GCSE glee at Chesterfield school

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Pupils at St Mary’s Catholic High School have achieved outstanding results in this year’s GCSE examinations.

The Newbold Street secondary school is celebrating after 89 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, with an amazing nine per cent increase across English and Maths.

Bradley and Natasha Keough collect the young maths and science whizz's grades.

Bradley and Natasha Keough collect the young maths and science whizz's grades.

The school said the results are a testament to the incredible hard work of its pupils, the support of parents and the dedication of the school’s exceptional staff.

A spokesperson said: “Our aim is that every pupil fulfils his or her potential and has the qualifications to move on to the next stage of their education or career. We are extremely proud of all of our young people.”

Head of English James Cox said: “We’ve slightly improved on last year in the department ¬– everybody is struggling with English across the board, I think. ¬ It’s had so much changed over past three to four years including the way it’s assessed, and speaking and listening has been taken away and it is more towards the exam rather then coursework.”

Bradley Keough, 16 was tickled pink with his results of three As, four Bs and two Cs.

St Mary's Catholic High School students Niamh Brania and Eve Arbon, both 16, celebrate their results

St Mary's Catholic High School students Niamh Brania and Eve Arbon, both 16, celebrate their results

He said: “One of those Cs was expected, he said. But a load of work has gone into it this year.

But it’s the As in science he was really looking for.

“I want to do science and maths next year, and something scientific at university.”

His mum Natasha said: “I am gushing with pride for my son, I want to cry. There was never any doubt he would do well.

Niamh Brania, 16, shouted: “I got an A in French!

“All the nerves are gone now because everything worked out,” added the proud achiever of seven A*s and three As.

Head of standards at St Mary’s Maria Dengate said: “We’re really proud of all the students. “We’ve had some outstanding results across GCSEs and vocational qualifications.

“A higher number of them have achieved As and A*s but we are really proud of all those who achieved their potential.”

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured are Daniel Growcott and Isobelle Rodgers.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured are Daniel Growcott and Isobelle Rodgers.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured is Aine Dunne with her results.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured is Aine Dunne with her results.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured are Daniel Growcott and Isobelle Rodgers.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured are Daniel Growcott and Isobelle Rodgers.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured is Jazmin Roberts with her results.

GCSE results day at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield. Pictured is Jazmin Roberts with her results.