Record-breaking GCSE results

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN -- 16-year-old sisters and students Megan and Rebekah Saint, who led the record-breaking spree of GCSE exam-results at the National Church Of England Academy in Hucknall. Megan achieved five A* grades and six As, while Rebekah earned five A*s and five As.
WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN -- 16-year-old sisters and students Megan and Rebekah Saint, who led the record-breaking spree of GCSE exam-results at the National Church Of England Academy in Hucknall. Megan achieved five A* grades and six As, while Rebekah earned five A*s and five As.

BRIGHT students in Hucknall and Bulwell are celebrating after helping the towns’ trio of schools post record-breaking GCSE results.

The National School in Hucknall, now called the National Church Of England Academy, finished top of the pile.

For an outstanding 93% of pupils who sat the exams achieved five or more passes at grades A* to C.

That is a 5.4% increase on 2010 and outstripped the Nottinghamshire average (82.7%) by more than 10%.

The academy, on Annesley Road, also recorded an improvement in the number of students gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. Of the 204 pupils who took the tests, 66% met this grade — an improvement of almost 11% and a slight improvement on the countywide standard (57.4%).

Head teacher Jon Edwards said: “We are very pleased. Our pupils worked very hard, and so did their teachers. It is great to see their efforts rewarded in the outcomes.

“On behalf of the academy, I would like to congratulate our pupils on the commitment they showed to their studies. I would also like to thank teachers and other staff.”

Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall also made big strides, with 77% of pupils achieving five of more A* to C grades — a rise of 12% on the 2010 results, although still below the county average.

In terms of five or more A* to Cs including English and Maths, the Nabbs Lane comprehensive scored 46.9% — an increase of 6.9% on the previous year but again slightly below the Nottinghamshire average.

Nevertheless, both sets of results represented the best-ever achieved at the school.

Head teacher Wayne Barsby said: “We are delighted for our year-11 students. Many have worked tirelessly to achieve some excellent results.

“This is a proud day for Holgate.”

At the new Bulwell Academy, off Hucknall Lane, of the 148 pupils who sat the tests, an excellent total 70% achieved five or more A* to C grades in the school’s first year of GCSE exams. A total ofe 26% gained five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. Both were below the city averages of 77.3% and 47.6%.

Among the individual success-stories in Hucknall were National duo, 16-year-old twin sisters Megan and Rebekah Saint. Megan collected five A*s and six As, while Rebekah got five A*s and five As.

Other outstanding National students were: Annie Ratcliffe (eight A*s and five As), Olivia Swinscoe (six A*s and six As), Sophie Green (five A*s and seven As), Daniel Bennison (five A*s and six As), Hollie Bears (six A*s and seven As), Amy Powell (seven A*s and four As) and Ben Fifoot (five A*s and five As).

The roll-call of honour at Holgate included Emily Beardall (two A*s, two As and five Bs), Shane Porter (two A*s, three As and four Bs), Jessica Beasley (one A*, seven As and 1 B), Amber Cordon (one A*, five As and three Bs), Lewis Jackson (one A*, four As and six Bs), Charlotte Jayes (one A*, two As and seven Bs) and Abbie Sims (seven As and two Bs).