Records fell at Spalding Grammar School with A*-A passes hitting 43 per cent – and half the boys gaining at least five A*-A grades, the best ever result in outgoing head Nigel Ryan’s 11 years at the school.
The top ten star students were headed by Harry Pratt with 11 A*s and two As, followed by Oliver Warren and Zacki Ziane, who both netted ten A*s and three As.
Mr Ryan had high praise for the staff and students – but tough words for the examiners.
He said: “The only fly in the ointment is the English results. While they have improved, they do not do justice to the boys’ abilities.
“What is doubly annoying is yet again we have to send English scripts off for re-marks, knowing a number will come back once again with higher grades.
“It is a pity for everyone’s sake that they cannot get it right first time.”
Students and parents filled the hall on Thursday morning and there was one mum who had a hug for the head as her children had done so well at the school.
“That’s what it’s all about,” said Mr Ryan. “But it’s not really me that deserves the credit. It’s the teachers and the students themselves. They are the ones who made it happen and I provided the framework to enable that to happen.”
Harry Pratt is returning to SGS for the sixth form.
He said: “I was quite confident I would do well in my GCSEs and am really happy.
“I hope to go into Oxbridge after my time in the sixth form.”
Top ten “member” Thomas Birdseye was celebrating seven A*s , four As and two Bs.
He’s also staying on at the school and said: “I am really happy.”
Another in the top ten was Joe Thurgood, with six A*s, four As and three Bs, who will remain at SGS for the sixth form.
His mum, Sophie, told us: “We are proud of him. He has worked hard and he deserves what he’s got.”
Fellow star student Robert Collison collected nine A*s, two As and one B.
He lives in King’s Lynn but opted for Spalding Grammar because “it’s a really good school”.
Zacki Ziane and Oliver Warren are all set for A-levels – with Zacki staying at SGS and Oliver opting to switch to Spalding High School.
Zacki told us: “I am really happy with my results.”
Oliver told us he was “elated”. He will study sciences and hopes to go to university.