GCSE RESULTS: Best ever results for Thomas Clarkson

STUDENTS at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech are this year celebrating the school’s best ever set of GCSE results.

There were lots of smiles at the school today (Thursday) as students picked up their results.

Provisional figures indicate that 55 percent of students achieved five A* to Cs, with a greater number of students achieving the top grades. There has also been a 15 percent improvement on the number of students gaining A-C passes in both English and Maths.

Principal Clare Claxton said: “Our students have done well across the board. These great results demonstrate the academy’s commitment to raising achievement.

“I am delighted for this year’s students and their success is fully deserved.

“Staff at the academy are delighted and have already expresses their determination to ensure next year’s cohort of students is even more successful.”

Red Vaughan (16) was one of the school’s most successful students, gaining an impressive eight As, two Cs and two passes.

“I wasn’t expecting them to be that good,” he said. “I’m really chuffed.”

He will be continuing his studies at Thomas Clarkson, taking chemistry, maths, English and government and politics.

Busy Red is also spending a lot of time in rehearsals for ‘Happy Days’ at the Angles Theatre, where he is playing the lead role of Fonzie. His co-lead Danielle Beare (16), who is playing Pinky, also celebrated good results.

She passed all her exams and gained an A* in drama and dance, the subject she is most passionate about. She is now heading to Peterborough Regional College to do a BTEC diploma in performing arts.

Danielle said: “I did really well. I’m very pleased.”

There was relief for Lewis Wright (16) when he opened his white envelope to discover he had not gained one D grade. He had been worrying after picking up some lower marks in his coursework but managed to pull it out of the hat in the examinations.

Lewis, who was the lead ambassador for Pankhurst house, thanked Mr Lucas for helping him with revision techniques after he got flustered in his mock exams.

“They’re all high passes, so I’m glad with what I got,” he said.

Lewis is staying at Thomas Clarkson and will be studying psychology, sociology, science and society and law.

Student Hannah Shales (16) also gained impressive results, with one A*, one A, six Bs, two Cs and two passes. She said she was a bit disappointed with her science grade, as she had been hoping for an A, but she was very pleased with her English grade.

Hannah is going to be studying chemistry, maths, English and biology at Thomas Clarkson.