A barbecue breakfast and ice-cream van awaited students at Wykham Park Academy for the second year in a row, as they collected their GCSE results.

Staff said the food treats organised for last year’s Year 11 cohort proved to be so popular, they decided they should do it every year for those collecting their GCSE exam results.

And the students had plenty to celebrate this morning with the secondary school achieving a fantastic set of results, with a significant number of students gaining the top grades.

It is the second year running that GCSE students have collected their results without sitting end-of-year exams. Students were awarded their grades based on teacher assessments with a range of evidence used from mock exams, coursework and other work completed during the year, such as essays or in-class tests.

Natalie Yeap was the top-performing student at Wykham Park this year having gained 8 grade 9s and a distinction level 2.
And Georgia Palmer refused to allow her long Covid symptoms to stand in the way of her academic goals and is happy to have passed all of her GCSEs with grades ranging from distinction star to six.

Natalie Yeap pictured with her friends

Jan Hetherington, vice-principal at Wykham Park, said the impressive results are testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the students who refused to let Covid-19 obstacles stop them from achieving their academic goals.

She told the Banbury Guardian: “This year has been tough for our Year 11 students. I believe they have had even more disruption compared to the previous Year 11 cohort.

“The grading process has been fair and a lot of the students have risen to the occasion.