Whitby schools look ahead to exciting year

Whitby’s secondary schools are looking forward to an exciting year ahead as students from both Eskdale and Caedmon celebrate this summer’s GCSE results.

Students at Caedmon and Eskdale celebrating their GCSE results.

Over 50% of students in both schools, achieved the new Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths. Furthermore, a number of students, in both schools, achieved top grades in a range of subjects.

Eskdale School is enjoying its first GCSE results since becoming an 11-16 school. Headteacher Andy Fyfe said "I am very proud to be the head teacher of Eskdale and I’m delighted with our students’ achievements - they've all risen to the challenge of GCSE studies. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all staff and parents for their support during the last year. We look forward to building upon these successes as we move forward.”

Simon Riley, Caedmon College's Principal, said "I am also very proud of the success of our GCSE students this year. As we all know, the new GCSE exam specifications have brought much more challenge and rigour to every area of the curriculum - with the emphasis now being on final exams in the majority of subjects. The pressure on both students and parents throughout the country has been immense. I would like to congratulate the staff and students at College for all the hard work that they have put into achieving these results."

Pen Cruz, Chair of the newly established Whitby Secondary Partnership, added the Governing Body’s congratulations to the students and staff of Eskdale and Caedmon. "These results put us in a strong position and mean that both schools can work together to further develop secondary education in Whitby. 

“We also look forward to welcoming many of these students into Whitby Sixth Form in September. The refurbishment of the former Caedmon School site, supported by capital investment from the NY Coastal Opportunity Area and the North Yorkshire County Council, is an exciting development for post 16 education in the area".

County Cllr Joe Plant and County Cllr David Chance, local members for Whitby, said they were thrilled by the results which reflected the hard work and commitment of the whole community – students, families, staff, governors and all partners. They stated: “These schools have a great future ahead. We all want the best education for our children and young people in the area and these results, along with the new partnership and sixth form developments, show we are on the right track for delivering this.”

This story was published 28 August 2019