Record-breakers! Schools attain best ever exam results

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students across the area are celebrating after chalking up top GCSE grades to boost their schools records.

Headteachers reported outstanding year on year improvements as anxious youngsters collected their results yesterday morning.

At Wetherby High results for five A* to C, including English and maths is above 60 per cent for the sixth year running.

Ms Andrea Barnes, headteacher, said: “Once again, and for the sixth year in a row, the percentage of Wetherby High School students achieving five A*-C GCSEs, including English and Maths is above 60 per cent, a key measure, with 99 per cent of students achieving at least five GCSE passes.

“These results include outstanding individual performances and are a tribute to the hard work of our students, and the excellent teaching and support provided by staff.

“My congratulations go to all of our students on their achievement at all levels.”

And it was a similar picture at Boston Spa where head Christopher Walsh said: “We are really pleased that our young people have achieved record GCSE results for the fifth year in a row.

“This Year 11 were a credit to the school from the day they arrived, and I am delighted that 96 per cent of them have achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, with the school sustaining a GCSE A* to C score in excess of 90 per cent again.

“There is much to praise in all of their achievements, especially as nearly 40 per cent of candidates each gained three or more A* grades, and 81 young people achieved five or more grades at A* or A grade with 151 gaining good English and Maths passes.”

He added: “Boston Spa School’s commitment to see year on year rise in academic achievement is absolute, and we look forward to supporting next year’s GCSE cohort to meet further challenge.”

There were 23 young people at Boston Spa School who gained eight or more A and A* grades - Bradley Bennet, Sophie Foster, Natasha Griffiths, Liam Hicks, Catherine Hills, Thomas Hinchcliffe, Lydia Lee, Gemma Lunn, Charlotte Price, Adam Smith, Eleanor Smyth, Zoe Toone, Hannah Turver, Jack Tyson, Victoria Camidge, Bethany Coombes, Ryan Cornelissen, Megan Croll, Laura Cutts, Florence Fisher, Rianne McDonald, Woody Nunn and Laura Midgley.

Tadcaster Grammar School saw 76 per cent of students get 5A*-C including Maths and English, 92 per cent of students got 5A* to C and 33 per cent of all grades were A and A*s.

“Congratulations to all students who have helped the school to achieve its highest ever set of results,” said Geoff Mitchell, the Headteacher of Tadcaster Grammar School.

“The year group have worked hard and have developed an ambitious focus to secure these results.

“Staff have been determined to ensure their commitment, effort and encouragement have helped to deliver this success.

“It was reassuring to see genuine delight and joy on the faces of so many people - both staff and students,” he said.

Sherburn High School is celebrating their best ever GCSE English and Maths results.

This year 52 per cent of students achieved both Maths and English A*-C grade, an increase of eight per cent on 2010.

Headteacher Martyn Sibley said the overall figures were excellent with 81 per cent of students achieving five GCSE grades A* - C grades which reinforces the Ofsted findings earlier in the year which identified the school’s rapid progress.

“I am thrilled for both students and staff,” said the head.

“It is always a real team effort and a lot of hard work has gone into these results.

“We intend to continue to build on this success; it’s an exciting time for the school and the community.”

High-flying students include - Robbie Bancroft, eight A* and two A grades; Callum Miller eight A* and two A grades; Beth Gibson seven A* and three A grades; Wills Haigh four A* and seven A grades; Leighton Middleton one A* and eight A grades; Alice Pickles one A* and eight A grades; Ashleigh Stephenson one A* and eight A grades.

Harewood-based independent school Gateways said they were delighted to announce that, once again, their Year 11 students have achieved impressive GCSE results with 100 per cent of all students gaining five or more passes at A* to C including Maths and English, representing a two per cent increase on last year’s results.

And 55 per cent of all entries were A*/A grades, more than double the national average, and 24 per cent of girls in the year group gained all A*/A grades.

In ICT 95 per cent of candidates achieved an A*/A grade and 93 per cent of pupils reached the same standard in Geography.

Gateways School headmistress Yvonne Wilkinson, a member of the Girls’ School Association, said: “We are delighted that at Gateways we have had another year of excellent GCSE results, seeing year on year improvement.

“We know that girls’ only high schools provide an environment in which girls confidently focus on their academic performance – and these results prove it.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of our Year 11 students and their teachers.”

Collingham teen James Roberts, a pupil of The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), saw stars in his eyes when he scanned his GCSE results and found that he had attained A* grades in all ten subjects that he had sat.

Fellow GCSE student Georgia Craven of Scarcroft, who is the Number 1 in Women’s U18 tennis had the added pressure of competing in her first Wimbledon Juniors Tournament this summer.

While she did not make it past the first round at Wimbledon this year, she still scored highly academically by achieving seven A* and two A grades at GCSE.

Other GSAL pupils from the Wetherby area who were celebrating their success are - Emma Abel from Linton who attained eight A* and two A grades; Lucy Brown of Scarcroft with six A* and four As; Maximilian Rooney of Scarcroft with eight A* and two As; James Sue-Ling of Linton with seven A* and three As; Anita Toor of Scarcroft with four A* and six As; Tom Wilcox of Wike with six A*and five As and David Woon with five A* 5As.

GSAL is celebrating its best ever set of GCSE passes at A*- C with 99.2 per cent of pupils achieving the grades.

Some 72.6 per cent of the girls and boys have achieved a pass rate at grades A* and A, with 35.6 per cent achieving A*s and three students clocking up 10 A*s each.

The school has also pulled off outstanding results in a number of subjects with an 80 per cent pass rate at A* and A in mathematics, 68 per cent at A* and A in English literature and in English language, 85 per cent in geography and 77 per cent in religious studies.

Principal Mr Mike Gibbons said: “This is an excellent set of results, particularly this year as GCSEs are moving away from reliance on course work to being more exam based.

“This is expected to have the effect of levelling off the big annual rises that schools have seen in previous years so it is gratifying that so many of our pupils have achieved A* and A grades.

He congratulated students and teachers on all their hard work.

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