Secondary school pupils who took their GCSE maths exams early have been congratulated after achieveing record results.
Year 11 pupils at Stamford Queen Eleanor School were entered into their maths exams earlier than usual before Christmas.
When results were announced this month, an impressive 61 per cent of entrants achieved an A* to C grade, beating last year’s record result of 49 per cent.
Headteacher Wendy Hamilton said: “We are delighted with these outstanding results and the students should feel very proud of themselves.
“Over the past few years we have seen consistent improvements and this year will be no different.
“We are confident that the results will continue to rise, and our high maths grades set expectations pretty high.
“Well done to all the students for their exceptional effort, hard work and success.”
The Year 11 pupils have already improved on last year’s results by 12 per cent.
But this figure could rise even higher as those who narrowly missed out on a grade will be able to resit in the summer.
The maths results follow the success of a group of Year 11 English language and literature pupils, who took their exams early last year and all achieved A* to C grades.
The school, which became an academy in November 2011, has also introduced two new projects since September.
A group of Year 7 pupils began a critical thinking inquiry-based programme to support the development of higher-level thinking skills from an early stage.
And a group of Year 11 pupils are completing the AS-level Extended Project Qualification, which allows them to embark on a largely self-directed dissertation or project with research skills support from a supervisor.
The school has also formed a post-16 link with New College Stamford.