GCSE delight at University Academy Holbeach

The wait's over for Judy Hayes and daughter Nicole.
The wait's over for Judy Hayes and daughter Nicole.
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University Academy Holbeach students and teachers were “thrilled” at this year’s results for GCSEs.

There were “massive improvements” in the pass rate for maths at the school, with 74 per cent of the students passing the subject.

And some 68 per cent of the students achieved A* to C grades.

There were also improvements in pass rates for biology, physics and chemistry.

Steve Baragwanath, headteacher at University Academy Holbeach, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the results – everyone has done really well.

“I’m very pleased with our students and teachers who worked so hard to get here.

“We have had 48 per cent of students passing English and maths this year.

“We’re really pleased that the overall pass rate for maths has improved too.

“I’m thrilled that the students have performed this well, especially as there have been so many changes to the GCSEs this year.

“Despite the changes to coursework and the exams themselves, the students have done excellently and we are all very proud of them all, here at the school.”

Nicole Hayes achieved great results for her work, including four at A* and plans on continuing to study at University Academy Holbeach.

Nicole said: “I want to be a maths and physical education teacher, so I want to carry on with that and, hopefully, head off to Loughborough University which is one of the best for maths and PE.”

Nicole’s mother, Judy, was almost in tears when reading through her daughter’s results.

She said: “I could cry for her.

“She’s worked so, so hard for these and it just shows how if you put the work in you can really go somewhere and do something with your life – these results are so important – this is where it all begins.

“Nicole will be really happy to stay here with the teachers who have supported her so much during her GCSEs.”

Another top achiever at the school was David Shire from Fleet, who gained eleven GCSEs at A* to B grades and one distinction in IT.

David said: “I’m really, really happy with my results.

“I worked really hard and I think that is the key to getting good results.

“I’m now going to the High School in Spalding to study maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

“I want to then go off to university and study anything to do with science as that’s what I really enjoy.

“My ultimate goal for the future now is to work in science and earn lots of money while doing it.”