GCSE Results Day: Toot Hill School, Bingham
Staff and students at Toot Hill School are celebrating a set of record GSCE results this morning.
The Bingham school improved in almost every aspect as 87% of students achieved a four (old C grade) or higher.
In core subjects, English and maths, 67% earned a five or higher, and the students excelled most in English, as 45% earned a seven (old A grade) or higher.
However, Dr Chris Eardley, deputy head teacher, said the stand-out result was the +0.5 progress eight figure.
The figure is a measurement of the progression between the end of primary and secondary school, and is designed to show progression from year six to 11. The average score nationally is zero.
"On average it means every student went half a grade higher than expected," said Mr Eardley.
"There were so many factors (to the success). It was such a lovely year group, who all got on together, but that relationship was fostered from a fantastic head of year (Dom Lynas) and achievement coordinator (Amelia Hall).
"It was down to a triangle of success with the students, the staff and the parents. The network brought everything forwards and contributed to their success.
"If someone looked like they were at risk of falling behind, we would get on it early and make sure there was a solution. We are really proud that they achieved high grades across the board, not just in one or two subjects."
Abigail Davinson, 16, of Lowdham, said she overcame exam stress to achieve a nine in English literature, as well as eights in music, drama and English language.
"I was so shocked," she said. "I got way higher grades than I thought. I was five marks from 100% in English literature and I walked out of the exam thinking I had failed it. I thought I didn't write enough and it was on my mind for ages."
Cerys Woollacott, 16, of Bingham, was also a high-flyer. She achieved nines in English literature and English language and will go on to study psychology, English literature and French at A-level.
She said she spent a lot of time stressing and revising in the run up to the exams.
The Gordon-Beeson brothers, Harry (year eight) and Archie (year nine) both achieved a nine grade in French.
"We did the GSCE early and we both got the same score," said Archie. "I was very happy with my score. Thank you to the teachers who made the exam possible."
Sandy Paley, head of school, said: “Having taught at Toot Hill for 20 years, I am absolutely delighted with these record-breaking results and could not be more proud to be entering our 50th year as a fully comprehensive school, at our very best.”