“Superb” was the reaction of Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School deputy headteacher Ian Dawson to this year’s GCSE results.
In the face of changing rules, more than half of this year’s 131 students sitting the exam achieved five grades at A* to C, including English and Maths, and there was a 100 per cent pass rate.
Mr Dawson explained that the way grades are calculated has been changed by the government, so where previously a BTEC diploma could have been counted as the equivalent of four GCSEs – and in fact is still worth that to the student – it now counts as just one GCSE.
In addition, the school also suffered from the government’s new ‘first entry’ rule, which means students’ first attempt at the exam counts, rather than re-sits.
Despite the setbacks, headteacher Martyn Taylor said: “The Thomas Cowley High School can yet again celebrate its GCSE performance. Sixty-six per cent of students gained a C or above in Mathematics and 60 per cent of students gained a C or above in English. It’s a terrific result.
“The students performed extremely well across the whole year group.” olme, gaining 18 GCSEs at grades A* to C.
There were highlights, with one student, Torie Morrissey of Kirton H olme, achieving 18 GCSEs at grades A* to C.
Torie, who said she was “thrilled”, admits she has been working hard in order to move across to Spalding High School to study sociology, biology, health and social and psychology at A-level.
Macaulay Ealham, of Donington, gained ten GCSEs at A* and four at grade A. Macaulay – the first student in the school to achieve ten A*s – said: “I am elated. I tried hard, but I didn’t think it had gone quite to plan. It’s down to good teachers, like Miss Jesson.”
He’s joining the 6th form at Boston High School to study maths, businss, economics and English at A-level.
There were many more relieved and happy students, including Sam Smith, of Northorpe, who was “over the moon” with 15 passes at grades A* to C; Connor Hollyoake, of Donington, who was “pleased and surprised” with his 14.5 GCSEs; Ellen Richardson, of Fosdyke, who got 9 GCSEs; Katie Fear, of Sutterton and Saffron Barlow, of Gosberton, who both achieved eight.