The Charter School East Dulwich is today celebrating its first set of GCSE results since opening in 2016.
The School’s founding cohort of 118 pupils has demonstrated incredible resilience and determination during the past five years, but most especially throughout the difficulties of the past 18 months brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Overall, 48% of GCSE grades achieved today were 9-7, and 80% were grade 5 or above. The vast majority of students will return to The Charter Schools Educational Trust in September, to join East Dulwich’s brand new Sixth Form or that of its sibling school in North Dulwich. Almost all students achieved the results they need to progress to the next stage of their education.
Headteacher Alex Crossman, who is leaving the school at the end of this month to take up a new position, commented: “I am immensely proud of our founding cohort and the brilliant results they have achieved despite the disruption and uncertainty of the past 18 months. I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of our students, staff and families over the past five years since we opened as a brand-new school have resulted in such positive outcomes. We have achieved what we set out to when we opened the school, which was to provide a high quality, non-selective state secondary education provision in our part of South East London.
The School would like to congratulate those students who made exceptional progress over the past five years, including Jason-Derrecce Caesar, Maisie Davies, Sophia Dickenson, Whitney Emakpose, Rasheedat Gbajabiamila, Olivia Oduro, Madeline Pritchard, Nile Simpson and Jayden Singh who all made extraordinary gains in achievement.
Among today’s results there have been some outstanding individual achievements which deserve special mention: Dexter Godfrey, Callum Muffett, Nancy Perry, Katie Sanders, Pia Stern, Isobel Tucker and Rosamund Turner each achieved eight or more GCSEs at grade 9s.
The Charter School East Dulwich followed a rigorous process for both GCSEs and BTECs to determine students’ grades based on a range of evidence including internal tests sat in exam conditions, coursework and homework. Grades have been awarded based on the specifications of the exam boards for each subject, in-school tasks followed the same format as awarding organisation materials and were marked in a way that reflects awarding organisation mark schemes. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
Incoming Executive Headteacher, Christian Hicks, added: “I would like to personally congratulate our Year 11 students at The Charter School East Dulwich on these fantastic results, and thank them for their hard work and courage throughout this period. I look forward to welcoming back those who are returning to our Sixth Forms in September and wish those leaving us the very best for the future.”