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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

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Examination Results

Poynton High School Class of 2017 have achieved outstanding results in their GCSE examinations with virtually 80% of students achieving the national 5 “standard GCSEs” including English and mathematics benchmark and a third of all GCSEs graded at the A*/A or the new higher Level 7/8/9 pass mark. 


Head Teacher, Mr David Waugh, said “…it is wonderful to see such amazing results and individual success stories.  These results are a real testament to the hard work of all of our students, their families and our great staff who have supported them every step of the way.  I really am so very pleased with their great achievements.  This year group have been subjected to the hardest GCSEs ever, with the higher grades of A*/A and 7/8/9 being harder to achieve.  This group of inspirational young people have “smashed” the national trends with a third of all GCSEs at the top grades, 90% achieving their English Standard Pass and 80% achieving their maths.  It is not possible to compare previous results to this year as the examinations are different and the expectations higher.  However, our students have increased their achievement at every benchmark set with a quarter of all GCSE mathematics being graded at Level 7/8/9 (the old A*/A grade) and a third of GCSE English.  We are also very pleased with their success at the new harder Grade 5 level with over three quarters of students achieving Grade 5 or above in GCSE English for example.  The government has set down the challenge of harder, more academic focussed GCSE qualifications and our students have risen, met and then exceeded that challenge across all of their subject areas.”  


Poynton High School traditionally delivers an inclusive academic curriculum and our cohort of students this year have achieved brilliant results in their full range of subjects.  For example, 80% A*-C in GCSE German, 99% A*-C in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  Our tradition in Performing Arts success has once again been upheld with 91% in A*- C in GCSE Music, 87% A*- C in GCSE Drama and 80% in GCSE Dance.  And with successes such as 93% A*- C in GCSE PE and 83% A* - C in GCSE History our students have once again proved their great abilities across the entire spectrum and broad range of subjects available to them here at Poynton High School. 


Link to the DfE Performance Tables