GCSE RESULTS: Claremont Senior School 'proud' of exam success

As Wellingborough moves toward the new GCSE grading system (where exams are graded 9 - 1) in maths, comparison with previous years is hard, but the grades were very pleasing and three Year 11 pupils achieved the new Grade 9 (which is equivalent to a very high A*).

65% of students here achieved five or more A*-C grades, which is a significant increase compared to last year's 50% pass rate.

Among the school's top performers were Roxana Bali, Caitlin Drinkwater and Rosie Bennett, who all achieved six A or A* grades and top grades in English and maths.

Dawn White, principal, said: "I would like to congratulate our Year 11 students on their GCSE results this summer".

"I would like to take the opportunity to formally acknowledge the hard work and efforts of all our students and staff in securing these outcomes".

Top girl at the academy was 16-year-old Chloe Wanley, from the Fens, with an impressive two grade 9s, obne grade 8, five A*, three As and an A in additional maths.

Also the grading system has been changed from the traditional A-U to a 9 to 1 system with 9 being the equivalent of an A*.

Overall, 24.79 per cent of entries were awarded an A* or an A, including the equivalent numeric grades.

In addition, 31 per cent of Pont High students achieved the English Baccalaureate, which includes strong passes in English and Maths to complement C or better grades in science, a humanities and a language qualification - 33 per cent when including standard passes in English and maths.

The new GCSE is meant to be more rigorous and better prepare pupils for work and further education.

"My parents are really happy, I just wanted to make them proud".

Stories of the day included Lara Harper from Ilfracombe, who gained the school's first nine in maths - the highest possible - under the new system.

Leo, 16, from Rossmere, I'm a bit surprised.

He said: "Our students have high aspirations and approach their studies with focus and determination".

Executive headteacher of the Clevedon Learning Trust added: "My congratulations go to everyone involved - not only has this year group achieved some exceptional results they also have embraced everything that Clevedon School has to offer".

  • Joey Payne