Top marks for GCSE students

PUBLISHED: 17:44 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 31 May 2010

Daisy Hardcastle and Lucy White from Newport Free Grammar School achieved top grades

Daisy Hardcastle and Lucy White from Newport Free Grammar School achieved top grades

A BRIGHT future beckons for the clever youngsters who picked up their GCSE results today (Thursday August 21). Students at Saffron Walden County High School (SWCHS), Newport Free Grammar School, Friends School and Linton Village College celebrated anothe

A BRIGHT future beckons for the clever youngsters who picked up their GCSE results today (Thursday August 21).

Students at Saffron Walden County High School (SWCHS), Newport Free Grammar School, Friends' School and Linton Village College celebrated another record haul of grade A results.

Headteacher at SWCHS John Hartley said he was "delighted" at his students' GSCE results which equalled the school's best-ever performance.

With 28 of the year group gaining at least ten grade As or A*s, Mr Hartley said it was testament to the hard work of the students and high teaching standards.

Kate O'Sullivan, Jonathan Levine and James Watkins, all received eight A* grades. Ann Downing gained nine A* grades and William Benfold achieved eleven A*s.

At Friends' School in Saffron Walden students and teachers were celebrating a 100 per cent GCSE pass rate with 91 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Headteacher Graham Wigley said: "We are tremendously pleased with this year's GCSEs because we know that behind the headline figures there are many individual pupils who have surpassed their own expectations.

"It's wonderful to share the excitement of all our pupils who have scored nothing below an A grade, but it is just as satisfying to share the sense of achievement of those for whom a B or a C is a real measure of success."

At Newport Free Grammar School 73 per cent of students gained five A* to C grades. The overall pass rate was 99 per cent. Among the high achievers were Kirsty Stroud with nine A*s and four As, and Ben McNally and Tom Brown who scored seven A*s and five As.

Headteacher Seán O'Hagan said: "This is a marvellous set of results which reflects a great deal of hard work on the part of the students and the teaching staff."

Headteacher at Linton Village College Caroline Derbyshire said: "We couldn't be more pleased with our students' GCSE results. They will be thrilled to see how their hard work has paid off. In 2007 our A* to C results were the best in Cambridgeshire for a non-selective school. These 2008 results are better still."

Clare Franklin and Alison Inglis achieved 10 A* grades. Jake Cran scored eight A*s - an incredible achievement given his history of serious and debilitating illness.

The overall pass rate was 98 per cent and 84 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.

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