Duston School sees GCSE results ‘dip’ despite excellent individual performances

A montage of pictures from Duston School on GCSE results day 2014.
A montage of pictures from Duston School on GCSE results day 2014.

A dip in GCSE grades at the ‘outstanding’-rated Duston School in Northampton was “to be expected” amid tough reforms to the exams.

The Berrywood Road school opened at 8am to hand out results to students in years nine, 10 and 11.

There were some outstanding performances from pupils Duncan Hamill, Laura Johnson, Sherry He, Robin La,

Dominika Klopocka, Aidan Pawaroo, and Sophie Craven who all achieved a minimum of nine A* or A grades.

Despite taking his exams two years earlier than most, year nine pupil Muhammed Haque achieved three As and one B and fellow 14-year-old Katie French celebrated two As and a B.

The school is yet to reveal figures on the number of pupils receiving five A* to C passes including English and maths - but a spokesperson did reveal “the headline figure has dropped from 2013’s outstanding results,” adding that “this dip was expected” in line with the national picture.

Duston School did however reveal maths pupils achieved 68 per cent A* to C pass rates compared to the national increased average of 62 per cent.

Executive principal Jane Herriman said: “Although the recent changes in educational policy have offered a challenge, we have embraced this and I am really looking forward to the new school year in order to further embed our outstanding practice.”