STUDENTS have achieved higher results this year despite the exams getting harder.
One school has even more reason to celebrate. Despite only coming out of special measures last year Granville Sports College in Woodville recorded its highest result ever.
The college saw 87 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades and 53 per cent achieve five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Head teacher Sylvia Thomas, said: “I am ecstatic for the kids. The success is down to a combined effort of the everybody - parents, governors and the pupils.
“We came out of special measures last April after a year so we are really chuffed.
“It’s down to hard work and making sure we focus on the main thing, and that’s making sure the children are doing what they are meant to do.
“We also have some really good new staff.”
Steve Allen, head teacher of De Ferrers Academy in Stretton - were there was a record high of 68 per cent of students achieving at least five GCSE A* to C grades including maths and English - said students had worked extremely hard to achieve the grades, including attending revision sessions at the school on a Sunday.
The academy saw a 13 per cent increase on last year’s results and the results were ten per cent above its highest achievements ever.
Vicky Howard was the top performing student. The 16-year-old from Burton achieved 11 A*s, two As and a distinction. She told the Mail: “I was not expecting it. It’s pretty amazing.”
Vicky will study chemistry, biology, maths and history at sixth form and has her sights set on a career in medicine.
Mr Allen said: “We are particularly pleased with such a huge increase because the boundaries have risen and the exams are harder.
“There has been a huge amount of additional revision, even on a Sunday. Students have worked hard and staff have worked incredibly hard.”
For a full round up see tomorrow’s Mail.