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RECORD GCSE RESULTS FOR EAST RIDING
East Riding schools and their pupils are celebrating a record set of GCSE results.
Early indications show that the East Riding has made the biggest improvement in the Yorkshire and Humber region in the ‘gold standard’ of top grades.
The county’s schools together achieved an average of 62 per cent in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. This is an improvement of four per cent on last year, following a 2.5 per cent increase the year before.
Students are also making more progress than ever before, with a four per cent improvement in both English and maths.
The second consecutive year of improvement by East Riding schools includes some particularly spectacular improvements at several schools:-
* Beverley High School has risen by 27 per cent to 76 per cent
* Bridlington School is up by 15 per cent to 56 per cent
* South Hunsley School is up 12 per cent to 80 per cent
* Longcroft School is up seven per cent to 67 per cent
* South Holderness Technology College is up 6.5 per cent to 68 per cent.
Other schools maintained and consolidated their good outcomes, improving their progress measures in English and maths at the same time, including Hornsea School (70 per cent), The Snaith School (68 per cent), Wolfreton School (65 per cent), Woldgate (62 per cent), Howden School (61 per cent), Hessle High School (60 per cent), The Market Weighton School (58 per cent). Headlands School 55 per cent).
The results for students achieving the gold standard mark of five or more GCSE passes at A* to C grade, including English and maths, are in the table below.
Beverley Grammar School 56
Beverley High School 76
Bridlington School 55
Cottingham High School 56
Driffield School 57
Goole High School 44
Headlands School 55
Hessle High School 60
Hornsea School 70
Howden School and Technology College 61
Longcroft School and Performing Arts College 67 South Holderness Technology College 58 South Hunsley School 80 The Market Weighton School 58 The Snaith School – 68 Withernsea High School 48 Woldgate College – 62 Wolfreton School 65
Coun Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for children, young people and education said: “We are delighted with the improvement that East Riding schools have brought about this year: this is down to the hard work of young people, supported by dedicated school staff.
“The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to improving East Riding Schools until we have the some of the best in the country. This year’s GCSE results are a pleasing move in the right direction. Together with improved A-level results last week, they show that young people in East Riding schools are achieving the success they deserve and going onto employment, education and training of their choice.”
“The council has recently approved a £1.7m Excellence Fund which will be used to further drive up standards in schools and build on this year’s successes.”
Alison Michalska, the council’s director of children, family and adult services, said: “We are tremendously proud that year after year young people continue to achieve even better GCSE results in East Riding secondary schools in a wide range of qualifications.
“These impressive results are underpinned by many outstanding stories of hard work and application as well as committed teaching and support.
"We look forward to improving Ofsted inspection outcomes for East Riding schools building on the foundation of this year’s improved outcomes.
“We are delighted in the improvement: these results affirm our position as a local authority that aspires for and gets the best for our young people.
“The performance in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, shows that key numeracy and literacy skills continue to thrive alongside other subjects and that we have got the balance right in our secondary schools.
“We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding, with the support of their carers and families. We greatly appreciate the hard work of head teachers, teaching and support staff that has contributed to these results.
“That young people achieve this improvement against a backdrop of the very low level of funding for East Riding schools from the Department for Education is a testament to their commitment to pupils’ achievement and success.”
John Seaman, principal improvement adviser, said: “We are really proud of what has been achieved by East Riding of Yorkshire schools and academies for their students this year. Staff have worked incredibly hard and skilfully to achieve a higher level against ever tougher standards.”
Several schools have achieved spectacular improvements following disappointment last year when they were negatively affected by a late change in grade boundaries in the English GCSE.
Among these are Beverley High School and Bridlington School, which both saw their results this year soaring to record levels.
At Beverley High School the results were the second best in the school’s history, with the percentage of pupils achieving five top grades including English and maths soared to 76 per cent. The percentage achieving five or more A* to C grades rose to 86 per cent, and 11 pupils achieved all A and A* grades.
Head teacher Sharon Japp said: “We are delighted with this set of results. They reflect the hard work, motivation and commitment of our pupils and teachers, and the support of our parents.”
The results at Bridlington School were its best ever, with 99 per cent of students achieving five GCSE passes, and 55 per cent of students achieving the top A* to C grades including English and maths.
Head teacher Sarah Pashley said; “I am absolutely thrilled that the hard work of students and staff has paid off. Everyone has pulled out all the stops this year and I am very grateful to them for their dedication and commitment.
"I would particularly like to thank parents/carers for their considerable support. The strong partnership between home and school has ensured that our students have had the best possible chances to fulfil their considerable potential.”
Longcroft School in Beverley is also celebrating its best ever GCSE results, with 67 per cent achieving the gold standard of five good passes including English and maths.
Head teacher Ian O’Donnell said this was another rise following the school’s previous best achievements last year.
He said: “I am delighted by this outcome. It is just what the hard work and dedication of our students and staff deserve. It’s also wonderful for our community."
There are also celebrations at Howden School and Technology College, where students have also achieved the school’s best ever results. This year, 61 per cent achieved the gold standard benchmark.
Head teacher Garry Garghan said: “We are really pleased with these results – at a time when the national media is commenting on the almost unprecedented degree of ‘turbulence’ in exam grades our students have once again done themselves proud and moved our school forward.”
Reporter, Karen Darley, has been at Malton School:
STUDENTS at Malton School were celebrating the school’s GCSE results - the best in it‘s history.
The percentage of students achieving five or more grades at A*-C, including English and Maths, was a new record high at 65 per cent.
In addition, the percentage of students achieving at least five grades at C or above increased to 89 per cent, beating the previous record of 82 per cent.
Headteacher Rob Williams said Malton School showed its continuing success as an inclusive school as, for the first time, every single student achieved at least five GCSE pass grades.
“The most able students also performed very well with the proportion of A and A* grades being high and with over 30 per cent of students meeting the requirements for the English Baccalaureate - grades C or above in English Language, maths, two science subjects, a modern foreign language and either history or geography,” he added.
“Special congratulations went to nine students who achieved an outstanding seven or more GCSE grades at A or A* - Ailsa Anson, Christopher Grayson, Charlotte Housden, Emily Metcalfe, Alistair Mitchell, Philippa Norman, Naomi Richardson, James Simpson and Imogen Smith.”
