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Examination Results 2022

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GCSE Success

We were so proud of our Year 11 students who received truly impressive GCSE results in the first examinations since 2019.  These students completed their GCSEs against a backdrop of the biggest crisis that most of us have ever experienced in our lives and achieve the best attainment and progress our school has ever seen.  We have now had consistent improvement in both attainment and progress at GCSE since 2016.  

These results are testament to the hard work and resilience of the students and of course to the support of the staff in school and of their parents and carers.

There were many happy faces this morning as envelopes were opened!  This is not surprising as almost one in ten GCSEs have been graded at the highest grade of 9.  An incredible 58 students achieved 7 or more qualifications at a grade 7 or above.  18 of our students gained a grade 7 or more in all 10 qualifications. 

Well done to all our Year 11s and best wishes for the next step!

A level Success

Poynton High School also celebrated excellent results from its A Level and BTEC students.  Students were rewarded for their hard work, dedication and resilience with outstanding final results across the full range of academic and vocational subjects.  These results were the best results we have ever attained as a school and continue a record of consistently improving results over several years. 

7 students received at least three A* grades in their A levels, with 36 students gaining at least 3 A* and A grades in their A level or BTEC qualifications.  Overall half the entries were graded as an A* or an A.  89% of A levels were graded A*-C.  We were particularly proud this year as the students’ entire Sixth Form experience has been during the COVID pandemic and to gain such impressive results shows their determination and resilience.

These results enabled students to progress to a wide array of different university courses right across the country.  96 of our students were placed in their first choice of university which is impressive in such a competitive year.  Students were also successful in attaining places on very competitive Degree or Higher Level Apprenticeship courses and others moved into employment with further training.  A small number of examples of these successes can be seen below:

UCL                                          History and Politics of the Americas

Oxford University                    Geography

Durham University                  Natural Sciences

University of Leeds                 English literature

Trainee Chartered Accountant with Mazars

University of Birmingham      Law                 

University of Sheffield            Chemistry

University of Liverpool            Medicine (in 2023 after gap year travelling in Europe)

University of Leeds                 Psychology

Degree Level Apprenticeship in Engineering at Bentley Motors

University of York                   German and Spanish

University of Lancaster           Human geography

Edge Hill University                 Adult Nursing

Level 4 Apprenticeship with Allianz Insurance

University of Birmingham      History

University of Nottingham       Natural sciences

University of Roehampton      Primary education with QTS

Newcastle University  Economics

Degree Level Apprenticeship with Solutions PT

University of Warwick             Biomedical Systems Engineering

Loughborough University       Sport and Exercise Science

Cardiff University                English Literature and Creative Writing

Examination Results 2021

GCSE Success for Year 11

It was fantastic to see our Year 11 students receive their GCSE and other results this year.  This year group has faced real challenges as we went in to the national lockdown while they were in Year 10 but through their hard work and the support of their teachers they definitely rose to the challenge.  Our congratulations to them all.

In line with the other local schools, we will not be releasing headline measures this year but there are many impressive achievements to celebrate in terms of attainment and progress made since joining our school. 

The students below achieved seven or more qualifications at 7+ - a fantastic achievement!  Two of our students, Amelie Lewens and Luke Davies achieved 9 grade 9s in their GCSEs

Jasmine Allen

Sasha Asal

Ruby Barber

Catherine Bellingham

Grace Bingham

Isabel Brundrett

Millie Carman

Maximilian Collins

Samantha Currie

Lily Daniels

Kitty Darby

Luke Davies

Holly Durban

Isabella Dyke

Benjamin Fantom

Matilda Fenton

Isobel Ferguson

Eve Forman

Thomas Glasgow

Annabelle Graham

Ben Grundy

Maximilian Hallam

James Hand

Freya Hannam

Abigail Harvey

Hannah Hunter

Lucy Jackson

Madeleine James

Kimia Karami-Shahrokhi

Krish Khambhu

Alice Knight

Erin Lee

Amelie Lewens

James Lilley

Amelie Look

Rosie Maguire

Daniel Mallender

Bethan Martin

Libby McMillan

Bradley Melville

Kiran Mukherjee

Heather Nichol

Rory Noden

Umar Nouri

Beatrice Oldham

Abigail Rule

Lucy Ryan

Mackenzie Ryden

Fiona Shaw

Samuel Tonks

Rohan Vickers

Ellie Western

Heartley Wild

Alexander Zughaid

Sixth Form Success

With the publication of this summer’s examination results this week, Poynton High School was celebrating outstanding results from its A Level and BTEC students on Tuesday 10th August.  Students were rewarded for their hard work, dedication and resilience with excellent final results across the full range of academic and vocational subjects. 

