Teenagers could be seen laughing, crying and bouncing around school halls across the region this morning, as they picked up their GCSE results.
Pupils at All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy in Mansfield had a lot to shout about, after the school worked out that 71 per cent of students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades.
Maureen Cobbett, headteacher at the Broomhill Lane school, said: “I am delighted with our GCSE results.
“The students have worked very hard and I am so pleased that their hard work has paid off.”
Some of their star pupils include Isabella Brizzolara (7A*, 2As, 1B), Philippa Birch (6A*, 3As, 1B) and Daniel Newton (4A*, 5A, 1B).
Year 11 pupils at The Joseph Whitaker School, Warsop Lane, Rainworth, were celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate this year.
And almost a quarter of their entries came back at an A or A* grade.
Rob Martlew, headteacher, said: “We are delighted with our GCSE results and are incredibly proud of our pupils. Everyone has worked so hard and they have been rewarded with outstanding results. I would like to pass on my personal congratulations and best wishes for the future to everyone.
“The school has achieved fantastic results at both GCSE and at A level this year. This has not happened by accident and I would like to thank pupils and staff for everything that they have done. They have been relentless in their pursuit of success and are justifiably proud of what has been accomplished.”
Pupil Jade Bacon, who achieved 10 A* and 2 A grades, said: “I’m really happy with what I’ve achieved and my friends have also done incredibly well so we’re all celebrating.”
Richard Vasey, headteacher at Ashfield School in Kirkby, was pleased with a 53 per cent English and maths pass rate.
He said: Students have made really great progress and an improvement on results last year.”
Tearful Ashfield pupil, Josie Mellor, 16, from Kirkby, received five A* grades, three A grades and an A^ grade.
She said:”I have just been jumping around I’m that ecstatic. I’m so happy, I even cried.”
Staff at Mansfield’s Brunts Academy found that 241 students received five of more passes.
Carl Atkin, head of school, said: “We are delighted with how hard our staff and students have worked so that students have been able to move onto their next stage of education, employment or training.”
Meden School has announced another year of strong performance, with head of school, Janet Brashaw, describing her pupils as “stunning achievers”.
“The important thing to acknowledge is that students at high, intermediate and lower levels have all made good progress regardless of their initial level, for which credit is duly deserved,” she said.
Students packed the hall out at Samworth Church Academy.
One student, Katie Payne, 16, from Mansfield, couldn’t stop shaking.
She said: “I’m so happy with my results. I am just so shocked.”
Abigail Edwards, 16, Forest Town, got three A grades, three B grades and three C grades.
She said; “I was so nervous before and now I’m just ecstatic
“I burst into tears instantly, I was that happy.”
Barry Found, principal at Samworth Church Academy, was “absolutely delighted” with 53 per cent of the students getting five A*-C grade GCSEs.
He said: “Their success is well deserved and we are thrilled for them.”
West Nottinghamshire College is also celebrating another great year for results - after they have set a new record of a 99.6 per cent pass rate.
Dame Asha Khemka, Principal and chief executive, said: “Whether re-taking a GCSE alongside a higher-level qualification or having made the momentous decision to return to the classroom as a mature learner, our students can feel very proud of their achievements.
“GCSEs are the springboard to further study, training and skilled employment, so I’m delighted that so many students are able to celebrate this fantastic milestone in their lives today. I congratulate them on their hard work and success.”
Students at the Beech Academy, a Mansfield school for children with special needs, achieved a number of GCSE level qualifications including English, maths, and science and in vocational areas such as Hospitality and IT.
Rob Butler, deputy head, said: “We are really pleased with the results, they reflect the hard work of both students and staff.
“Congratulations to all of our year 11 and post-16 students”.
Councillor John Peck, committee chairman for children and young people’s services at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Nottinghamshire pupils and their teachers who have worked so hard.
“For many of our young people, these results will be a cause for great celebration, confirming plans for their post-16 education.
“However, for some, results may be disappointing, but I would encourage those students to seek advice from their teachers or the exam results helpline for information on what to do next.
“Since 2013, all students have been expected to continue to access education or training until their 18th birthday and the increase in apprenticeship opportunities will provide some pupils with appropriate work based opportunities.
“And, for those young people, not yet ready for apprenticeships, traineeships can be accessed for up to six months.”
National and local statistics on the results are expected to be ready in October.
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