‘BEST EVER’ GCSE results were celebrated at Felpham Community College.
The school bucked the national trend, with 59 per cent achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
“Our year 11 students have done really well this year and the whole school community is delighted for them. The exam system has undergone significant change in the last two years with raised standards and moving goal posts and so to get our best set of results under these circumstances is particularly pleasing,” said head teacher Mark Anstiss.
“Our students have shown motivation and been prepared to work hard and I am delighted that they have been rewarded today.
“I am also delighted that the effort and commitment of the Felpham staff team, supported by our governing body, has clearly helped so many of our young people fulfil their potential.”
Head of English Jane Constantine was thrilled at the school’s most successful English results to date.
“I’m overwhelmingly pleased given last year with the uncertainty with the grade boundaries moving.
“Those who worked hard got their reward. There’s lots of very happy people.
“It’s progressing and that’s all you can hope for – that it’s better every time.”
67 per cent of students achieved at least a C grade in English language, with 72 per cent for literature.
“Some schools get high grades but don’t enter all their kids. Every one of our kids does literature as well as language.”
Sam Jones received his GCSE results on his 16th birthday.
“I’m really happy,” he said. “They’re better than I though they would be.”
He is staying on for sixth form at the college and will study maths, further maths, physics and English language and hopes to one day study engineering.
Of getting the results on his birthday, he said: “I was kind of worried because it could have been a bad birthday, but it’s not it’s a good birthday.”
Meanwhile Ben Hughes said he was very pleased with his grades.
“I was just sort of excited,” he said of waking up on results day, adding he wanted to see what he had got out of the exams.
He will also return to the college in September, studying maths, further maths, chemistry and physics.
Also going on to study maths, further maths and physics at sixth form at the college will be Michael Saunders.
“Relieved, I think,” he said when asked how he felt.
“You wait so long after you finish the exams and you finally get your results and it’s just sort of relief.”
His fourth A-level will be Spanish.
“I was pretty nervous. I wanted to get to the school as quickly as possible and get it over and done with.
“It was nice to get it done and to see everyone else.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the school.”
To celebrate, Michael was heading to Belgium to watch the Grand Prix.
Harvey Robinson was very pleased with his eight A* grades, one A grade and two B grades.
He will be studying chemistry, biology, maths and geography at the college from September.
He said he enjoyed his time at the school, especially a trip to New York City in year 10.
When asked how he felt on the morning of results day, he said: “Very tired because I didn’t sleep a lot – and anxious.”
The school also especially highlighted the performances of:
- Hannes Smit: (Five A* grades, four A grades, one B grade, distinction OCR Nat)
- Holly Smith (Five A* grades, five A grades, one B grade).
Ken Lloyd, chairman of the governors, said: “These results are a credit to the students, their parents and their teachers who together have worked so hard. It has been a pleasure for the governors to be involved in this leap in school standards. I know the leadership team at Felpham is never complacent and will continue the build on this success in the future.”