STUDENTS at Bishop Luffa were celebrating their GCSE results today (Thursday, August 22) with many planning to return to the sixth form next year.
In total, 83 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades and 75 per cent achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths, a one per cent drop on last year.
Sixteen per cent of all grades were A* and 38 per cent were A*-A.
Annie Slater was celebrating with an amazing ten A* grades and an A in AS-level religious education.
“I was hoping to get all A*s but I was worried at the same time that I wouldn’t get them,” she said.
Annie is planning to stay at Bishop Luffa Sixth Form to study biology, chemistry, maths and further maths and wants to be a vet.
George Dempster achieved one A*, five As, two Bs and one C.
“I am pleased with them overall,” said George, who is also staying at Bishop Luffa next year. “I am pleased with my science which was my A*. Mostly what I expected I got so I am happy.”
He will be studying biology, chemistry, geography and economics.
Charlotte Bowden got one A*, two As, five Bs and one C.
Her A* was in Spanish and she joked it was just as well she scored highly because her dad is Spanish.
“I have been anticipating this all summer so it was really, really exciting to open it and get the grades I wanted,” said Charlotte, who will be returning to Bishop Luffa next year.
“I have done better in some of the subjects that I didn’t think I was going to get the grades in. My mum cried when I told her.”
Charlotte is planning on studying music, media studies, Spanish and English language and literature at A Level.
Sofia Froud got two As, two Bs and five Cs.
“I am really happy to get the A in art because I want to go on to do further art,” she said. “I was so nervous before we got the results.”
Commenting on the results, head teacher Nick Taunt said: “We are delighted with another year of strong results. There are a lot of happy faces here today.
“We also have a very successful and oversubscribed sixth form and a lot of pupils here are delighted that they have got the grades they need to get in.”
He said the day was not just about the high achievers: “Behind the headline figures there are a number of students battling very severe difficulties at home and in their personal lives and they have come through exceptionally well.
“We don’t get to see those ones so much but actually there is that sense of achievement in pupils who have done the very best they can. It is seeing that which gives teachers a real sense of pleasure and satisfaction.”
He also thanked his whole team for their continued hard work and support.