There were lots of smiling faces at secondary schools in the area when students picked up their all important brown envelopes to discover their GCSE results.
Nerves and anticipation turned to celebration for many pupils at Pocklington’s Woldgate College, Pocklington School and The Market Weighton School when they found out their results last Thursday.
Woldgate managed to beat last year’s record results, with 69% of pupils achieving the ‘gold standard’ of five A*-C grades, including English and maths, which is 2% higher than in 2014. The school nearly equalled last year’s performance of 75% for the number of students attaining at least five A*-C grades. This year the figure was 74.4%.
Headteacher Jonathan Britton said: “I would like to congratulate our pupils, they should be very proud of their many achievements. Tribute must also be paid to the teachers and parents who have supported these young people throughout such an important stage in their education.
“With a record number of pupils moving onto study at Woldgate Sixth Form College, I am looking forward to welcoming them back in September so we can build upon their many achievements at GCSE, as they start sixth form study. It’s been a real privilege to work with our Year 11 pupils, they fully deserve their success.”
Woldgate’s Izzy Sullivan was delighted with her results. She got five A*s, three As and two Bs. She said: “I was nervous when I opened the envelope but relieved when I saw the results.” George Guyill is another Woldgate student who was celebrating after collecting his results. He said: “I’m glad with what I have got. It’s what I was hoping to achieve.”
At The Market Weighton School, 53% of students achieved the gold standard, down from 66.8% last year. However, the school is checking some results with the exam board and expect the gold standard to be about 60%.
The percentage of students who scored five A*-C grades was also down from 70% to 62%.
Headteacher Gavin Chappell said: “Once again students have produced some outstanding individual results and impressive personal performances. For example, over 10% of our students achieved seven or more A*/A grades.”
One of The Market Weighton School’s top performers was James Rhodes, who gained eight A*s and four As. He commented: “I’m really happy with my results. It has been difficult but I put a lot of hard work in for the exams and it has paid off.”
Fellow pupil Miriam Payne chalked up four A*s and seven As. She said: “It was terrifying before I got the results but I’m really pleased with the results I got.”
Meanwhile, at Pocklington School, 94.2% of pupils gained the gold standard, compared to 95.6% in 2014. An impressive 98.1% managed at least five A*-C grades. Last year a remarkable 100% achieved this feat.
Headmaster Mark Ronan said: “We are pleased with our GCSE results. Many pupils will be delighted with their personal successes. I am grateful to colleagues for their support both in and beyond the classroom.
“That they have done so well in such a wide range of subjects is a reflection of the broad nature of a Pocklington education, which encourages students to find their own approach to each subject, and so find their study more rewarding.”
Among the independent school’s top performers was Tom Baarda, who gained an A* with distinction, 11 A*s and one A. He said: “I’m very pleased. It’s just about what I was expecting.” Olivia Gallen was thrilled with her six A*s and five As. She said: “I was over the moon when I found out my results. I have always wanted to be a doctor, so for me to get these results has given me the confidence to go into medicine.”
Many schools in the East Riding are celebrating improved results. Indications are that 58% of students in East Riding schools and academies attained the gold standard this year, up by 1% on last year’s results.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “We are delighted with the improvement that many East Riding schools have brought about this year, which is a continued move in the right direction.
“This is down to the hard work of young people and their families supported by dedicated school staff.”