Students delight at GCSEs

GCSE results day at the Thomas Clarkson Community College - 16 year old Katie Mabbett.
GCSE results day at the Thomas Clarkson Community College - 16 year old Katie Mabbett.

STUDENTS from across Fenland have been celebrating their GCSE results - with all but one of the area’s schools achieving better than ever results.

One school saw a whopping 20 per cent rise in the number of students achieving five or more GCSEs at the top A* to C grades.

In fact results at Chatteris Cromwell Community College are the best they have ever achieved which Principal Ged Roberts said he was absolutely delighted about.

The figure for five or A* to C, including English and Maths rose by 12% over the school’s previous best taking it to 62%.

“This is a tremendous achievement and surpasses the target set by the Local Authority by over 4%,” said Mr Roberts.

He added: “The old benchmark figure for five or more A* to C GCSE passes also shows a significant rise of 20% over the 2010 record, taking the College to almost 80% of our Year 11 pupils leaving with five or more higher grade passes.

“There are notable individual success stories within these fantastic results. Three pupils achieved 9 or more A* or A grades, they are: Leanne Robinson, James Surtees and Megan Hall.

“As a Principal I am immensely proud of the pupils’ achievements across the board. For the third year running all of the pupils who completed their full time education here at Cromwell left with at least one GCSE qualification.”

Staff, students and parents were also celebrating at Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech, where they saw an overall increase in the percentage of higher grade passes this year.

As projected, 44% of students achieved five or more A*- C grades with 38 students achieving eight or more.

Principal Maureen Strudwick said: “We are particularly pleased that 68 students gained a higher grade pass in both English and maths and that the number of students achieving A* to C in GCSE English increased by an impressive 20%. Fifty per cent of the students who took Russian gained an A* grade.

“These results reflect the hard work of students and staff and the support provided by their parents. I am particularly delighted with the improving results in English, which is a key to a successful future.”

Among those collecting their GCSE results at Marshland High School was Matty Dawson, a double amputee from birth who has not let his disability slow him down.

He gained a D grade in PE and was marked on the same criteria as his classmates, which meant undertaking four different sports. He chose fitness, cricket, netball and tennis.

Luke Pattison was one of the highest achieving pupils, gaining seven A*s, five As and one B. He also got 100 per cent in one of his physics modules.

He said: “It was a shock when I got my results. I didn’t know I’d done so well.”

Headteacher Liz Dormor was delighted with the results especially as the number of students attaining five or more A* to C grades including maths and English was up on last year with 49 per cent achieving the benchmark.

“In 2008 just 29% of students achieved this benchmark and this year 49% have. We are delighted with this progress but will obviously continue to work hard to improve it still further.”

Students at Wisbech Grammar School achieved a 100% pass rate at grade C or above in five subjects, including English and mathematics.

High flying pupils also bagged the school’s biggest ever haul of A* results, with a quarter of the passes being at the highest grade – a four per cent improvement on last year’s figure of 21 per cent – and more than half the passes were at the top two grades of A* and A.

Eight students, Jessica Bullock, Matthew Coleman, Francesca Cooper, Sophie Culshaw, Jack Hutson, Jonathan Ison, Isabelle Le Gallez and John Redwood, secured a clean sweep, gaining A* or A grades in all of their subjects and the school achieved its highest ever tally of average passes per pupil at 9.1 per cent.

Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said: “This is an excellent performance by our GCSE candidates, which reflects the hard work that they have put into their studies over the course of two years.”

One hundred per cent of students who studied English at the College of West Anglia Isle campus in Wisbech achieved a higher grade pass and just under 80% who took maths also achieved A* to C grade.

Richard Bradley Head of Faculty said,”These are outstanding results for maths and English ensuring many of our students will progress in their education and training.”

It was a slightly different story at the Neale-Wade Community College in March where results were down on last year.

A total of 300 students entered around 2,800 GCSE examinations – with 62% of students achieving five or more A* to C grades - down from 75% in 2010.

There was also a drop of around 8% in the numbers achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English with 42% of Year 11 hitting this benchmark compared to 50% on the previous year.

Tim Hitch (retiring Principal) states: “I am very proud of the achievement of Year 11 this summer. These results reflect the hard work that has been undertaken by students. Year 11 has been a very positive year group which is reflected in these results as well as their contribution to the College.”

Across Cambridgeshire the proportion of students achieving five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C (including English and maths) rose to 61.5% - up 2% on last year.

Provisional returns also indicate that 79 per cent of students passed 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C excluding English and maths.