12 students received at least three A* grades in their A levels with many more gaining A*s in one or two A level qualifications.

These results have enabled students to progress to a wide array of different university courses right across the country.  90% of our students were placed in their first choice of university which is impressive in such a competitive year.  Students have also been successful in attaining places on very competitive Degree or Higher Level Apprenticeship courses and others have moved on into employment with further training.  A small number of examples of these successes can be seen below:

Anna C studied A Levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, plus an Extended Project Qualification and will now be embarking on a career in Medicine with the University of Sheffield.

Euan C studied A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics and will be studying a General Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield.

Louise B studied A Levels in History, Psychology and German and will be realising her ambition to study Archaeology at the University of York.

Saskia G who studied A levels in Computer Science and D&T (Product Design, and a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Information Technology will be joining AJ Bell Investment in Manchester following a Degree Level Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions.

Jack M who studied A levels in Business, Economics and Biology will be joining Lloyd Piggott Accountants on an Accountancy Apprenticeship.

Rachel G studied Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Chemistry and will be joining the prestigious Bird College to study Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.

Nicholas J studied A Levels in History, Biology and Business and will be designing buildings of the future when he has completed his degree in Architecture with the University of Liverpool.

Aimee B studied A Levels in Art, History and Religious Studies and has secured a Degree Level Apprenticeship Paralegal Studies with SAS Daniels Law in Macclesfield.

Philippa L studied A Levels in Art and Business, and A BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology and will be progressing to Macclesfield College to complete an Art Foundation course.

Lucas H studied A level Media Studies and BTEC Extended Certificates in Sport and Business and will be studying Football Business and Media at the UCFB in Manchester (University Campus of Football Business).

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Limited information is published by the government on 2021 results and no information has been published nationally about 2020 results.  The link above takes you to the performance tables for our school.

Examination Results 2020

Poynton High School Year 11 have been simply AMAZING!  These are truly bizarre and surreal times and there really has never been an exams season like this one!  Today, our inspirational Year 11 students collected their GCSE and BTEC results.  Our Year 11 students have been recognised for their hard work, their dedication and their sheer brilliance.  This has always been an exceptionally hardworking, dedicated year group and I know I speak on behalf of all of our staff when I commend their results to our community as a fair reflection of their ability and their knowledge. 

These really are outstanding results and do give a fair reflection of this year group.  They have been an inspirational year group since they arrived with us in 2015, always “…jumping in with both feet”.  Our Year 11 go forward with their passport to the future and we are very excited to be welcoming so many of them back into our Sixth Form as we fully open in two weeks’ time.

Head Teacher, Mr David Waugh said, “…this year group has faced such herculean challenges in recent times and are so very special for so many reasons.  They have today been awarded an amazing and justifiable set of qualifications.  On behalf of all of our staff, governors, trustees and our community, I want to commend their results to you and to thank them for all of their hard work, dedication, challenge and support in ensuring that Poynton High School remains one of the highest achieving schools in the country.” 

Over 240 Year 11 Poynton High students have today received their final GCSE and provisional BTEC grades, known as “Centre Assessed Grades” and if these were ‘normal times’ then I would be quoting how these are the best results ever achieved, but these are not ‘normal times’ and these are not ‘normal grades’.  There is such mixed emotion flying around with regard to these grades, in all schools nationally.  With the cancellation of all exams this summer, students across the country today have received grades based on their work over the last 2 years within school, supported with a robust quality assurance process.  As agreed with all other head teachers in Cheshire East, we will not be releasing headline measures this year, suffice to say we are celebrating amazing outcomes and progression routes for our students.

We have 247 brilliant Yr11 students, who are unfortunately too numerous to mention in this press release.  As a flavour of our great students, we have included below some examples of the brilliant things our students are going to progress on to:

  • Luc Singleton – All 9’s! WOW, all 9’s. What a fantastic achievement. Luc is planning on returning to Poynton High school Sixth form to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and German.
  • Anna Jones - All 9’s! We are very excited to be welcoming Anna back to Sixth form to study Maths, Geography, German and Physics.
  • Olivia Buckley - All 9’s! Olivia is a true perfectionist. There is nothing more perfect than achieving a 9 in every subject. Oliva is returning to sixth form to study Maths, Physics German and History.
  • Poppy Ardley – what an incredible set of results! Poppy has her own health challenges but never uses this as an excuse or allows it to be a barrier to her achievement. Congratulations for achieving 100% attendance.
  • Joseph Bradley – Joe has not found this year ‘easy’ but he has achieved some fantastic results that he should be incredibly proud of.