Student Emily Metcalfe, from Malton, who achieved five A*s and four A’s, said she would now be continuing at Malton School sixth form to study French, history, politics and English.
“I have worked really hard but I was worried about the results,” she added.
“I am over the moon with the grades I have got - it’s fantastic.”
James Simpson, also from Malton, gained nine A*s and two A’s.
The 16-year-old said he was ‘chuffed to bits’.
“I really didn’t expect these results, especially in additional maths,” he added.
“I am very happy and will now be going to Malton sixth form and then on to university and I am particularly interested in astronomy and physics.”
Imogen Smith, from Leavening , achieved As and A*s and will now study physics, chemistry, maths, further maths and history at Malton.
“I am very happy with my results and am interested in becoming a lawyer or engineer after university,” she added.
Ailsa Anson, from Easthorpe, was pleased with her five A*s and four A’s.
The 16-year-old is staying at Malton School to study maths, geography, French and philosophy.
“My parents said they were great results and told me I now have to Skype my grandma who is on holiday in Scotland,” she added.
Friends Hannah Poole, Katie Benson and Saskia Kirkham-Burke, were planning to meet up with friends, followed by a party at the weekend, after finding out their results.
“We are all so pleased,” they said.
“We’ve worked very hard and are just so happy we now have the results we needed."
Students at Joseph Rowntree School and Huntington School celebrate their GCSE results
Karen Darley reports from Norton College
STUDENTS broke all records at Norton College to achieve the school’s best ever set of GCSE results.
The college saw 68 per cent of pupils gaining five GCSEs including English and maths - an increase of 11 per cent on last year - while 87 per cent achieved five GCSEs of grade C or above.
Pupil Olivia Firth, from Norton achieved two A*s and eight A’s and will now go on to the college’s sixth form to study A-levels in history, English, biology and business studies.
The 16-year-old said she eventually hoped to go into journalism.
“I have worked really hard and I am very pleased with my results,” she added.
“My parents were really pleased when I phoned them as well.£
Hope Lavery, also 16, gained A’s and B’s in her GCSE results.
She will be taking A-levels at Pontefract College as her family is moving to the town.
“I am really pleased with my results and I am looking forward to sixth form and eventually I would like to be a midwife,” she added.
Sian Gibson, from Norton, was delighted with her four A*s in drama, and will now be studying the subject at sixth form along with psychology and an extended project.
“I really want to be a secondary school drama teacher and have been really inspired by my teacher Miss Campbell,” she added.
Friends Bailey Butler, from Norton, and Leah Caffrey, from Scampston were both pleased with their results.
Both will now be taking A-levels with Bailey going to York College while Leah will move to Malton School.
“I’ve worked really hard but didn’t expect to do so well,” Bailey said.
“We are now going to York to celebrate.”
Daniel Porter, from Scagglethorpe, said he was relieved to pass all his exams and particularly maths and English.
“It has been really tough but I have been attending after-school classes as well,” he added.
“I’m really grateful to the college for all their support and will now be going to York College to study IT.”
Norton College’s curriculum leader for maths, said her team had ensured that 80 per cent of the year group secured a grade C or more in the subject, making the faculty one of the highest achieving nationally.
“Our students’ success is due to old fashioned hard work, combined with my team’s belief that all our students can be brilliant,” she added.
“The Year 10 results today are also really promising and some students will begin further maths in Year 11 because they have done so well already.”
Teresa Huntley, director of Norton College Sixth Form, said: “With such great results so many students feel ready to start sixth form.
“Students have such confidence in their staff that this will be our biggest intake ever.”
PUPILS at Selby High School set more new records.
The percentage for students achieving five or more A*-C GCSE grades (including English and mathematics) has broken through the 70 per cent barrier, for the first time in the school’s illustrious history.
71 per cent of students achieved the Government’s bench mark of at least 5 A*-C grades including English and mathematics, with an unprecedented number securing top grades. Furthermore, 86% of students secured five or more A*-C grades. These new records represent a five and four per cent increase with respect to those achieved in 2012.
Head teacher Paul Eckersley, said: “I am delighted to report that, once again, it’s been another record breaking year for the school. To achieve the highest results in the school’s history in what has been another turbulent year for GCSE grades across the country is both a fabulous and spectacular achievement.
"This year’s results also showed an overall pass rate of 99.57 per cent with 82%, 76% and 82% of students respectively passed the core subjects of mathematics, English and science with a minimum of a grade ‘C’.
"It has also to be remembered, that these results have been achieved with a cohort of 233 students; dealing with large numbers of students to effect this level of success requires special qualities.
"I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of our students and wish each and every one of them all the very best in their future undertakings. Their results are a testimony to their hard work and dedication, together with that of my staff, whom I can’t speak too highly of and the support of parents, guardians and carers.”
Students who achieved tremendous individual results were:
Benjamin Steward 10.5 A* & 4 A grades
Charlotte Rawlinson 9.5 A* & 4 A grades
Sophie Embling 8 A* & 5 A grades
Aleisha Hogan 7 A* & 4 A grades
Jordan Marshall 6 A* & 3 A grades
Farrell Tang 6 A* & 3 A grades
Sam Harrison 6 A* & 6 A grades
Corrin Hall 5 A* & 8 A grades
Luke Stead 4 A* & 4 A grades
Lucy Crawford 2 A* & 6 A grades
Hannah Langham 1 A* & 10.5 A grades
Moreover, Sophie Embling and Jordan Marshall are not only celebrating fabulous GCSE results, but the fact that they did not have a single day off in the five years they were at Selby High School.
In addition to securing super GCSE results, Joe Raddings and Harvey Rogers have been offered the amazing opportunity of undertaking their ‘A’ Level studies whilst joining the professional ranks of Leeds Rhinos and Hull City AFC at the two respective academies.
In North Yorkshire as a whole early indications show that the county’s students continue to perform well above the national average.
Results so far this year show that the proportion of pupils achieving five GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and Maths, will be over 65 per cent, similar to last year and well above last year’s national figure of 59 per cent.
