IT HAS been another successful year for Bromsgrove’s GCSE students as they received their long-awaited results today.
Against a backdrop of ongoing uncertainty about national examination reforms, Bromsgrove School’s Fifth Form has achieved a set of GCSE results which are among the school’s best.
Up to 36 per cent of the total grades achieved were graded A*, representing Bromsgrove’s highest ever top end result, with 60 per cent graded A*/A.
High achievers include Alia Derriey who received a full house of A*s or 9s, and Sam Osborne who achieved 8 A*s and 3 As.
Headmaster Peter Clague said: “These grades represent a significant personal achievement for each student as their first experience of national public examinations.
“They are the culmination of hard work and perseverance, and encouragement of the potential that lies inside each of them.”
Meanwhile, North Bromsgrove High School is celebrating an overall rise in the number of students achieving a grade 4 or higher in the new English and maths GCSEs, and a string of individual success stories.
A significant number of our students achieved the new GCSE level 9, which is a grade reserved for about 2 per cent of those sitting the exams in England, using a formula provided by the exam regulator Ofqual.
Exceptional performances included Lauren Barley who achieved 1 x 9, 7 x A*/8 and 2 x A/7 grades and Finlay Davis with 1 x 9, 5 x A*/8 and 4 A/7 grades.
Head-teacher, Angelina Robin-Jones, said: “We are delighted for our students who have worked very hard to achieve these results, under the strain of the new tougher GCSE requirements.
“We are thrilled they are able to move onto their next step in education or apprenticeship.”
This year, at South Bromsgrove High, 67 per cent of students in a year group of 326 achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.
Further to this, 9 per cent of the students achieved a grade 9 in either English or Maths.
Exceptional individual performances included Joanna Bunting (10 A*s), Rebecca Gompertz, Susan Reston (both 9A*s and 1 A) and Luke McLinden (7 A*s and 3 As).
Also, Charlotte Richardson was one of only 2000 students in the whole country to achieve a grade 9 in English Language, English Literature and Maths.
New headteacher, Chris Smith, is delighted with the results, he said: “I would like to congratulate students on their excellent achievements and thank parents for their support over the last three years.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank teachers, support staff and governors. It is their hard work and willingness ‘to go the extra mile’ for the students at South Bromsgrove High that underpins these excellent outcomes.”
Waseley Hills High School were flying high with their achievements as many students received the top grades of A* or A and the new grades of 8 and 9.
High achievers included Benedict Caley who received 3 A* stars, 1 grade 9, 2 grade A’s, Jack Thorneywork got 5 A grades, 1 grade 8 and Kate Benson, 1 A, 2 grade 8s, 4 grade A* and 1 grade 9.
Headteacher, Alan Roll, said: “As exams have reportedly become ‘tougher’ for students nationally, we have maintained our good record of exam success.
“I would like to thank our teaching staff for their fantastic work and our parents for their support during increasingly stressful examination times.”