GCSE results: Students across Grimsby celebrate record breaking achievements
IT'S "mission accomplished" for GCSE pupils from across Grimsby today, with many schools once again celebrating record breaking results.
Among them is Healing School, where every single student passed five or more GCSEs and 91.3 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C passes, including maths and English.
Principal Ann Addison said it was "mission accomplished", as the results meant that this year's students had easily surpassed last summer's result, which saw 86 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English.
She said: "Since September, we've been encouraging the Year 11s to aim high and beat last year's fantastic achievements.
"Our mantra has been 'Mission Very Possible' and their mission has been accomplished.
"This is a fantastic set of results, even by the high standards achieved by this school in the past.
"This is a record-breaking year for us and we're incredibly proud of what the students, helped by staff, have achieved."
Across the year group there were some impressive individual performances at the Ofsted-rated "outstanding" school.
Top performer, Oliver Kauss, 16, who will be attending Franklin College, said he is "overwhelmed" with his results.
"I'm so pleased with getting an A in English language and I didn't expect to get an A* in geography because it's not my favourite subject," he said.
"Art has to be my favourite topic and I also love English – I want to be a tattoo artist when I'm older.
"Everyone will be over the moon with my results and so am I."
Another star was Philip Moseley, 16, who achieved A*s in maths and English, amongmany other top results.
He said: "My mum had to pick up my results today because I'm at the Leeds Festival, so I was quite nervous about her seeing them first!
"But I was predicted to do well so I expected these results. I was really nervous about French but I seemed to do ok.
"I thought my results would determine how good the festival would be, and now I've got them I'm having an even better time!
"It means I will be able to go to Caistor Sixth Form to do chemistry, maths and biology – I want to be a doctor."
And Healing pupils were not the only ones with cause for celebration.
Jane Bowman, the principal of Oasis Academy Wintringham, said 45 per cent of students had achieved five A* to Cs including maths and English and a whopping 91 per cent had five A* to C passes to their name.
She said: "We are absolutely delighted with this year's results which show a further improvement overall.
"This is a tremendous result for this particular year group and reflects the hard work and dedication of both staff and students."
Mrs Bowman said she was particularly pleased with her students' achievements in maths, where there was a 12 per cent increase on the number achieving A* to C passes on last year.
She added: "As ever, there were exceptional individual performances – all of which were thoroughly deserved.
"I would like to pay tribute to the staff and students for their commitment and perseverance without which this success would not have been possible.
"We wish all students the very best of luck with the next phase of their learning journey at either college or in the workplace, knowing full well that they have achieved strong foundations on which to build in the future."
The head teacher of Caistor Grammar School, Roger Hale, also described their results as "pretty special", adding that 82 per cent of students had achieved an English Baccalaureate qualification – compared to the national average of 30 per cent – and 100 per cent of GCSE students had achieved a whopping seven A* to C passes, including maths and English.
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