In a year of turbulence through schools nationally, students at The Marches School have held their nerve and performed exceptionally well.

With reforms to the new GCSE’s it is not possible to compare this year’s results with other years. The new examination system has been deliberately designed to be tougher and so it is impressive for 10% of the cohort to gain top grades in BOTH English and maths and have 44% of students reach the new demanding measure of a Strong Pass in both English and maths (the new grade 9-5).

Headteacher, Mrs Alison Pearson, comments, “The students and staff have coped extremely well with the change and uncertainty this year and we are today celebrating this important milestone in our student’s lives with more than ever gaining the grades they need for the future. We will see many more joining our successful Sixth Form to build on the outstanding outcomes we received last week. We have a wealth of talent at the Marches School and this years’ results are testament to the continued hard work and commitment of the students, staff, parents and governing body.”

Uladzislau Barabash and Ioana Pascariu both become the first students in the school to gain the new coveted grade 9 in both English and maths, along with A* grades in all their other subjects. In addition, a pleasingly large cohort of students have achieved A/A* grades across the board this year.

Over 99% of students gained at least at A* – C pass and there was a 10% jump in students gaining the English Baccalaureate, (earning A* – C in a set of core qualifications including a language). The Marches School prides itself on delivering a curriculum to suit all abilities; stretching and challenging the most able, whilst supporting and nurturing all students to achieve their personal best, attracting students from across Shropshire and Wales.

Executive Headteacher Sarah Longville commented, “I am so proud of everyone for what they have achieved. I offer my warmest congratulations on the excellent results, providing a solid foundation for our students to continue in their educational journey and follow their career aspirations.”


Sixth Form Enrolment will commence on Tuesday 5th September.

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