Mixed GCSE fortunes in Scarborough

GCSE results.St Augustines.Delighted with their results .Lydia Kynman,Jessica Wilson,Sasha Wharton.pic Richard Ponter 153406d
GCSE results.St Augustines.Delighted with their results .Lydia Kynman,Jessica Wilson,Sasha Wharton.pic Richard Ponter 153406d
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Teenagers are celebrating years of hard work after picking up their GCSEs at Scarborough schools.

There were tears of joy for those who picked up top grades, while for others there were tears of relief that they had finished school.

GCSE results.Scalby School ,Helena MacAleese with Lydia Hodgetts delighted with their results.pic Richard Ponter 153406f

GCSE results.Scalby School ,Helena MacAleese with Lydia Hodgetts delighted with their results.pic Richard Ponter 153406f

At Scarborough’s biggest school Graham, among those toasting exam success was Jason Liang, who picked up 9 A* grades.

But across the school, the pass rate plummeted yet again.

In total, 36 per cent of pupils picked up five A*C grades including Mathematics and English - down four per cent on 2014.

And other schools in the borough have enjoyed mixed success.

GCSE results.Scalby pupil William Hill collects his results. .pic Richard Ponter 153406g

GCSE results.Scalby pupil William Hill collects his results. .pic Richard Ponter 153406g

At Pindar School, and headteacher John Pindar said : “It is disappointing that across the board we didn’t do better.

“That being said, many of our students have achieved very strong individual results as a result of their hard work, for which they should be commended. However, some will be disappointed, as we are, that they have not achieved the level of success that they and we aspired to.

“While the educational landscape is becoming an increasingly difficult area to operate in we want to make sure that we live up to the notion of every child is a learner, that every child matters and that every child should be known.

“We will be supporting all our former students over the next few weeks to ensure they are able to move on successfully to the next phase of their educational career.”

That step for many will be A-Levels, at either Scarborough College or the town’s sixth form - but that’s not for everyone.

Scalby pupil William Hill already has a career in mind that won’t involve the exams.

“I’m off to Bishop Burton as I want to train as a farm manager,” said the 16-year-old.

“Most of my friends are off to do A-Levels and I suppose it’s a brave decision to do something different, but I know what I want to do for a job so I’m going to go for it.”

At the school, 59 per cent of pupils achieved five A*-C grades including the core subjects which is up slightly on last year.

But much like 2014, staff are asking for several papers to be remarked with the hope of that figure eventually rising.

Chris Robertson, Assistant Head Teacher, said: “The vast majority of students can be very proud of what they have achieved, particularly as GCSE examinations are now more rigorous than ever.”

Nationally the pass rate has gone up, although pupils obtaining top grades fell.

But this wasn’t the case at Scarborough College, where 52 per cent of exams resulted in teenagers picking up either an A or A* for their efforts with two pupils, Niall Collinson and Boti Pinter, bagging straight A*s and As across the board.

“Today’s results are truly breath-taking,” said new headteacher Charles Ellison, who takes over a school where nobody failed an GCSE this year.

“My warm congratulations go not only to the hard-working pupils but also to the dedicated staff whose desire to go above-and-beyond make it possible for every child to meet their academic potential over a number of years.”

But at St Augstine’s, one pupil is already fulfilling his academic potential ahead of his years.

14-year-old Thomas Moran picked up an A* in French - despite the fact he’s only in Year Nine.

“My mum if French and from near Paris, so it wasn’t too hard,” said Thomas, whose sister also picked up several A*s.

Like George Pindar, St Augstine’s have yet to release their gold standard figures.

But headteacher Mark Taylor said: “The pupils did well and the progress measures are very positive,” said headteacher Mark Taylor.

The Government will release full exam pass rate figures in October, months earlier than usual.