Pupils around Bourne celebratede some fantastic GCSE results with particularly strong showings in English and maths.
Every pupil at Bourne Grammar passed both subjects while Bourne Academy saw a record 85 per cent of their students achieve grades A-C in English.
Bourne Grammar boasted its second best ever results, coming slightly below their record-breaking efforts from last year.
Across the 1,481 GCSE results from their 148 students, 25 per cent were awarded A* grades, 58 per cent A*-As and 83% A*-Bs.
And overall, 49 per cent of the pupils recorded five or more A*-As.
Among those to be celebrating their impressive results was Caleb Carver from Deeping, who earned 8A*s and 3As.
“I’m really happy with my results,” he said. “It’s nice to see all your hard work pay off.
“I don’t know how I was feeling this morning, I was kind of like ‘how have I done?’
“I definitely want to go to uni and would quite like to study law.”
Amber Banerjee from Deeping achieved 9 A*s and 2 As.
“I was expecting a lot worse, I was very nervous,” she said. “Now I’m ecstatic and I’m off to Cornwall this week as well.”
James Bailey from Bourne had 3 A*s and 6 As when he opened up his results. He admitted that he was not expecting an A* in English.
“I’m going to go to sixth form here and then go on to uni but I have not thought far ahead,” he said.
“I’m going to do as little as possible now before I have to do tons of work next year.”
Emma Mizen had A*s in Maths, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, on top of 4 As. She will now take on the sciences to A-Level as well as pyschology.
“I did quite well I think,” she said. “I was really nervous this morning, but I’m quite relieved now. This is big. I’m going to go away and relax now.”
Four pupils achieved an impressive clean sweep of 11 A* grades. They were: Anjuli Banerjee from Market Deeping, George Cooper of Deeping St James and Sarah Hill and Amber Oliver-Robinson from Bourne.
Over 85 per cent of the grades for both English language and literature were A*, A or B.
And in maths, the students performed so well that 97 per cent of all grades were A*-B.
Pupils also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in biology, chemistry and physics.
Bourne Grammar School’s headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “It must have been difficult for the students awaiting their results when they heard in the news that results might go down this year, but any concerns vanished as they opened their envelopes.
“I congratulate all the students on their fantastic success.”
Bourne Academy was also celebrating its results with 65 per cent achieving five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.
There was a double celebration for identical twins Shannan and Chelsey Tibbings who both got A*s in sociology. Shannan wants to do physiotherapy and Chelsey wants to be a paramedic.
“We are very pleased with our results, they are better than expected,” said Chelsey.
Bourne resident Archie Gray said he was looking forward to going back to bed after finding out that he had an A in history as well as 6 Bs and a C.
“That was better than I expected,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ll do yet but hopefully I’ll go to uni.”
Joe Roberts from Rippingale earned As in maths, geography and Spanish as well as 4 Bs and a C.
“I’m over the moon, I did not think I would get these results,” he said.
“I hope to get into uni and study something business-wise and see where that takes me.
“I’m just going to relax now and be happy with what I’ve done.”
Headteacher Laurence Reilly said he was delighted with the academy’s results. “A record number of applicants for entry into our sixth form have achieved the entrance criteria of six GCSEs at grade C or above, which means that we will have more than 200 studying A-Levels and Btec Level 3 courses from September.”
Charles Read Academy also had one of its best sets of exam results in recent history.
Results improved by 12 per cent on last year with 44 per cent of pupils achieving five A*-C grades, including in maths and English.
Acting principal Robert Sloan said: “We are delighted. What is particularly pleasing is that English and maths results have rocketed.”
Among those celebrating were Ralph Shilcock and Sophie Garlick, who between them secured 5 A*s, 11 As and 6 Bs.
Sophie said: “I am so delighted. My results were better than I expected and I cannot wait to go on and study A-levels in maths, psychology and ICT next year.”