2020 GCSE Results

Joy and Celebration!

GCSE students at the Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester are looking to the future with confidence, proving that dedication and aspiration pay off.

This delightful group of young people have supported each other to achieve record numbers of grade 7s and above.  Our students are joyfully anticipating post 16 study, training or employment with socially distanced advice available to all today.

Mr Bowden, Head of Year 11 said, “the year group as a whole are a joy and fully deserve these results; results that have been earned, not given. They are our highest achieving year group and were always going to be”.

The school’s ethos of known, nurtured, inspired has enabled individuals to achieve their potential:

Emily Kitchin attained grade 9s across the board in English language and English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, geography, history and RS.

Emma Higginson also attained grade 9s across all subjects in English language, English literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, French, geography, physics, drama and RS.

Lucy Bradburn attained eight grade 9s in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, German, history, music and RS and two grade 8s in English language and English literature.

Matthew Black attained seven grade 9s in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics computer science, geography, history, two grade 8s in English language and English literature and one grade 7 in RS.

Isabella Smith attained eight grade 9s, in English language, English literature, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, Art & Design, Psychology, one grade 8 in RS and one grade 7 in mathematics.

Lauren Coyne attained five grade 9s in English language, biology, chemistry, French, history and psychology, two grade 8s in English literature and RS and three grade 7s in mathematics, physics and drama.

KS4 Performance Tables

“Welcomed, encouraged and cared for, students achieve beyond their expectation and in excess of national averages” SIAMs (Church School Inspection).  Bishops’ is proud of all our year 11 students, making exceptional progress over time:

Holly Dawson who gained one grade 9, four grade 8s, three grade 7s and one grade 5 in drama, English language, geography, art & design, RS, English literature, science trilogy and mathematics, respectively.

Eleanor Davies who gained two grade 9s, six grade 8s and two grade 7s in French, physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, geography, food & nutrition, RS, English language and English literature, respectively.

Annie Cotterill who gained three grade 8s, four grade 7s, two grade 6s and one grade 5 in mathematics, biology, RS, English language, chemistry, history, food & nutrition, physics, psychology and English literature, respectively.

Finlay McPate who gained two grade 9s, four grade 8s and four grade 7s in English literature, physics, English language, chemistry, German, history, mathematics, biology, computer science and RS, respectively.

Ben Crerand who gained three grade 5s, five grade 4s and a Pass 2 in English language, food & nutrition, RS, English literature, mathematics, geography, science trilogy and ICT, respectively.

Mr Wilson, Headteacher, recalled last year’s excellent Ofsted report which quoted “Staff across the school have high expectations of pupils. They expect every pupil to try their best. Pupils take pride in their work.” Although socially distanced today, it has been wonderful to celebrate and share the joy of looking to the future with confidence.  Well done year 11.

School Performance Table

Key stage 4 (KS4) results


Progress 8 score


Attainment 8 score


% pupils achieving a strong pass in both English and Mathematics


% pupils entered for the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc)


% pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate


Ebacc average point score


Staying in education or entering employment


A-Level 2020 Results

A Historic Year!

Sixth Form students at The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School are celebrating historic achievements. The challenging and enriching courses have made the most of individual strengths leading to University College London and the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

This year’s results showed how well students are prepared for further education and employment with a 17% increase to 80% of all grades awarded being between A*-C. This year the school achieved a record number of A and A* with a total 32% of the results awarded being either grade A*, A, Distinction * or Distinction.

Head boy, Conor Walsh gained A*’s in both History and the Extended Project and A’s in Mathematics and Biology and will study at the University of Edinburgh.

Anna Williams gained A*’s in both English and French as well as an A grade in History and will study English literature and French at the University of Manchester.

Alexander Houghton gained straight A’s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and leaves us to study medicine and surgery at Newcastle University.

Ellie Jones gained A’s in Theatre Studies, English, History and the Extended Project and will study Law at Lancaster University.

Suzy Keen attained an A* in German as well as two A grades in French and Geography and will study Languages and Culture at the University of Leeds.

Cerys Jones and Laura Craig amassed a stunning 4 A* and 3 A grades between them and will both explore travel and volunteering opportunities next year ahead of applying to university in 2021.

This year, the schools top attaining student was our Arkwright scholar, George Cavanagh, who attained A* grades in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and will go on to study Chemistry at the University of Sheffield.



Students who made significantly more progress since their GCSE results than might be expected nationally included Sophie Fisher who will study Occupational Therapy at Salford University and Alicia Blackhurst who has already begun her degree level apprenticeship with Barclays Bank since leaving school.

Students following a range of diverse pathways this year as they move on from Bishops’ include Social Secretary William Taylor who leaves for Oxford Brookes University to study Motor Sport engineering, Alys Wightman who has commenced her basic training with the Navy and our Head Girl, Abbie Roberts, who leaves Bishops’ to study Criminology with Psychology at Leeds Beckett University.

Head of Sixth Form, Stephen Moffatt, said, “This has been an extremely tight-knit group of students who have supported each, not only throughout the turbulence and uncertainty of the last few months but throughout the previous two years extremely well. They each deserve every success following two years of commitment and are a group of students who encapsulate our #BEStofBishops ethos who through their volunteering, charity work or wise action will leave a lasting impression on our school community for long after they have left Bishops’.”

“Our students thoroughly deserve their success following two years of hard work and commitment.  Today proves that our 25 different study programmes and enrichment courses open the doors for students to progress to the full range of further education and employment opportunities. I value all of our students for the role they played in our Sixth Form community and we them every success in the future.”

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