This position compares favourably to this year’s reported overall fall in the national average for A*-Cs in all GCSEs.
Maths grades in North Yorkshire have gone up by over one per cent across the county compared to last year and compared to a fall nationally of 0.8 per cent. English results have also improved against a national fall of around 0.5 per cent.
North Yorkshire expects these figures once again to place the county well within the top quarter of authorities nationally.
A number of schools have scored significant increases of more than five per cent on last year with A*-C grades including English and Maths. These include: Whitby Community College; Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering; Malton School; St Francis Xavier School, Richmond; Holy Family Roman Catholic High School in Carlton, Selby; Selby High School; Norton College and Ripon College.
However, along with the national picture there has been some turbulence in grades, particularly in English. The effect is not consistent across North Yorkshire but has been significant in some schools.
Coun Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said: “As ever, our results overall give us much to celebrate and we must congratulate students for all their hard work and focus and staff for their dedication and high standards in the quality of teaching and learning. Clearly more information is needed to determine how the English grading may have affected some pupils but it will be some time before we can comment on any changes.”
Harrogate Ladies’ College is delighted to announce their girls are celebrating impressive results at GCSE which reflect their hard work and commitment and the support of all the staff who work there.
At a time of national discussion about grade deflation, HLC is thrilled to see an increase in A*-C grades overall, with numerous girls achieving majority A and A* awards, resulting in 74% of grades A*-B.
These achievements run alongside the diverse interests of the girls which include playing for the England Netball team and riding with the England eventing team.
HLC’s new Principal, Sylvia Brett, said: “I am thrilled to share the success of HLC’s GCSE girls and to learn the stories of their academic achievement which run alongside their personal triumphs in every arena from sport to charity work and significant personal development. HLC is an outstanding school where the values of compassion, creativity and service run alongside academic rigour and an absolute commitment to enabling each individual pupil to be the best that they can be.”
Ryedale reporter, Victoria Prest reports:
RYEDALE schoolgirl Poppy German is celebrating a full house after her GCSE results came back with top marks in all her subjects.
Poppy, who is from Helmsley and goes to Ryedale School, swept the board achieving A*s in all nine of her exam subjects.
She was one of a group of students from Ryedale School who impressed with their outstanding results - her classmates Augusta Fullerton-Smith and Xanthe Davison got four A*s, five As and fice A*s, three As and one B respectively.
The girls, who each plan to study for A levels at different schools in North Yorkshire, all said they were thrilled with their results.
Poppy said: “We were nervous this morning, but our results are better than we could have hoped.”
The school’s overall results showed 85 percent of their students getting five A* to C grades, and 65 percent getting their five A* to C grades including English and Maths. Twenty-nine percent of all the school’s grades were As or A*s, and the staff were particularly proud of their results in Maths, next year’s acting head Mark McCandliss said.
Headteacher Richard Crane was overseeing his last results day at Ryedale, and said the school was “tremendoulsy proud” of their pupils’ results.
He said: “This year’s results are down to the hrd work of the students and the support and dedication of teachers and parents and on behalf of the governing body and the staff I congratulate our 2013 GCSE cohort, and wish them all the very best in the future.”
Students Bryn Davies and Peter Pittaway came away seven A*s and three As and seven A*s and two A8s respectively, and will both head to Lady Lumley’s in Pickering to start their A level studies in September.
Bryn’s mother Rowena, waiting outside to find how her son had done, said she was very proud of his successes.
“I am so pleased for him. He’s worked hard for it, and now he can go on and do what he wants to do.”
Peter, who was Ryedale’s deputy head boy, said his outstanding marks had come as “a bit of a surprise.”
“I am definitely pleased with how I’ve done, and relieved it’s all over for the summer,” he added.
The school also congratulated David Stone, who got six A*s, two As and one B in his GCSE results.
Outside the school, many parents waited anxiouslyas their sons and daughters found out their grades.
Anne Lishman - waiting to hear how her daughter Sian had fared said: “We’re all quite nervous. There are lots of big decisions for the children to make once they’ve got the results, so it’s wait and see for us.
“It’s anticipation - I can’t say whether it’s a good feeling or a bad one really.”
GCSE results 2013 at Ripon Grammar School.
86.2% of the grades are A*-B with over 60% of the grades being the top two, A* and A. 97% of students secured 5A*-C grades including mathematics and English. These results are amongst the best in the history of the school and provide an excellent foundation for success at A level for the year group. The results are all the more pleasing given the government’s pledge to ensure that assessment is even more rigorous and that GCSE results nationally have seen a decline this year.
33 out of 119 students achieved 10 A*/A grades (or better) with 7 students securing 10 A* (or better) in their GCSEs. The students were Sophie Charlton, Amber Hurry, Lauren Langham, Andrew McCann, Melody Swiers, Sophie Veitch, Charlie Yates. Andrew achieved 13 A* and 1 A grade.
Head teacher, Martin Pearman, said: "I am delighted for this particular year group who have achieved some excellent results at a time when the examinations are becoming ever more demanding.
"For over 60% of the grades to be A*/A is a tremendous achievement and I am very pleased for the staff and students who have worked so well together. I wish the students well as they embark on the next stage of their education."
Elsewhere in North Yorkshire Scarborough College, confirmed its academic reputation as 89% of students gained 5 grades A* to C with 44% of the grades at A* or A. This set of results echoes the excellent IB results which the College celebrated in July.
The college curriculum is academic and all students follow the IGCSE Maths course along with three separate sciences and a modern language. Therefore, the College were celebrating the fact that 97% of its students passed maths and three sciences. In keeping with its international ethos, 91% passed at least one modern foreign language. Artistic flair was also very much in evidence with 100% of the GCSE Art grades at A* or A.
Head teacher, Isobel Nixon, said: “The college is very proud of its broad ability range and these results demonstrate what can be achieved in academic subjects through high expectations and good teaching.
"Our students perform well above the national average but it should also be remembered that these results are only one part of a broad programme of activities including music, sport, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
“We are also pleased to see that our boys have performed well, bucking the national trend. This year, several of the best performing students were boys including Alan Lewis who gained an impressive clean sweep with 10 grades at A*.”
