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On Monday 6th November Headteacher Mr Pennington welcomed Year 12 students, their families and staff to this year’s GCSE prizegiving ceremony.
The event provided an opportunity for those in attendance to take time out of their busy schedules to reflect on and acknowledge, the individual and collective achievements of our Year 12 students.

Mr Pennington praised Year 12 both for their exceptional talent and for the commitment and determination shown throughout their three year GCSE courses, which included preparing for the implementation of a new, more challenging, syllabus in Mathematics and English.

At the end of August nearly one third of all Mathematics and English grades awarded were the highest grade possible and 10 students achieved grade 9s in all three English and Mathematics GCSEs. Of all grades awarded in other subjects 78% achieved A*-A. Grades which were richly deserved. They have also provided the perfect stepping stone as our Year 12 students embark on their A Level courses.

Year 12 were also congratulated by their Key Stage 4 leader Mr Cain and Old Blue Paul Hughes, from the Class of 2008, who returned to the School as guest speaker. Paul, whose passion and enthusiasm for maths led him to embark on a career in teaching and tuition, shared his pride in having attended The Blue Coat School and reflected on the numerous opportunities he was provided with, both inside and outside of the classroom. Paul encouraged students to maintain their high standards and commitment, and to take advantage of every opportunity, stressing their Blue Coat education and remarkable talent will ensure a bright and successful future.

We would once again like to congratulate Year 12 for their tremendous efforts and wish them every success with their A Level courses. Our thanks also goes to Paul Hughes for delivering an inspirational speech.

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