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2018 Results

Humphry Davy School 2018 GCSE Results 

Celebrating achievements at every level in every way!

Humphry Davy School students, parents, staff and governors are celebrating the super GCSE achievements of the 2018 cohort.

Performance in Drama, Music, Health and Social Care and Sport has been particularly impressive alongside the consistently high achieving traditional academic subjects including Biology, Chemistry and Physics, History and French with an impressive 40% of students attaining the new Grade 7 or above in some of the subjects. 

But how exactly how do you measure examination success when almost every GCSE course has changed and grades are no longer A* to G?

It is a tremendous feeling and without doubt one of the greatest rewards as a teacher to watch a student’s face and body language shift from nervous anticipation to absolute joy as they open their result envelopes. Judging by the beaming smiles and in the knowledge that students have secured college and apprenticeship placements and remain on track to pursue their dreams … we can be confident it has been an incredibly successful year at Humphry Davy!

We are proud to be an inclusive community school and I want to congratulate all involved as the hard work and dedication of students and staff has been rewarded with many, many excellent grades. It has been a fantastic way to celebrate both my tenth year as Headteacher of Humphry Davy School and my recent 50th Birthday!

Individual student success includes Aidan M whose 11 grades (including 6 Grade 9’s and an A*Distinction) will place him in the top 1% in the country and along with Elsa R and Bethany S achieved grade 9s in all three separate sciences. To set this in context, less than 3% of grades nationally last year were the new top grade 9 reflecting also the fantastic achievements of Jess C, Owen S, Toby B, Annabel W, Ruby S and Harvey J.

Overall, 37% of students achieved grade 7s or above (old ‘A’ and ‘A*’) and the delighted Maths faculty stretched the most able with ‘A*’ and one of only a handful in the country ‘A* Distinction’ grades in Further Maths.

Informal feedback from experienced examiners was that Photography and 3D Design work were classed as some of the best around the country with Eli P-W awarded the Best GCSE Product Design winner at the 2018 CreatEd Awards and an industry expert stating they would buy one of Eli’s lamps for their own home!

But at Humphry Davy we all know that success is not just measured by the number of top grades achieved. This is an exceptional year group with wonderful community spirit who have developed into young adults that are fantastic role models for younger students and the wider Penzance community. In addition to the wonderful individual and team successes in Sport, the Arts and vocational areas such as the FutureChef competition, their contributions have been recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for the hugely successful voluntary and fund raising work with Rotary; forming ‘Mindful Matters’ Young Enterprise Company - one of the most successful in the South West; being the largest cohort ever at HDS to achieve Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards; and of course for their performances at the National Music festival and Music for Youth to name a couple. The list could go on and on.

Parents and carers have every right to be proud of their children and my thanks as Headteacher go to you all for your wonderful support over the years.  On behalf of the Governors and staff at Humphry Davy School, I would like to wish all our students ‘Good Luck!’ and continued success as they move on to the next stage of their education and careers. We look forward to hearing stories of your future achievements!

The school is currently oversubscribed and as we prepare to welcome the New Year 7 cohort in September, they can be confident and reassured from the 2018 results that hard work, determination and the support of our fantastic staff will leave them well placed to achieve their dreams and fulfill their future ambitions.

Bill Marshall

Headteacher - Humphry Davy School