Olympic spirit shines through in GCSE successes

Olympic spirit shines through in GCSE successes

THE OLYMPIC spirit of success spread to Whitcliffe Mount School as students collected their GCSE results this week.

After their classmate Lois Toulson registered a personal best on the diving board in Rio, students back home in Cleckheaton were nervously hoping for their own podium moment when the results arrived yesterday (Thurs).

Like Team GB, Whitcliffe's stats also made for impressive reading, with 65 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades – 58 per cent including English and Maths.

Joe Lockwood and Emily Sweeney both earned 11 A*/A grades, closely followed by Ruth Jennings and Jaynie Holt with 10 A*/As and Megan Wood, Jessica West and Amy Watson with 9 A*/As.

Headteacher Jennifer Templar said: “It is always a pleasure to share this special moment with students as they receive the rewards for all their hard work, dedication and commitment.

"My staff and I are delighted by all their achievements. Those with the highest grades often steal the headlines but we are equally proud of those who have made fantastic progress during their time with us."

Elsewhere, students at Heckmondwike Grammar once again achieved some remarkable results.

All of year 11 secured at least five good GCSE grades, and 71 per cent of students achieved five or more A and A* grades.

More than 60 per cent of students secured an impressive eight or more A and A* grades – an increase from last year of nearly 10 per cent.

Heckmondwike's headline figure of A* and A grades saw a five per cent increase to 63 per cent.

Star performers were Basim Khajwal and Laurence Palmer, who both achieved an amazing 12 A* grades, with Nitish Bala, Lucy Chen, Chloe Feather, Mahdiyya Malek and Francesca Mencattelli all recording 11. Iqra Farooq, Logiga Jegathasan, Alim Kapdi and Katy Peel gained 10 A* grades.

Headteacher Mike Cook, overseeing the results day in one of his last acts before retirement, said: "These excellent results do not just happen automatically. They are evidence of the exceptional commitment and determination of Heckmondwike's students who received some outstanding support from the dedicated staff and hugely supportive parents."

At Mirfield Free Grammar, 73 per cent achieved English and maths A*-C and almost half the year group achieved all grades A*-B.

Upper Batley High School again achieved record results. All of year 11 achieved at least one qualification, the number of A*/A grades increased significantly and several departments achieved their best-ever results, including design technology, computing, business studies and art.

Waleed Zahid picked up six A*s and four A grades, while Reece Marsden recorded five A*s, three As and two Bs.

GCSEs UBHS 2016 2Headteacher Sam Vickers said: "We are incredibly proud of our Year 11 learners who have achieved excellent results this year and these GCSE outcomes are testament to their dedication, motivation and skill. GCSEs are a crucial stepping stone in education and we wish all of our learners the very best of luck as they go on to college, employment or training.”

At Batley Grammar School 84.3 per cent of students gained five A*-C, with 75.9 per cent including English and maths.

The top-performing student this year was Aisha Chothia with two A*s and eight As. Other students gaining at least seven GCSEs at A* or A include Safiyah Akudi, Aaliyah Malek, Haniya Mazhar, Cameron Newby and Nabeeha Salik.

Westborough High School continued to improve on previous exam achievements with a record number of pupils gaining the top grades of A/A* in maths, physics, chemistry, biology, languages and business studies.

The percentage of pupils gaining a grade C or above in English and maths increased by seven per cent.

Local results are up on 2015, with 58 per cent of Kirklees students securing at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths, compared with last year’s figure of 56.8 per cent.

There has been a significant improvement in Kirklees GCSE results over the last few years, with outcomes remaining ahead of those seen nationally. No local school is below the new national floor target.

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