Hundreds of Doncaster youngsters are today picking up their exams results as the borough’s GCSE results are announced.
Nationally, the proportion of GCSE exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, official figures show, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
But the overall A*-G pass rate has fallen for the second year running.
Michael Turner, director general of the JCQ, said: “There has been a significant amount of change to the system this year and although UK level figures are relatively stable we expect more schools and colleges to see volatility in their results.”
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Students and staff were celebrating at Danum Academy after picking up their results.
Star students included Pukar Adhikari who achieved 9 A grades and a Merit, Miriam Muleba achieved 3 A*s and 6 A grades and a Merit, Georgia Styles who achieved 3 A*s, 1 As, 4 Bs, 2 Cs and a Merit.
Meanwhile Holly Alexander achieved 1 A*, 5 As, 5 Bs and a Merit and Yathurshika Balendran achieved 1 A*, 4 As, 3 Bs and a Merit.
A spokesman said: “Many of our students of all abilities did well and achieved what we and they hoped for, and they had made good progress over the last five years. This was also the case last week with the results we saw from our sixth form students, who again achieved above targets overall, and have given us a high ALPS 3 putting us comfortably within the top 15 per cent nationally.”
But the Academy did highlight some problems with results due to changes to the exam specifications that were introduced this year.
The spokesman added: “Like an increasing number of schools across the country, we are disappointed for some of our students in year 11 who have worked so hard over the last two years because many of them have missed out on a C grade by just a few marks, especially in English.
“This year, we have seen volatility between exam boards in English for our pupils as well as with some other subjects. All schools were alerted by Ofqual to expect turbulence in results at school level. It looks as though we are one of the many schools that has seen a negative impact on some subjects following the many changes to the exam specifications that were introduced this year.”
Ms Rebecca Staples, Headteacher of Danum Academy added: “Pupils and teachers have worked extremely hard all year to produce these results. The emerging wide variation in English and some other subjects across schools and exam boards, is again unfair on some individual pupils whose results do not reflect their capabilities. We will take account of that with our sixth form entries, and as we have done this year, show that progress over the next two years will help pupils succeed with their future plans.”
Video: GCSE day at Danum Academy
Hall Cross Academy
Vice Principal at Hall Cross Academy, Simon Swain, said pupils at the school have done ‘extremely well’.
He added: “The school has made exceptional progress in maths and in core skills.”
“However we feel as though we have taken a fairly big hit in English grades. But that’s not to do with the ability of the students, but with the exam board.”
“Overall we’re really pleased. Lots of our youngsters have got some excellent results, and there are a lot of students who have got A’s and A*’s”
This is the first year of results following the switch to a greater emphasis on exams at the end of two years, rather than coursework and modular units.
And nationally the results in English seem to have been most affected, with the number of A*-C grades down 1.9 percentage points to 61.7 per cent.
Mirela Johnson, of Cantley Lane, Cantley has achieved two A’s and eight A* GCSE’s and says she is thrilled.
The 16-year-old added: “I’m feeling good, I’m really happy and surprised.”
“I thought I was going to do well, but seeing it written down has made it more real.”
“I think all of the revision I did has paid off.”
Mirela will go on to study physics, chemistry, biology and A2 level maths at the sixth form at Hall Cross Academy next month.
Video: GCSE day at Hall Cross
Pupils at Hayfield School have also been celebrating their results this morning.
Among the school’s success stories this year is Amelia Kitchener, who achieved 5 A*’s, 4 A’s and a C in her GCSE’s.
Lucy Pinder also did well, with 11 A*’s and two A grades in her GCSE’s.
Hill House School
Students are celebrating as they receive a recordset of GCSE grades, despite news reports suggesting a lower number of high grades nationally due to a reduction in the numbers taking ‘easy’ GCSEs
A record 98 per cent of students passed the all-important 5 A*-C grades, 47 per cent of exams were graded at A* or A, 30 per cent of the entire year group earned at least 8As or A*s each.
Doncaster Girls Hockey players proved that high level sport and being top of the class at school go together, with goalkeeper Saskia Shakesheff earning 7A*s and 3As and midfielder Clara Petch gaining 9A*s and 1A. Defender Becky Elliot received 4A*s and 6As, with team-mate Pippa Brocklehurst gaining 1A* and 8 As.. North of England payer Harry Houghton followed them up with 3 A*s and 6 As.
Not to be outdone, Doncaster Jazz Band’s clarinettist Freya Yeo gained 5A*s and 5As, while saxophonist Safia Khan topped the year group with a clean sweep of 11A* grades.
