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Robert May’s students show that they are world class

Robert May’s School students, staff, families, Trustees and Members are celebrating exceptionally strong results
once again this summer. The school is very pleased that its young people tackled the new tougher GCSE
examinations so well. These results mean that more students than before will move on easily to their post-16
destinations, fully equipped for the next important stage in their education. We congratulate them all.
Headline figures are as follows:

  • 78% of the 239 students in the year-group achieved 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 and above (standard
    passes), including English and maths.
  • 81% achieved a standard pass at grade 4 and above in English and maths
  • 60% achieved a strong pass at grade 5 and above in English and maths
  • 88% achieved standard passes at grade 4 and above in two sciences
  • 31% of examination results were awarded the top grades 7,8 and 9 (equivalent to former A, A* and
    hypothetical A** grades)

Individual students who achieved stellar results with a superb collection of five or more grade 7s are:
Rosie Dolan, Lara Flux-Doble, Zachary Le Roux, Amber Lord, Annabel Main, Ellie Mathieson, Elizabeth Messenger,
Louis Pryke-Smith, Ethan Wakefield, Zack Westhead, Helena Dolan, Emma Hall, Dominic Webber, Arianne Wilson,
William Beard, Charlie Bland, Chyanne Cox, Lyndon Halliday, Sadie Mansfield, Charlotte Nicholson, Grace
Rowe-Jones, Maddie Sangway, Harry Gooderham, Kathryn Parry, Katherine Staniforth, Jed Voysey, James
Watterson, Callum Williamson, Erin Wrightson, Oliver Baily Gibson, Thomas Briggs, James Dorward, Nya Halliday,
Ella Harries, Amy Hoddinott, Michaela Jones, Sacha Taylor, Madeleine Treves, Jake Davies, Lewis Grassi, Zoe Lock,
Jasmine Savill and Olivia Wake. A number of other students also achieved this feat, but cannot be named as they
are currently away on holiday. Of all these students, 30 were awarded with top grades for all their subjects.
Readers will notice a number of surnames in common and may remember that the cohort is also the well-known
“class of 2014” that contains 9 sets of twins.
Biology, Chemistry, Music and Physics subjects performed very well, with over 50% of candidates in each subject
gaining top grades. Over a third of Fine Art, French, German and History candidates also secured top grades of 7
and above.
This is a story about the courage and resilience of our students, not just as a cohort, but as individuals and young
people who have learnt to keep going, no matter what obstacles they face. For some individuals, behind these
results lie profoundly challenging personal circumstances. Some students have battled courageously with
long-term illness, others have struggled with private difficulties, and have prevailed. Every grade they achieved is
part of their personal, important passport to future success. They have changed and adapted to an educational
environment that is now, financially, very tight indeed, so they have suffered from the effects of severe pressures,
over time, to school funding. They have moved forward to adapt to the newer, more knowledge-rich, harder GCSE
examinations. Robert May’s School is deeply proud of their achievements this year, and celebrates the hard work
of its wonderful teachers in supporting these young people through delivering educational excellence in the
classroom and beyond.

About Robert May’s School
Robert May’s School is a non-selective, co-educational single academy trust school based in Odiham, North
Hampshire. It was founded by Robert May in 1694.

It serves a large catchment area that includes Hook, Whitewater, Long Sutton, Hartley Wintney and nearby villages.
It is supported by a local charitable foundation body: the Odiham Educational Trust.
There are 1238 students on roll, aged 11 to 16.
The school also runs a small Resourced Provision for students with Autistic Spectrum Condition.
The school is currently expanding and by 2023 will have 1350 on roll, in total.
Last year, Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Strategic Planning Department commissioned a new
building and other internal refurbishments to help create more teaching space for increased numbers of students
from within the catchment area.
Applications for a place at Robert May’s School in September 2020 can take place through the county admissions
round, which closes on 31st October 2019. Parents interested in a place for their child in Years 8-10 will need to
contact the school’s admissions officer for further information.

J Collyer West
Headteacher
22 August 2019