New Mills School was celebrating today (Thursday) after almost one fifth of its pupils’ GCSE grades were A*s and As.
Overall, 81 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, and there was a 10 per cent increase on A* to C grades in mathematics compared to last year.
Speaking on results day, deputy head John Kuczaj said there was a “buzz” at the school, on Church Lane, as it was the culmination of five years of hard work.
He said: “With Ofsted recently targeting the country’s most able children as underachieving, it is encouraging to see that, of all the GCSE grades awarded to New Mills pupils, almost one fifth are A* and A grades.
“This is a clear indication that able pupils are being stretched, a point which is further emphasised when we consider some of the outstanding individual performances.”
Headteacher Jesse Elms said he was “delighted”, commenting: “An awful lot of hard work goes into achieving results like these, both from the students and the staff not to mention the support of parents over the past five years. These grades are well deserved and hard earned, many of them spectacularly so.”
Star pupil Megan Roberts achieved 11 A* grades and two A grades, while high achievers Katie Jones, Tom Galligan and Nicholas Levton also received straight A*s and As.
About half the 90 year 11 pupils will go on to study at sixth form at the business and enterprise college, while about 40 per cent go on to attend Stockport or Buxton College.
Mr Kuczaj added: “Everyone associated with the school is thrilled with these results and we are proud that pupils of all abilities have achieved and made progress and leave us with qualifications which will prepare them well for their lives ahead.”