Wetherby pupils toast GCSE success

Photo of 16 year old triplets who live in Tadcaster''Triple success - The Morrall triplets from Tadcaster Grammar School - left to right James (6A*.4A, 1AA and 1 distinction), Lauren (3A, 6B, 1AB) and Alex (3A*, 3A, 3B and 1 distinction) - Photo by Wendy Binns
Photo of 16 year old triplets who live in Tadcaster''Triple success - The Morrall triplets from Tadcaster Grammar School - left to right James (6A*.4A, 1AA and 1 distinction), Lauren (3A, 6B, 1AB) and Alex (3A*, 3A, 3B and 1 distinction) - Photo by Wendy Binns

Schools across the Wetherby district have celebrated another year of record-breaking GCSE results.

Despite a fall nationwide in the number of papers being awarded an A* to C grade, for the first time since the exams were introduced 24 years ago, there were some excellent achievements in the Wetherby area.

Lads United - Alistair Souch from Copmanthorpe, Grant Hebden from Tadcaster and Liam Connolly from Sherburn In Elmet congratulated each other on their GCSE results at Tadcaster Grammar School. Alistair gained 3A*, 5A, 2B, 1E and A*A in Business, Grant achieved 1A*7B, 1C, 1 distinction and 1AA in Business and Liam gained 3A, 3B and 3C - Photo by Wendy Binns

Lads United - Alistair Souch from Copmanthorpe, Grant Hebden from Tadcaster and Liam Connolly from Sherburn In Elmet congratulated each other on their GCSE results at Tadcaster Grammar School. Alistair gained 3A*, 5A, 2B, 1E and A*A in Business, Grant achieved 1A*7B, 1C, 1 distinction and 1AA in Business and Liam gained 3A, 3B and 3C - Photo by Wendy Binns

Wetherby High School celebrated record-breaking results this year. The school achieved their best ever results, with 79 per cent of pupils achieving pass rates of 5 A*s to C including English and Maths.

The national average of pass rates for pupils gaining GCSEs grades A* to C in five or more subjects is currently 69 per cent.

Headteacher Andrea Barnes told the News: “I would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 students on their record-breaking achievements.

“There were outstanding performances in the key areas of English and Maths. 85% of our year 11 achieved an A* to C grade in Maths and 83 per cent of the year group achieved an A*-C grade in English.

“This success reflects the hard work and effort of all our students and the high quality of teaching that takes places in the school.

“The school’s achievement is particularly noteworthy in the national context of tightening standards.

At Tadcaster Grammar School, more than 75 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSE grades A* to C.

Headteacher Geoff Mitchell said: “The huge investment of hard work and effort which our students have given to their courses has paid off in outstanding success at GCSE.

“The close relationship between staff and students, recently confirmed by Ofsted, has ensured more than 75 per cent have achieved five or more A*-C grades and helped secure Post 16 courses and career opportunities.” “I am very proud of them all.”

Meanwhile at Sherburn High School pupils were celebrating their best ever results.

Overall the school has achieved 81 per cent pass rate for 5 A*- C grades, and 52 percent have achieved five A*-C grades including English and Maths. Student Chloe Ferguson achieved an incredible 11 A* grades, Jacob Hardman secured 11, A/A* grades.

Martyn Sibley, the headteacher, praised students and staff for a fantastic year. He said: “These results are fully deserved and reflect the hard work and attitude of our students and the ethos of our wonderful school.” At Boston Spa School, headteacher Christopher Walsh congratulated students on their success after a staggering 96 per cent received grades A* to C in five or more subjects.

He said: “We are really pleased that our young people have achieved record GCSE results for the fifth year in a row.”

“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.”

He added that 40 per cent of pupils at the school had gained three or more A* grades. At the Grammar School at Leeds, an independent school, the school notched up 823 passes at A* amounting to 35 per cent of grades achieved at the school.

Despite schools in the area recording some of their best ever results, nationwide, pass rates have slumped.

The drop is thought to be due to changes in the way GCSEs were marked this summer, with exam boards raising the grade boundaries and making it harder for pupils to get a C or above.