the vast majority of Hathershaw students will now be able to progress to its Trust Partner, Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC).

Hathershaw College Principal Mark Giles said: “I am delighted for the students.

"They have been through so much over the last two years, losing a member of their year group in a tragic accident and then experiencing the disruption caused by the pandemic.

"Despite this, they have remained a fantastic cohort and caused me very few problems.

"I also want to acknowledge the huge role played by teachers who have risen to the challenge of remote education and for the extra marking they have done of assessments to help determine GCSE and BTEC grades.

"In addition, the pastoral needs of the young people have been well served by a number of non-teaching colleagues.

"As always, it has been a real team effort.

"I wish all of our students well and look forward to hearing of the future accomplishments.”

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