Pupils receive GCSE results at Robert Smyth
EXCITEMENT grew in the foyer of Robert Smyth Academy this morning as students flowed in fresh from the summer holidays to collect their results.
Maths grades saw 76 per cent of pupils gaining C or above and 23 percent scoring an A* or A grade.
In the sciences, 90 per cent achieved higher than a C in all three sciences with physics performing well and 71 per cent of students gaining an A* or A grade.
The school’s success was reflected on the faces of pupils who gathered together to share their results outside the school and in the foyer.
Tessa Vuister (16) of The Pastures, Harborough, said: “I did good. I got three A*s, four As, three Bs and a C.”
“I did better than I was expecting. I moved here from the Netherlands. I moved in May 2011 so I missed first bit of year ten so I had to catch up.”
Tessa said she is keeping her options open for the future by going on to study Maths, Chemistry, English, Psychology and Sociology.
Tilly Boa (16), of Ashley Way, Harborough achieved nine A*s and two As. She is going on to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and French and is looking to have a career in medicine.
“I have been working towards that. I knew how important it was to get good results at GCSE because they’re looking at that when you apply.”
John Pilcher (16), of Greenway, Kibworth, who plays the French Horn had just got back from a music tour in Germany and said that he was pleased with his results of six A*s, three As and a B.
He hopes to have a career in music and said although he is going on to further study at Robert Smyth as he is not intending to pursue an academic career his results were not as important.
John said: “I just hope they don’t keep changing the GCSEs too much.”
Bethany Cawthrow (15), of The Woodlands, Harborough achieved six A* grades, 2 As and a B.
She was particularly pleased with her grade in critical thinking having missed half the coursework as she was in hospital. She has cystic fibrosis.
Bethany said: “I did so much better than I thought I’d do. I was supposed to get good results but I’ve been panicking that I hadn’t revised as much and that I didn’t do enough work.”
She is going on to study Maths, Physics, French and History and hopes to study Law at university.
Colin Dean said that they are delighted with most results but that they are not yet confirming their A* to C grades as there is a discrepancy with the English results.
He said: “We are very pleased with these outstanding results and with grades overall. There is a discrepancy at the moment with the English results, which is preventing us from confirming our A* to C plus English and MAths result, but we are hopeful of resolving this shortly.
Economics, a new GCSE subject saw 92 per cent of students gaining a C or above and 69 per cent achieving A* and A grades.
Mr Dean said that the majority of students at the school study a modern foreign language and in all three languages combined, more than 70 per cent of achieving a C or above.
Design and Technology also performed well with 46 per cent of students attaining A* or A grades in art and textiles.
In the subject of Music, more than 92 per cent of students gained a C or above and 69 per cent achieved A* or A.
Mr Dean said: “We are delighted for the students, who have worked so hard and congratulations to every one of them.”
Speaking about the reason for the school’s successful results, Mr Dean said: “I think it is two things. A focus on teaching and learning, very good teaching and good support from the parents and it is working with the parents to ensure students are well supported.”
List of results to follow on website later today (Thursday).
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