Character development linked to top GCSE grades

A Trinity Academy student who embodies the school’s ethos of all-round character development is celebrating after gaining top grades in her GCSEs.

Amy Butler

Amy Butler, of Thorne, gained seven grade 9s and three grade 8s – an academic success story to add to a string of accolades earned during her secondary school career. Grade 9 is designed to recognise the very highest performing students in the country.

Amy has been a keen participant in a wide range of extra-curricular events at Trinity over the years, named player of the year for netball and rounders at the school’s annual sports awards; winner of the 100m at sports day two years running; and completing both her silver Duke of Edinburgh award and the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Amy has also been recognised in the school’s prestigious prize giving ceremony several times, including an academic award for excellence, and culminating in the honour of being named ‘King of the year’ in last year’s inter-house competition.

Principal Jonathan Winch commented: “We applaud the hard work and focus of all our students, whose results we’re celebrating today.

“Outstanding successes were achieved by Amy, along with several others.

“The young people of Thorne and Moorends have once again proven that character development and academic progress go hand in hand.”

Joining Amy in achieving seven GCSEs at the highest possible grade was Hannah Jackson, who also gained two grade 8s and a grade 7.

Hannah Jackson

Hannah is another Trinity all-rounder, having won a number of awards and having also taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and the Three Peaks challenge.

Continuing the theme of character development being the foundation for success were keen scientists Alice Smith and Taylor Gray (who was unable to collect his results in person) who each gained seven or more A/A* equivalents.

Alice Smith

The pair were encouraged to explore a possible career in the sciences after a visit to Sheffield for the GCSE Science Live! event earlier this year saw them inspired by lectures from world-leading experts including professors Lord Robert Winston and Jim Al-Khalili.

Just some of the Trinity students who achieved grade 8 or 9 in at least one of their subjects

This year’s results at Trinity saw a shift in the gender split in some academic subjects, with boys doing better than girls in maths and the sciences for the first time.

Meanwhile, a wide spread of creative and vocational subjects also saw encouraging results, including sports studies, dance, art, drama, religious studies and food & nutrition.

Students enjoyed success in a range of creative and vocational subjects as well as the more traditional academic ones.

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