Holgate focused on positives despite dip

MAKING THE GRADE -- Holgate GCSE students (from left) Shane Clifton, Sam Wells, Ellie Marriott, Kirsty Peat, Luke Cook and Brad Johnson after collecting their results -- DISPIC NHUD12-2238-12
MAKING THE GRADE -- Holgate GCSE students (from left) Shane Clifton, Sam Wells, Ellie Marriott, Kirsty Peat, Luke Cook and Brad Johnson after collecting their results -- DISPIC NHUD12-2238-12

THE HEAD teacher of Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall focused on ‘excellent progress’ in some areas, despite the school suffering a slight dip in its GCSE results this year.

The number of students who achieved at least five A*-to-C grades in the summer’s exams hit 46% — a one per-cent decline on 2011.

As for the percentage of pupils who achieved at least five A*-to-Cs in all subjects, that two fell marginally — from 78% in 2011 to 75% this year, which is significantly below the Nottinghamshire average of 88%.

But Wayne Barsby, who has been at the helm of the school on Nabbs Lane for 18 months, reacted by saying: “We have bucked the national trend in our English results, showing an increase on this last year’s figures. We have achieved exceptional results, which is really pleasing.

“Our French students have also performed tremendously, with one in three achieving an A* or A with 100%passing at A*-to-C. This is a massive improvement on anything before in living history.”

Mr Barsby put this success down to the ‘skilled and tenacious’ teachers who are ‘pushing students to achieve’ — alongside pupils who ‘want to do their best’.

He added: “The higher ability youngsters have also done better with more students gaining an A* or A grades. And as a specialist school in the arts, we have shown a strong performance in art, music and drama, with 86% of students coming away with an A*-to-C grade.”

Mr Barsby admits that the school still has a way to go if it is to break the 50% target for five or more A*-to-C grades, including maths and English, but will be asking for some pupils’ marks to be checked after the narrowly missed out on better grades.

For some students, there was plenty to celebrate — in more ways than one.

Twins Leah and Emily Millington picked up their results on their 16th birthday.

It was definitely a family affair for the siblings. For not only was their mum looking on in anticipation but big sister Kelly, who is the assistant head of sixth form at the school, was there to delight at their success. Unfortunately the duo didn’t want to publicise their grades.

One of the school’s top performers was Ellie Marriott, who registered three A*s and eight As. Ellie is now looking forward to studying A-levels at Bilborough College.

“I did well but I expected to do well as I worked hard,” said Ellie, of Ascot Drive, Hucknall. “I did lots of revision leading up to the exams and it paid off.”

Classmate Luke Cook is living the dream after securing a professional football contract with Burton Albion but wasn’t complacent about his studying after collecting two As, two Bs and two Cs.

He said: “I worked hard and sacrificed time with friends to revise as I wanted to get good grades. I might have missed a few nights out but I didn’t miss my football training.”