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Jumping for joy over GCSE exam results
10:07am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Students across south and west Dorset celebrated their GCSE results in style.
There were some outstanding results although overall, performance was down on last year reflecting the national picture.
The number of students gaining five or more A* to C grades in all subjects within the Chesil Education Partnership, which includes all Weymouth and Portland schools, fell from 77 per cent to 73 per cent.
At the Thomas Hardye School, 85 per cent of pupils received five or more A* to C grades in all subjects.
Last year, 90 per cent of students at the Dorchester school achieved five or more passes at grades A* to C.
This followed the national trend, where the proportion of exam entries graded from A* to C was down by 1.3 per cent to 68.1 per cent – the biggest fall in the exams’ 25-year history.
The dip comes amid a major upheaval in the exams system.
Pupils and staff at the IPACA Royal Manor campus bucked the national trend and celebrated their best ever results.
Principal Alison Appleyard said she was ‘delighted’ that 56 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
Mrs Appleyard said: “It’s absolutely phenomenal. It is actually a 40 per cent increase in one year since we became an academy and shows we are bucking the national trend.”
High achievers Becca Elliott and Tom Andersson scooped top grades.
Becca got two A* grades, five As and three Bs, and Tom got seven A* grades, two As and two Bs.
The 16-year-olds who will both be starting A-levels in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics in September, said caffeine and revision were key to their success.
Richard Fortescue, progress leader at Budmouth College in Weymouth, said they were all ‘massively proud’ of the students.
Friends Harriet Gilbraith, Louise Yim, Luke Maddison and Hannah Roy said they were delighted with their results.
Harriet got five A*s, five As and two Bs, Louise got seven A*s, three As and two Bs, Luke received seven A*s and five As and Hannah got eight As, two A*s and two Bs.
Louise said she couldn’t believe it when she opened the letter and saw all the A*s.
She said: “It’s amazing.”
Jade Cooper was waiting to open her results at home but she has already secured an apprenticeship at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage.
At Thomas Hardye School one third of all grades achieved was A* or A and 69 per cent of students got five or more A*to C grades including English and maths.
Fionn Bishop and Bethany Shead couldn’t quite believe it when they tore open their envelopes to reveal 14 A* grades.
Bethany got teachers to double-check her results because she was gobsmacked.
The 16-year-old said: “I am very happy. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I don’t feel like it’s real.”
Headteacher Michael Foley said: “We are very proud of those students who achieved stunning results – 25 students achieved all A and A* grades – but equally proud of all those students who achieved their best through endeavour and hard work.”
Fergus Johnson and Matt Lawson both got 12 A* and one A grade and Matt also achieved A* in A level maths.
All Saints C of E School in Weymouth celebrated a successful year with 57 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, which was a five per cent increase on last year’s result.
Headteacher Paul Gray said: “Staff and students have worked incredibly hard this year and the results show the school continues to improve at a time when national standards have become increasingly tough.”
Emily Pack achieved seven A*s and three A grades while also awaiting her Latin grade.
She said: “I’m so happy and so relieved, I’m looking forward to going to Thomas Hardye.”
Year 11 head girl Lauren Jones got eight A*s, two As and one B grade.
She said: “My results are better than I thought they’d be and I’m so excited.”
Students impressed at Wey Valley School in Weymouth with 11 top performers racking up multiple As and A*s.
Top performer was Abi Brewster with 10 A and A*s, who was taking part in a Phantom of the Opera summer workshop in London and was unable to collect her results.
Abbie Jolliffe, a nationally ranked badminton player, cried tears of joy when she opened her results.
She said: “I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did.”
Headteacher Phil Thomas said: “I’m really pleased with the cohort’s performance.”
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