OUTSTANDING GCSE results by Spalding High School pupils has dispelled fears that more vigorous marking would lead to a disappointing outcome.
“They really are amazing – they are better than last year and they were good then,” said headmaster Tim Clark. “They come on top of some excellent A-level results, the best in south Lincolnshire, according to the Times.”
Of 148 pupils taking a total of 1,458 exams, 21 per cent achieved A*, 54.4 per cent A* to A, 81.8 per cent A* to B and 96.3 per cent A* to C.
Mr Clark put the good results down to the 16-year-olds being an “excellent” year group, who had worked very hard as well as throwing themselves into the life of the school.
He said: “Sport has been strong in the year and we have some outstanding musicians and more than 40 of them have done the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, so they have been a very involved year group.
“They have worked incredibly hard and, as usual, I have to congratulate the staff.”
Emily Gray, of Spalding, was one of 13 pupils to achieve 12 A*/As, with just one of her exams not an A*, and admits she was expecting much less and had worried because of national news reports about lower grades. She will stay on to study further maths, maths, geography and biology.
Daisy Smith, of Holbeach St Marks, was happy and relieved she had done so well – she got ten A* and one A, and plans to study English, drama and art plus another subject at A-level.
One student unsurprised by her eight A* and four As was Sue Huynh, of Wisbech, who said she had worked hard for them and would go on to study textiles, maths, history and English.
Megan Whitaker, of Spalding, hadn’t expected to do quite so well and was “overwhelmed” by her 11 A*s and one B, and will go on to study chemistry, maths, history and English.
Maths, chemistry, physics and biology are the A-level subjects chosen by Natasha Lane, of Holbeach, who felt her eight A* and four As were a reward for all the hard work she had put in, while Harriet Eagle, of Spalding was “relieved and happy” with her eight A*s and four As. She plans to study psychology, history, maths and art at A-level.