Well after a tumultuous few weeks of deliberations around how and what results our young people would receive I am delighted to be able to congratulate the Darwen Vale Class of 2020 on their amazing achievements. This year group have been faced with an unprecedented challenge. Before we had even heard of Covid19 this group of young people worked tremendously hard in lessons, at weekends and in their period 6 time to ensure that they were thoroughly prepared and they absolutely deserve their success. I hope parents and students get a chance to read the article in this section on Ffion Fox, our Head girl from 2018, who has just received her offer to study Law at Oxford. This is a great example of Vale’s growing reputation for academic excellence and should serve as inspiration for the current class of 2020 to build on their GCSE successes and go on to even greater achievements.
Special mentions this year must go to our top achievers:
Our Head boy Lucas Almond who secured grade 9s in English Language and English Literature, two Grade 9s in Combined Science and a further 9 in History. Lucas gained Grade 8s in geography, maths and French.
Charlotte Holding who gained a Grade 9 in English Language and Literature, a Grade 9 and a Grade 8 in Combined Science and a grade 8 in History.
Ethan Robinson achieved Grade 8 in English Language, Literature, Triple science and Grade 9 in Geography and Maths.
Aimee Townsend gained Grades 8 in Spanish and English Literature and a Grade 9 in English Language.
Harrison Kirkby achieved superb results with a Grade 9 in maths and two grade 8s in science but deserves a particular mention alongside Lucas Almond for their outstanding progress scores of +1.82 and +2.44 respectively. Those scores are a measure of how much higher on average each of their GCSE grades were than was predicted before they joined Vale.
Well done to the class of 2020 – you absolutely deserve it!