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Bumper year in the Cotswolds for GCSEs
THERE were jubilant scenes across the Cotswolds as students picked up their GCSE results today.
Despite head teachers saying national changes have caused "a lot of turbulence" in grades, results at Chipping Campden School rose again this year with 90 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades.
Students achieving five to 15 A* to C grades including maths and English was 76 per cent, 12 per cent up on last year.
Head teacher John Sanderson said: “I’m so proud of what everyone has achieved this year. So many students have responded to the challenge and support on offer both in school and at home.”
Daniel Wookey, of Moreton, who achieved seven A* and four As and is staying on at the school’s sixth form, said: “I’m really happy. I was being optimistic but I thought I had a good chance.”
Henry King, of Aston Magna, who achieved 10 A* and one A and is also staying on at the sixth form, said: “I was terrified before but happy now. I didn’t think I would do that well, not all. I’m very pleased.”
It was another recording-breaking year for the Cotswold School, in Bourton, with 89 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades.
Headteacher Will Morgan said: “I’m immensely proud of the fantastic achievement of all our talented students.
“Their hard work and dedication of their teachers and the strong support from their parents have resulted in outstanding results - another recording breaking year.”
Following in the footsteps of older brother Callum Haseler, who last week achieved five A*s at A-level, his younger brother Dougie gained nine A* and one A while his twin brother Gavin achieved five A* and five As.
The top boy Ben Darwent achieved 12 A* and two As and the top girl, Francesca Roxburgh gained 12 A* and one A.
High fliers at Shipston High School proved they are top notch students with 78 per cent achieving five or more grades A* to C.
A new school record was also set in English with 78 per cent of students gaining A* to compared to 61 per cent last year.
Headteacher Jonathan Baker said: “Once again our students have done exceptionally well despite all the reports in the national media about fewer students achieving the higher grades.
“It is especially rewarding to see that students of all abilities are maintaining the school’s record of success across all their subjects.”
High Achievers included Nadeem Akhlaq with six A* and five As and Daisy Dingley and Jess Langdon both achieving five A* and three As.
Over at Chipping Norton School, 76 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades and 66 per cent of students got five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Head teacher Simon Duffy said: “Last year the GCSE marking fiasco left students and staff demoralised but this year it has been a pleasure to witness the delight on the faces of both students and teachers as they witness their hard work being properly rewarded.
“Results morning is always a nerve wracking time but to see nervous anticipation turned into exhilarating joy is a real pleasure. “
Students at Winchcombe School showed they were bucking the trend with 66 per cent of pupils achieving five or more passes including English and Maths.
Headteacher Neil Hall said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of students and we must also not forget the role played by supportive parents.”
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