Alan is also a talented dancer and musician. Other students who did particularly well were Matthew Bennion, Sophie Wynands , Kathryn Outhart and Christopher North who all achieved 10 grades at A* or A.
Ryedale reporter, Victoria Prest, sends the following from Lady Lumley's School in Pickering.
PUPILS at Lady Lumley’s in Pickering have produced the school’s “best ever” GCSE results, breaking records in all measures of achievement.
Head teacher Richard Bramley said the results were “absolutely fantastic”, well-deserved, and a testament to hard working students and staff and supportive parents.
The school’s pass rate for five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths has hit 68 percent this year - seven percent higher than last year’s level and the highest Lady Lumley’s has ever seen.
And this year’s overall pass rate for grades A*-C is 82 percent, another new high.
“We are also really pleased that 99 percent of our truly comprehensive intake of students have achieved five or more GCSE examination passes at A* to G,” Mr Bramley added.
“A special mention must go to Bronwen Owen, who, as well as all of her sporting triumphs in the world of running, also achieved the school’s top results with 11 A* in full GCSE examinations and a short course in GCSE RE.”
Classmate Emily Barr, from Pickering, will be celebrating her GCSE successes at this weekend’s Leeds Festival.
She impressed teachers with her outstanding results - five A*s, two As, one B and two distinctions.
“I was hoping to do well, because I put the work in,” Emily said.
She is now looking forward to returning to Lady Lumley’ s in the autumn to start A levels in Geography, History, English Literature and Biology.
Two of her fellow students - Emma Berry and Charlotte Hornby - are hoping their outstanding results will help them on their way to a future in medicine.
Charlotte, who scored five A*s, three As and two Bs, said she was particularly proud of her A*s in Maths and Design Technology. She too is planning to join Lady Lumley’s sixth form, and go on to study either medicine or design.
The school’s other high achiever included Kirsty Brown who got seven A*s, four As and a short course A; Megan Abbott with five A*s, five As and a short course A; Jess Voicu with four A*s, five As and a short course A; Joshua Gorman who got two A*s, seven As, two Bs and s short course A; Harry O’Callaghan who scored six As, five Bs and a short course A; and Christian Nicholson with two A*s, three As, five Bs and a short course A.
Mr Bramley praised the whole year group’s hard work, and added: “They are a genuinely lovely group - they’ve got character and personality, and they wanted to do well. We aim to give them the right conditions, and make it fun and exciting as well as hard work.”
At Sherburn High School in North yorkshire the head teacher, Martyn Sibley, said he is thrilled to announce their best ever GCSE results.
H esaid: "This is against the challenging measure of 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths with 56% of students securing a GCSE pass.
"We are delighted that our students have once again had their hard work and efforts rewarded by these very encouraging outcomes. Overall the school has achieved an incredible 90% pass rate for 5 A*- C grades (including all subjects) which is an excellent achievement and clearly demonstrates the school’s sustained course of improvement over the last few years."
Top performers are: Jacob Hopper who achieved an incredible 5, A* grades. 5 A grades and a B grade. Charlotte Bramley with 3 A* grades, 6 A grades and 3 B’s. Steph Hyland achieved 3 A* grades, 5 A grades and 4 B grades. Rosie Lakin achieved 3 A* grades, 6 A grades. 2 B grades and a C grade and John Colton achieved 8 grade A’s, 3 B grades and 1 C grade.
Mr Sibley praised students and staff for a really successful year.
He said: “These are great results and reflect the hard work of our students and staff. They demonstrate a continued commitment to improve standards across the school."
Pupils and staff at Millthorpe School are celebrating after a record –breaking performance in this year’s GCSEs.
70% of pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths, the best results in the school’s history. 96% achieved five or more A*-C, also a record.
Head teacher Trevor Burton, said: “I’m delighted with our results this year – our pupils have achieved the school’s best ever set of GCSE results against a national backdrop of falling performance.
“It is a real credit to the hard work and dedication of these young people and to the commitment of the Millthorpe staff. I’m also grateful for the support of parents who have played a vital role in this success.”
Outstanding individual achievements include:
Kate Chapman with 10 A*s
Anna Ward and Owen Thomas, both with 9A*s and 2 As
In total, 12 students achieved 10 or more As or A*s.
Mr Burton said: “We are thrilled for the students that have come away with exceptional results like these and this year every single student has achieved something they can be proud of.
"At Millthorpe, we are passionate about equipping young people with the skills they need to fulfil their potential: these qualifications give them a fantastic platform as they move into the next phase of their education and I wish them all every success for the future.”
GOOLE High School is today celebrating after recording the best GCSE results in its history.
The number of students gaining A*-C in five or more subjects including English and Maths has rocketed to 44%, representing a 7% increase on last year.
Meanwhile 72% of students gained 5 or more A*- C grades, not including English and Maths and 91% achieved 5 or more A*-G. Out of 198 students sitting the exams, 196 gained at least one GCSE at A*-G.
Success stories include Max Garcia, who achieved 8As and Jordan Hannan, who secured 2A*s and 6As.
In addition, 22 year 9 GCSE early entry students passed 2 GCSEs at A-C, with 18 of them getting at least 1B and four getting at least 1A - with Tieghan Cummins securing an A in maths.
Commenting on the results, Co-headteacher, Danuta Tomasz said: “Everyone at Goole High School is thrilled with the fantastic results, which are testament to all the hard work put in by staff and students.
“They are the best GCSE results in the school’s history and in English alone we had 25 students with As and A*s and overall we have achieved more As and Bs than we’ve ever had.
Fellow co-headteacher Dave Flowitt added: “Such good results will enable the students to go on to the next stage of their lives with confidence – whether that be into further education in our 6th Form, our new CREATE Studio, training or work. Congratulations to them all!”
