The nervous wait was finally over for students at Spalding Grammar School today as GCSE results day brought joy and relief in equal measure.
Students and staff are celebrating some outstanding successes, particularly in science subjects with more than 60 per cent of grades being A* or A in biology, chemistry and physics.
There was also an encouraging trend in maths as 53 per cent of students gained grades of A* or A.
The school’s GCSE top ten role of honour was headed by Jordan Whitwell-Mak who collected nine A*s, three As and one B, closely followed by Alfie Butler and Alex Dormer who both gained seven A*s and six As.
Another top performing student was Joseph Kirkwood (16) of Donington who gained five A*s in Biology, Chemistry, French, German and Physics, six As and two Bs.
Joseph, who is staying on to study for his A-levels, said: “I’m very pleased about the science and language grades because I didn’t expect to get those and that’s what I want to do in the future.”
Headmaster Nigel Ryan said results overall were an improvement on last year but he admitted concern about grades in English language which caused similar controversy last year over inconsistent marking.
“Yet again the hard work of both students and staff has been justly rewarded with many outstanding GCSE successes,” he said.
“But while the results are an improvement on last year, we are still not happy with the GCSE English grades which once again show inconsistency.
“We are exploring the results with the exam board and requesting that some papers are re-marked.”