Following on from last week’s A-level successes, it was another day of celebration at Vandyke Upper School.
Speaking as students collected their results, headteacher at the Leighton Buzzard school, Tim Carroll, said: “For many students the wait in getting their GCSE results has felt agonisingly drawn out.
“We have not seen Year 11 students for almost two months and so it was lovely to welcome them back into school this morning to finally receive their results.
“There was great excitement and no little nervousness on many faces as they collected the envelope containing their results. One of the most enjoyable aspects of results day is to see the way that students are interested in and concerned for each other. There was a terrific atmosphere again this year among what has been a wonderful and supportive group of students.
“The results at GCSE are excellent and staff rightly feel proud of students’ achievements again this year. Among the results are examples of true excellence and cases of students overcoming personal difficulties.
“In all cases they are the result of hard work and commitment. I wish to commend them for that and to congratulate them on their success.”
Mr Carroll said that 70% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades.
He added: “I am particularly delighted that 30% of students have achieved the Government’s key academic benchmark of A*-C in each of English, Maths, Science (double or triple), a foreign language and History or Geography, up from 24% last year, and well above the national average.
“English results are around the national average and Maths well above. Science results are especially strong this year.”
Among the impressive results was Lucy Sharman who got 9 A* and 3 A grades.
An excited Lucy said: “I am thrilled. I was quite nervous but once I opened my envelope I saw the grades I was hoping for and feel very pleased. It feels like all the hard work was worth it and I can’t wait to start Sixth Form.”
Brandon Nicholson said: “I got my expected grade or above in all subjects and feel so pleased. I worked hard and can see now how it has paid off.”
With six A* and five A grades Bea Poulton was equally delighted. “I am just really happy, especially with A* in Maths and French,” she said, while Michael Davies felt that his 9 A* and one A grade were the fruits of very hard work. He said: “I am relieved and can just look forward to starting Sixth Form now.”
Mr Carroll added: “Most of our students have come through local lower and middle schools and their successes today should be shared by all of our local schools. Exam results are important in recognising achievement and in opening doors onto future opportunities. Many students will be joining the Vandyke Sixth Form while others are taking up apprenticeships or college opportunities. We wish them all well.”
This year there was exam success for staff as well as students.
A special results envelope went to a member of staff who for two years joined a GCSE French class learning alongside our students.
Mrs Lou Rae, a cover supervisor at Vandyke for over ten years, achieved an A* grade with close to top marks.
Mr Carroll said: “She should be heartily congratulated as she now embarks upon her A-level French studies!”