Brayton High High flyers:
The following students achieved 8 A* and A's
The following students achieved 5 A* and A's
HUNTINGTON SCHOOL HIGH ACHIEVERS IN DETAIL
The following students gained at least 10 A*/A grades:
Victoria Kleanthous 12A* 1A
Daniel Walker 12A* 1A
Bethan Jakeman 10 A* 2A
Eleanor Jakeman 10A* 2A
Joshua Beck 9A* 3A
Emily Green 9A* 2A
Jack Cameron 8A* 5A
Thomas Jakeman 8A* 2A
Joseph Pollard 7A* 5A
Naomi Dowling 5A* 6A
David Fell 5A* 6A
Charlotte Gill 4A* 7A
Dan Gowland 4A* 6A
Katherine Leigh 3A* 8A
Matthew Lyth 2A* 10A
Amy Anscomb 11A
The results for Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick have again exceeded national averages with 60% of entries receiving A*-A results, as compared to the national average of 21.3% and
a third of the girls getting 9 or more A*-A grades. 86% of all entries received A*-B grades.
Early reports show a pronounced dip in national results; meanwhile, Queen Margaret’s continues
to move from strength to strength, with 99% of all entries receiving A*-C results, as compared with
the national average of 68.1%.
Head teacher, Dr Paul Silverwood, said:
“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication the girls have given their studies, and these GCSE results
reflect their enthusiasm for learning and the skill and commitment of our staff. We look forward to sharing
what will no doubt be very exciting A Level results from these students in a few years.”
At Tadcaster Grammar School in North Yorkshire the number of students gaining five A* - C grades, including English and Maths is 72%. In Maths 82% of students gained an A* - C grade with a quarter of these being at A and A* level.
Similarly in English 78% of grades were at A*-C level, with 22% at A* - A. Overall 82% of grades were at A* - C with over a quarter at A and A*.
Head Geoff Mitchell, said: "A final impressive figure is that more than one in seven of our students has gained 10 or more A and A* grades across the board.
"The scenes of jubilation this morning when students knew that the courses they had opted for, for future study had been confirmed was a joy to behold. Significant numbers of staff were present to share this achievement with students, many of whom they had worked with during the last 5 years.
"I am very proud of both the hard working approach shown by our students and the professional relationship they have with staff who constantly challenge and support their ambition. A great day for Tadcaster Grammar School."
At Lady Lumley's School in Pickering the students have achieved absolutely fantastic results, setting new school records on every measure.
The A* to C pass rate for 5 or more GCSE examinations including English and maths is 68%, which is the school’s best ever, and the overall pass rate for 5 GCSE examinations at A* to C is 82%, again a new high for the school. We are also really pleased that 99% of our truly comprehensive intake of students achieved 5 or more GCSE examination passes at A* to G.
The students also did superbly well to beat last year’s English Baccalaureate score, with 28% achieving A* to C grades in English, maths, science, geography or history and a modern language. This score is achieved despite the fact we still give our students a free choice of subjects to study at GCSE so they can study the ones they love and enjoy the most, rather than being constrained to follow certain courses dictated from above.
Head teacher Richard Bramley, said: "A really special mention must go to Bronwen Owen, who, as well as all of her sporting triumphs in the world of running, also achieved the school’s top results with 11A* in full GCSE examinations and a short course GCSE in RE.
"Other outstanding results were Kirsty Brown (7A*, 4A and a short course A), Emily Barr (7A*, 3A, 1B and a short course A), Charlotte Hornby (6A*, 3A, 3B and a short course A*), Megan Abbott (5A*,5A and a short course A), Jessica Voicu (4A*, 5A and a short course A*), Joshua Gorman (2A*, 7A, 2B and a short course A), Harry O’Callaghan (6A, 5B and a short course A) and Christian Nicholson (2A*, 3A, 5B and a short course A).
We know that the traditional, rigorous, yet always student-centred, approach Lady Lumley’s takes towards examinations will continue to work for our students even in an era when the Government continues to tighten the way subjects are examined and marked.
"Staff and students have worked hard, the parents have been incredibly supportive and these results are well-deserved. All staff at school are looking forward to seeing most of the Year 11 students back in school in the sixth form where they can build on the firm foundation they have laid with these impressive results. The Year 11 cohort were a great group of young people and we wish all of them the very best in the future."
At Canon Lee School in Clifton, York, head teacher, Christine Holbrey said she is hugely proud of all students, parents and staff following the announcement of another improvement in GCSE exam results.
As the national media are predicting a lower percentage pass rate for GCSE results, Canon Lee, yet again have achieved further improvements.
64% 5+ A* - C inc. English and Maths
88% 5+ A* - C
100% 5+ A* - G
The first year at Canon Lee school for Miss Holbrey has been one with many challenges. Miss Holbrey and her team have implemented massive changes across the school in order to form a solid foundation for continued developments.
Miss Holbrey said: “I am absolutely delighted. The commitment from everyone involved has been exemplary.
"The new academic year welcomes two new deputy head teacher’s, Mr Wilson and Mrs Johnston. We have no doubt that the two key appointments will enable school to continue with massive improvements. Canon Lee is definitely an educational establishment the city can be very proud of."
At Ashville College in Harrogate A*s were once again the most popular grade with 25% of all results across the board being the highest mark, including three pupils who each got a clean sweep of A*s, between them gaining an impressive 31 A*s. Alice Butcher gained 11 A*s and Tara Hill and Joe Pieri each gained 10 A*s.
Head Mark Lauder said: “We are very pleased with this year’s GCSE results, in particular, I am delighted by our high achievers who have excelled themselves and we congratulate the students on their tremendous success. I am also pleased to report that once again we have achieved a positive value added score for both boys and girls across the whole cohort.
“These results, coupled with our record-breaking A-Level results last week, confirm Ashville College’s growing academic pedigree.”
York College offers GCSEs to those students wishing to take re-sits and also to adult learners who want to take GCSEs for the first time.
This summer the college made 377 GCSE entries compared with 187 last year and they are delighted to report that its GCSE results are a significant improvement on last year with A*-C pass rate rising to 50% (from 41% last year) and A*-G grades remaining static at 98%.
