GCSE students show they are in a class of their own

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STUDENTS celebrated yesterday as they received their GCSE results.

Reporters Hannah Richardson, Joe Garbe and Gavin Moore round-up the results.

Triplets, left to right, Catherine, Claire, Roberta Worsfold

Triplets, left to right, Catherine, Claire, Roberta Worsfold

ROYAL LATIN SCHOOL students achieved record results in their GCSEs this year, with 75 per cent of all awarded A*or A grades – a five per cent increase on the school’s previous best.

In an outstanding set of results, five students were awarded A* grades in all 10 of their subjects – Rosanna Briton, Polly Calver, Arabella Jacobson, James Pollard and Lucy Robinson.

A further 21 students gained eight A*s and 27 students achieved A* or A grades in all of their subjects.

Headteacher David Hudson said, “I am absolutely delighted with these excellent results. The students have worked really hard during the course and it is gratifying to see that their hard work has paid off.”

GCSE Results Day, Buckingham, Towcester, Bicester'25/08/11 Natalee Hazelwood'The Cooper School'PICTURE: Group Shot

GCSE Results Day, Buckingham, Towcester, Bicester'25/08/11 Natalee Hazelwood'The Cooper School'PICTURE: Group Shot

Polly Calver, from Granborough, said: “I’m speechless, which is quite rare for me. I’m just checking again in case I got it wrong!”

Rosie Britton, from Old Stratford, said: “I’m very pleased and relieved.”

Lucy Robinson, from Mursley, said: “I’m in a lot of shock. I wasn’t expecting it.”

And Lucy’s mum Eleanor said: “I’m amazed and really proud. It’s her first step to being a doctor.”

GCSE Results Day, Buckingham, Towcester, Bicester'25/08/11 Natalee Hazelwood'Bicester Community College'PICTURE: L-R Laura Duggan, Rebecca Collins, Emma Kershaw, Clare Bouwman

GCSE Results Day, Buckingham, Towcester, Bicester'25/08/11 Natalee Hazelwood'Bicester Community College'PICTURE: L-R Laura Duggan, Rebecca Collins, Emma Kershaw, Clare Bouwman

Arabella Jacobson, from Croughton, said: “I was really, really nervous. I’m really happy.”

James Pollard, from Buckingham, said: “I was very nervous, I was losing sleep I was so nervous. I’m really happy, all the hard work paid off.”

At the BUCKINGHAM SCHOOL headteacher Angela Wells said: “We’re really proud and pleased with the improvement in results yet again, with 53 per cent of students gaining five A* to C grades with English and Maths. This is another five per cent increase on last year’s results, and we’re really pleased to see yet again further improvements in the percentage of A-C grades in Maths (61 per cent) English (68 per cent) and in Science there’s been a massive improvement to 66 per cent this year, from 23 per cent last year.

“All the core subjects are growing in strength from year to year.”

GCSE Results Day, Buckingham, Towcester, Bicester 25/08/11 Natalee Hazelwood The Buckingham School PICTURE: Abby Ramanauckis, Hattie Jeffs, Ellie Bailey, Becca Hearn

GCSE Results Day, Buckingham, Towcester, Bicester 25/08/11 Natalee Hazelwood The Buckingham School PICTURE: Abby Ramanauckis, Hattie Jeffs, Ellie Bailey, Becca Hearn

Sian Morgan from Buckingham said she had eight A* grades. She said: “I’m over the moon. I worked so hard and it’s paid off. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Oliver Bowers, who has a football scholarship to Oxford United Academy, said: “I did miles better than I thought.”

Megan Thompson, from Buckingham, was at the school with her mum Alison and dad Clive.

Mrs Thompson said: “She did very well, some As and some A*s. We’re very relieved. She’s hoping to go to the Latin, but we don’t find out till this afternoon.

Olivia Venables from Dadford said she had the grades she needed to go to Kingsbrook to do Art A-level.

Mum Alison said: “I’m relieved, proud and happy.”

Students at MAGDALEN COLLEGE surpassed expectations with another set of record breaking results.

This year 81 peR cent of the 222 students achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above and 75 per cent of those walked away with qualifications in English and Maths.

Headteacher Ian Colling said: “We are absolutely delighted with the successes of our students, who deserve to be praised. We had high expectations of them this year but they have done even better than predicted.

