record-breaking GCSE results were celebrated by staff and pupils at Kimberley School and Eastwood Comprehensive yesterday.
Pupils opened their envelopes to discover they had achieved top grades with most of them opting to go to college and study for their A-Levels next year.
Kimberley School’s headteacher, Chris Teal, said: “The results this year are the best we’ve ever had so we’re really, really pleased with them.
“The pupils really do deserve it, they’ve worked very hard and achieved what we predicted which means they’ve all fulfilled their potential.
“It’s great to see them find out how well they’ve done and make plans for what’s next.”
Eighty-five per cent of students at the Newdigate Street school achieved five or more A* - C grades with 60 per cent achieving five or more A* - C grades in subjects including English and maths.
Mr Teal added: “The figures just show how much effort staff and pupils have made.
“We were very pleased to see that 73 per cent of pupils got a grade C or above in maths.
“These are brilliant results, just as the A-Levels were last week.”
Students at Eastwood Comprehensive also helped the school achieve its best ever results.
Headteacher Mark Pickford said: “I am delighted that our five A* - C pass rate is up by 17 per cent to 93 per cent which is significantly above national expectation.
“In fact every single student gained eight or more passes – an indication of the success of students across the ability range.
“This is a credit to the students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve this outcome.”
Chair of Governors, David Hill, added: “We are very proud of the continued success of our school and its students.
“There is a national preoccupation with headline figures but our focus on every single grade of every young person, regardless of level of ability, means that we are gaining better life chances for all students.”
Mr Pickford added: “We also had success on general vocational courses in hairdressing, construction, engineering and more for over 60 students.
“I send my congratulations to all students, parents and teachers for the continued success at Eastwood Comprehensive School.”