Stars in their eyes at Spalding High

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GCSE students at Spalding High School had A*s in their eyes today – with top student Amy Tall bagging ten along with an A.

Summer Buckley, Christy Neaverson and Katie Nelson were also on top form, each claiming eight A*s and three As.

GCSE day at Spalding High Sch'Christie Neaverson, Amy Toll, Summer Buckley ANL-140821-115831001

GCSE day at Spalding High Sch'Christie Neaverson, Amy Toll, Summer Buckley ANL-140821-115831001

Forty-two per cent of all grades at the school were A*–A and more than 75 per cent of all grades were A*-B.

Students across the country achieved a national pass rate of 68.8 per cent at A*-C, but the high school was almost 30 per cent above that on 98.

Its A*-C score, including English and maths, was 96 per cent.

Although the numbers were fabulous, results were a little down on previous years, but headmistress Michele Anderson said the exam regulator, Ofqual, had warned schools to expect “variability”.

Mrs Anderson said the school is proud of all of its students.

“These results remain a testament to the very high standards set at the High School and to the hard work of both students and staff, supported by parents and governors.”

Amy Tall now has her eyes focused on Oxbridge where she hopes to study science or engineering, but first she’ll take A-levels in the High School sixth form.

Amy said: “It has been lots of hard work.”

Christy Neaverson said: “I wasn’t expecting my results to be this good, really. I am pleasantly surprised. Spalding High is definitely a very supportive school – I couldn’t really have asked for any more support, really.”

Summer Buckley said: “I was really happy I got so many A*s. I am going to walk into town and buy a huge bar of Cadbury’s Oreo, and probably eat it, and I am going to a huge party tonight – 60 or 70 people are coming.”

Christy is staying at the High School for sixth form, but fellow eight A* pupil Katie Nelson is switching to Spalding Grammar for A-levels.

Katie said: “I like the atmosphere there and they have the more useful pre-u.”

At the age of 15, Emily Judd-Cooper was one of the youngest pupils collecting her results – a wonderful six A*s and four As.

Emily said: “They are better than I was expecting.”

Her proud dad, university lecturer Mark, said parents are just as anxious as the students at results time.

He said: “You just hope and pray for the best. You live their disappointments as well as their successes.”

Among other notable achievers were Raghavi Anand-Babu (7A*s and 4As), Lizzie Taylor (7A*s and 3As) and Roshanae Khurrum (7A*s and 1A).