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Marlow school bucks national GCSE trend with best scores
THE national trend of a decline in GCSE grades was bucked at Great Marlow School, to the delight of bosses.
69 per cent of the the Bobmore Lane school's pupils in Year 11 achieved five or more A* to C grades including both English and Maths. Results improved since 2012 against every measure.
The school's rate for five or more A* to C including English and Maths improved from 62 per cent, while five or more A* to C across all subjects was 81 per cent, up from 70 per cent.
And one or more A* to C was up by one per cent from 95 per cent last year.
Deputy Head Linton Nash, said: "I feel amazingly positive.These results, against a national picture of declining grades, very positively reflect the efforts of pupils, teachers and parents. "There isn't a subject, or a group of pupils who had done badly or less well than expected.
"We are one pupil away from 70 per cent which is a big barrier to crack through.
"Almost every pupil got at least one A* - C grade whatever their ability. English and Maths are really leading the way as the core subjects."
Asked what the improvement was due to, he said: "This is the first year where pupils are getting results who have been through our pathway system, which we created five years ago so they've been all the way through with it.
"They have done different courses, at different speeds, according to their ability and I think that's really worked for them.
"Also, the character of the students, this is a year group which has been unique in how mature and dedicated they are. I've never seen a cohort of pupils work so hard."
He also praised the teachers and parents for their role. At Sir William Borlase's Grammar School the overall A*-C rate was 99 per cent, a slight decline from 2012 where every pupil achieved this level. 73 per cent of all GCSEs were at A* or A grade, with the average grade in excess of an A. 47 students gained straight A grades or better, with eight gaining straight A*s.
Headmaster Dr Peter Holding said: "This was a fantastic set of GCSE results, and we are very proud of the way that our students have worked to achieve to their full potential. "This was a very talented year group, with many of these students not only gaining excellent academic results but also excelling in sports, the arts, and in a huge variety of other activities. They were a delight to work with, and I know that they have had outstanding support from all of their teachers and all our support staff."
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