Celebrations as students in North Essex achieve the top grades in the GCSE exams

PUBLISHED: 12:20 24 August 2017

Linton Village College pupils:  Edward Jarman, Lucas Richardson
Front row:: Juliet Babinsky, Mila Ottevanger, Kylah Jacobs

Linton Village College pupils: Edward Jarman, Lucas Richardson Front row:: Juliet Babinsky, Mila Ottevanger, Kylah Jacobs


Schools across Essex were celebrating top marks at GCSES when the results were announced today, (Thursday, August 24). Despite the new grading system and tougher standards, there were smiling faces.

At Linton Village College, 78% of students achieved grade 4 in both English and maths (the equivalent of a C grade under the old marking system). Some 89% of English grades were 4-9 and 79% of maths grades.

Other top subjects at the school include music, art and the triple sciences in which over 50% of grades awarded were at A*/A. Juliet Babinsky was among the school’s highest achieving students and scored the best possible grades across all her subjects with six A*s, three grade 9s and an A grade in an additional maths qualification (FSMQ). Linton Village College has no sixth form so Juliet, is going to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge for A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and art and design,

Almost a third of all the new GCSE grades at Linton were 7-9, comparable to A*/A. Helena Marsh, executive principal said: “With only 2-3% of grades nationally at the new grade 9, it is brilliant that four times as many students at Linton Village College achieved the top grade.”

She added: “We are incredibly proud of students’ achievements. This year’s examination series involved much more challenging GCSEs in English and maths and the introduction of the new 9-1 grades. Staff and students have worked very hard to adjust to the enhanced assessment demands and this is reflected in our excellent results.”

At the Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport, star pupils were rewarded with stars - and grade 9s, the top grade in the new marking system for English and maths.

Eve Wharton achieved the maximum grades set that a year 11 student can possibly receive. She gained three 9 grades in English language, literature and mathematics as well as a further 9 A* grades in all her remaining subjects.

Eleanor Hampson also achieved outstanding results, achieving 2 9s in English language and literature, a grade 8 in maths, 5 A*s and 3 A grades.

Jakub Fridrich, a basket ball player, leaped in the air with joy when he opened the envelope and found he had achieved two 9 grades in English literature and mathematics, a 8 grade in English language and a further 7 A*s and 2 A grades in his remaining nine subjects, including 3 A* grades in physics, chemistry and biology. Georgia Bozianu received 2 9 grades in English language and literature as well as a 7 in mathematics as well as three A grades in triple science and an A* in physical education.

Alice Shickell achieved grades of 8 and 9 in English language, literature and mathematics. She also achieve seven A*s in her remaining subjects, including physics, biology, chemistry and geography.

Matthew Abrahams bagged grade 7s in both English language and literature, a grade 8 in mathematics and a further four A* grades and four A grades.

Kristian Rogers gained six A* grades, three As a 7 and two grade 8s.

Principal, Gordon Farquhar said: “I am delighted. These are the best results since I joined the school five years ago. The students have worked very worked to achieve this success, as have the teaching staff who have been tireless in the determination to ensure success for the young people they work with.”

At Saffron Walden County High, Over a third of all grades were at A*, A or equivalent, with 43 students achieving nine or more grades at this level.

Almost half the students gained grades 7, 8 or 9 (equivalent to A or A*) in the tougher English Language and English Literature qualifications.

Caroline Derbyshire, headteacher said: “We are delighted that students at County High have risen to the challenge of the new, more difficult GCSEs and the school is celebrating excellent results.”

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