ALLEYNE’S High School was celebrating a raft of good GCSE results this morning, following of from their A-Level success last week.
Deputy head Rob Hackfath said: “We have seen roughly the same percentage of A* - C grades as last year, despite national concerns about volatile results as a result of Government changes to the system.
“The fact that students now have to take all their exams for between nine to 13 subjects around the same time at the end of two years has not had a significant impact on results here.
“The students have been very concerned about external forces like the Government having an impact on their futures.
“We have given them the best possible options to succeed, through mock exams, after school clubs and study groups. We chose to do mocks to give them a formal experience and prepare.”
Students who did not achieve what they were hoping for could speak to a careers advisor at the school and if they go to the sixth form, they have the option to retake Maths or English.
One student who did particularly well was Katie O’Byrne who achieved 13 A*s and an A* distinction in Further Maths.
Katie, 16, said: “I don’t know how this happened, I’m so surprised. I’m going to sixth form and I’m looking forward to taking all the Sciences, Maths and Further Maths.”
Dan McVey, 16, said: “I got eight A*s and an A* distinction in further maths. I’m going to sixth form to study English, Maths, RE and Drama.”
Emily Pontin, 16, said: “I got an A* in RE, which I was surprised about because in my mocks I got Bs in it. I’m going to be doing Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths and Further Maths at sixth form.”