The Highcrest Academy


GCSE Results Day 2023

Staff and students at The Highcrest Academy, celebrated some wonderful GCSE results.

Top achievers included Leila Berrouane who achieved 10 top GCSE passes with 7 at grade 9, while Tobias Spears-Webb gained 10 strong passes with 6 grade 9s.

Leila enthused, “I’m absolutely thrilled! All the late nights I spent revising were worth it now the long wait for my results is over. I’m over the moon to get the grades I was hoping for and I can now go on to study Chemistry, Biology and PE for my A Levels“. 

Tobias commented, “I’m really really happy! I hoped I’d do well, but having heard the grade boundaries would be tougher this year I definitely didn’t expect these grades. Now I’m going to pursue Maths and Computer Science in the Sixth Form“.

Principal, Glen Burke said, “I am absolutely delighted for our students and am very proud of them. They have worked incredibly hard, rising to the many challenges they have faced throughout their GCSE studies. It is so pleasing that so many of them are staying with us in our Sixth Form as they like the great support they get.

"Congratulations to our brilliant team of staff who work with such passion and dedication to help our students achieve their full potential”.


GCSE Results 2023

Department for Education Statement (taken from website here)

The Department for Education have stated: Performance measures based on qualification results from 2023 cannot be directly compared to measures from 2021/22. This is because a different grading approach was used in 2021/22, to take account of the impact of the pandemic.

In 2023 there was a return to pre-pandemic standards for GCSEs, AS and A levels, with protection built into the grading process to recognise the disruption that students have faced.

Performance data should be considered alongside a range of other information about the school or college, which could include looking at school or college websites, reading Ofsted reports, and speaking to the school or college directly. Conclusions should not be drawn on a single piece of data alone.

Key Stage 4 GCSE Results

Because different grading approaches have been used between 2020–2022 to take account of the impact of the pandemic, in line with DfE advice we have compared this year’s results to 2019, the last comparable year.

A Level & BTEC Results Day 2023

There were lots of smiling faces up at The Highcrest Academy this morning, as they celebrated another wonderful set of A Level and Level 3 BTEC results.

Principal, Glen Burke, commented, “We are all incredibly proud of our wonderful students and these fantastic results are testament to the resilience and ambition they have demonstrated throughout their studies.  I would like to congratulate them and also thank them for the fabulous contribution they have made to our academy during their time with us.”

Mr Burke added, “I would like to thank every one of our dedicated and talented team of staff, who together have worked tirelessly to secure the best possible outcomes for our students. They have helped to ensure that our students are able to seamlessly move on to the next exciting stage of their life journey and secure their first choice of university, apprenticeship pathway or work placement. We now wish our students all the very best for the next chapter of their lives.”

Gareth Roberts, Head of the Sixth Form at Highcrest added, “Despite facing the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on their studies, our first year group to sit full examinations again emerged victorious with unaltered results. They have exemplified the true spirit of academic excellence, and we applaud their tenacity. We wish these exceptional young minds all the best as they step into their promising futures. Congratulations to our talented students and their families on this momentous occasion. Their triumph stands as a testament to their dedication and resilience in the face of adversity”.


Key Stage 5 A Level and BTEC Results

Because different grading approaches have been used between 2020–2022 to take account of the impact of the pandemic, in line with DfE advice we have compared this year’s results to 2019, the last comparable year.

Additional DfE Information

More information on qualification grading approaches for this year and last year can be found at Exam results 2023: 10 things to know about GCSE, AS and A level grades - The Ofqual blog and Vocational and technical qualifications grading in 2023 - The Ofqual blog

For more information on how the Department for Education calculate performance measures, and the factors affecting measures for 2022/23, please see the KS4 technical guide

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