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Successes and smiles at Abbotsholme as the strong results begin to emerge

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

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PUPILS at Abbotsholme have helped their school post an overall 64 per cent pass rate this year for its GCSEs.

Among the big-hitters at the Rocester-based independent school was Mimi Fletcher, from Ashbourne, who achieved an A* in English, six As in English literature, geography, sciences and Spanish and two Bs in maths and art.

Mimi, who helps with the school photography, is staying on to do psychology, geography, English and biology at A Level.

She said of her results: “I did pretty good, especially after having very little sleep and five dreams about what my results would turn out like.

“All the hard work has paid off.”

Headmaster Steve Fairclough praised everyone at the school for all the hard work. He said: “We are incredibly proud of all our pupils who have worked so hard to achieve such good results, with some excellent individual results.”

“Although we are a non-selective school, the high standards of academic success we achieve year on year is a testament to our outstanding staff and dedicated pupils.

“At Abbotsholme, our ethos is focused on an education for life both inside and outside the classroom, and these results reflect our commitment to ensuring they leave school ready to face whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead.”

Olivia Owen-Sinclair from Shropshire achieved two A*s in French and science, an A in English literature and six Bs in business studies, environmental land-based science, English literature, maths and science.

Olivia, who had been home-schooled until she arrived at Abbotsholme in Year 10, said: “I am so happy, because I got what I wanted.”

Michael Singgih, from Indonesia, currently signed to Stoke Football Club and looking to move to Crewe, achieved four A*s in maths and science and four As in business studies, English literature, English and French and a B in geography.

Gabriel Thorogood from Buxton gained an A in science, four Bs in business, English, English literature, science and a C in French, geography and maths.

Sam Weigart, one of the school’s overseas pupils, achieved an A* in German, an A in maths, three Bs in art, technology and add science, and three Cs in business, English and Science.

Uttoxeter student Max Bettson-Burdett got all Bs and Cs despite his dyslexia and contacted the school via Skype – he is currently on a school exchange in Australia – to express his delight.

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