There are some very pleasing headlines;
GCSE English 52% A*-C (significantly up from 27% last year’s summer results)
GCSE Maths: 60% A*-C (58% last year)
GCSE Spanish: 86% A*-C (71% last year)
GCSE Latin: 75% A*-C (73% last year)
GCSE Science: 51% A*-C (no comparable results for last year)
Principal Alison Birkinshaw, said: “These GCSE results make a real difference to our students’ life chances, particularly the adult students who need them to progress on to their chosen career. I would like to congratulate our students on their really great results.”
Brother and sister reach top A at St Peter’s School
Siblings Calum and Libby Brown are celebrating after achieving straight A* grades in this summer’s A-Level and GCSE results.
The brother and sister, both of whom attend St Peter’s School in York, achieved a clean sweep, with top grades in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A-Level for Calum, and GCSEs in Music, Art, Latin, French, English Literature and Language, Maths, Double Science and Religious Studies for Libby.
The duo also share a passion for music, and each holds a Grade 8 with Distinction. Both play the clarinet, with Libby also playing saxophone and flute. They each secured a high A* pass at GCSE for Music, and hold Music Awards from the School. Calum and Libby also took part in the school’s Music Tour to New York this summer.
Paul Miles-Kingston, Director of Music at St Peter’s, said: “Music is an integral part of the life of St Peter's. Our students continue to enjoy both the academic and performing elements of GCSE, with outstanding results such as Libby's mark of 397/400.”
Pupils at St Peter’s have achieved 24 A* and 22 A grade passes for GCSE music during the past three years.
Calum will start at Durham University this September to pursue a degree in Maths, while Libby will continue her studies at St Peter’s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Music or Latin, with the aim of studying Medicine at University.
St Peter’s School, founded in 627AD, is one of the oldest schools in the world, and one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding schools.
CITY of York Council is reporting that pupils at schools in York are bucking national trends.
While it is being reported nationally that results are down on last year, York schools are showing a 4 per cent improvement on last year’s results.
Provisional results show that 67 per cent of young people achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths GCSE, compared to 63 per cent last year. This result is the highest ever for the city. Fulford school, Huntington School, Archbishop Holgate’s CE school and All Saints RC School all achieved over 70 per cent.
Coun Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People said: said “We are absolutely delighted by these successes of our young people and wish to congratulate them all. We also thank their teachers and parents and carers, without their support such results would not be possible. It is testament to the high quality of teaching, care and guidance in York. I wish them every success in their next step, whether it be A-levels, vocational training, apprenticeships."
At Joseph Rowntree School in York head teacher Maggi Wright said the school had achieved their best ever results at GCSE, despite the background nationally of more rigorous exams and marking.
The results show a marked increase on last year’s headline figures and represent a culmination of enormous hard work by our students and teaching staf including Dot Hornby, head of year and support team.
Mrs Wright, said: "One student, Ela Portnoy achieved nine A* and four A grades as well as other qualifications in Sport and Music.
"Our congratulations go to all our students and their families. As head teacher, I am delighted with all that our students have achieved and wish everyone the best of luck for the future."
Fulford School's results put them as the best performing school in York.
Today's results are Fulford School’s best overall GCSE results:
38.3 % of students met the EBac measure
English had a fantastic performance with 89% students gaining grade C or above and an outstanding 95% of those entered for English Lit gained grade C or above
A very impressive 38.4% gained A/A* grades
English - 89% A*-C
88/98 students achieved A* equivalent in Sport BTEC
All 7 Diploma students achieved grade A for their projects
5 A*-C incl English & Maths 79.1%
5 A*-C 95%
5 A*-G 99.5%
Ave pts per student 587
Ave capped pts score (best 8) 382.4
En 3 levels progress 88.2
Ma 3 levels progress 85.6
In addition there are some superb individual performances to celebrate:
Charlotte Carr, Ellie Hogg, Jenny Mitchell, Dominique Vassie – 12 A* grades
Students achieving 9+ A*/A grades (33 students)
Ella Agnew Theo Ainslie Sandy Avrutin Scarlett Barclay
Tom Barnes James Binnington Chris Burgess Charlotte Carr
Lawrence Coles Emlyn Davies Roseanna Davis Laura Elliot
Matt Ensor Alex Exton Georgina Foster Jemima Gibson
Elliot Hayes-Clare Ellie Hogg Meghan Jenkinson Sarah Marshall
Hannah Mason Jenny Mitchell Anneliese Murray Alice Parker
Emily Roberts Ben Smiles Ewan Taylor Ujwal Thapa
James Todd Dominique Vassie Anthony Watts Bethan Weeks
Head teacher, Steve Smith, who isleaving the school, said: "Well done to all our youngsters who have achieved high grades this year. All students have worked incredibly hard to achieve these the results and these results have been achieved despite the fact that the Examination Boards have responded to Government demands to make the standards more rigorous over the last two years.
"These results have been achieved through the hard work, determination and ability of our youngsters allied with teaching of the highest quality backed up by outstanding care, guidance and support from both teaching and support staff.
"The results at Fulford provide further evidence of the excellent quality of the state sector in the City of York and although these results will ensure that Fulford School remains one of the highest performing comprehensive schools both regionally and nationally, what is more important that these results are based on the achievement of 201 individual students who can now use their own grades as the passport to the next stage of their career, whether this is going into further education or employment. These results will enable so may students to choose whichever path they wish to follow and I wish them every success.
"As the head teacher of Fulford School for 12 years I am proud and privileged to have worked with so many committed and positive young people and a superb dedicated team of staff and I am confident that Fulford School will only continue to prosper and reach even greater heights under the leadership of Lorna Savage."
At Archbishop Holgate's CE School in York This week Year 11 students achieved outstanding results, with the school matching its all-time record with 72% of students studying GCSE and BTEC qualifications achieving 5 grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics.
11% of students achieving ten or more A or A* or equivalent grades and 5% of students achieving A or A* or equivalent in all of their subjects. This represents a further improvement on the figure of 71% last year and once again confirms Archbishop Holgate’s School as one of the strongest performing schools in the locality.
Head teacher, Andrew Daly said “The excellent results over the last two weeks are richly deserved, our students have worked extremely hard showing dedication and commitment to their studies and should be congratulated on their achievements. To have our results rise for another year is also a reflection on of the high quality lessons that are delivered each day by our highly committed staff and our partnership with parents who work so hard to support their son or daughter with their studies. I am very proud of the achievements of the school and feel privileged to be part of this school community.
