Thirty Donington students heading off for A-levels

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GCSE results at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School dipped slightly on last year’s five A*-C pass rate, including English and maths.

While the rate was just under 50 per cent, there were outstanding performances to celebrate including that of ace student Misha Murdoch, who gained one A*, eight As and two Bs.

Luis Woodhouse will begin an apprenticeship as an electrician.

Luis Woodhouse will begin an apprenticeship as an electrician.

Head boy Misha was away on holiday today (Thursday) but headteacher Ian Dawson was in school to praise his success and that of fellow students who earned fantastic grades.

Mr Dawson said: “Misha should be really proud of all of his hard work and his achievements.

“We normally get about 30 students go on to do A-levels and there’s certainly that number of students with qualifications that will get them into sixth form.”

Jordan Appleyard broke off his holiday in Florida to return to school to collect his results – only to find he could have remained in the US with his family and received his great news by email.

A big day for students Lucas Inglis, Achilleas Hadjiosif, Jack Murphy and Lycia Elston.

A big day for students Lucas Inglis, Achilleas Hadjiosif, Jack Murphy and Lycia Elston.

He netted five As, two Bs and a C.

Jordan, who will go on to Spalding Grammar School for A-levels, said he had revised long and hard to get his grades.

“It felt stressful at the time but it’s all been worth it for these results,” he said.

Among others celebrating were Oliver Farmer, with three A*s, four As and three Bs – plus an additional B and C in creative media – and Emily Palmer, who gained three As, two Bs and four Cs.

Jordan Appleyard cut short his holiday in Florida.

Jordan Appleyard cut short his holiday in Florida.

Both students aim to study A-levels at Spalding Grammar School.

Oliver Farmer was thrilled with his results.

Oliver Farmer was thrilled with his results.

Thomas Cowley student Emily Palmer is ready to study A-levels.

Thomas Cowley student Emily Palmer is ready to study A-levels.