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School records tumble as Wycombe pupils celebrate GCSE results
12:28pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
SCHOOL records have been broken once again as High Wycombe pupils celebrate their GCSE results.
John Hampden Grammar School hailed its latest crop of year 11 pupils its “best ever” after 60 percent of boys scored A*/As, with 70 percent grabbing at least five A* grades.
Matthew Kite, 16, has already set his sights on Cambridge University after opening his envelope to discover ten A* GCSEs.
He said: “Although there’s nothing you can do about the results once the exams are over, today is such a big relief. I’m very pleased.”
Head of Year 11 at John Hampden, James Robinson, said: “Overall, this year is our best ever. There is no magic wand, the success is down to three things; the support from parents, the support and dedication of staff and the hard work and application of the pupils themselves.”
The boys at the Royal Grammar School were jumping for joy as the Amersham Hill school was just one percent away from a record breaking year of its own, as 73.25 percent of pupils achieved A* or A grades.
Ben Cisneros said he has had the 'best summer of his life' after notching 11 A*s and one A in his GCSEs. It follows hot on the heels of playing the Artful Dodger in the Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre production of Oliver!
He said: "It has been a busy summer. The theatre is something I have only taken to recently but it has become my biggest hobby and performing at the Swan was a great experience.
"I am staying on at Sixth Form, I love it at RGS as there are a lot of opportunities and then I aspire to go to Cambridge University to study law."
Headteacher Roy Page said: “This reflects the hard work of the staff and all the boys and we are very pleased with these sets of results.”
Not to be out done, the girls from Wycombe High performed once again with the highest average point score in the school’s history.
75 percent of all grades were A*/As, with 68 pupils gaining straight A* and A grades and 10 students scoring ten or more straight A*s. 79 percent of Wycombe High girls achieved five A*/A grades.
Headteacher Sharon Cromie said: “The girls have worked extremely hard to produce such great results. We are delighted for them and look forward to welcoming them back to Sixth Form in September.”
Cressex Community School’s rise continues as pupils and staff celebrated its highest ever set of GCSE results.
More than 60 percent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at grade C and above, with almost half of the Year 11s scoring above C in five subjects including English and mathematics.
Isobel Cartwright, 16, could soon be helping to dust down a crime scene after grabbing the grades she needed to study science at Henley College.
The CSI TV show fan said: “I’m delighted as I’ve got what I needed to take my place at college. I’d love to get into forensic science, it’s something I’ve always been interested in.”
Headteacher David Hood added: “These very pleasing results are the outcome of five years hard work by students and staff, and are a testimony to the excellent teamwork that is a hallmark of the school.”
Over in Hazlemere, Sir William Ramsay’s pupils shattered records for a second year running with 66.5 percent of pupils achieving five A* to Cs including English and maths.
Headteacher Mark Mayne said: “There have been some exceptional outcomes for many students and this is a reflection of the hours of hard work that many students have put in, as well as the dedication of Sir William Ramsay staff and the support of parents and carers.
“We are pleased to report that many of our boys have closed the gap from previous years and are now matching the performance of our girls and that our highest performing students are now excelling.”
Highcrest Academy said 98 percent of its students achieved five GCSEs, with 82 percent of the pupils grabbing five A-C grades.
Charlie Berry scooped the equivalent of 17 GCSEs - including eight A* - after undertaking an engineering diploma at the academy and Prisilla Johnson gained seven A* and six As.
But Olivia Noble overcame arguably the biggest challenge by securing two A* and six C grades after starting her GCSEs virtually from scratch just seven months before exam season.
She moved to Wales with her family in Year 8 and returned to Highcrest in October but, because she had been studying under different exam boards, she was forced to begin her GCSEs again.
She said: “I was very worried about how I would get on with my GCSEs but I was motivated. I had to work every evening, and stayed in and didn’t see my friends.”
Nationally it has been reported there has been a drop in the proportion of top grades being awarded – for the second year in a row.
The proportion of exam entries getting A* to C grades fell 1.3per cent to 68.1 per cent and for the first time ever the overall GCSE pass rate fell.
Visit the BFP website later today for more GCSE results, reaction and photos from schools from the south of the county.
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