THE wait was worth it for students at Peele Community College after achieving one of its best ever sets of GCSE results.
Nerves and anxiety gave way to elation and celebration as Year 11 students collected their examination results last Thursday, leaving college staff with plenty to be proud of.
One hundred per cent of students achieved five A* to G qualifications, with 91.2 per cent gaining at least five GCSE A* to C grades.
Just over 47 per cent of students left formal education with five A* to Cs, including English and maths, and acting headteacher Simon Gilman said he was “incredibly pleased” with the results.
He said: “The college is delighted with the many individual examination successes from the students in Year 11.
“Students of all abilities have risen to the many examination and coursework challenges to achieve considerable success.
“The two headlines are that nine out of ten students have left the college with five A* to C grades – the best we’ve ever had – and 100 per cent have left with five A* to G grades which we’ve never had before.
“We’re incredibly pleased with results which are in line with what we were expecting at the end of term and we hope that all the students go on to do what they want to do over the next two years in post-16 education.”
One of the star students was Katie Palmer (16), from Long Sutton, who achieved seven A*s, including English language, English literature and history, and five As.
Katie is going on to study for A-levels in history, geography, psychology and English literature at Spalding High School.
She said: “I didn’t really think about my results until I got to college, but I was surprised to get the grades I did.
“It means a lot to me, but I don’t know how to celebrate.”
Another top performer was Romy Ward (16), also from Long Sutton, who gained four A*s – in English literature, history, performing arts and religious studies – as well as four As.
She will attend King Edward VII High School in King’s Lynn to study for A-levels in drama, English literature, history and theatre studies.
Romy said: “For the past few weeks, I’ve been fine about waiting for my results.
“But when I woke up on the day, I was so nervous that I couldn’t eat breakfast.
“Me and my mum jumped up and down and screamed when we saw my results because even though I was hoping for good grades, I didn’t expect any A*s.”