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GCSE and VTQ 2022

We are delighted to share with you some headlines of the successes of our outgoing Year 11 pupils, ‘Cohort 2022’, after we received their GCSE and VTQ (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) results over the summer. 

This year saw the first external examinations take place since 2019 following the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic but Cohort 2022 upheld the high expectations we have for all Fairfield pupils to achieving outstanding academic success.  

Following nationally inflated results in 2020 and 2021, Ofqual (the exams regulator) had outlined their intention to set GCSE outcomes this year midway between those in 2019 and 2021 in order to move back towards ‘normal’ outcomes. So we knew from the outset that results across the country this year would be higher than in 2019 but lower than in 2021 as Ofqual intended this to happen. 

We are very proud to report that Fairfield pupils achieved better than in 2019 AND 2021. Furthermore, a huge 84% of pupils achieved a Grade 4 (standard pass) or above in both English and Maths, the minimum required for many post-16 courses. We are particularly pleased with the 105 Grade 9s that pupils achieved as this was our best ever and more than double the number achieved at Fairfield in 2019. In fact, 35% of all pupil results were Grade 7+ or equivalent, showing our continued drive for academic excellence. Pupils at all levels achieved well and we saw outstanding results for pupils with SEND and pupils with low prior attainment who made the most progress of all. 

Here is how Fairfield’s Cohort 2022 GCSE and VTQ results compare nationally and regionally: 


Fairfield Cohort 2022 

National Cohort 2022 

North West Cohort 2022 

Percentage of pupils achieving Grade 4+ in both English and Maths 




Percentage of pupils achieving Grade 4+ in Maths 




Percentage of pupils achieving Grade+ in English 




Percentage of Grade 4+ achieved across any subjects 




Percentage of Grade 7+ achieved across any subjects 




Percentage of Grade 9 achieved across any subjects 




*DNA – data not yet available 

We strongly believe that our knowledge-rich and well sequenced curriculum, outstanding quality of teaching, strategic approach to intervention following the pandemic and our extended investment in personal development and pastoral support have supported Cohort 2022 in achieving life-changing outcomes. Pupils worked incredibly hard throughout their time at Fairfield and during Year 11 in particular, with guidance from their teachers and support staff. Their achievements are truly remarkable and evidence not just of their academic abilities but of their personal development, resilience and character. We also note and thank the support of parents/carers who have worked with us to ensure the very best for their children. Our relationships with families are key to supporting pupil development. 

GCSE and VTQ Results - Class of 2022 - Consistently Outstanding

Following consistently outstanding results in recent years, we, the Trustees and staff at Fairfield High School for Girls are very proud to confirm that the Class of 2022 have achieved extraordinarily well in their examinations this year! Despite the challenges that pupils and staff have faced, they have secured truly excellent results. Performance is, as always, well above average and particularly strong at the top end.

Since 2019 (the last year of external examinations due to Covid-19), the number of Grade 9s achieved by Fairfield pupils has doubled to over 100! The percentage of pupils achieving the Grade 4 (standard pass) in Maths and English required to access most courses for further study has increased to 84%. Pupils from all backgrounds and of all ability levels have made outstanding progress across the curriculum.

Pupils have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results and we are so very proud of what they have accomplished. Fairfield staff developed and delivered a knowledge-rich and well-sequenced curriculum with outstanding teaching quality. First class intervention and support post-Covid means that pupils can move on to their next chapter with a strong set of results to evidence their achievements at Fairfield. This complements the personal development they have experienced as part of their journey with us.

Congratulations to every single pupil on their efforts and dedication. Our very best wishes to you for the brilliant future that lies ahead. We have every confidence in your ability to succeed and we are sure you will use your achievements as a springboard for success.

As always, thanks must go to our committed staff, supportive families and friends for all the help and guidance they have provided over the past five years.

Well done Team Fairfield!

Please see below for information and guidance following GCSE Results 2022. 
Please direct any further queries to exams@fairfieldhighschool.co.uk.


Important information following the publication of examination results summer 2022

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Letter to pupils parents and carers for Results Day Pack 2022

Pastoral Support

We hope that you will be pleased with your GCSE/BTEC results and that they are all that you need to take you on to the next stage of your education or training.

However, we know that Results Day and the time immediately afterward can be difficult for some pupils.

On Results Day itself, there will be a large number of school staff available to talk to, including Senior Leaders, members of the Pastoral Faculty and Progression Advisors.

After Results Day, advice on Progression to post-16 study can be obtained from Positive Steps (0161 621 9400).

Mental Health Support

Always make sure you speak to somebody if you are feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health. This might be a parent, carer or someone else you trust.
You can also contact:

Childline - telephone: 0800 1111

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Young Minds

Call NHS 111

Kooth online counselling


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