GCSE results break records!

PUBLISHED: 07:21 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

PUPILS hard work preparing for their GCSE exams paid off on Thursday as schools in the area celebrated fantastic results. Saffron Walden County High School welcomed a record-breaking set of results, as 75 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to

PUPILS' hard work preparing for their GCSE exams paid off on Thursday as schools in the area celebrated fantastic results.

Saffron Walden County High School welcomed a record-breaking set of results, as 75 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades, with one third (32 per cent) of all grades being either A or A* grade.

Several youngsters did exceptionally well - with Rachel Warren Wilson and Sophie Major both making it into the national top five out of 114,000 candidates for the best French GCSE result.

Elizabeth Warren Wilson, Rachel's sister, did just as well being ranked in the top five out of 44,000 candidates who sat a GCSE German exam.

Madeleine Ralph achieved the school's best grades, managing to get 10 A* passes and two A grades.

Headteacher John Hartley said: "These results arise from high levels of commitment and motivation by the students, coupled with imaginative and determined teaching."

Staff and students at the Friends' School in the town were also celebrating on Thursday as 88 per cent of students achieved at least five A to C grades.

Star pupil Gabriel Polly recorded four A* grades and six at grade A.

She said: "I am really pleased, my results are fantastic and a lot better than I expected."

Gabriel will be staying at the school to study A-levels next year.

Three-quarters of the students achieved better results than their attainment at the beginning of Year 10 would have suggested.

Headteacher Graham Wigley said: "These value-added results are excellent; they are a true measure of the quality of teaching and learning at the school, and the individual care and support we offer our students.

"The results provide a super springboard which will enable us to start our new academic year with a real feeling of optimism."

Other secondary schools in the area were pleased to record great results.

Josephine Mullis, head of The Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College in Stansted, said: "The results were extremely good. Sixty-three per cent of students got five GCSEs at A to C grade - a massive improvement of 23 per cent over last year.

"Our students and staff have worked extremely hard and I'm absolutely thrilled."

Linton Village College celebrated an overall pass rate of 96 per cent, with 76 per cent of students getting at least five A to C grades.

Exceptional student Dhiren Vekaria did phenomenally well, with 13 A* or A grades.

Principal Caroline Derbyshire was delighted with the results and said that students do not achieve such heights without hard work and excellent teaching.

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