GCSE Results 2021

There was excitement and tears of joy at Penrice Academy today as the Class of 2021 opened their GCSE results.

National GCSE Exams were cancelled this academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions, meaning that this year’s results were based on a range of evidence collected by the school including mock exams and in class assessments, moderated and standardised internally.

Miss Gambier, Headteacher at Penrice Academy, explained:

“We have undertaken a thorough and robust process, firmly rooted in evidence, to ensure these grades are as fair and accurate as possible. Students have worked incredibly hard, in exceptional circumstances this academic year, studying throughout the global pandemic, at times working remotely. Today’s results are a testament to their hard work and dedicated attitude throughout their 5 year journey with us at Penrice. We are so proud of all our students and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

She continued:

“A special mention must also go to all of our staff and indeed all those working in schools across the country who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support and guide students through these uncertain times, teaching remotely and navigating a unique assessment system this year. Well done to all involved in making this year possible and massive congratulations to the Class of 2021!”


“I got much higher results than what I was expecting, I’m over the moon. I’m really happy that I passed my A/S level further maths a year early. Mrs Johns has been terrific, so I say a big thank you to her. It was an amazing opportunity and she dedicated a lot of time to me when she didn’t have to.”

Dillon next heads to Exeter Maths School to study his A-Levels.


“My results are better than I thought they would be. I am delighted with the three Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) where I achieved 9s in all of them (the highest grade possible). I’d also like to say a special thank you to my English teacher Mrs Taylor who helped me to get a 9.”

Ocean next heads to Truro College Chemistry, Biology and Geography.


Since joining the school 5 years ago, Dominic has demonstrated an excellent work ethic and this is evident in his well-deserved GCSE results. Dominic is a determined and resilient young man who is positive in his outlook and an ambassador of the school. His cheery disposition, tenacity and love of learning will ensure his successes continue at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, where he will carry on his studies Post 16 and have the opportunity to develop his independence into adulthood.

“I am proud of my results and what I have achieved. I’m delighted with Maths which I have passed.”

We wish you well Dominic and hope that you keep us posted with your future achievements!


Ellie’s jaw dropped when she opened her results, achieving the top grade in all subjects.

“I got 9s in everything which I definitely wasn’t expected. I put a lot of effort into my GCSEs but I never expected this. I just want to say thank you. We’ve had it difficult being in lockdown for two of our academic years, but the school has managed to put together amazing teaching over the whole time; because of this I’ve managed to get these results.”

Ellie next heads to Truro College to study A-Levels in English Literature, French and History.


Having only joined Penrice at the end of Year 9 Michaela has excelled in her GCSEs and exceeded all expectations. Michaela embraced everything Penrice had to offer and has flourished, whilst bringing smiles and laughter to her fellow students and staff.

“I did a lot better than I thought I would, especially in Geography. I thought I’d get a 5 but I got a 7! If I were to say a special mention to specific teachers then we’d be here all day – a special thanks must go to all staff. If it wasn’t for them”

Michaela next heads to Truro College to study A-Level French, Chemistry and Illustration & Digital Graphics.

National Performance Comparison

The following figures are from the most recent sat examinations in summer 2019 (pre-covid).

Progress 8 Score

Penrice Academy: 0.49 (above average)
National: 0.0

Attainment 8 Score

Penrice Academy: 53
National: 46.7

Percentage of pupils achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and Maths

Penrice Academy: 52%
National: 43%

Percentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate

Penrice Academy: 12%
National: 40%

EBacc Average Point Score

Penrice Academy: 4.45
National: 4.05

Pupils staying in education or entering employment

Penrice Academy: 93%
National: 94%

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