GCSE results celebrated despite changes

EXAM CELEBRATIONS: The Bewdley School pupils Josie Blakiston, Adam Jones, Bryony Haines and Jordanne Palmer.

EXAM CELEBRATIONS: Holy Trinity School pupils, back, from left, Alexa Wittkop, Jenny Bateman, Arabella Withers, Stephanie Whitby and Mary Anderson, front, from left, Lucy Moles, Alice Foster and Lydia Green.

EXAM CELEBRATIONS: Stourport High School pupils Catherine Williams, Toby Blount, Zoe Whaile, Sophie Turbutt, Jessica Abbott, Ella Smith.

EXAM CELENRATIONS: Heathfield School pupils Elliott Cox and Grace Hogan. 351403M

EXAM CELEBRATIONS: Lacon Childe School pupils Nathan O’Connell, Freya Scott, Greg Young and Ben Phillips.

EXAM CELEBRATIONS: Top performer at King Charles I School, with 10 A*s and an A, Andrew Bishton.

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HIGH-achieving Wyre Forest pupils are celebrating their GCSE results despite alterations made to the examinations this year.

Various teachers from around the region told The Shuttle that the “volatility” and changes to the exams, especially in English, will impact the results.

At Stourport High School and Sixth Form Centre 96 per cent of students achieved five A* to G grades, with 63 per cent of pupils achieving a grade C or above in English and maths on first entry.

David Knott, headteacher, said: “The results are testimony to the hard work of students and staff and nothing short of what students deserve.”

Baxter College saw 43 per cent of pupils gaining five A* to C grades which, under the changes, does not include more than two vocational subject results.

Headteacher, Dave Seddon, said the changes affect his school more than others due to the number of students they have who took multiple vocational subjects.

“At Baxter we are proud of our philosophy that we tailor course and combinations of courses to our students,” he said.

At The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre 70 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C passes and 58 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C passes in English language and maths.

Paul Ramage, deputy headteacher, said: “We’re really pleased with the results and proud of the students who worked very hard for these exams, supported by staff and parents.”

Heathfield School's deputy headteacher, Faith Wilson, said she was delighted to achieve 86 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades.

“Our students have worked extremely hard and the results reflect this,” she said.

“They have all gained the place they wanted to continue their education – congratulations to all.”

Wolverley CE Secondary School has seen the number of students achieving A* and A grades increasing by 45 per cent.

Bryn Thomas, headteacher, said: “We're really pleased with the progress we are making as an improving school and we are delighted with our results.”

More than 200 pupils took their end of year GCSE exams at King Charles I School, with 55 per cent of pupils achieving A* to C grades including English and maths.

Retiring headteacher, Tim Gulliver, said: “I am extremely proud of our young people who show such high levels of enthusiasm, commitment, industry and energy.”

“I thank them, my staff and parents for their combined efforts in realising so many rewarding outcomes.”

Students at Lacon Childe School, in Cleobury Mortimer, are celebrating after more than 64 per cent of students achieved the benchmark of five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.

Headteacher, Darren Reynolds, said: "Congratulations to all of our students who have achieved excellent GCSE examination results this year.

"As a school we are proud of our students’ achievements and especially thankful to our dedicated, hard working staff who have prepared students for this success."

Holy Trinity School were the highest scorers in the area with 100 per cent of students achieving a pass rate in their exams, with 94 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.

Pam Leek-Wright, headteacher, said: “We are delighted for all our students who have gained such outstanding results.”

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