Pupils are picking up their GCSE results this morning, and we’ll be posting results and reactions as they come in.
Charles and George Tyler had a double reason to celebrate as they shared 16 GCSE A*/A grades between them, as results rocketed by over 10 per cent at Casterton College in Rutland.
Clearly there was a friendly rivalry between the two but since both did fantastically well, honours were even.
Charles said overall that he was pleased to have beaten his brother in some subjects and was very pleased to be going on to sixth form, whilst George was very pleased especially with his grades in French and Maths, saying: “These weren’t my strongest subjects but the teachers really pushed me to do well.”
Many students at Casterton celebrated a string of A* and A grades including, Maisie Evans who had the highest average points score with a fantastic 10 A*/A grades, together with Anna Buckley (10 A*/A), Katy
Hutchinson (nine A*/A) and Jenny Eva who got the highest total points score (nine A*/A).
Top amongst the boys was Adam Turner with nine A* grades with one grade still pending - an excellent result.
Principal, Carl Smith was delighted, he said: “This huge improvement, together with our exciting proposal to have the sixth form on one site and our great A Level results last week mean the young people of Stamford have a high quality 11-18 school on their doorstep, something they have been wanting for many years.”
At Uppingham Community College the number of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, has increased again from last year with significant successes for a number of pupils.
Amy Hall, Lucy Collins, Hannah Rhodes, Kit Chan, Scarlett Kennedy, Angela Wilson, Alex Mapletoft, Lizzie Waring and Tala Martelli all gained an impressive 10 or more A*/A grades. Twenty-seven per cent of pupils gained at least three or more A/A* grades and more than 50 per cent gained at least one A*.
The maths department is delighted with their fantastic 84 per cent A* to C and almost other subjects have seen an increase upon last year’s results.
Principal Jan Turner said: “I am extremely pleased that the hard work and efforts of our young people have been reflected in these outstanding results. I wish them every success in their future career paths.”
At Oakham School almost a third of all pupils, 48 in total, achieved A* or A in all of the subjects they studied. Overall, 91 per of all exams taken were awarded A* to B grades.
Seven pupils have extra special cause for celebration, having achieved a clean sweep of A* grades in 10 or 11 of their GCSE exams. They are Abbe Cleverdon, Imogen Fell and India Martin, all from Oakham, Jessica Tomey from Stamford, and Hannah Crowley, Bernard Visser and Sarah Wooding. Another 19 students achieved at least 8 A*s.
Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook said: “My congratulations go to the pupils and staff who have worked so very hard to achieve such a great set of results, alongside taking part in everything else that Oakham has to offer.”
Results were also positive at Catmose College in Oakham. Seventy per cent of mainstream pupils got the key benchmark of five A* to C grades including English and maths. Pupils within the special provision also achieved well, especially in the Btec Level 2 Animal Care certificate, with all students achieving the equivalent of GCSE grades A* to C.
Principal Stuart Williams said: “Our staff, pupils and parents worked incredibly hard together to achieve these excellent results. It is the strength of the partnership between home and college which helps make Catmose so successful. We wish all our students the very best in whatever courses or employment they have chosen.”
Some of those picking up their grades will become the first pupils through the door at Harington School, the new Rutland sixth form that opens in September. Lydia Simms, 16, from Oakham, got seven A*s and two As.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” she said. “I was kind of nervous because you just don’t know how you’ve done. I didn’t think the exams were too bad but I did do quite a lot of work.”
Freya Ratcliffe, 16, from Oakham, got two A*s, two As and an A* with distinction. She will go on to Melton Vale Post 16 Centre to study A-levels.
She said: “My time at Catmose has been really good. I started here in Year 8. The teachers are great and it’s a really friendly atmosphere.”
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