Teenagers at Hartlepool's English Martyrs Catholic School praised for their ‘strength, resilience and fortitude’ on GCSE results day

Teenagers at a Hartlepool school have been given high praise for their ‘strength, resilience and fortitude’ after their GCSE results were announced.

By Ross Robertson
Thursday, 12th August 2021, 2:39 pm
Twins Ellen and Sophie Bradley managed to secure an impressive six grade 9s, eight grade 8s and six grade 7s between them.
Twins Ellen and Sophie Bradley managed to secure an impressive six grade 9s, eight grade 8s and six grade 7s between them.

Year 11 students at The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College, which is a member of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, were congratulated their GCSE results in another challenging year of the pandemic.

Headteacher Stephen Hammond said: “We are extremely proud of all of our students. I want to take this opportunity to thank the students and staff for all of their hard work throughout their time at our school and I wish them good luck in the future.

“As we reflect upon their time with us, we are filled with immense pride. The strength, resilience and fortitude demonstrated by these young people is something to behold. It is qualities such as these which will take them far and we have no doubt that our students are moving on to bright futures.”

Sam Duong is among the top achievers

In their assessed work 84% of our Year 11 students achieved or exceeded their target grades, with 51% achieving five grade 9-5 GCSE passes, including maths and English, and 76% achieving five grade 9-4 GCSE passes including maths and English.

Mr Hammond said: “We are overjoyed that so many of our students are returning to study a range of A level and BTEC qualifications with us in our sixth form.”

Max Denning was incredibly happy with his nine grade 9s and one grade 8 with Elena Cain collecting seven grade 9s and three grade 8s, both are looking forward to the challenge of sixth form.

Twins Ellen and Sophie Bradley managed to secure an impressive six grade 9s, eight grade 8s and six grade 7s between them.

Sarah Conning was all smiles with her achievements.

Other top achievers were Leona Slaughter with eight grade 9s and two grade 8s and Freya Howe with seven grade 9s and three grade 8s.

It was all smiles for Harvey Cornforth, Charlotte Hamilton, David Swift as they collectively achieved an outstanding six grade 9s, nine grade 8s, six grade 7s and six grade 6s.

Another two students joining EMS6 are Millie Addison who picked up six grade 9s and four grade 8s and Sam Duong who was very pleased with his five grade 9s, two grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6. Sam is looking forward to studying Maths and Further Maths as part of his course choices in September.

Joel Holvey, who was a member of our Improtech Elite Football Academy, has joined Rotherham United and achieved nine grade 5+ at GCSE.

Some of the successful students at English Martyrs.

After overcoming many challenges and with the help and support of teachers and support staff, Kristian Emmerson leaves the school to study at the College of Further Education after achieving one grade 9, grade 4 in both Maths and English Language, grades 5 and 4 in Combined Science and a grade 3 in English Literature.

A special mention went to two students who joined in Year 11, Hallie Bennison and Daniell Ong, who achieved 14 GCSEs at grade 4+ between them.

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