The waiting is finally over for students across the Dispatch district as the much anticipated GCSE exam results were announced this week.
Pupils from National Academy and Holgate in Hucknall as well as Bulwell Academy were up early on Thursday as many waited to receive their brown envelopes which would determine their future plans.
As the young people revealed their results, there were cries of joy and whoops of delight from many as they shared their success with friends and school staff.
It proved another successful year at Holgate with Year 11 students achieving 55 per cent 5A*-C including English and maths – well above Government targets and maintaining last year’s achievements when the academy was identified as one of the most improved schools in Nottinghamshire.
Both maths and English saw results rise with a record number of students making excellent progress to meet and beat their targets, while students taking GCSE English progressed at a rate well above the national average.
“I am really pleased, especially with the English and maths results,” said acting principal, Caroline Saxelby. “It’s all down to hard work and sheer graft by students and staff.
“The vast majority of our students can now go forward onto their next pathway.”
Efforts by boys at Holgate has seen them overtake girls in both maths and English, which is a first in the school’s history and also bucks the national trend.
A wide range of subjects saw 100 per cent success rate achieving A*-C including business studies, performing arts, construction and ICT. Science was close behind achieving 97.6 per cent A*-C while French did extremely well with 81.6 per cent.
Chairman of Governors, Kate Turner added her delight at the results.
“I am very proud of all the students and staff that have made this set of summer results outstanding for the second year in a row,” said Mrs Turner. “This shows that Holgate is a strong school where all students succeed and puts Holgate at the centre of education in Hucknall.
“I’m looking forward to working with our new principal - Neil Holmes from September to ensure that Holgate’s success continues.”
Chloe Bolton was the highest performing student at Holgate storming through with 8 A* an A and a merit in ICT and was ‘shocked’ by her success.
“It’s surreal,” said 16 year-old Chloe of Penhale Drive, Hucknall. “I can’t believe it. I was nervous even though I worked hard but I’m happy now.”
Her parents were also at the school to share her joy.
“Chloe has been revising with a group of friends who have motivated each other,” said dad Phil. “I’m more proud of how hard she worked before the exams than the grades.”
Other top performers include Chloe Barnett 8A*/A, B and a distinction, William Humphreys 6A/A*, distinction* and a distinction and Joe Lidgett 7A*/A, B, C and a merit and said ‘he’d done alright’ and was now looking forward to going to college to study for his A levels in English, maths, economics and physics.
Despite changes to the way results are measured, it remained a bright picture at National Academy too with 68 per cent of pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths. This represents an increase of seven per cent on last year’s performance, in spite of the rule changes.
Results reveal 81 per cent of pupils gained A*-C grades in English, and 78 per cent in maths–both improved on last year.
“We would like to congratulate all of our students on their achievements,” said retiring principal Dr John Edwards. “They, and their teachers, have worked very hard and their efforts have been recognized.
“It was lovely to see so many teachers and students celebrating their success together this morning.”
Some of the most outstanding individual performances at National include Matthew Maiden 8 A* and 4 As, Niamh Walker 7 A* and 6A and Jodie Beard 4 A* and 7 A.
Bulwell Academy students Sydney Miles, Tannah Cantrell and Jake Symington collected their results from principal, Paul Halcro.
Jake achieved the Academy’s highest grades with seven A* qualifications plus two distinction* grades as well as As in his other GCSE subjects and, both he and Sydney, have the results they need to help them progress their careers in medicine.
The high performing students achieved outstanding results and Tannah’s excellent results included two distinction* grades in her BTECs as well as As in other subjects. Tannah hopes to follow a career in the arts.
“It is always rewarding to see our students succeed at such high levels,” said Mr Halcro. “I am very proud of all our students here this year.”