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Vintage year for GCSE successes

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 01, 2004

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GCSE results at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School have equalled a record set last year.

Staff and students at the school are celebrating an excellent year, which has also seen sixth form students achieving record A-level results.

Out of 200 students entered for their GCSEs, six gained 11 higher grades, 45 attained 10, 20 gained nine and 21 achieved eight.

Overall, 69 per cent of the papers taken were graded from A* to C, with 19.7 per cent being graded at A* or A.

Sixty-three per cent of students gained five grades at A* to C, with 46 per cent achieving eight A* to C grades.

Top students this year were Elizabeth Crossland Taylor and Susan Cockayne, who both got 11 grades A* or A, while Mary Warner gained 10.

Ashley Coxon, Andrew Blower, James Burdett, Helen Parry, Laura Pedley, Louisa Rose and Emma Smail achieved nine.

Jennifer Macleod added a further nine grades at A* or A to the two she had already achieved lower down the school.

Between them, the top 11 students gained a total of 103 grades at A* or A.

The school also recorded impressive results in Entry Level exams, which were taken by students for whom GCSEs were not appropriate.

At Abbotsholme School in Rocester 84 per cent of the 30 year 11 pupils achieved passes at grades A* to C and 23 per cent gained A* and A grades.

Star student Eve Allen gained six A* grades, one A and one C, and was "delighted" with her results.

She said: "I am really, really pleased and I will be celebrating for a while yet."

Other top class pupils included: Paul Bailey-Green; Zak Barnes; Diana Gavrilina; Sam Kirk; Prudence Wagstaff and David Yeung.

Abbotsholme headteacher Steve Fairclough said: "I am very impressed by the maturity of these pupils and the results they have received this week.

"A broad education is a fine preparation for life and GCSE results are an important part of that.

"They are the harvest in the student’s educational life and unlike my friends and colleagues who are waiting to harvest their wet crops on the land, I am very pleased with the yield at Abbotsholme."

Nationally, the pass rate of pupils getting A* to G grades was the same as last year at 97.6 per cent.

However, record numbers received the top A* and A grades.

At the School of St Mary and St Anne in Abotts Bromley more than half of the GCSE passes were either A* or A grades.

The overall pass rate was 99.7 per cent at grades A to E with 92 per cent at grades A* to C.

Headmistress Mary Steel said: "I’m delighted by this year’s GCSE results.

"We are a non-selective school and to achieve such high standards consistently is a great credit to both the staff and girls.

"We have much to be proud of and I look forward to seeing the girls through their sixth form studies."

Year 11 students at Denstone College have been celebrating their achievements in the GCSE exams this summer.

Ninety per cent of them gained A*-C grades and 59 per cent were awarded the top grades of A*/A and B, while 94 per cent of the students gained at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C.

In art, drama, DT, ICT and music, the students gained a 100 per cent pass rate at grades A*-C.

"This is an excellent achievement from our pupils. This is the third best set of results in the history of the College," said Richard Luker, Denstone’s Director of Studies.

Headmaster David Derbyshire was delighted with the results: "I am particularly pleased that so many girls and boys from the surrounding areas of Staffordshire and Derbyshire have achieved such excellent results while also participating in a wide range of activities, particularly drama, music and sport."

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