STUDENTS at Filey School are celebrating after the school achieved another high GCSE pass rate.
The Muston Road school saw 72 per cent of students gain five or more A* to C grades which is a similar pass rate to the previous two years.
The school also had 42 per cent of its pupils picking up five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Student Jack Mead, from Gristhorpe, gained a remarkable ten A* grades, as well as two A grades.
He is now off to Scarborough Sixth Form College to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and is thrilled with his results.
He said: “To be honest, I’m pretty ecstatic about it.
“All my mates are really happy for me, and I’m sure my parents will be proud of me too.”
Another student celebrating was head girl Leanne Deighton.
The 16-year-old, from Wold Newton, was “thrilled to bits” after walking away with an A* and six A grades, and she is also off to take her A-Levels at Scarborough Sixth Form College.
She said: “I’m so happy about it, and it means that I’m a step closer to going to university to become a vet.”
She also lashed out at critics who have suggested that exams are getting easier.
“They are definitely not getting any easier.
“I had to work really hard, and I don’t think people realise how hard we all work for these.”
However, Jack Mead believes that students are having an easier time when it comes to exams.
He said: “They are getting easier, without a doubt.
“I managed to get an A* in English, and I don’t even consider myself to be any good at it. There’s no way I should be getting a grade like that in English.”
The school enjoyed great success in a number of subjects, including business, media studies, ICT and performing arts where 100 per cent of students picked up a pass at A* to C grades.
Headteacher Andy Dickinson said: “As in the previous two years, a significant majority of more than 70 per cent of students have achieved five or more A* to C grades.
“They now have a range of qualifications that they can take forward to provide opportunities in continuing education or employment.
“Congratulations to all students on their achievements and on the hard work that went into preparing for the exams.
“Thanks also to all those parents and carers who supported students and the school.
“Lots of students have met their targets and achieved success in a range of subjects and many have surpassed expectations in number of areas.
“There are some really pleasing and impressive individual performances and some students have achieved high numbers of the top grades.”
Nick Messenger, the school’s assistant headteacher, added: “It was pleasing to see so many students eagerly awaiting their results.
“There was a buzz of excitement, anticipation and perhaps a little anxiety, but the number of relieved or happy smiling faces was good to see and I was impressed by the plans that the majority of students had already made for their next steps and their future.
“We wish all of our 2011 leavers happiness and success in the future.”