Hulme Hall Grammar School is a non-selective school, therefore, our examination results will depend on the ability profile of the cohort.
We are very pleased to share with you news of some excellent GCSE results for our class of 2023. I would like to congratulate all our pupils and their teachers on their efforts and achievements.
It should be remembered that, this year, examination boards reverted to stricter grade boundaries based on the pre-pandemic levels of 2019, so we were doubly delighted that not only did our GCSE pass rates (grades 4-9 inclusive) increase significantly to 86%, (compared to 74% in 2019 and 73% in 2022), but we also saw an increase in the percentage of top grades (grades 7-9 inclusive) awarded to our pupils at 18%.
On a subject level, it is congratulations to Art, Craft and Design, Photography, Biology, Chemistry, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Spanish, French, Further Mathematics and Sports Studies, who all achieved 100% pass rates.
Importantly, results in Mathematics, English and Science all comfortably outperformed the national average in terms of pass rates. In Mathematics, our pass rate (grade 4 and above) of 75% exceeded the national average of 61%, whist our English pass rate of 86% was well above the national average of 65%.
I am also delighted to report some excellent individual results, with Mustafa, Robert, and Mohid all securing 9 GCSE passes – with Mohid achieving 3 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s in his results. A number of other pupils, Dylan, Charlie B, India, Mark, Jess and Luca S gained 8 passes, whilst Will, Jack, Barney, Chak, Andreas, Callum, Ella and Erin all obtained 7 passes.
In terms of top grades, i.e. grade 7 and above, which equate to the old A and A* grades, Erin scored 2 grade 9s, 2 8s and 3 7s, whilst Jack returned 7 passes at grade 7. Mohid achieved 6 grades at 7 or above, Chak 5 and Mark 4.
Unlike some other independent schools, at Hulme Hall we are not an academically selective school as such, and we cater for children with a wide range of academic abilities. Therefore, simply looking at raw results doesn’t necessarily provide an accurate picture of an individual child’s achievements. For example, achieving a grade 4 or 5 may actually be a very good result for a child if that result exceeds their predicted or expected grade.
For that reason, we also look closely at our Value Added data for each individual pupil. Every one of our pupils completes a baseline assessment in years 7 and 10 (CAT4), which provides us with a prediction of what that child might be expected to achieve in each GCSE subject. As a school, we aim, through the use of small class sizes, high quality teaching and individually tailored support, to help that child achieve beyond their baseline targets. In other words, we try to “add value” for that child.
I am very pleased to report that this year our GCSE pupils, on average, were able to score a full grade (+1) better per subject than was predicted by the baseline data collected at the start of their Hulme Hall careers. That is very encouraging, especially as the examination boards reverted to those tighter pre-pandemic grading levels.
Encouragingly, all subjects were able to add value for their pupils, with pupils in Geography, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, History and English Language performing especially well in relation to their baseline targets.
Congratulations once again to our Class of 2023 and good luck as you embark on the next stage of your educational journey.
(Percentage of pupils achieving a 4 or above)
It was fantastic to see plenty of smiling faces at school on Thursday morning as our Class of 2022 received their GCSE results. I would like to congratulate all the pupils on their efforts and for coping with the disruption to their studies caused by Covid-19, especially during the first half of their GCSE courses.
Looking at the results as a whole, it is very pleasing to report some excellent results for pupils in both Mathematics and Science, whilst departments such as Food Preparation and Nutrition, Drama, History and Art and Design also performed very well.
In a very small cohort, there were some excellent individual results and many congratulations go to Max, who achieved 9 passes, including 4 at grade 7, and Alex, who also secured 9 passes. Several pupils, Faisal, Daniela, Qasim and George obtained 8 passes (i.e. grade 4 and above).
It is also very well done to Oliver, whose 7 passes included grade 8s in Mathematics and Science. Matthew, Harrison and Jake also gained 7 passes. I would also like to congratulate Kyle for achieving a grade 8 in Spanish.
In a school such as ours, the raw results do not tell the whole story and we try very much to look at the potential and performance of each individual child. For this reason, our value add results are very important to us and our early analysis suggests that, on average, each of our pupils was able to score more than half a grade better per subject than was predicted by their baseline data. That is very encouraging, especially given the disruption to education in the last year or two and the fact that this cohort was the first to be assessed in the traditional way for the last three years.
In subject areas such as Science, History, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Photography, Drama and Music, on average, pupils scored at least one grade higher than predicted by the baseline data.
Congratulations once again to our Class of 2022 and I look forward to hearing of your continued successes in the future. Please keep in touch!
(Percentage of pupils achieving a 4 or above)
Huge congratulations to our Class of 2021 on achieving outstanding results in their GCSE courses.
