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'Grit and determination' paid off for Grantham Walton Academy pupils

Students at Walton Academy were eager to collect their GCSE results and to receive their centre assessed grades, following the Government’s change in stance on how academic outcomes would be measured this year.

Senior leaders at Walton – part of the Diverse Academies Trust – said students were "relieved" and "satisfied" that the results were a fair reflection of the hard work and dedication they had put in over the course of their studies.

One student who was delighted with today’s results was Hayley Mowlem. She achieved grade 9s in maths, further maths, physics, chemistry, biology, French and history. She also achieved 8s in English language and literature.

On receiving her results, Hayley said: “I am very pleased and happy with these results and would like to thank all of my teachers. I feel that a lot of my success is down to the support of Walton teachers.”

Another top performer was Ed Warren who achieved 9s in maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history and philosophy, and 8s in English and English literature.

Ed said: “This year has been really eventful and personally challenging, but I am so pleased that the hard work has paid off.”

Hard work also paid off for Caitlin Anders. She gained top results of 9s in maths, further maths, physics, chemistry, biology and geography, and 6s in English language and literature.

She said: “I am quite shocked but really happy to see such high grades after such a long time away from school.”

Principal Will Teece said: “This has been an a very unique year for students and one that none of us envisaged when we started the academic year.

"Our academy has been rapidly improving and we have seen grades improve year on year, and so we expected the same to happen this year with our exceptional Year 11 students.

“After all the uncertainty that surrounded last week’s A-level grades I am pleased that these students will be given grades that we know are robust, fair and reflect the herculean effort shown by our Year 11 students during their five years with Walton.

"I am immensely proud of the grit and determination they have shown throughout this year and know they would have excelled had exams had run as normal. We are very pleased with the outcomes that they have been awarded and these reflect the success of this cohort.

“I congratulate every single one of them for what they have achieved, and I hope they can all progress to the next chapter of their lives confident in their own abilities and knowing they can make a difference.

"It's been a complete privilege to have worked with such a wonderful cohort and I wish them every success moving forward. I know they will leave with many great memories of Walton and we look forward to welcoming many back into sixth form next year.”

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