Students celebrate GCSE results

Students and their families at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy are celebrating their GCSE results. These results have been achieved in the most difficult circumstances, where schools were in lockdown for almost half of the students’ two-year courses. Many students were also affected by having to self-isolate at times, and they relied on online learning when they could not be in school.

“I congratulate our students on their excellent results,” said Lord Lawson’s Principal Andrew Fowler.

“Our students have been well supported by their teachers and their families. These grades are well deserved, and they are the result of significant and sustained work over many years. The process to award these grades has been rigorous and fair. Staff have also worked tirelessly to support our students through this difficult time.”

246 Students between them gained a total of 2,191 grades. Of these, 20% were top grades 7-9. 63% of students gained at least 5 standard passes including English and Maths.

Top-performing students included Katie Francis and Sophie Ormerod-Harrison, who each achieved 9 subjects at grades 8 or 9. Beth Davidson, Charlotte Stonebridge, Thomas Fairbrother, Owen Haygarth, Ellen Proud, Lewis Heppell, Emma Lavery and Sophie Wardle all achieved 9 or 10 top grades.

Students made good progress from different starting points. Among the students who made the most impressive progress were Steffan Lubniewski, Daisy Joslin, Anya Setna, Nicole Clark, Jessica Cook and Caitlin Young.

The highest attaining subjects were Dance, Biology, Physics, Music, Chemistry, PE, and Art, showing the strength of teaching and learning across the curriculum.

Head of House Dave Cave said, “We congratulate all our students on their success. The results they have achieved and the experiences they’ve had are reflections of their courage and ambition.

“It is always lovely to see the development and growth of students over time, and we have been privileged to be part of this.”

Ali McConway, Year Leader for Year 11, said, “I could not be prouder of our students who have shown so much resilience in these challenging times. This generation of students have had a very troublesome end to their school life, yet they have dealt with it all in their own unique way.”

“Many of our students have overcome personal difficulties to gain these grades,” said Kate Kendall, Assistant Principal.

“I’m delighted that so many of them have achieved the grades they need to go on to sixth form and college courses.

“Our sixth form here at Lord Lawson is highly successful, and it is good to see that it is proving more popular than ever with our students.

“Students know they will get excellent teaching here and outstanding pastoral care to help them to reach their potential.”

Students who have not already applied for a place at Lord Lawson’s Sixth Form are welcome to contact Alison Jordan, Head of Sixth Form, at