Excellent results for Spalding High

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Spalding High School is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results.

The 148 girls in the year bucked the trend for falling grades predicted in national news stories as a result of changes to examinations.

Jumping for joy: from left - Hannah Greenacre, Mercedes Baxter Chinery, Eleanor Toal, Lizzie Kaye and Rebecca Warrne. Photo: SG220813-122NG

Jumping for joy: from left - Hannah Greenacre, Mercedes Baxter Chinery, Eleanor Toal, Lizzie Kaye and Rebecca Warrne. Photo: SG220813-122NG

Twenty-two per cent of all the grades were at A*, the highest the school has ever achieved, according to headmaster Tim Clark.

Just over half of all grades – 52 per cent – were at A and A*, which is normal for the school, and 17 girls out of the 148 got all As and A*s in every single subject.

Four girls achieved astonishing results, with A*s in every subject – they were Lizzie Kaye, Eleanor Toal, Hannah Greenacre and Rebecca Warren.

Mercedes Baxter Chinery attained A*s in every subject bar one, in which she earned an A.

Mr Clark said: “Just over half the year group, 79 girls, got at least five or more As or A*s.

“They are an excellent set of results, they really are, extremely pleasing.”

In terms of subjects, in biology 95 per cent of grades were at A or A*; in physics the figure was 71 per cent; 84 per cent in art; 93 per cent in food technology; and 78 per cent in religious studies.

One group of friends celebrating their results were Charlotte Eady of Saracen’s Head, Hazel Egerton of Peterborough, and Lauren Cook and Bethany Suckling, both of Holbeach.

Charlotte, who achieved four A*s, six As and a B, was pleased with her results, though hoping to have done a bit better than a B in French. She is staying on to study biology, chemistry, maths and food technology.

Hazel, who attained an A*, six As and four Bs, is also staying on at the High School for A-levels, studying food technology, Spanish, chemistry and maths. She too was happy with her results, and some were better than she was expecting.

Lauren Cook plans to go to Boston College to study a sports leaders course with her two As, four Bs and five Cs, while Bethany Suckling will stay on to study all three sciences and maths having attained two A*s, five As and four Bs. She said: “It’s what I was expecting. I’d worked quite hard.”

Mercedes Baxter Chinery, of Peterborough, will stay on at Spalding High School to study chemistry, physics, maths and further maths.