Pupils break exam records

With the year group nationally achieving another increase in pass rates, schools in the Harrogate district also had improved results.

St John Fisher High School recorded its best ever results, with 82.5 per cent of pupils getting the coveted five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

Headteacher Paul Jackson said: “We’re particularly pleased with the higher grades, going on for 40 per cent A* and A grades.”

Referring to the sustained success at all the town’s schools, he added: “I don’t know how Harrogate does it!”

Harrogate High School saw an eight per cent rise in the number of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at C or above, including English and maths, to 52 per cent - the fourth consecutive year of record results.

Principal Andrew Bayston said: “The continued progress we are achieving year on year endorses the quality of the work done by our students and staff.

“Our young people have worked very hard to achieve these results and will be overjoyed with this outcome.”

Harrogate Grammar School’s headteacher Richard Sheriff said the school was celebrating after 97 per cent of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, including 83 per cent with at least a C in both English and maths.

He added: “The results demonstrate sustained high academic standards at the school over a number of years, which is a real achievement by all.”

Among the high achievers were Jessica Pieri and Hannah Robson, who each gained 11 A*s. Many other pupils recorded six or more top grades and more than 50 per cent of pupils achieved the English baccalaureate, a newly-introduced measure including English, maths, two sciences, a language and history or geography.

Meanwhile, St Aidan’s High School headteacher Dennis Richards said the school was celebrating “another exciting set of results” after last week’s record-breaking A levels. Ninety-six per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, with 86 per cent including English and maths.

Mr Richards added: “We’re making a big effort to support the idea of an English baccalaureate and 60 per cent of our students achieved that mark this year.”

Pupils at Rossett High School were also delighted when more than 97 per cent of them achieved at least five A* to C grades, with 60 per cent including English and maths. Among the top achievers were twins Ben and Sam Longbottom-Smith, who between them achieved 14 A*s and eight As.

Headteacher Pat Hunter said: “We almost feel as though we expect the results but I’m always really pleased. It’s such a joyous time.

“I would have been happy if we had maintained last year’s pass rate but we have edged it up a bit, which is great.”

At Harrogate Ladies’ College, more than 61 per cent of grades were at A* and A, an increase of five per cent on last year. Pupils Amelia Horne and Alice Barber each achieved 10 A*s, while several other students scored A* or A in every subject.

Headteacher Rhiannon Wilkinson said: “I am delighted by the girls’ results. This year group was the largest Upper 5 cohort the school has ever had and there are some notable performances.”

Ashville College recorded its best-ever results, with 95 per cent of grades at C or above, and 57 per cent A* or A. Student Will Prentis achieved an A* in all 11 of his subjects - a first in the school’s history.

Headteacher Mark Lauder said: “These are a truly stunning set of GCSE results.

“Two years ago we were judged to have had the best GCSE results in the whole of North Yorkshire - our results this year are better!”

l For full results and pictures from schools around the district, see the Harrogate Advertiser, out from Friday, August 26.