THE smiles on the faces of the pupils were beaming as brightly as the sunshine on Thursday morning, as dozens of 16-year-olds made their way up the hill at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School to find they had performed strongly in their GCSE exams.
And the smiles on the faces of the pupils were as evident as the sighs of relief from teaching staff, who spent the day at the Green Road School welcoming and advising their pupils of their next move.
Last year the school had fallen below the national average for the number of pupils it saw achieving at least five GCSE passes but this year, following a turbulent encounter with Ofsted inspectors, there was a huge improvement.
Head teacher Anne Martin said: “This time last year, results were disappointing with only 54 per cent of students achieving five GCSEs including English and maths at C grade or higher.
“Whilst re-marks and re-sits in the subsequent weeks boosted this to 60 per cent, it is fair to say that this was still below our expectations.
“This year, there has already been a 13 per cent improvement resulting in 67 per cent of students achieving five A* to C GCSE grades including English and maths and we expect that figure to rise further in the coming weeks as other results and re-marks are returned.
“Our target this year was 71 per cent and we expect by the end of September to reach it.”
QEGS has also seen success in vocational courses with a 100 per cent pass rate in construction, child care and agriculture and expressive arts and music saw some of the stand-out performances in which all students achieved grades A* to C.
The art department managed success in all three courses and there were strong results in biology, physics, chemistry, history, catering, ICT, systems and German.
The maths department saw 84 per cent of students achieving a C grade or higher and 29 students in the year group also gained a level two further maths certificate in preparation for study at A Level.
Overall, 36 per cent of all students at QEGS achieved three or more A* and A grades.
Elena Taylor gained an A* in all 12 of her GCSEs, while Daniel Hollins was awarded 10 A* and 2 A grades.
Laurel Stone succeeded in amassing nine A*s and 4 As and Harry Bardell, Harriet Elvins, Georgia Griffiths, Isobel Jordan, Thomas Linley, Ryan McFall, Amy Poynton, Charlotte Truscott and Amelia Ward each received 12 grades at A* or A.
In total, across the year group, 25 of the school’s students achieved 10 or more grades at A* and A.