Tickhill Juniors star player Charlie Morris earned 2A*s and 8As, while national equestrian Eliza Yeardley got 5A*s and 5As.
Headmaster David Holland was delighted with the successes and said: “This reflects a lot of hard work and talent from both students and teachers. One of the most important things at Hill House is that we want pupils to be well rounded individuals, and we are thrilled at these wonderful results from students who also contribute hugely to the local community.”
Swinton Community School
Headteacher David Pridding said: “Students have had to put up with a lof of changes this year introduced by the government so I’m glad to see so many of them doing very well.”
Holly Anderson, 16, of Swinton, was thrilled with her two A*, five As and two Bs.
She said: “I was so nervous this morning but I’m really pleased with my results. They were better than I expected.”
Holly will study chemistry, biology, psychology and geography A-levels at the school’s sixth form.
Alex Mrksic, of Swinton, achieved three A*, four As and two Bs.
The 16-year-old, who will study A-levels in biology, chemistry, history and psychology at the school sixth form, said: “I’m very relieved and just glad that I did myself justice.”
Deputy headteacher Kate Myers said: “We are delighted to see that a number of students have gained a high proportion of A* and A grades.”
Ronan Sherratt, of Mexborough, gained five Bs and an A among his results and will start an apprentice electrical engineer course at Doncaster College in September.
The 16-year-old said: “I was a little bit nervous, but I’m pleased with my results and glad to get it out of the way.”
Megan Scott, 16, of Mexborough, was particularly pleased with her three Bs and three Cs.
She will study chemistry, biology, psychology and history at the school’s sixth form and said: “I am over the moon with my results. They are much better than I expected.”
Outwood Academy Adwick
Outwood Academy Adwick is once again delighted for their students as they achieve excellent results at GCSE.
“Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said he is delighted with the leadership of the Executive Principal, Martyn Oliver and the Principal, Carolyn Blundell as students once again achieve excellent results. We are proud of our students and the support given by their parents/carers, all of the staff at the academy and the governors”.
Carolyn Blundell, Principal, said “These are fabulous results for our students and I want to thank them, their parents/carers and all of the staff at the academy. I am delighted that 59% of students achieved the very difficult new performance measure of 5+ A*-C including GCSE English, maths and now a further GCSE with only a maximum of two vocational results counting in the measure. These results reflect the hard work of everyone involved and I wish all of our students every success in the future.”
Ridgewood School students are once again celebrating GCSE success in a wide range of subjects. Ridgewood’s Triple Scientists have done particularly well with 98% of all entrants gaining an A*-C grade in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. The Engineering Specialist legacy has paid off again this year with 85% of all students taking Product Design gaining grades at the higher levels.
Jack Linley is celebrating an outstanding set of results with 8A* in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, English Language, English Literature, Physics at A* and a further 4 As in Additional Maths, Business Studies, Electronics, ICT.
Other notable performances include Emma Jarvis with Emma Jarvis with 9A*s and 3As, Megan Maloney with 5A* and 3A and Oliver Tanner with 3A* and 5A.
Headteacher Maggie Dunn said: “Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students this year who have achieved well thanks to their hard work and the support of their families and teachers.”
Libbie Parker was amongst those celebrating after passing everything.
she said: “I did a lot better than I thought I would, I want to go to Doncaster College to study Travel and Tourism and become an air hostess.”
Olivia Page was pleased with her A* in languages.
She said: “I’m going to stay on at sixth form, I’m really pleased with my results.”
Video: GCSE day at Ridgewood School
Students at Trinity recorded the the school’s best ever GCSE results in English since it opened in 2005.
Eighty per cent of students made significant progress in the subject with three quarters gaining at least a C grade in today’s results.
And boys at the academy bucked the national trend by exceeding girls in the levels of progress made.
Overall, 68 per cent of all grades were A*-C, and 57 per cent of students achieved English and maths together with other subjects.
The top five performing students were:
Jessica Harvey, five A*s and eight As
Courtney Green, four A*s and seven As
Jennifer Standeven, four A*s and nine As
Adam Osbourne, one A* and eight As
Gregory Edgley, two A*s and seven As.
Acting principal David Page said: “We cannot easily compare these results with last year because a great deal has changed in the way in which schools are measured and which qualifications count.
“Overall we are happy that many students have performed well and we have seen improvements in many areas. The students worked extremely hard with our staff ahead of the examinations and many of them have been rewarded today with grades of which they will be proud.”
More to follow.