The wait is finally over for hundreds of Knaresborough students who have collected a record set of GCSE results this morning.
After months of hard work those precious envelopes, containing a summary of the grades the 16-year-olds have earned, were handed out at 9am.
And despite talk nationally of tougher marking and falling grades, King James’s School is celebrating its best ever set of results.
Headteacher Carl Sugden said: “We are absolutely delighted for the students, this was a year group with a fantastic attitude and a great work ethic.
“They deserve this success, and the staff deserve every recognition for their hard work in teaching and supporting the students. “
In total, 75 per cent of students gained five or more GCSE’s at A* to C, including in English and maths.
The previous best results at the school were in 2010 and 2011 when the headline figure was 68 per cent A* to C.
“The performance in the core subjects of English and maths was particularly impressive, with 85% achieving a C or above in maths and 81% in English,” said Mr Sugden.
“The year group have seriously exceeded their target grades and these results set them up well for the next stage in their education and training.”
The top performances took a clean sweep of A* and A grades and included Megan Elliott, Alexandra Gray, Abigail Hatch, Hannah Kempson, Natalie Keogh, Imogen Lancaster, Jake Masters, Molly McGrath, Grace Merrin, Daniel Odell, Emelia Palmer, Briony Sayers and Victoria Ward.
Chair of Governors, Dennis James, added his congratulations: “The school has really worked with students on an individual basis to ensure that they achieved their potential.
“The governors would like to congratulate the students, and thank the staff for their hard work and commitment throughout the past year.”
Abby Hatch was one of the top performers, taking away eight A*s and three As.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “I had high expectations though, so it’s good that I did well!
“I’m just so relieved, I didn’t sleep very well.
“I’ve got to ring my mum now, without crying! I’m just so happy.”
Lizzie Halliday, Charlotte Notman and Jennie Lee said: “We’re really happy. It’s been a hard year. We’re just relieved that the wait is over!”
Amelia Hall, from Hampsthwaite, is preparing to go straight to Leeds Festival, coming to collect her results with wellies and a backpack - and with a sleeping bag.
“We’re going straight to Leeds Festival to celebrate!” she said. “There’s lots of us going.
“I’m happy with my results, I got the grades that I wanted in the subjects that I was keen on - Art and Photography.
“I was shocked though!”
Top performer Natalie Keogh got 11 A*s and one A. She was so excited she could barely speak: “I’m happy. I’m just really happy,” she said.
“It’s fantastic. I didn’t know what I was going to get and I didn’t sleep very well I was so nervous.
“I’m just so happy.”
Her mum Julie Keogh, an English teacher at the school, said she was over the moon with Natalie’s results: “I’m absolutely delighted. She’s done so well, I’m very proud.
“Everybody has done very well, it’s a really good school.”
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