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Cheers, smiles and tears as results come out
THERE were smiles, cheers and a few tears when students across the Vale ripped open their GCSE results.
Prince Henry’s High School saw 87 per cent of its students achieve at least five A* to C grades, up three per cent on last year, and 97 per cent received five A* to G grades.
Impressively, 28 per cent of the grades were at A* to A and the overall pass rate was 99.3 per cent.
Dr Tony Evans, headteacher, said: “These results highlight once again the outstanding standards here at Prince Henry’s, and they are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the students, the quality of the teaching, and the continuous support provided from parents and families.”
Holly Sagar, aged 16, of Eckington, received seven A* grades and four A grades. “I am ecstatic,” she said. “I have been really nervous, because I thought I hadn’t done so well.”
Beth Smith, 16, of Ashton, also did well, achieving 10 A* grades and a distinction, while James Mackins, 16, of Durcott Gardens, Evesham, was delighted with four A* grades and seven A grades.
Over at Evesham High results have also improved on previous years with 84 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C and all pupils achieved GCSE level qualifications.
Both schools also achieved the highest ever pass rates in maths, in a year it was suggested levels had slipped nationally.
Headteacher Caroline Browne said: “We are very pleased that, in a turbulent year of changing and uncertain expectations from the government and exam boards, we have matched and improved on our school's good results from last year.“ One of the successful students, Aimee Booth, 16, of Fairfield, Evesham, who got one A*, six A, four B and a merit in ICT, said: “I was amazed, I am really happy. I didn’t get much sleep last night; it is a long time waiting.”
John Garrood, of Charity Crescent, Evesham, achieved an A*, six A, three B and two C. He added: “I was exhilarated when I opened the results.”
At Pershore High School 74 per cent of students secured five or more A* to C grades, and the five A* to C rate including English and Mathematics, reached 60.4 per cent.
High grade performance also rose, with 8.7 per cent of grades being at A*, and 13.6 per cent at A. Overall A* and A grades went up to 22.3 per cent.
Headteacher Clive Corbett said: “Following on from the unresolved injustice of last year, we are celebrating a very encouraging set of GCSE results. I would again like to congratulate all concerned – their fabulous achievements are all the more remarkable given the increasingly more demanding national expectations.”
THERE were jubilant scenes across the Cotswolds as students picked up their GCSE results.
Results at Chipping Campden School rose again this year with 90 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades. The amount of students achieving five to 15 A* to C grades including maths and English was 76 per cent, 12 per cent up on last year.
Headteacher John Sanderson said: “I’m so proud of what everyone has achieved this year.
“So many students have responded to the challenge and support on offer both in school and at home.”
Daniel Wookey, of Moreton, who achieved seven A* and four As and is staying on at the school’s sixth form, said: “I’m really happy.
“I was being optimistic but I thought I had a good chance.”
Henry King, of Aston Magna, who achieved 10 A* and one A said: “I was terrified before but happy now.
“I didn’t think I would do that well. I’m very pleased.”
It was another record-breaking year for the Cotswold School, in Bourton, with 89 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades.
Headteacher Will Morgan said: “I’m immensely proud of the fantastic achievement of all our talented students.
“Their hard work and dedication of their teachers and the strong support from their parents have resulted in outstanding results – another recording breaking year.”
Following in the footsteps of older brother Callum Haseler, who last week achieved five A*s at A-level, his younger brother Dougie gained nine A* and one A while his twin brother Gavin achieved five A* and five As.
Top boy Ben Darwent achieved 12 A* and two As and the top girl, Francesca Roxburgh gained 12 A* and one A.
High fliers at Shipston High School achieved 78 per cent A* to C grades.
A new school record was also set in English with 78 per cent of students gaining A* to compared to 61 per cent last year.
Headteacher Jonathan Baker said: “Once again our students have done exceptionally well.
“It is especially rewarding to see that students of all abilities are maintaining the school’s record of success across all their subjects.” Nadeem Akhlaq had six A* and five As and Daisy Dingley and Jess Langdon both achieved five A* and three As.
Over at Chipping Norton School, 76 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades and 66 per cent of students got five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Headteacher Simon Duffy said: “It has been a pleasure to witness the delight on the faces of both students and teachers as they witness their hard work being properly rewarded.”
At Winchcombe School 66 per cent of pupils achieved five or more passes including English and Maths.
Headteacher Neil Hall said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of students and we must also not forget the role played by supportive parents.”
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