Mixed GSCE fortunes for Holbeach

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THERE was good and not so good news for University Academy Holbeach students who collected their GSCE results today.

Grades from both Holbeach and Crowland campuses where put together for the first time, with 73 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSE A* to Cs.

Other highlights includes a 100 per cent rate in English, 85 per cent for history and 64 per cent in maths.

But an unexpectedly low 39 per cent of students whose five A* to C grades included English and maths left staff questioning the new GCSE English syllabus, with a number of students set to have their grades looked at again.

Principal Steve Baragwanath said: “The youngsters have done very well and they’ve made some very pleasing progress.

“We’ve had some really outstanding results, but we’re disappointed with the results from the new GCSE English exam and we’ve sent some papers back for a re-mark.”