Moyles Court, a non-selective, 3-16, day and boarding independent school in the New Forest National Park near Ringwood is celebrating a year of wonderful academic achievement with another outstanding set of GCSE results.
100% of pupils gained 5 or more GCSE’s at Grade 4 and above (including Maths, English and Science), with 99% of all grades being above Grade 4. Over half the grades awarded (51%) were at Grade 7 or above (A and A*), with 32% of all grades reaching either 9 or 8.
Headmaster Richard Milner-Smith was quick to praise the outstanding effort and commitment shown by the pupils this year. “The last two years of school have been incredibly traumatic for this intake, and they have coped quite remarkably with the many challenges that have come their way. I am delighted that that their hard work has been rewarded and we are all extremely proud of every single one of them. It’s hard to put into words how magnificent these young people have been.”
He was also quick to correct those that think these pupils have benefitted from grade inflation and a year of ‘no exams’. “It is really disappointing to see so many people in our media questioning the integrity of these grades. These young people, not just at Moyles, but across the country, have had to work incredibly hard, in challenging circumstances and sit a huge number of assessments, so that their teachers can provide enough evidence for the exam boards. Most have ended up sitting more exams than they would in a ‘normal’ exam year. What is actually most pleasing, is that our children have been awarded the grades they deserve this year, not those that have been subject to exam board manipulation.”
Richard Milner-Smith also highlighted the importance of the school’s nurturing and supportive ethos in helping the pupils achieve such great results. “Our teaching staff have been outstanding in their commitment to the children and ensuring that they not only fulfil their potential but are carefully supported during the process. Our online learning provision has been outstanding during these recent lockdowns and our teachers have been exceptional in the guidance and support they have provided. It just serves to highlight how much can be achieved when teachers form such positive and supportive relationships with their pupils. They have been incredible.”
“However, let us not forget that a good education is not just about examination results. Our pupils have grown and developed as individuals during their time with us and are leaving today as well balanced and broadly educated young people with very positive futures ahead of them.”