Best ever results for Marshland

GCSE results day at Marshland High School, West Walton.'From left: Sam Laws, Ben Carter, Daniel Nuccoll, Georgina Foxcroft, Hannah Dobler and Elspeth Wilkinson.
GCSE results day at Marshland High School, West Walton.'From left: Sam Laws, Ben Carter, Daniel Nuccoll, Georgina Foxcroft, Hannah Dobler and Elspeth Wilkinson.
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Marshland High School has achieved its best ever GCSE results.

The West Walton school has never managed to achieve more than 50 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, but this year the figures showed 55 per cent.

GCSE results day at Marshland High School, West Walton.'Rosie Spriggs.

GCSE results day at Marshland High School, West Walton.'Rosie Spriggs.

This achievement continues the trend of improving results for the specialist science school and headteacher Liz Dormer is delighted.

She said: “We are thrilled that the number of students attaining the ‘gold standard’ of five or more A* to C including English and maths has improved so much again this year, as this is the standard that is so important in enabling students to get a job or a place on a further education course.”

The figure has gone up six per cent from last year and compares to just 44 per cent in 2011 when Mrs Dormer took over the headship.

The percentage of students attaining the English Baccalaureate has also risen this year by almost six per cent to just over 17 per cent.

GCSE results day at Marshland High School, West Walton.'Stephanie Du Gaston.

GCSE results day at Marshland High School, West Walton.'Stephanie Du Gaston.

All the students achieved at least one GCSE pass and 96 per cent achieved at least five GCSE passes.

Particularly high achieving students include Jasmin Towler (2 A*s, 8 As, 1 B), Hannah Rand (11 As), Ben Carter (1 A*, 4 As, 6 Bs), Matthew Ryan (1 A*, 5 As, 4 Bs, 1 C), Emily Pilbeam (6 As, 3 Bs, 2 Cs) and Michael Smith (1 A, 8 Bs, 2 Cs).

Stephanie De Gaston and Rosie Spriggs were also praised by staff for the sheer hard work they put into improving their predicted GCSE results.

Stephanie battled literacy problems to get one B, four Cs, one D and one E, and will now be going to Easton College in Norwich to study animal care. She wants to become a zookeeper working with lions.

Rosie was predicted G grades but achieved five Cs, one B and two Ds. In addition she also went through open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London at the start of Year 11 and was back to school three days later. She will also be going to Easton College to do a Level 3 extended diploma in horse management.

Mrs Dormer added: “My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard to get these excellent and well-deserved results and my thanks go to all the staff and parents who have supported them so well too.”