National students smash records

STUDENT UNION -- National GCSE students after collecting their grades. Back Row (from left) Eve Dobson, Sean Elliott, Charlotte Lane, Asher Smith. Front Row (from left) Jess Roe, Lucy Allen, Emily Belfield, Vinny Patel Lewis Goodwin -- DISPIC NHUD12-2238-1

STUDENT UNION -- National GCSE students after collecting their grades. Back Row (from left) Eve Dobson, Sean Elliott, Charlotte Lane, Asher Smith. Front Row (from left) Jess Roe, Lucy Allen, Emily Belfield, Vinny Patel Lewis Goodwin -- DISPIC NHUD12-2238-1

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STUDENTS and staff at Hucknall’s National Church Of England Academy are celebrating a big leap in their GCSE results this year.

As the Year 12 pupils gathered to receive their grades and discover for themselves the fruits of their labour, teaching staff were already smiling as their students’ success was reflected in the overall pass rate.

The number of pupils who gained five or more A*-to-C grades, including English and maths, went up from 65% last year to 71% this time around. Meanwhile 97.5 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A*-to-C grades in any subject, compared to 72.5 per cent last year — a whopping increase of 25% and well above the Nottinghamshire average of 88%.

“We are really, really happy with this set of results as they show a significant improvement on last year’s figures,” said deputy principal, Martyn Jobling. “They are a testament to the hard work, both of the students and staff, and the principal is delighted.

“We expected an increase, so there were no real surprises. We have been tracking the progress of our pupils rigorously and the markers throughout the year have indicated the level achieved. This tracking also allows us to see if anyone is having any wobbles over the year so we can respond to them effectively.

“The success is not just one thing, but an accumulation of many little things over a number of years.”

As pupils stood outside school sharing scores with their friends and peers, two students stood out as the best-performing in the academy. The boy with the highest grades was Ryan Lewis, who achieved an amazing nine A*s and six As. His female counterpart, Charlotte Lane, registered one A*, a whopping 12 As and two Bs.

Not far behind was Asher Smith, who achieved eight A*s and four As. “I’ve done better than expected,” said a smiling Asher, who lives on Derbyshire Lane, Hucknall. “I’m just so relieved that all my hard work has paid off.”

Asher’s proud mum, Mandy, joined him at school on results day and was delighted with her son’s grades, declaring: “I’m elated.”

Meanwhile classmate Lucy Allen, of Christchurch Road, Hucknall is staying on in the sixth form to do A-levels after GCSEs including six A*s, five As and one B. She added: “I just can’t believe it. I didn’t expect to do so well.”