Photo special: Students across Rugby celebrate their GCSE results

Nervous students collected their GCSE results from schools across the town on Thursday morning.

Some students at Bilton School achieved ‘fantastic results’ and headteacher Patsy Weighill has congratulated them for their hard work and dedication.

Students collected their GCSE results today

Students collected their GCSE results today

Some of the school’s top performers include Andrea George 7 A* and 5 A, Taryn Thompson 5 A* 6 A, David Mrazic 3 A* 6 A, Harvey Moon 2 A* 7A, and Jamison Layman 1 A* 7A.

Despite the strong results, the school experienced a problem with the marking of some subjects and staff are trying to resolve the issue with the exam board. The school’s overall figures will be available once this issue has been rectified.

Ms Weighill said: “We have identified serious issues in the validity of the marking of some subjects meaning that we are as yet unable to confirm our headline figures.

“We are in communication with the examination board about this to try and resolve it as soon as possible. This has seriously affected our headline figures, however what is more important to us is ensuring disruption to students is minimised and we are putting things in place to offer students who are affected a programme to begin their post-16 studies alongside waiting for the examination board response.

I would like to congratulate our students on achieving the best set of GCSE results in the school’s history

Gwen Temple, acting headteacher at Lawrence Sheriff

“This is particularly striking as our Year 13 results are really good and our Year 10 have just achieved the highest Core Science results and results from GCSEs taken at the end of Year 10, in the school’s history.”

Students at Rugby High School are celebrating their success after 73.6 per cent of all entries were awarded the top grades of A* and A.

And 100 per cent of students achieved 5 A*-C passes with 84 per cent gaining the E Bacc (passes in English, Mathematics, a modern foreign language, a science and either History or Geography).

One third of students achieved at least 5 A* passes.

Headteacher, Charlotte Marten, said: “I am delighted for our students. These results are an important stepping stone towards students’ ultimate goals and should give the girls confidence in their ability to learn effectively.

“They demonstrate what can be achieved by students who are enthusiastic about learning and who are guided by experienced and

knowledgeable teachers. These GCSEs are the tip of the iceberg and measure just one aspect of students’ achievement.

“There’s a wealth of activities that aren’t captured in league tables that have helped to develop creativity, collaboration, problem-solving and team working in this talented cohort of students.

“Congratulations Year 11 - you should feel proud of your success.”

Lawrence Sheriff students have achieved the school’s strongest set of GCSE results yet, with 100 per cent of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and mathematics, whilst an impressive 69 per cent of entries were graded A/A*.

Results in English and mathematics were even higher, with over 80 per cent of students gaining A* or A grades in each of these core subjects.

And 94 per cent of students achieved the government’s challenging English Baccalaureate measure (achieving GCSEs in English, mathematics, science, humanities and a foreign language) placing the school once again amongst the highest performers in the country.

In total, 50 students gained 10 or more A* or A grades.

Gwen Temple, who has been Acting Headteacher for the past year, said: “I would like to congratulate our students on achieving the best set of GCSE results in the school’s history.

“Grades such as those are only achieved through a lot of hard work from both pupils and staff. It is also important to remember how much parents do to support their children during this challenging period.”

Students at Avon Valley School achieved a strong set of results.

Headteacher Alison Davies said: “I am delighted that after all their hard work, so many students have gained really excellent results. The results also reflect the dedication of the staff, and the support of parents and carers, who have worked with students to ensure that they fulfil their potential.

“It is great to be able to celebrate so many individual success stories; we are really proud of all our students’ achievements and wish them all the best as they move on to Post 16 education. Well done Year 11 on gaining a great set of results!”

Among the school’s highest achieving students were Caitlin Old 5A* 6A, Jack Lea 5A 4B, Ethan Randle 1A* 4A 6B, Gemma Retallick 1A* 7A 3B, and Tanisha Taylor 2A* 6A 3B.

Rugby School pupils have achieved record-breaking results.

Half of all grades were A*s, the best results in the school’s history, and a 10 per cent increase on last year.

An excellent 90 per cent of pupils achieved an A* or A in English.

Nearly 80 per cent of all grades achieved at Rugby were A* or A.

Results were strong across the school departments, where as well as the excellent English result, the cohort of 28 drama students achieved 20 A*s and 8 As, in Science, Physics led the way with 63 per cent of pupils achieving A*s, closely followed by Biology with 60 per cent at A* and Chemistry at 58 per cent A*.

And 19 pupils secured 10 A*s or more and 43 pupils scored eight A*s or more.

More than half the year (78 out of 145) achieved at least nine As and A*s.

Among the leading performers were Zengani Nyirenda from Fife, Stefano Antoci from Milan and Emily Warwick from Rugby, all of whom achieved 11 A*s in their core subjects with an additional A* in their Independent Research Projects, which counts for half a GCSE.

Rugby School Head Master, Peter Green, said: “This is an excellent set of results, reflecting the hard work and drive of pupils and teachers alike. To have half of all entries graded at A* is an outstanding achievement.”

Harris Church of England Academy pupis achieved good results, securing a 97.8 per cent pass rate.

Siobhan Roberson, business manager at Harris, said: “The results as always are a reflection of the partnership between students, parents/carers and staff. I would like to take this opportunity to praise and congratulate all of those involved in ensuring that the students at Harris Church of England Academy are now able to move on to the next step in their future with GCSE success behind them.”

Ashlawn School pupils were ‘delighted’ with their strong results.

In English, almost 90 per cent of students gained A* to C and in maths it was above 80 per cent.

Several students gained straight A*s in all subjects and over 100 students achieved A* and A grades.

Liz Cheney, deputy headteacher, said: “This reflects the hard work of both students and staff. We look forward to seeing these students in our Sixth Form which also achieved our best results ever especially at A* to B.”