Hugs and kisses went on right across Sir John Gleed School in Spalding where GCSE students did themselves and their teachers proud.
Staff, governors and parents are celebrating the fact that 41 per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, which is above the Government’s minimum target of 40 per cent.
Overall, more than 62 per cent of students gained five or more A* to Cs in all subjects and some walked away with between ten and 12 top grades.
The results left acting headteacher Will Scott delighted with the outcome in what he admitted had been a “difficult year” for the school.
He said: “Overall, I’m pleased that we’ve exceeded the Government’s minimum target and shown an improvement on last year’s results in spite of what has been quite a difficult year at the school.
“There were some fantastic individual achievements, with some students gaining between ten and 12 A* to C grades which is sensational.
“I’m also pleased that there was a group of students who got eight or nine A* and A grades which opens doors and gives them life choices beyond our school in further education.
“This is a great way to round off the academic year and we celebrate this with our students.”
Students arrived at the recently merged school from about 9am on Thursday anxious to know how they had got on in this summer’s GCSE exams and it soon became clear that many had performed better than expected.
Kimberley Wallace (16) of Spalding gained four As, four Bs and a C which have helped her secure a place at Spalding Grammar School’s sixth form to study A-levels in biology, chemistry, English language and history.
She said: “I’m very pleased and my parents are proud of me.”
Ashleigh Darnes (16) of Spalding is joining Kimberley at the grammar school’s sixth form to study A-level art, biology, psychology and sociology after gaining four Bs and five Cs.
“I’ve done better than I expected, even though I’ve worked hard,” Ashleigh said.
Another student heading for Spalding Grammar School sixth form is Amy Reeves (16) of Spalding after gaining two A*s, an A, two Bs and two Cs.
She said: “I’m happy and I’m going to a party to celebrate.”