As a whole the students achieved a pass rate of 85% which compares very favourably with the national average of 77%. The all-important core subjects of English and Mathematics again scored passing grades well in excess of the national average, with English achieving an impressive pass rate of 92% (national average 74%) and Mathematics gaining an 88% pass rate (national average 69%). The Science department built on last year’s already excellent results in Physics, Biology and Chemistry with a pass rate of 100% across the three disciplines.
A number of other departments celebrated 100% pass rates – Further maths, 3D Design, Photography, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Spanish, History and Music.
There were some outstanding individual achievements, led by Deputy Head Girl, Issabella, who secured 11 passes, including 4 Grade 9s and 4 Grade 8s in her results and is going on to study A Levels at her first-choice college. Lexie also excelled with three Grade 9s and 4 Grade 8s and will now study Law, Mathematics and Sport. Head Boy Qazi led the way for the boys with 2 Grade ’s and 4 Grade 8s in his 10 passes. Many of our other pupils are also celebrating their own personal successes including Steven and Quayone who joined Lexie and Qazi in securing 10 passes. Well done also to Archie, Jake, Imogen and Harvey who achieved 9 GCSE passes.
Mr Grierson commented: I would like to congratulate all the pupils on their efforts and achievements and thank the staff who worked so hard to help support them. The partnership between the school, the pupils and the parents is such an important part of what we do at Hulme Hall and forms the basis of the caring and nurturing environment that the school provides which allows our pupils to flourish and achieve such good results.
Congratulations to our Class of 2020 on achieving some fantastic results in their GCSE courses. It has been a very uncertain few months and our Year 11 leavers have shown great resilience and determination.
As a whole the students achieved a pass rate of 88% which compares very favourably with the national average of 79%. The all-important core subjects of English and Mathematics scored passing grades in excess of the national average, with English achieving a pass rate of 84% (national average 80%) and Mathematics gaining an impressive 90% pass rate (national average 79%). The Science department built on last year’s already excellent results in Physics, Biology and Chemistry with a pass rate of 97% across the three disciplines and 67% of grades being at 7 or above (equivalent to at least the old ‘A’ grade).
A number of other departments celebrated 100% pass rates – French, Spanish, Geography, Food Preparation & Nutrition, 3D Design, Photography, Music and Drama.
For the third consecutive year, the French department received a Grade 9 as did students in Mathematics, History, Geography, English Literature, Psychology and Photography.
There are some particular individual achievements that are worthy of special mention and our Head Girl and Head Boy certainly led the way in that regard. Head Girl Becky M fully deserved her 3 Grade 9s and 6 Grade 8s and Keegan W (Head Boy) was not far behind with 1 Grade 9, 3 Grade 8s and 5 Grade 7s. Michael H achieved 5 Grade 8s and 4 Grade 7s. Congratulations are also due to Charlotte W, Hamzah M, Hassan H and Matthew F who managed to reach double figures and achieve 10 passes (including Further Maths), many of which were at high grades. Many other students will also be celebrating their own personal successes.
Achieving academic success is not just about reaching the top grades and it is equally rewarding to see so many of our students fulfilling and even exceeding their academic potential. A number of parents remarked how pleased they were with their own child’s individual achievements and whilst the teaching staff obviously deserve immense credit for these results alongside the pupils themselves, the very important role played by the pastoral team at Hulme Hall should not be underestimated. It is the caring and nurturing environment that the school provides which allows our pupils to flourish and achieve such results.90
Our English and Mathematics results are well above the national average with 75% of the cohort achieving a pass in English (National average 62%), whilst almost 80% achieved a grade 4 or above in Mathematics (National average 60%). Six boys also achieved success in the AQA Further Mathematics Level 2 Certificate which stretches pupils beyond the scope of the normal GCSE specification.
Our Modern Foreign Languages departments repeated their outstanding successes of last year by gaining a 100% pass rate for the second successive year alongside some excellent individual grades, including the top grade 9 from Yashni. We are delighted that over 40% of all MFL grades were equivalent to the old A grade or better (i.e. 7 or above).
Geography and Food Preparation & Nutrition also recorded 100% pass rates for the second successive year and were joined by several other departments including Psychology, Photography and Art & Design in reaching this milestone. The Physics department also enjoyed success with over 50% of Physics candidates gaining a grade 7 or higher.
There are also a number of students who deserve a special mention including, Jamie, Joe, Hamzah, Elias, Amar, Yashni and Amelia who all achieved passes in at least 9 subjects with several of them accomplishing at least 4 grades at 7 or above. Elias was particularly successful attaining 5 grade 8s among his 9 passes. Finally, well done also to our Head Boy, Joe, who studied Music outside of the normal timetable to gain an incredible 10 GCSE passes.
This is another successful year for Hulme Hall and we, as a school, are so proud to see our pupils fulfilling, and in many cases exceeding, their potential.