Students celebrate GCSE success at Keswick School

Keswick School students have achieved another set of outstanding GCSE results today. 75% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Maths, with 90% achieving an A* to C grade in Maths (a new record for the school). These match last year’s impressive results and reflect the high standards of teaching and learning provided by specialist staff. This was recognised by Ofsted last year when the inspectors graded Keswick School as ‘outstanding’ in every category.


Top performer Bethan Savage (from Frizington) achieved 11 A* grades. Bethan will be going on to study four A-levels in English Literature, Government & Politics, French and German.  Bethan said “I am absolutely ecstatic, very relieved and proud of myself”.  “The teachers are really passionate and enthusiastic to make you want to learn.  Their teaching is amazing and there is a really great support network and camaraderie at the school”

Jamie Suddaby (from Keswick) gained 9 A* grades and 2 A grades. Jamie will be going on to study four A-levels in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Geography.  Katie Suitor (from Workington) achieved 10A*/As and will go on to study Physics, English Literature, Maths Mechanics and Drama.

Ross Irving (from Workington) who achieved 9A*/As will go on to study Physics, Product Design, Maths Mechanics and Further Maths.  Ross said “I am totally over whelmed and didn’t expect to get these results.  These grades have now opened up opportunities for me that I did not think I would be able to achieve.  I am now really looking forward to starting sixth form as a boarding student.

Holly Monkhouse (from Workington) achieved from 9A*/As.  Holly said “I’m really happy”.  The school has helped me a lot and I would not have done as well without the revision sessions and getting lots of feedback from the teachers”.

Rachel Hoyle (from Lamplugh) achieved 9A*/As and said “I’m really happy and have done better than I expected.  I received so much support from the school with everything, all the hard work has been worthwhile”.

21 students achieved 8 or more A* and A grades. These students will continue their studies at Keswick School in September opting from 35 A-levels on offer. There were many other individual successes with students of all abilities making outstanding progress.

Keswick School offers a broad GCSE curriculum. There were notable achievements in subjects across the board with 100% A*-C in Astronomy, 97% A*-C in Art and Design, 93% A*-C in Graphic Products and Catering, 92% A*-C in Biology and Further Maths, 91% A*-C in Business Studies and 90% A*-C in English Literature. Many other subjects achieved 80%+ A*-C grades with their own cohort of students.

This success reflects the strength and depth of traditional academic subjects at Keswick School. It follows hot on the heels of the best A-level results the school has ever achieved which resulted in The Telegraph listing the school as the fourth best performing comprehensive in the UK for the percentage of A* grades awarded. The school has also just been the recipient of a national Good School’s Guide award for being the top performing English comprehensive for boys’ achievement in A-level Physics.

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.

“Keswick School students are impressive, ambitious and creative young people. I’m delighted that so many have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication. The academic excellence which is a hallmark of Keswick School would not be possible without the expert teaching and encouragement from a talented staff team and the support we receive from parents. These outstanding results will now provide our students with a great foundation for further success at A-level and beyond.”
Simon Jackson (Headteacher)

“The GCSE results, once again, are fantastic and our congratulations go out to all the students who have worked so hard and the staff who have supported and encouraged them. There have been some wonderful individual achievements. I believe that the success of our students is down to the vision and ethos of the school to encourage and enable our students to strive and succeed in their chosen subjects. It is a pleasure to see our young people blossom and mature as they progress through the school. GCSE's are a big step towards their future life choices and such successes will give them those choices. The Governors and I thank all our students, staff and families for the positivity, support and encouragement that ensures our students succeed and we wish them well in their future choices.”
Sarah Peck (Chair of Governors)