Schools’ delight at GCSE results

Nicole Balchin and Holly Hemming with their results at Stamford Queen Eleanor School Photo: SM250811-108js

Nicole Balchin and Holly Hemming with their results at Stamford Queen Eleanor School Photo: SM250811-108js

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A SCHOOL has boosted its growing reputation by achieving record GCSE results for the third year in a row.

And one school has boosted its growing reputation by achieving record GCSE results for the third year in a row.

Pupils at Stamford Queen Eleanor School celebrated their best ever results yesterday with 76 per cent of pupils getting five A* to C grades.

The Government target of five A* to C grades including English and maths was achieved by 43 per cent of those pupils.

Stamford Endowed Schools achieved a pass rate of 97 per cent for pupils getting A* to C grades.

Stamford Queen Eleanor headteacher Wendy Hamilton said: “Once again, the pupils have excelled themselves this year.

“They are a credit to themselves, their families and to the school.

“They were an excellent year group who showed huge commitment over their five years at the school.”

The school has struggled to attract high achievers in the past, but Mrs Hamilton hopes these results will help its reputation.

She added: “I would like to think the school’s reputation has been going up for the last three years as we have produced record results each year.

“I would encourage parents to come and see us in action. Times change very swiftly in education and we are always looking for year-on-year improvement.

“We will look to do that for years to come and I am very happy with what has been achieved.”

The pass rate last year was 65 per cent, with 42 per cent of those including English and maths.

Lincolnshire County Council confirmed in May that a scholarship scheme which pays for Stamford’s most able youngsters to attend Stamford Endowed Schools will end next year.

Town and county councillor John Hicks (Ind) called for parents and businesses in the town to support Stamford Queen Eleanor School and help improve perceptions. The school will become an academy on January 1.

Pupils at Stamford Endowed Schools again achieved impressive pass rates, with 97 per cent of pupils getting A* to C grades.

The girls at Stamford High School fared the best this year, with 76 per cent getting all A* and A grades, while 52 per cent of the boys at Stamford School gained all A* and A grades.

Principal Stephen Roberts said: “Yet again we are celebrating the outstanding results of our students.

“It is clear that these results are the outcome of hard work, careful preparation and excellent teaching and will give all our pupils every confidence to go on to further success in the sixthform.

“Coming on top of last week’s first-class A-level results, these provide the culmination of another outstanding year for the endowed schools”.

Twenty pupils at Stamford Endowed Schools gained eight A* grades or better.

Expectations were exceeded at

Casterton Business and Enterprise College where 59 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C grades, including maths and English.

All those taking biology, chemistry and physics gained A* to C grades and art pupils were similarly successful.

Year 10s taking statistics exams a year early also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate with, two pupils getting A* grades.

Principal Victoria Crosher said: “This cohort worked really hard to achieve these results and in fact they exceeded the grades that the national data predicted for them.

“Pupils have every reason to be proud of themselves.

“Parents can have every confidence that the Casterton results are not inflated with low-grade equivalents that are not well regarded by post-16 institutions and employers.”

Stamford Queen Eleanor School is holding open mornings on September 26, 27 and 28 and an open evening on September 28 from 6pm to 8pm.

Catmose College in Huntsman Drive, Oakham, announced another increase in the number of pupils getting five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, while Casterton Business and Enterprise College and Uppingham Community College both announced increased grades in particular areas.

Oakham School announced its best set of GCSE results ever and Uppingham School recorded its second best year in the history of the school.

Pupils at Catmose moved into their new school premises in February and were the first year group to sit exams there.

Principal Stuart Williams said: “Our students are to be congratulated as they have achieved a fantastic set of results.

“Even though they moved to a new building during their final year, the students remained focussed on their final exams.

“I wish them all every success in their future endeavours.”

Uppingham Community College principal Jan Turner said: “I am extremely pleased that the hard work and efforts of our young people have been reflected in these outstanding results.

“I wish them every success in their future career paths.”

The Robert Manning College, in Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, has recorded a fantastic batch of results with 56 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English.

Robert Manning principal Laurence Reilly is delighted that 98 per cent of pupils recorded five GCSE grades. He said: “There was a tremendous amount of hard work going on behind the scenes over the past two years that made this record result of 56 per cent possible.

“I am very proud of the fact that well over half of our students achieved this demanding level and also that 98 per cent of our students achieved five GCSE grades, demonstrating that we are a fully inclusive school catering for all abilities.

“This excellent set of results will enable the majority of our students to undertake A-level or BTEC qualifications in the new Bourne Academy sixth form starting in September.”

Bourne Grammar School, in South Road, Bourne, had some of its best results ever too with 22 per cent of all grades being A*s, and 55 per cent either A* or A grades. Eighty-three per cent of all grades at the grammar school were B or better as well.

Bourne Grammar’s headteacher Jonathan Maddox is thrilled with his school’s results too. He said: “A strong year group has performed splendidly.

“Performance at this level requires dedicated, focused study along with outstanding teaching and sensitive student support.

“It is a great pleasure to see the fruits of all our students’ labours and to see so many achieving at such an impressive level.”

The Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen also had a record breaking year for GCSEs, with 49 per cent of the pupils achieving five A* to C grades with English and Maths - which is 13 per cent better than last year