Big smiles were seen on the faces of teenagers in March earlier when they were finally able to pick up those important GCSE results.
Neale-Wade Academy are celebrating after seeing the number of pupils achieving the A* to C grade rise from 56 per cent to 58 per cent.
Principal Jason Wing says the school’s results have improved for the third consecutive year, despite the Government’s educational reforms, which included the scrapping of modular units and multiple opportunities to sit exams.
Other highlights were seen in the English results which had a 76 per cent pass rate of A*-C and a record breaking 70 per cent for maths.
Additional science results were superb with a huge increase in the pass rate with a figure of 69 per cent.
Mr Wing has put the school’s success down to additional lessons being put on before and after school.
He said: “I am incredibly proud of this group of students and they have shown what can be achieved when students focus on their studies and work in partnership with their teachers. The parents have been very supportive of the work that we have done to give every student the best chance possible to achieve at GCSE level.
“The additional sessions after school, at weekends and over the holiday periods have come to fruition. We have worked in conjunction with local sports teams to ensure that our students could still play for local teams by adjusting weekend kick-off times”
Youngsters who received A* and A grades were: Paige Abbott, Chloe Baxter, Bethan Evans, Henry Galley, Eva Goodman, Kacper Gross, Christopher, Harvey-Hawes, Harry Hensby, James Richardson, Ismael Saywell, Peta Searle, Chloe Spencer, Antonia Tooke, Emily Tsang, Megan McGrory, Caitlin Mills, Chelsea Morrison, Zoe Nosworthy, Laura Petrauskaite, Maciej Walerowski and Emily Williams.
Molly Darwood, 16, of March, dreams of becoming a dancer in the West End.
And she will have sound grades under her belt after achieving a B and four Cs.
Molly, who will be joining the performing arts course at Peterborough Regional College, said: “I was really pleased to get a B in maths. I was struggling with maths and worked really hard.”
Ellis Dear, 16, of March, gained two As, five Bs and a D. She will be returning to the school in September to do her A-levels.
She said: “I’m really pleased and did better than I expected.”
Alice Darwood, 16, of March, scooped three Bs, three Cs and a D. She said: “I am most proud of my Bs in further maths and business studies.”
Jordan Lucas, who is 16 and lives in March, will be joining an art course in Peterborough Regional College with two Bs, three Cs and a D under her belt.
She said: “I was disappointed with my C in art as I was hoping for a B.”
Abby Howes was over the moon with her two A*s, three As and five Bs.
The 16-year-old from March, who hopes to be a clinical psychologist, said: “I’m thrilled and really happy. I am going to study for my A-levels at the Kings School in Peterborough.”
Peta Searle, 16, from March put in hours of revision which paid off in the form of four A*s, an A, two Cs and a B. She will be returning to study A-levels.
She said: “I worked really hard and I got what I was expected. It has been so stressful. I was putting in 10 hours a day of revision.”