Students in Eastwood and Kimberley have been celebrating after picking up their GCSE results this week.
At Eastwood Comprehensive School, 49 per cent of pupils got five A* to C grades including English and maths – an increase of seven per cent on last year’s figure. And 86 per cent of students got five A* to C grades across all subjects – a reduction of one per cent compared with last year.
At The Kimberley School at least 60 per cent of students got five A* to C grades including English and maths, but teachers were unable to supply the figures for top grades across all subjects as they had some discrepancies with some of the exam boards.
There were 268 A* and A grades at Kimberley – representing 14 per cent of the total entries, and more than 70 per cent of students got at least a C in maths – a new school record, bucking national predictions about a drop in grades.
Kimberley headteacher Chris Teal said there was a record number of students moving into sixth form, and grades were much higher than teachers predicted a year ago.
“A year ago our predictions for this particular cohort were well below what they have actually achieved,” he said.
“We worked hard to put a raft of measures in place to support the students and ensure they could fulfil their potential. These results reflect a great deal of hard work on behalf of the students and their teachers.”
Mr Teal said he was very pleased with the performance of the pupils who got pupil premium funding – government money to support the education of pupils facing greater challenges. The number of top grades improved by ten per cent compared to last year.
Success stories in Eastwood included Josh Attwood who got four A*s, two distinctions and six As, Georgia Stables who got two distinctions, five As and three Bs and Grace Walters, who got one distinction, six As, 2Bs and one C.
Eastwood’s deputy headteacher Clare Hatto said: “We would like to congratulate all of our students and their staff on their hard work and effort. We are so proud.”
In Kimberley Georgia Watson got five A*s and six As, Alice Richmond got four A*s, five As and a B and Devi Rughani got six A*s and five As.
Nationally figures fell. The number of students who got five A* to C grades across all subjects sits at 68.1 per cent this year – a reduction a of 1.3 per cent compared with 2012, and the percentage of A* and A grades fell from 22.4 per cent to 21.3 per cent.