HUNDREDS of pupils across Rugby are celebrating getting their GCSE results today (Thursday).
Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College in Newbold Road is celebrating its best set of results ever.
At the school 53 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSE grades A* to C including English and maths, with 88 per cent getting A* to C overall.
Hollie Burrell, 16, got a C in maths which is the result she most wanted.
She said: “I’m still shaking. I’m really pleased. I needed a C in maths to get into Warwickshire College [Rugby] to do my A-levels.”
Bethanie-Rai Rowlands, 16, will be going to college in Stratford to do a diploma in dancing after getting her results which included an A* in English, B in geography, B in RE, A in PE and distinctions in performing arts.
Ellie McChesney, 16, also did very well with her results which included a B in Maths, A* English literature, A art, A English and a A in RE.
Ellie will go on to Rugby High to do her A-levels.
Rob Gibson and Adam Cobb, both 16, will be going to sixth form at Ashlawn to study their A-levels after getting As, Bs and Cs between them.
Headteacher Don O’Neill said the results were the best the school had ever had.
He said: “We’ve done very well. These are the best results the school has ever had by some majority.
“There’s a good work ethic here. There’s a really good academic relationship between staff and students here. Everyone is working towards one goal. “We’re really pleased with the results. It’s a good day for us.”
Staff and students at Bilton School were also celebrating a very good set of results this morning.
The school achieved 62 per cent grades A* to C including English and maths, with 85 per cent getting A* to C overall.
One of the highest achievers was Salah El-Husseini, 16, who got 7 As*, 7 As, 1 B and 1 C.
He said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic. It was very nerve wracking. I’m lost for words.”
Salah will now go on to study his A-levels at Lawrence Sheriff and hopes to go on to university thereafter.
Clare Noy, 16, got 5 As, 5 Bs and 1 C.
She said: “I’m really happy. I’m going to Rugby High to do A-levels. I’m really chuffed.”
Ellie Flynn will also be going to Rugby High after getting three A*s, 2 As, 3 Bs and 2 Cs.
Ellie said: “I’m really pleased.”
Patsy Weighill, headteacher, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It shows the hard work of the school, staff and students.
“These results put us in the top 100 most improved schools in the country. We’ve gone up by 18 per cent in the last three years. I’m really pleased.”
RUGBY HIGH SCHOOL
Year 11 students at Rugby High School had plenty to celebrate today as they opened their results envelopes.
A total of 74.4% of all entries were awarded A* or A grade with 33.4% being awarded the top grade of A*.
The A* to B pass rate was 94.2. The A* to C pass rate was 99.1%. 100% of students gained 5A*-C including English and maths.
This is the fifth year in a row which has seen an increase in the percentage of entries from the school achieving A*-A and this record breaking performance comes hard on the heels of A-level students who last week set a new school record for the percentage of students achieving top grades at A-level. In Year 11, top performing students were Millie Wardle (11.5 A*) and Anna Mowbray (11 A*).
Headteacher, Charlotte Marten, said: “Our Year 11 students love of learning shines through in these results; they should be very proud of their achievements. What always amazes me is how much our students manage to pack into their lives: trips and visits, orchestra, choir, representing the school in various sports, raising money for charity, coaching younger students. It’s this willingness to join in, to have a go and to give something back to others which make RHS such an enjoyable community to be a part of.”
Lawrence Sheriff students have achieved another excellent set of GCSE results with 100% of students gained 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics, whilst over 60% gained A* or A grades. The average points score of 760 per student maintains the school’s very strong academic performance over recent years.
Jake Patel gained 11 A* grades, whilst Jim Dickinson, John-Francis Goodacre, Benjamin Holton and Joshua Reed all gained 9 A* grades.
Headmaster Dr Peter Kent said: “One of the hardest things to do is to maintain very high standards over a number of years. Once again our students have succeeded in doing this, producing results which in some subject areas even exceeded those achieved last year. Students, teachers and parents have all worked very hard and deserve our congratulations.”
Fifteen of Rugby’s 138 GCSE candidates gained a clean sweep of ten A* grades in this summer’s examinations.
A total of 50 pupils scored straight A* or A grades in as many as twelve subjects at GCSE, Extended Project or even AS Level.
Among them are local pupils Poppy Hudson, from Kites Hardwick, who scored 11 A* grades, and Genevieve Hirst, from Rugby, who scored 10 A* this year. Both intend to complete their A-levels at the school.
In the national context of a decline in awarding of A* and A grades nationally, Rugby’s success in top grades was particularly pleasing. Almost 40% of all grades awarded were at A* and 76% were at A* or A, compared with 7.8% and 23.2% across the country.
Headmaster, Patrick Derham, said: “It is always rewarding to see pupils performing at their best - not only the brightest boys and girls but also those who have to work hard for their grades. They have come up with some excellent results this year and my congratulations go to them all.”
From a cohort of 139 GCSE candidates at Princethorpe, almost 40% grades are at A* or A, and over 70% at grade B or better. 15% of candidates achieved at least nine A* or A grades.
There were distinguished performances from John Price with nine A* grades and four As and from Paddy Mills with ten A* grades and two As. Other highlights included Ellie Lewis, Katherine Duncan and Jarita Vasudeva all achieving twelve A*s and As.
Headmaster, Ed Hester, said that he was delighted with the excellent results which confirmed how far the school’s academic profile has continued to improve over the past few years. “It is marvellous to be able to celebrate such success and all credit goes to the pupils and staff for their hard work. Whilst we have a wide range of pupils it is particularly encouraging to see we had our biggest number of A* grades this year by some margin.” he commented. “I am delighted that the vast majority of this cohort will continue into our wonderful Sixth Form to study A Levels and will aim to complete our innovative Princethorpe Diploma.” he added.
Ashlawn pupils and staff celebrated this morning following a 73 per cent pass rate, including maths and English, with a 96 per cent pass rate overall. Both sets of results are up six per cent on last year.
Liz Cheney, deputy head, said: “We’re delighted with the results this year and very proud of all our students. It’s a been a thrilling day at school watching every get their results and all the staff are delighted that the students have done so well.”