There was a refreshingly normal feeling about GCSE results day at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School on Thursday morning.
Students went into the Long Lane school to collect their results and to celebrate their success with each other and staff.
Nationally, GCSE results have hit record highs again. The proportion of those getting the top grades - 7 or higher, which is equivalent to at least an A - has increased by 2.7 per cent on last year to 28.9 per cent. The overall pass rate has also risen, with 77.1 per cent of pupils achieving a grade 4 or higher - which is equal to a C grade.
After exams were cancelled for a second successive year due to Covid-19, students were given results by their teachers and assessed only on what they have been taught during the pandemic.
Simon Grieves, head teacher at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, praised his students for their 'determination and resilience in the face of such challenging circumstances'.
He said: "It was a real pleasure to see so many of our year 11 students in school today, on what felt a refreshingly normal GCSE results day, to receive the grades they have earned and deserve. We are immensely proud of the way these young people have stayed focused on their education during the pandemic.
"Having to learn remotely during periods of lockdown is not easy. On top of that, students were faced with a late change in the way they were being assessed. They have shown determination and resilience in the face of such challenging circumstances.
"As in schools across the country, both students and staff had to adapt quickly to a new assessment model. Students were assessed using a series of rigorous internal assessments, which were then quality assured by the exam boards. This year’s results continue the school’s recent record of strong performance at GCSE."
Mr Grieves went on: "I am delighted that these results will allow our students to move on to the next exciting stage of their education, wherever that may be, with strong foundations for future success. As a highly inclusive school, committed to offering a wide choice of subjects, it is wonderful to see students graded in subjects as diverse as computer science and music, fine art and physics.
"Our dedicated special educational needs provision provides students with some great qualifications that will help them move into employment or further education. We are especially proud of their work for the John Muir Award, which recognises students’ contributions to conservation work locally.
"We have really enjoyed working with this cohort and they have contributed as much as they have gained. We wish them all the best of luck."