SCHOOL pupils worked their way to another superb set of results as the GCSE marks were finally released.
Teenagers from Woldgate College, Market Weighton School and Pocklington School were able to put the summer of worry behind them and celebrate as marks across the whole of the country improved for the 24th successive year.
Crowds of students and worried parents waited anxiously for the brown envelopes to be handed out on Thursday.
And it was largely good news, especially for Market Weighton School who had showed an improvement on last year, despite a difficult 12 months in which they were plunged into special measures and lost their headteacher to long-term illness.
They recorded a 56 per cent pass rate of pupils attaining five A*-C grades including maths and English, a slight improvement on last year.
Acting head Gavin Chappell said: “They have risen from last year in every measure and they are significantly better than what they were two years ago which was probably the lowest point.
“We are pleased with the results given the year we have had. It’s been a difficult year and it’s real testament to the pupils and the staff to the hard work they have put in. They have got themselves off their knees as it were and it puts us in a good position for next year.”
They achieved 14 A* and A grades, and the number of students with five or more A* or A grades had also risen from 8.6 per cent last year to 18.4 this year.
Amongst them was Alex Barlow from Market Weighton. He secured six As and A*s.
Speaking moments after opening his results he said: “I was a bit nervous but I knew the subjects I would do well in. I’m happy to have got what I did, the exams themselves weren’t that hard.”
He now hopes to go to Woldgate College to study A-levels and eventually go on to university.
Matthew Campbell was also pleased with his results from Market Weighton School, having secured a clutch of As and A*s.
“I was hoping for this because I worked hard,” he explained. “They were challenging but they worked out in the end. I’m hoping to go to York College to do music and I would like to go to university to study music.”
Over at Woldgate College, the number of pupils landing five A*-C grades including English and maths was down from last year, dropping to 62 per cent.
However, headteacher Jeff Bower admits last year’s record-breaking 72 per cent, which were the best results the Kilnwick Road school had ever had, would have been hard to follow.
He said: “Last year was an exceptional year so we were not expecting the same. We had anticipated a less spectacular performance but everyone has still done really well. The exams are certainly not getting easier, the kids are working really hard. It’s been a great effort by the staff and the pupils, if you can get them working together then you’re in with a fighting chance.”
Woldgate had their own fair share of success stories, including Frances Warry from Bishop Wilton, who gained a string of A grades.
She said: “I’m just really happy, they were hard but it’s not been a nervous wait. I’m staying on at Woldgate to do A-levels, although I don’t know what I want to do yet at university.”
Woldgate’s Ash Wheelhouse was happy that he made the grade after deciding to take up a business and administration apprenticeship on Pocklington Industrial Estate.
He got three As among his results, which he was surprised by.
He said: “I was not expecting that at all, I’m really happy, to be fair. A couple of the exams were difficult but I’m just glad I did not get any Ds!”
Meanwhile, over at high-scoring Pocklington School, they made it another superb effort with 96 per cent of 115 pupils achieving five A*-C including maths and English.
Nearly half of the pupils achieved either A or A*s, with 15 landing 10 or more passes at A* or A. Amongst them was Thomas Hartle, who achieved a phenomenal 11 A*s, including one in Greek, which he studied as an extra option. Other notable success stories were Elizabeth Hallam, Abigail Kearney and Lucy Snowden, who all secured eight A*s.
Headmaster Mark Ronan said: “We are pleased with the results, they reflect the hard work of pupils and their teachers.”
Pocklington School pupil Alice Boyes from Stamford Bridge attained a handful of A grades and an A*, and is hoping to stay on for sixth-form and eventually go onto a career in music or performing in the theatre.
She said: “I’m impressed with my results, but didn’t expect them. Some of them were quite hard and others were not so bad but overall I’m glad with what I’ve got.”