Pupils’ hard work and determination pays off

Christopher Nelson (left), top of the A* league table, and Kamil Aziz, who achieved 12 GCSEs, four at A*. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG230812-120NG
Christopher Nelson (left), top of the A* league table, and Kamil Aziz, who achieved 12 GCSEs, four at A*. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG230812-120NG

MANY outstanding successes in this year’s GCSE results reflected students’ and teachers’ hard work and determination, said headteacher of Spalding Grammar School Nigel Ryan.

Of those taking the exam, 44 students achieved at least five A*/A and Mr Ryan added: “Of particular note are Shannon Prudom with 16 A*/A and James Shuster with 14 A*/A.

Ernestas Jackevic who achieved eight A* and an A at Spalding Grammar School, despite having only arrived in this country from his native Lithuania seven years ago. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG230812-121NG

Ernestas Jackevic who achieved eight A* and an A at Spalding Grammar School, despite having only arrived in this country from his native Lithuania seven years ago. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG230812-121NG

“Top of the A* grades were Christopher Nelson with nine A* and Ernestas Jackevic with eight A*.”

In fact Ernestas (16), of Spalding, only arrived in the country from his native Lithuania seven years ago with basic English, but managed an A in addition to his eight A*s.

He said: “I was expecting a few A*s, mainly in the subjects I had chosen, but the grades I have got I am really happy with. I am staying on to do A-levels in maths, physics, economics and geography.”

Shannon Prudom (16), of Donington, got 12 As as well as his four A* grades, and puts his results down to “hard work, and making sure you keep on top of it and doing the stuff you are interested in”.

He will go on to study A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics and geography.

Kamil Aziz (17), of Eye, is happy with his four A*s, four As and four Bs and will continue studies in maths, physics, chemistry and biology, while Christopher Nelson (17), of Holbeach, who got three As in addition to his nine A*s, had praise for his supportive parents, in particular his mother who had driven him to and from study leave. Christopher will stay on to study history, latin, maths and physics.

James Shuster (16), of Thorney, achieved ten As and four A*s, the results coming as no great surprise to the young man who will now study maths, physics, biology and PE.

Mr Ryan said many students had also achieved additional equivalent qualifications, such as diplomas in engineering, which had enabled them to develop wider personal and technical skills as well as an understanding of the world of work.

However, he said: “We are disappointed with the results in GCSE English. We know many students were finding the demands of the new specification challenging and recognised the problems caused by staffing difficulties within the English department. We therefore invested extra time in English teaching to support students in Year 11. However, the investment has not had the impact we intended as the pass rate has slipped from the usual 100 per cent to 83 per cent. We are now thoroughly reviewing each student’s performance, requesting re-marks where appropriate, and will support students who need to re-take their English GCSE.”