The most recent performance measures are for the 2019 results and more information about these can be found here

Examination Results 2019


Once again our students have achieved outstanding results at both GCSE and A level.  Our students embraced the challenge presented to them by the reformed qualifications and achieved impressive progress. This group of inspirational young people have excelled, with nearly 30% of all students being awarded an A or A* at A level and 80% achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4+, including English and maths.


2019 GCSE Results are now available on the government school performance website (see above).  We are proud that in 2019 our students' results were the best in Cheshire East for:

  • Attainment 8
  • % of students achieving 9-4 grades in English and Maths
  • the EBacc average points score.

The progress students made was even better than in 2018, when we were recognised by the SSAT for exceptional student attainment as we were in the top 10% of non-selective state schools nationally for student attainment. 

Progress 8 - + 0.29

This is the fourth year Progress 8 has been used as a measure and our students have again showed that they are making much better progress than students nationally.  It is particularly pleasing that our students combine this good progress with very high attainment levels.

Attainment 8

Our attainment is very strong. It is again significantly better than both the Cheshire East and the England average.

Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs

A 5 is a strong pass, equivalent to an old B or high C. We outperform the England and Cheshire East average.

EBacc average point score

Our curriculum is a broad academic curriculum. Our EBacc average point score (Maths/ Science/ English/ Humanities/ MFL) is significantly higher than the England and the Cheshire East average. We are pleased that so many of our students succeed in the EBacc subjects.

Entering for the EBacc

Staying in education or entering employment

Link to the 2019 Performance Tables


A Level Examination Results 2019

This summer our 152 Year 13 students took over 450 A- Level examinations and BTEC assessments and have achieved record results across the board, including almost 10% of all A-Levels being graded at the prestigious A* grade and 30% graded as A* or A. Student results have been exceptionally high at all levels and in all subjects with 17 students gaining straight A*/A grades and 80% of all A-Levels graded A*-C, with an overall pass rate in excess of 99%.

It is yet another year of great success by our students and recognition of all the hard work by them, their families and our staff. These results are transformational for them with the vast majority going on to follow courses at their first choice of university.

Examples of destinations for individual students this year are below:

•Daniel O gained A* A* A* in his A Levels and will be reading Natural Sciences at Durham University.

•Christopher H gained B B B in his A Levels and will be reading Computer Science with an Industrial Placement at Newcastle University.

•Matthew H gained A* A* A* in his A Levels and will be reading Mathematics at Durham University.

•Ben P gained B C D in his A Levels and is joining Siemens to undertake a Digital Coding apprenticeship.

•Megan J gained C C C in her A Levels and will be reading Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology at Bangor University.

•Isobel S gained A* A  A in her A Levels and will be reading Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

•Lucy S gained B B and Distinction* in her A Levels and BTEC course and will be reading Interactive Media at the University of York.

•Theo C gained A A B in his A Levels and will be reading Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield.

•Benjamin H gained A B C in his A Levels and will be reading Sports Management at Loughborough University.


Sixth Form Student Progress 2019

This figure tells you how much progress students who studied qualifications at this school made between the end of Key Stage 4 and the end of their Sixth Form studies, compared to similar students across England. We are really proud that our students are working above national levels and making more than expected progress.  The 2019 results show even greater progress than the pleasing 2018 results.

Academic Qualifications Progress score

This score shows progress across A levels and other academic qualifications such as the EPQ.


Average Grade Achieved



Average result





Cheshire East






English and Maths Progress Measure

This figure measures the progress made by students who are resitting GCSE English and maths to achieve a Standard Pass (Grade 4) or higher while studying their Level 3 qualifications with us in the Sixth Form. The figures show excellent progress made by these students compared to the national figures.

In English, 100% of the students required to re-sit their GCSE Language qualification during 2018-19 (19 students) passed this qualification. The national figure was 33.7%.

In Maths, 65% of the students required to re-sit their GCSE Maths Mathematics qualification during 2018-19 (11 students) passed this qualification. The national figure is 27.5%. This gave us an average progress score of 0.92 compared with a national figure of 0.1.

In both cases, these results are significantly above all national figures.


Retention figures show the percentage of students completing their main study programme.   

Retention rates are well above national figures and show how successful students are within Poynton Sixth Form at completing courses that they start. The high quality induction and the guidance given on types and models of suitable programmes of study mean that students complete the courses they begin.

In 2018 98.1% of students completed their main study programme which was a higher figure than Cheshire East (95.1%) or England (94.2%).

2019 data will be available in March 2020.

Student destinations

(The data below was published in January 2020 and refers to the 2017 leavers).

Students progressing to education or employment




16-18 Performance Tables

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