“The figure including English and Maths is up from 54 per cent in 2008 and is a result of a lot of hard work on the part of students, staff and with support from parents.”

The school is now expecting a signification number of students taking places at the MCS sixth form.

Some of those include straight A student Lauren Gouldie from Buckingham, who received four A* and four As.

She said: “I was really worried last night, I couldn’t sleep at all. But I can breath again now.”

Abi Ogle received nine As, a B and a C and said: “I was a bit shocked when I saw my results, but I’m quite proud of myself now.”

Tom Pickford received three A*s and five As and said: “I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. My mum was more nervous than me. But I thought I’d put in enough work. I knew what ever came out I’d done my best.”

Gregory Thompson received five A*, an A and a B and said: “I spent about two hours a day revising, particularly leading up to the exams. But I was pleasantly surprised. I did aim to get five A*s because that’s going to help me get into university.”

SPONNE SCHOOL in Towcester has also reported a record breaking set of results with 96 per cent gaining at least one A* to C grade and around 80 per cent attaining the preferred government measure of five A* to C including English and mathematics.

Headteacher Jamie Clarke said: “These are truly outstanding results and we are all absolutely delighted.

“It makes me tremendously proud of all our students who have done so well.”

Among the Sponne students celebrating yesterday were David Whalle who achieved nine A* and two A grades, Jack Clare, Adam Lissaman and Sophie Woodhead all with nine A* and four A grades.

Hermione Hymers received nine A* and three A grades, Rebecca Jones achieved eight A* and four As, Laura Jones and Billy Wright were both awarded seven A* and two A grades.

Laura Adams, Pheobe Deeprose, Josh Ellard, Alfie Holton-Stoppani, Cally Horobin, Giles Sowden, Helena Cooper all gained six A* and five A grades.

There were lots of happy faces as pupils at THE COOPER SCHOOL and BICESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

Headteacher of The Cooper School, Ben Baxter, said results had improved for the sixth year in a row.

He said around 85 per cent of pupils got five or more A* to C grades, including maths and English, which was a 12 per cent improvement on last year’s results.

Mr Baxter said he was delighted to see students’ hard work had paid off.

“It is particularly pleasing that this superb set of results comes as we open our new sixth form centre at The Cooper School, which is a fantastic resource students in Bicester deserve to have.”

Jennifer Howse, of Langford Village in Bicester, got five A*, seven A grades and one B.

She will go on to study English literature, history, art and psychology at A-level in The Cooper School’s new sixth form centre.

Jennifer, who opened her results as part of a live radio broadcast, said: “It was really scary, but I did much better than I thought I would.

“I saw the three A* in science first, which was a shock, because I thought that would be my worst result.”

Triplets Claire, Roberta and Katherine Worsford, from Langford Village, also celebrated an outstanding set of results.

Eldest sister Claire got eight A grades and five Bs, while Roberta got eight A, two A* and three B grades, and Katherine got 10 A grades and three Bs.

All will go on to study English literature, chemistry, biology and psychology A-levels at The Cooper School, with Roberta taking art A-level as well.

Jason Clarke, principal of Bicester Community College, said this year’s results reflected the hard work of students and staff.

He added: “I am delighted that our students have achieved the grades needed to successfully move on to the next stage of their career or to secure a university place.”

Around 66 per cent of students got at least five A* to C grades at GCSE.

Student Lily Arnold, from Church Street in Bicester, got 10 A and A* grades, and one C.

She will go on to take A-levels in art, sociology, philosophy and ethics, and maths at Bicester Community College.

“I got more than I thought I was going to get, but I had to work my socks off for it. I didn’t see anyone for three months,” Lily said.

Catherine Foster, from Kings Meadow in Bicester, got five A*, six A and two B grades.

She will study physics, maths, English literature, and philosophy and ethics A-levels at Bicester Community College.

“I was expecting quite a good result so I was very glad to get it,” she said.

Student Briony Appletree from Bicester, who got two A*, five A, and four B grades, will go on to study history, art, drama and English literature A-levels at The Cooper School.

“I was expecting slightly higher in art, so I’m a little bit gutted about that, but I’m absolutely over the moon,” she said.

Daisy Richards, from Bicester, got one A*, five A, and four Bs at GCSE, and a B in additional maths.

She will study chemistry, physics, maths and geography at Bicester Community College.

“I didn’t think I’d get the As in English at all. I worked very hard and it was a big relief,” Daisy said.