There were cheers, tears and shrieks of joy as Sleaford area teenagers collected their GCSE results today )Thursday).
Schools are reporting a successful year with best ever sets of results for Kesteven and Sleaford High School and St George’s Academy.
Craig Booker, headteacher at Kesteven and Sleaford High School said the school is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with 61 per cent of all grades achieved by Year 11 at the very highest A* and A grades. This compares to 50 per cent last year and is expected to be among the best in Lincolnshire.
He said: “It is a fantastic achievement for hard working students and up 11 per cent on the previous year. Ninety-seven per cent of students achieved at least five GCSE grades A*-C including English and Maths.”
High school students this year also produced the school’s highest ever English Baccalaureate score; a national measure of student success in English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities GCSE courses. He revealed 89 per cent of students achieved at least five A*-C grades in these academic subjects, up significantly again on last year’s success.
An impressive 32 students, over a quarter of the year group, achieved at least 10 GCSE results each at A* or A grade.
Libby Beckett, Sydney Mawer and Katie Mountford between them amassed 30 A*GCSE grades.
Libby, from Sleaford, got 11 A* grades and said she was staying on at the school to sit her A levels but had no career plans yet, saying: “I am just seeing how it goes, I’m still in shock.”
Katie (10 A* and 1 A grade) from Ruskington wants to become a scriptwriter. She said: “I entered the National Theatre Newbie competition this year and got long listed.”
For the second year running the school has seen the measureable impact of its carefully planned academic support packages for students who need that little extra direction or advice in order to meet their potential.
Josephine Smith, Deputy Headteacher, said: “Whilst it is fantastic to celebrate the highest achievers who have worked so hard to achieve that level of success it is the students who have had to persevere and redouble their efforts when things get tough who deserve equal celebrations. The route to examination success isn’t always a smooth one for many and every student who has met their potential should be so proud today. All of the year group have the chance to choose whatever next step they choose in their learning. We wish them well.”
Mr Booker said:“I am absolutely delighted that students’ hard work paid off. These are outstanding results and students across the year group can be extremely proud of themselves. Their hard work, supported by their teachers and mentors, means they are really well placed for their A Level studies.
“These are our strongest results in recent years across almost all subjects and I would like to thank all staff, and parents too, for their hard work and support in helping our students achieve such an outstanding set of results.”
An excited Emma Francis, from Ruskington came away with seven A8 and four A grades. She said: “I am studying A levels in chemistry, biology maths and geography next term as I would quite like to go into medicine - particularly oncology.”
Nicola Nuttall, from Sleaford, got the same grades as Emma and said she would like to be a writer, a historian or a journalist.
Twins Chloe and Charlotte Cooke, from Great Hale, both got nine A and two B grades but plan to study different subjects at A level. Chloe hope to train to become a physiotherapist.
Another outstanding achievement was by 12 year old Lola Cunago of Sleaford who sat her Spanish GCSE exam at the end of her first year at the school. She is the school’s youngest GCSE recipient, earning an A* for the subject, which is her second language. She said: “My brother sat his Spanish exam when he was my age. He has just received his A level results.”
At Carre’s Grammar School, headteacher Nick Law hailed it another successful year 11 with every student securing at least five grades at A* to C.
He said: “There has been much talk in the media recently about the volatility and decline of examination results, so we are delighted that the efforts of our students, staff and the support of parents have been rewarded by such outstanding results with no discernible decline.”
He said that only the maths result had deflated slightly nationally.
Mr Law said: “We pride ourselves on teaching beyond the exam requirements at GCSE, on not ‘spoon feeding’ our students while also enabling them to engage in a very busy programme of enrichment activities, which see Carre’s students moving on to the next level, be it to do A levels, BTEC diplomas, college courses, apprenticeships or employment, and this is cause for celebration.
“Some individuals have overcome considerable challenges to achieve their results and I am very proud of each and every one of them.”
He said the results were testament to the hard work and notivation put in by the students with support from teachers and parents.
Alongside the top results from the sixth form, he saw a very bright future ahead of them all.
There were a number of outstanding students at Carre’s this year Ben Cole, from Ancaster, gained eight A*, two A and one B grades but said he was amazed at the results. He said: “I would like to go to university and be a computer programmer.”
Harpreet Atwal of Cranwell achieved four A* and seven A grades. He said: “Most of my predicted grades were Bs so I am very pleased. All the hard work in the end did pay off.”
He hoped to go on to study medicine and work as a GP.
George Garland, from Sleaford, got an outstanding eight A* and three A grades - which he modestly admitted was better than expected. He hoped to become pilot.
Other great results were achieved by Adam Randle (7A*, 3A, 1B); Chris Davies (6A*, 5A); Myles Bero (6A*, 5A); Declan Stanley (6A*, 5A); Andrew Hodgson (6A*, 4A); Alex Wright (6A*, 3A, 2B); Sam Drury (5A*, 5A, 1B); Alan Neal (6A*, 5A, 2B); Blaine Van Rensburg (5A*, 4A, 1B, 1C); Wesley Beaver (4A*, 6A, 1B) and Callum McMillan (3A*, 6A, 2B).
St George’s Academy in Sleaford and Ruskington was celebrating another improvement in its GCSE exam results this year for the second year in succession.
This follows last week’s record breaking scores at A level.
Overall, 52 per cent of students achievd five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, a three per cent rise on last year.
Over 97 per cent of students achieved five A*-G grades. There was also an impressive four per cent and three per cent improvement respectively in the percentage of students achieving a grade C or better in English (60 per cent) and Maths (70 per cent) while the percentage of students making at least three levels of progress also improved in core subjects.
Principal Wayne Birks was delighted with the improved GCSE scores this year and levels of progress.
Mr Birks said: “All the key indicators show an impprovement. Our core subjects of English, Maths and Science, for example, have performed very well and progress levels in English and Maths have risen yet again.
“This means that students of all levels of ability have made excellent progress and confirms that the quality of teaching and intervention strategies are making a real difference to student attainment, achievement and progress.”
“I would like to congratulate all St George’s students and staff for their efforts in securing these improved outcomes,” he concluded.