MONTHS of waiting and years of hard work all came to a head today (August 20) for scores of nervy students at The Angmering School as they collected their GCSE results.
However, for many, they needn’t have been worried as the school scored one of its best showings in recent years.
Sixty-five per cent of the Angmering’s students achieved five A* to Cs including both English and maths – up six per cent on 2014.
Top performers this year included Jade Arnold, Isabel Black, William Bolden, Natalie Cleverly, Theo Donnelly, Savannah Holmes, Jake Melvin, Cameron Misson, Imogen Phillips, Soham Shah, Hannah Stanaway and Vicky Stevens who all received at least eight A* or A grades.
However, the crème de la crème of Angmering’s GCSE cohort proved to be Becky Quirke, Ben Simpson, Chloe Wilson and Jonathan Francis – who all gained between 11 and 12 A*s and A.
Becky, 16, of East Preston, was thrilled with her results, which she hopes will help to propel her towards a career in medicine.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said the ecstatic year-11. “I wasn’t expecting to do this well. I was really happy – especially with my maths. I somehow got an A in maths! I was just astounded.”
When questioned whether or not she felt GCSEs had become easier in recent years, she said: “No, definitely not. They’re different, yes, but I’ve had to work incredibly hard to get my grades.”
High-flier Isabel Black, 16, also of East Preston, said she was a nervous wreck when she collected her results this morning.
“I didn’t want to look at them,” she admitted. “I didn’t want someone else to read them.
“I used a piece of paper and covered it, reading the results one by one.”
She added: “I was really happy with them (the results). Although my target grades were reasonably high it did mean there was a pressure to achieve.”
Head teacher David Brixey was incredibly happy with the school’s j.
“There are some really strong performances from children across the ability range,” he said. “I couldn’t be anymore proud of the efforts that all of our students have put in.
“The lovely thing is this is just starting them on their way to take their next step into their future careers.
“There’s a sense of real pride in what we, and they, have achieved.”
Mr Brixey added the results had come a ‘difficult period’ in education, with many changes being implemented to GCSE curriculums.
He said the school was still keen to boost its results further and that teachers would focus on stretching the abilities of students from the very onset of joining Angmering, at the age of 11.
“We’re on the way up,” he said.
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