LiveSouth west Hertfordshire GCSE results day live blog

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Francis Combe Academy, Garston:

Principal, Debbie Warwick, said: “It has been another successful year in terms of both GCSE and A Level results. I speak for all Academy staff when I say that we are incredibly proud of the achievements of our young people. The Academy was full of smiles this morning, with students celebrating their achievements alongside the staff.”

Watford Observer:


The Bushey Academy, in Bushey:

Principal Andrew Hemmings said that: “At this stage, we are able to confirm that GCSE results have convincingly exceeded those which put us in the top 200 schools nationally for pupil progress last year, with 75% achieving A*-C in English and 65% in Maths.

"This means that student achievement is significantly above national expectations and is due to the highest calibre of staff working with committed students in a positive atmosphere. I am delighted.” 



Westfield Academy, West Watford:

Over 60 per cent of students achieved 5 grades A*-C 

Tim Body, principal at Westfield Academy, said: “In the first year of the Government’s exam reforms it is so pleasing that over 60 per cent of Westfield students still managed to achieve 5 grades A*-C including English and maths.

“This is way above the government’s floor target of 40%.  In light of the reduced impact of BTEC qualifications, we had increased our emphasis on other academic GCSEs this year. It has been really gratifying to see this bear fruit in dramatic increases in the results in subjects such as science, geography and RE.”

Mr Body added: "This was our largest ever year group at Westfield, so it was particularly pleasing to see them do so well. As always, I want the local community to be proud of how well Westfield students do academically. To see them get their results today makes the whole job worthwhile.

“Our students should be proud of their achievements and I congratulate them, but I’d also like to congratulate our staff and our community. I can hand on heart say that our staff are the hardest working teachers in the country.

"Westfield Academy is a school to be proud of, we are ambitious for our students and that ambition is making a positive difference to their futures.”


St Margarets Bushey Independent School for Girls, in Bushey:

94 per cent of all girls achieving at least seven A*-C grades.

82 per cent achieving 9 grades A* to C. 

22.4 per cent of all grades were at A*. 

52.2 per cent were A*-A.

Headmistress, Rose Hardy, said: “These GCSE results are a real triumph for all the girls concerned, and for the teachers who have taught and prepared them. It is pleasing to see so many of our girls now embarking on their AS courses from such a strong foundation.“





From roving reporter Beth Cherryman at Westfield Academy:


Kings Langley School results are in. 

5 A* to C- 65 per cent

In English, 83 per cent A*-C, with 32 per cent getting A* or A.

Headteacher Gary Lewis said: “We have absolutely received our best ever results. We are astonished, especially against the national backdrop of volatility, but our volatility has seen our results go through the roof.

“We are utterly delighted. I am very very proud of the students."


Some pictures have come in from our photographer Holly Cant of the scenes at Rickmansworth School this morning.

Watford Observer:

George Adams (left) & Lewis Paddick 

Watford Observer:

Beth Dean (left) & Steph Leigh 

Watford Observer:

Olivia Conroy-Smith (left) & Elvie Litherland

Watford Observer:

Olivia Conroy-Smith, Beth Dean, Steph Leigh, Elvie Literland 

Watford Observer:

L-R: Charlie Stannard, James Carson-O'Neill, Matthew Biss & George Holt 


Watford Observer:

Results are in for Merchant Taylors’ School, in Northwood. 

66.4 per cent of exams A* 
90.14 per cent of exams A* /A
46 per cent of the cohort achieved 8, 9 or 10 A*s (up 7.5%)
99.7 per cent pass-rate

Head Master, Simon Everson, said: “We are delighted our students have been so successful – they deserve it after all their hard work. It shows that you can still achieve the best results by putting a premium on a traditional, all-round education. Schools don’t have to sacrifice the joy of learning for their students to do well”.


Watford Observer:

Northwood School are celebrating the highest set of GCSE results in the school’s history this morning.

80 per cent of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and maths.

Chris Clyne, Head of Year 11, said: “I am so happy for the students. None of this would have happened without the hard work and dedication of the students themselves, combined with the unstinting support they’ve had from their teachers and parents.  I am genuinely proud of each and every student.”

Amongst the school's highest-achieving pupils was David Larbi who got 5As* and 6As. 

Mark Anderson, Headteacher from September, added: “These results show that we are now established as one of the leading schools in the area. With a strong track record of outstanding results, two praiseworthy Ofsted reports and a new £28 million building planned for late 2016 this is a genuinely exciting time for all those at Northwood.”


Rickmansworth School has enjoyed a 6 per cent on last year in the number of pupils achieving A*-C

83 per cent achieved A*-C.

37 per cent achieved A*-A 

Headteacher Keith Douglas said: "I would like to congratulate all the students, they deserve these results and I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work."


Immanuel College, in Bushey, has had its best year for GCSE results since 2007.

60.23 per cent of pupils achieved A*-A grades. 

81.70 per cent A*-B grades. 

95.53 per cent A*-C grades.

The school has also given special mention to its Further Mathematics pupils, all of whom achieve A*.

68 per cent of its Mathematics pupils achieving A* or A grades. 

77 per cent of Triple Science pupils achieving A* or A grades.





Our other roving reporter today, Beth Cherryman, is down at Watford Grammar School for Girls.




Our reporter Michael Knowles is down at Kings Langley School at the moment:


Watford Grammar School of Boys is first off the mark with their results:

91 per cent of its students achieved A* - C grades.

86 per cent of these students achieved A*- C grade passes in English and Maths. 

82 per cent achieved A* - C grade passes in English, Maths and Science.

56 per cent of the grades awarded were at A*/A grade and 65 students (i.e. 32%)
achieved A*/A grades in nine or more subjects.

Acting Headmaster, Mark Allchorn said: "We are so proud of the achievements of our boys. Their hard work and dedication together with that of their teachers has been rewarded.

"I would like to congratulate them all and we look forward to seeing the vast majority of them return to our Sixth Form in September. ”


Welcome to our GCSE live blog this morning. Stay tuned for results and reaction as thousands of teenagers find out how well they've done as months of waiting come to an end.

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9:12pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Westfield school is a disgrace and I feel sorry for children that are being sent there to try to learn. The place is rotten to the core.
Westfield school is a disgrace and I feel sorry for children that are being sent there to try to learn. The place is rotten to the core. jasonwatford
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