GCSEs 2023: Students at Hartsdown Academy celebrating “record breaking” results

Hartsdown headteacher Matthew Tate and GCSE students

Hartsdown Academy Year 11 students are celebrating excellent GCSE results.

This group of students are the first cohort to have experienced the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme curriculum at Key Stage 3 which focuses on developing knowledgeable, creative, and hardworking young people.

In the last two years, during Key Stage 4, students have demonstrated consistent determination and resilience with all of their studies and their commitment has been rewarded with the best set of results in recent years for Hartsdown Academy.

The students have been supported throughout this time by passionate and dedicated staff who have helped them to achieve their potential and to secure the grades required to take them onto their next stage of their education.

It is anticipated that many of the students will return to Hartsdown to study the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme. Others will go onto high quality college courses and apprenticeships both locally and further afield.

Headteacher Matt Tate said: “Our school prides itself on providing ‘Education for an amazing life’ and we are delighted to see students emerging with grades that will give them that opportunity. I am immensely proud of the results our students have achieved.

“I am proud of the way they have handled adversity in recent years and of the way that they have approached their GCSE courses. They have demonstrated excellence with their approach to learning, they have embraced our ambition of education for an amazing life and they have worked hard to achieve their goals and ambitions.

“I am perhaps most proud of the fact that we are sending hardworking, skilful and compassionate young people out into the local and national community. I would like to thank the students and their families for their effort and commitment and wish all of our students well in their next steps. I would also like to thank the incredibly hardworking and dedicated staff body that supported these students in achieving their results and in becoming positive members of the community.”

Outstanding results:

Glorija Dordijevski achieved 9s in English Language, Literature and History, she gained 8s in Maths, RE, Geography and Science, she also scored a level 2 distinction in Performing Arts and a 6 in Statistics, She said: “I am just really happy at how my results have turned out, they’re more than I expected. I really am over the moon.” Glorija will be staying at Hartsdown Academy in the sixth form to study the IBCP.

Samuel Pearson gained a 9-9 in GCSE Applied Science, 8s in English Literature, Maths, History, Media and Statistics, 7s in English Language, RE and a level 2 distinction in IT.

Samuel said: “Nothing can compare to how I feel at this moment. I am so proud of what I have managed to do with two years of hard work and dedication.”

Both students are placed amongst the very best attainers nationally.

Joshua Smalinsky, Leon Hudson, Laura Balagova, Andzelika Minco, Lee Colby and Kimberley Messenger also achieved good results.

Kimberley said: “I am really pleased with my results because I have achieved the grades I need to start my dream course for my next steps.”

Deputy Headteacher Ben Smith said:  “Our talented pupils and dedicated staff should feel immensely proud of these results. There were so many grade 8’s and 9’s, but also super individual performances and targets met where pupils had given their all and their hard work had paid off.”

To join the Sixth Form in September 2023, ontact Mrs Pollard via email [email protected] or on 01843 227957. You can also visit the website for course information – www.hartsdown.org