"I look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 and Year 12 students in September and send my best wishes to all of our students as they embark on the next exciting stage of their lives, be it university, a career or further study at Sixth Form."
Students at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate near York were jumping for joy with news of their GCSE results.
Pupils and staff from the independent school at Thorpe Underwood were celebrating their best GCSE results to date, to go nicely along with their record-breaking A-Level results last week.
All but two students in Queen Ethelburga’s College achieved the 5A* - C including English and Maths benchmark at full GCSEs, while all but one student in the Faculty of Queen Ethleburga’s achieved the 5A* - C benchmark for GCSEs and their equivalents.
Principal Steven Jandrell, welcomed the fantastic results, which he said were due to the efforts of both students and staff alike: “To help our pupils achieve their very best, it is down to real teamwork from our students and teachers. It is so vital to look at each of our students individually and to assess how we can help them achieve the best that they can with our support, understanding and enthusiasm,” he said.
“When one considers the number of students in our two schools and their varied backgrounds, they have performed tremendously and I am very proud of them."
Pupils at St Peter’s School in York have performed exceptionally well in this year’s GCSE exams, with two thirds of all passes at A or A*grade.
The impressive 66.7% pass rate was bolstered by 100% of candidates achieving A or A* in Music.
Mathematics performed extremely strongly, with 96.2% of pupils achieving passes at A* - B, and a 100% pass rate for the subject at A* - C. 59 pupils achieved A* for maths.
Leo Winkley, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “The overall GCSE statistics are great and we’re delighted for the pupils, parents and staff. They have performed brilliantly once again.
At this stage in their academic journey, the key question is: do they feel ready for Sixth Form study? Through our current policy of choosing more stretching iGCSE courses for the Core subjects, we aim to ensure a lively and confident transition to A Level study and the wider challenges of Sixth Form. We also need to develop the right research skills in our pupils. Our Year 9 pupils this year will follow a new course on information and library research, alongside supervised curriculum time for reading.
“Great GCSE results set pupils up well for Sixth Form, but equally vital are the ability to seek out and interpret information, and to be willing to read around subject areas. Our pupils need to be good thinkers and communicators, as well as good exam-takers.”
Thirty pupils achieved straight A* or A grades, and seven passed every exam at A*. The overall A* - B pass rate at St Peter’s was 87.2% - more than double the national average.
St Peter’s School, founded in 627AD, is one of the oldest schools in the world, and one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding schools.
In East Yorkshire 96.3% of Pocklington School GCSE students achieved 5A* to C grades including
English and maths.
“Congratulations to all our students and their teachers who have worked very hard this year, 100% of our GCSE candidates achieved 5 A*-C grades with 51% of all grades at A* or A. We look forward to welcoming them back to school as they start their A level courses next term.”
Mark Ronan, Headmaster
Camilla Eggleston and Hayley Harrison were the top performing students with 10 A* each, closely followed by Charlotte Horsley, who gained 9 A* and 1 A; Alice Cullen, Emily Hallam and William Fox, who all achieved 8 A* and 2 A grades; Katie Stuart, who gained 8 A* along with an A and B grade and Emilia Bean, who obtained 7 A* and 3 A grades.
Brayton High School was celebrating today another improvement in GCSE results, and, yet again, the best results the school has ever achieved.
Students collected their results from the school this morning and celebrated their achievements with friends, parents and staff.
Mike Roper, head teacher, said: “It is wonderful to celebrate so many achievements with individual students and families.
“We are so proud of everything our students have achieved this year and wish them every success in their future plans. Good exam results are achieved through a combination of hard work from the students, good teaching and support from families – I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, families, teachers and support staff at the school for the hard work they have put into realising these results.”
The school is particularly pleased to be celebrating their best ever results for maths and English.
Mr Roper said: “Students at the school now make better progress than they have ever done – this is due to the excellent teaching and learning they receive. We look forward to even further success next year.”
At Rossett School in Harrogate results have improved for the ninth year running.
A total of 97 per cent of pupils achieved at least five passes at A*-C, while 73 per cent gained those grades for five subjects including English and maths – the Government’s gold standard for GCSEs – which is five per cent higher than last year’s figure.
Overall, 99 per cent of pupils got at least five GCSEs at grades A*-G.
Headteacher Pat Hunter said: “The last nine groups of GCSE pupils have given us year-on-year improvements in our results, which is a fantastic achievement.
“This year’s pupils have surpassed themselves and achieved another very significant increase, which reflects not only their hard work but the contribution of the staff at Rossett and the support of their families.”
The maths results were particularly impressive, with a record 87 per cent of grades between A* and C – up from 80 per cent last summer.
As well as the record-breaking results achieved overall, some of the pupils scored outstanding marks individually, including twins Luke and Anya Gair, who earned 23 GCSEs between them.
Mrs Hunter added: “We’re very proud of all of our students for the work they have put in to achieve their results.
“However, it’s not all about the grades – at Rossett we encourage them to become rounded young people during their time with us, so they can look forward to their adult lives with confidence.”
At Huntington School in York records have been broken this morning.
The headline figures are -
5 A*-C GCSE grades: 89% NEW SCHOOL RECORD.
5 A*-C GCSE grades including English & Mathematics: 74% NEW SCHOOL RECORD.
A*-C GCSE grades in English GCSE: 80%.
A*-C GCSE grades in Mathematics: 85% NEW SCHOOL RECORD.
Head teacher, John Tomsett, said: “We are delighted with this record-breaking set of results, our best ever bar none, which are a credit to our students and staff. We believe that our success is down to old-fashioned hard work!
“The headline figure of 74% 5 A*-C GCSE grades with English and Mathematics is 9% better than last year and 19% better than 2010. It is great to know we’ve made a real difference for these very special young people.
“We are exceptionally pleased with our best ever GCSE performance including English and Mathematics. In a time when young people’s literacy and numeracy skills are criticised from many quarters, 85% of our students attained a grade C or above in Mathematics GCSE and 80% did so in English GCSE, which is a magnificent achievement.
