HUNDREDS of 16-year-olds gathered at Gainsborough’s two secondary schools to get their GCSE results on Thursday.
Emotions ran high at Trent Valley Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s High School as the grades were revealed, with nervous parents and teachers waiting in the wings to show their support.
For most pupils their hard work has paid off and they will move on to further education, training or employment.
At Trent Valley Academy there were scenes of joy as the school celebrated a great set of results.
Pupils achieving the key benchmark of five or more A* - C GCSE grades rose to 80 per cent, from 71 per cent last year.
And 72.4 per cent of pupils gained two good grades in maths and science - the best results ever in these subjects for the school.
All 18 students who took a diploma in business, admin and finance came out with either A* or A grades.
“We’ve had a fantastic year here at Trent Valley Academy and I am pleased with the students’ results,” said principal Wendy Carrick.
“The growth in the number of students achieving five of more A* - C grades is a credit to the teaching and learning from both students and staff throughout the year.
Mrs Carrick said that like many other schools across the country, TVA would be challenging the marking of several English papers.
Many schools have suggested papers were marked too harshly and the grade boundaries changed this year, leading to more fails than usual.
At Gainsborough’s grammar school Queen Elizabeth’s High School, pupils have excelled themselves once again.
The number of pupils achieving five or more A* - C grades is 97 per cent - slightly down on last year’s amazing 100 per cent.
Grades A and A* were awarded to 40 per cent of pupils, and 28 per cent gained more than seven A - A*s.
“It is the hard work of our students and staff here at QEHS which makes us proud to be associated with this wonderful school,” said head teacher David Allsop.
“This year, many of the students have achieved the most amazing individual results, some of them gaining straight A grades at GCSE, and also gaining two or three AS levels a year early.”
• See next week’s Gainsborough Standard for a full rundown of Gainsborough’s GCSE success - out Thursday 30th August.