Press Release - Thursday 21st August 2014

GCSE Results 2014

Keswick School GCSE results smash previous record

Today Year 11 students are celebrating the best GCSE results Keswick School has ever recorded. 77% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Maths, an increase from 73% last year. Maths recorded the most dramatic gains with 89.1% of students achieving an A* to C grade, an increase of more than 6% on last year. 81% of students achieved an A* to C grade in English and 83% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C grades taking traditional GCSE qualifications.

Records have been broken in a number of subjects with Art, Astronomy, Maths (Statistics) and Textiles all achieving 100% A* to C grades. Over 35% of all entries in Additional Maths, Art, Drama, Electronics, Geography, German, Music, Maths (Statistics) and Textiles achieved A* to A grades.

There were many individual successes with students of all abilities making outstanding progress. Notable high achievers include Alice Ma with 11A* grades, Francesca Lee (English under 16 Alpine skiing champion) with 9*A grades, Heather Matthews with 9A* grades and 4A grades, Phillip Jennings with 9A* grades and Daniel Cowperthwaite, Joshua Snyder and Simon Marshall who all achieved 8A* grades.

These outstanding results reflect the strength in depth in traditional academic subjects at Keswick School. They follow a full section 5 Ofsted inspection in February 2014 when the school was graded ‘outstanding’ in every category. 80% of Year 11 will now continue with their A-level studies at Keswick School with the remainder looking forward to commencing college or starting an apprenticeship.


“This is an outstanding set of results that have been achieved against the predicted turbulence in this year’s results due to exam reform. It’s a great attribute to the attitude and hard work of our students, the dedication of the staff and the support we receive from parents. The strength of our school community is that we believe that young people should have high aspirations, be inspired when they learn and be encouraged to succeed. The product of this is the results achieved today and the giant smiles and happy students that we witness every day around our school.”
Simon Jackson (Headteacher)


“These brilliant results show that despite the ever changing educational climate, our students can and do achieve. This is due to the tremendous hard work from all concerned with teaching and learning at Keswick School, where the students are the focus. They are inspired and encouraged to achieve aspirational goals and they do. Very well done to all.”
Sarah Peck (Chair of Governors)