“I want to pay special tribute to our teachers and support staff who have worked tremendously hard during a difficult year for the teaching profession. They have never forgotten what matters most – our students.
“Our school's core values are respect, honesty and kindness. We think our values are reflected in these results as our students attain impressive examination results within a caring and supportive environment that seeks to see every single student gain in confidence and thrive.”
PUPILS at Bootham School in York are celebrating a haul of top A/A* GCSE at Bootham School are two teenagers who have already had a taste of the limelight.
Billy Marshall, with a clutch of 9 A/A*s was just last week performing in the proms at the Albert Hall. And earlier in the summer he had been chosen to play his violin in front of the Queen at Buckingham Palace, as a member of a small group from The National Youth Orchestra.
Another young man who has had an exciting summer is Luke Bussell. Luke, who scooped 10 top grades, has been programming space satellites as part of the European Space Programme with the British Interplanetary Society. Luke was recruited as a lead programmer for the “KickSat” project, which sends hundreds of tiny monitoring satellites into space.
Along with Billy and Luke are twenty more top performers from the leading Independent School, who between them all have over 200 top A/A* grades. Helena Anderson, Anna-Maria Balmer, Dominique Brooke, Luke Bussell, Sam Chamberlain, Ruby Charteris, William Dickens, Millie Hanson, James Heald, Thomas Hetherton, Kathryn Hinton, Sylvin Hung, Jodie Lam, Ruairi Lewis, Billy Marshall, Alice McFarlane, Eve Nelson, Tom Parsons, Thomas Plowman, Jonathan Ratcliff, Livie Stainforth and Brian Tang.
In North Yorkshire Easingwold School is reporting it's best ever results in maths - booking the national trend in the subject.
Year 11 students at the school , including five sets of twins, are celebrating today after achieving excellent GCSE results, particularly in ‘traditional’ academic subjects, including the school’s best ever results in maths. 78 per cent of the year group achieved grades A*-C in maths, 7% higher than last year, with 22% achieving A* or A, a week after Year 13 student Frederick Brewer won a place to read maths at Cambridge University.
The school’s success is reflected in the fact that 33% of students achieved the English Baccalureate for which they have to gain A*-C grades in a range of academic subjects including English, maths, two science subjects, history or geography and a foreign language. This compares with a national average of just 18% and North Yorkshire average of 23% last year. 53% of students achieved A*-C in at least one foreign language, up 18% on 2011 and 20% higher than last year’s North Yorkshire average.
Other highlights include:
• 17 students achieved 10 or more A* or A grades
• 20% of the year group achieved 5 or more A* or A grades
• 71% ahieved A*-C in English Language and 80% in English Literature
• Excellent results in the vocational subjects which some students studied, including aninal care, information and communications technology, and public services
• 77% of Year 10 students achieved A*-C in English Literature, taken a year earlier than normal
• 3 out of 6 sets of twins achieve remarkably similar results
Particularly high achievers included:
Rowan Capper, Katy Cross and Haskan Kaya who achieved 10 A* grades
Christopher Vernon-Rees (9 A* and 3.5 A grades)
Imogen Brewer (8 A* and 2 A grades)
Emma Richardson (7 A* and 4 A grades)
Sean Adamson (5A* and 4 A grades)
Hemione Sheffield (5 A* and 5 A grades)
Head Teacher, Phil Benaiges, who took up the post just one year ago, said: “The students and staff have worked extremely hard to achieve these results; I am delighted that their efforts have been rewarded. We have stuck to our guns in providing an academic curriculum for the vast majority of our students, at a time when schools have been under pressure from the league tables to push more and more students through non-GCSE qualifications; our students are now in a strong position to continue their further education or training.”
Girls at The Mount School, York are celebrating following the national release of GCSE results today with the highest A* to C pass rate against national trends. More than a quarter of the girls obtained at least five A* grades.
Eloise Lake achieved 9 A*s and 2 As and will be taking French and German as part of her A Level studies at The Mount with a view to then studying languages at university.
The Mount School values the contribution of languages to an all-round education and girls start French in Nursery and then German in Year 3. Contrary to the broader national concerns regarding the falling demand for A Levels in modern foreign languages, they remain a popular option at The Mount.
Following her selection for the UK finals of Poet Laureate Andrew Motion‟s "Poetry by Heart‟ competition, Niamh Devlin achieved A*s in English and History, which she will also be studying at A Level.
Mary Fulford achieved an outstanding 8 A*s and 3 As and Georgina Ellis followed closely with 7 A*s and 3 As.
Principal of The Mount School, Julie Lodrick, today congratulated the Year 11 group, said “At The Mount we give the girls plenty of opportunities for leadership: organising events, societies, groups and a bustling schedule of activities both inside and outside the School. We present them with a wider perspective on society, be it through voluntary work, engagement with political or environmental concerns or through the experience of the many cultures who make up our student body here at The Mount.”
Julie Lodrick concluded, “A Mount education prepares girls to succeed in the world as it prepares them to change that world for the better. We are able to achieve that balance because the education we provide has an overwhelmingly global perspective.”
York High School GCSE Results
Year 11 pupils at York High were celebrating GCSE results which showed that they had continued to meet the high standards set by young people at the school over the last few years. Early indications showed that the proportion of pupils gaining 5A* - C grades in English and Maths were similar to the last two years at around 55%, whilst over 90% of the 161 pupils gained the equivalent of 5A* - C grades.
Head teacher David Ellis said “We are very proud of the achievements of our young people again this year. Against a background of raised pass marks and a reduction in coursework this year group and the staff at York High School have worked incredibly hard to maintain the huge improvements in results in the period since York High School opened in 2007.”
Mr Ellis added “I am particularly pleased with the continued improvement in English results given the well publicised problems from a year ago and it is very pleasing to note that almost two thirds of the grades in English are now at grade C or better with a similar picture for Mathematics. More generally it is very satisfying to see so many pupils of all abilities meeting their own personal targets and gaining the qualifications they need to move on to the next stage in their learning. The fact that more than nine out of ten pupils have reached the benchmark of five GCSE’s or their equivalent is very important to the young people and to our school.”
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