Dales pupils celebrate best GCSE results

CELEBRATIONS: Anthony Gell pupils mark their top GCSE results.
CELEBRATIONS: Anthony Gell pupils mark their top GCSE results.

Dales schools are celebrating after pupils achieved their best GCSE results in another record-breaking year.

Highfields in Matlock saw improved results with the gold standard of five A* to C grades, including English and maths, rising to 63 per cent, a three per cent increase on last year. Headteacher, Eddie Wilkes said: “These results represent the outcome of a great deal of hard work by staff and students, led by head of year 11 Mike Basford who has done a great job of keeping us all going.

“At the top end it is great to see youngsters achieving as many as 11 A* grades. It is also pleasing to know we are meeting the needs of our students across the ability range as we look to ensure we have given them the best possible start.”

Students at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth also achieved the school’s best ever GCSE results.

Sixty-six per cent of students achieved five higher grades including English and maths with 85 per cent achieving five higher grades in total.

Headteacher David Baker said: “Our students have done fantastically well this year and I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved.

“The percentage of our students gaining five higher grades with English and maths has gone up by 20 percentage points in the last five years. This is a reflection of the hard work of staff and students and the excellent support from parents.”

Students at Lady Manners School in Bakewell also celebrated successful results with a new record of 199 students achieving five or more passes at Grades A* to C.

This figure represents 84 per cent of the students in Year 11.

Seventy-six per cent of pupils – another record for the school – gained five or more GCSE A* to C grades including English and maths

Fifty-nine students achieved at least seven full GCSE A or A* grades within their results.

Headteacher Duncan Meikle said: “Students and staff have worked hard and deserve these record successes. Many congratulations to all concerned.”