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2017 GCSE Exam Results

In a world where exam success is clearly makes a real difference to future prospects it is essential to remember that examined academic ability is only a small part of what makes us who we are as individuals. It is also important to stress that success for one person can look very different to that of another. Amongst the anticipation and excitement of results day, CTTC is delighted to showcase just a few students who have achieved great success across broad areas of life and of whom we are naturally enormously proud.

Driving Ambition

Driving ambition or a kitchen sink drama it is all the same for students, staff and families associated with CTTC. Amongst the many stories that are set against this year's results you can often find individuals who have achieved above and beyond expectations or have overcome difficulties that could never have been anticipated. For CTTC this year that has included 2 young ladies named Morgan.

Morgan Thomas achieved some outstanding results academically - 2 A*’s, a Distinction*, 3xA’s  and 1x8 - but this is mirrored by the driving ambition that has taken her to being one of the top young female golfers in the country. A joint recipient of the Stephen Sutton bursary this year she is the embodiment of Stephen's core values and has been a fantastic role model for those around her as she has juggled her studies, her coaching, regular training camps and competitions around Britain and in Europe. The supportive teams working around Morgan should be exceptionally proud of a young woman who has grasped the opportunities offered and has worked in such a determined way to achieve so highly at this stage.For Morgan Walters it was a very different story as she was feeling very below par as she was hit by a series of illnesses that spanned the whole of the GCSE period. At one stage it looked as if she would fail her Science completely as she was unable to come into to school to take the exam. However thanks to her own resilience and determination and the resourceful and supportive staff, her family kitchen was turned into an exam room and she was able to be invigilated at home. What could have been a disaster has turned into something of a triumph with an A*, an A and a B being amongst her results.

Life is an Expedition

During the last 18 months three of our high flying year 11 students have been fundraising, preparing and putting the final touches to their Duke of Edinburgh Expedition to Mongolia whilst contending with the rigours of GCSE preparations, and in two cases very personal challenges. Joe Edwards (the schools top performing year 11 student with 1 x A^ (even higher than an A*), 1 x 9, 6 x A*’s), Adam Stanley (2xA*’s, 1xDistinction*, 2xA’s, 2x7’s) and Josh Lowndes (who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and represents the county at football) have all persevered with zeal and determination, taking on additional challenges that gave them life experiences and breadth. No exam results will ever capture the wonderful qualities that these young men have shown – put these qualities together with the exam results that they have and you really are talking about some exceptional young people. Life is an expedition and you get more out of it if you are prepared to put more into it.

I would like to pass my congratulations onto all students for their exam successes and to thank the experienced and dedicated staff who have supported these students throughout their time at CTTC. I would also like to thank our parents, many of whom were more nervous than their children on results day for their essential support of the work we do as a school.