Caroline Chisholm School students have plenty of good reasons to celebrate, after achieving the school’s best ever GCSE results.
The school saw 77 per cent of pupils achieve five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Principal Tony Downing said: “These are our best ever GCSE results by some distance. It is a big step up from last year.
“Staff and children have worked very hard, and the parents have been very supportive.
“There are a lot of choices for the students to make, as a lot can choose from a wider range of A-Levels than they may have been able to.
“We will now focus on setting them off on their A-Levels and giving them good career advice.”
Katie Johnson got eight A* grades and two A’s, and is going to stay on to do A-Levels.
She said: “I was not expecting to do that well. I just couldn’t believe it - I’m in shock.
“I think it is down to positive thinking. You get what you work for. You have to work hard, and go into the exam with a good attitude as well.
“I’m sure there will be some celebrations!”
Ruby Sobanska achieved five A’s and two B’s, despite only being able to attend 30 per cent of her lessons. She has been in hospital with a back condition, and has had to do a lot of her work from home.
She said; “I had no idea what I was going to get. I have done my studies at home, and made sure when I came to school that I paid attention, and didn’t mess around.”
Seb McConnell got one A*, seven A’s and a B, and is now going on to do A-Levels in law, economics, Spanish and geography.
Asked what the secret to his success was, he said: “Revise, revise, revise. And if you can get your coursework right, it makes a massive difference.
“I’m most proud of my geography grade. That is what I want to go on and do.”
Triplets Natasha, Eleanor and Stephanie Walden were celebrating after all getting good grades.
Eleanor said: “Between the three of us we got 16 A and A* grades. It feels really good! We’re all going to stay on and do A-Levels here together.”
Natasha said: “We think the secret is working together. We all revised together and worked really hard, with lots of late nights and early mornings.”
Stephanie said: “We’re going to celebrate by going out for a big dinner with our mum today.”