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GCSE 2013 Round-up: Southampton
3:35pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Education
BALLOONS soared into the sky and pupils cheered Woodlands Community College celebrated its stunning improvement in GCSE.
As reported yesterday the school has gone from 30 per cent achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, to 56 per cent.
Among those collecting results was Georgina Newell, who despite suffering ME got four Cs and three Bs.
The 16-year-old, of Park Road, Thornhill, has difficulties with tiredness, muscle aches and concentration and has spent much of the past few years away from school and has been home schooled by her mother, but said she was “pleased” and “relieved “ with her results.
Just as excited as the pupils was proud Katrina Taylor who picked up son Brandon's results, who has already started an apprenticeship as an electrician in London.
Siya Sharifpour is now heading off on a scholarship at Southampton Football Club for futsal – a five-a-side version of football, where he will also aim to get three A levels in sport.
Head teacher Joanna Anslow said she was “proud” of both staff and students and believed the school must be one of the most improved in the country.
The school had 81 per cent of students achieving A* to C in all subjects, while 60 per cent got five A* to C in five subjects including maths and English.
Headteacher of Upper Shirley High School, Stuart Woods was understandably pleased with the results.
He said: “I am delighted with the results here. They are testament to hard working and talented students my staff are hugely committed and dedicated and it is because of them the students have been able to achieve their potential.”
Regents Park School also scored highly with their first mixed sex year group taking their GCSEs.
The addition of boys to the school has resulted in 67 per cent of the year group achieving five high grade GCSEs including maths and English – up a whopping 13 per cent on last year.
Head teacher Sarah Hill said: “The hard work by everyone involved in the school has given these students a set of results they can be rightly proud of.”
Sholing Technology College proved newly-mixed schools can achieve outstanding GCSE results.
The school became a mixed cohort for the first time in its long history at the start of the full term in 2012.
Its pupils gained 65 per cent five A*-C including English and maths, and 93 per cent A*-C grades.
Every student achieved at least one A*-C grade.
One outstanding student was Amy Harris, who achieved three A*s, four As, three Bs, and a distinction.
She said: “I am pretty overwhelmed by it all.”
Principal Karen Dagwell said: “This shows that the Sholing Technology College formula works well, just as much for boys as for girls, continuing our track record of success with all our students.”
MONTHS of hard work paid off for bright spark Charlotte Aldis.
The Chamberlayne College of the Arts pupil achieved one of the best set of grades the Woolstonbased school has ever achieved.
She achieved 20 GCSE passes, setting the standard for the school’s highest ever GCSE grades.
The 16-year-old said: “I am so happy I could cry.
“I was expecting to do quite well but never felt I would do as well as I have.
“I’m going to college and want to study marine biology at the University of Southampton in the future, it’s something I have always been interested in.”
The school achieved a 58 per cent pass rate for A*-C grades including English and maths, and 92 per cent A*-C in all subjects.
Ewan Scott, who has been the school’s head teacher since January, said: “It is testament to the year group and the staff. I am incredibly proud.”
DESPITE a dip in their results there was still much to celebrate at Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill. There were whoops of delight and high fives all around as students picked up their all-important white envelopes.
The doors to their new school building on Romsey Road were opened to a flood of teenagers to signal the start of their first-ever results day at the new campus.
Sophie Agostinelli secured 3 A*s 9As and 4Bs, much to the delight of her proud mum Karen who came along for support. Sophie said: “That is just brilliant. I can’t believe it and I’m very, very happy.”
She was one of the top performing students in a year group that, according to principal Ian Golding, came in to the school with a weaker academic profile.
Despite that, however, the year group has exceeded progress level targets in maths and English Overall the school achieved 38 per cent of students who got at least five A* to C grades including maths and English.
Mr Golding said, “We recognise that the headline figure is disappointing, although it is in line with our expectations.
“Tougher standards nationally, combined with a student cohort with a weaker academic profile has meant that a dip was inevitable.”
A GREATER focus on academic subjects at Redbridge Community School has not seen results slide to the delight of pupils and staff.
This year has seen the Millbrook school sustain their record-breaking results from last year, with 52 per cent of pupils gaining five A* to C grades, including maths and English.
The school also saw the first pupils for six years gain GCSE qualifications in science, with 80 per cent passing biology, 70 per cent passing chemistry and 100 per cent in physics.
There was also cause for celebration for those pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, with 47 per cent getting five A* to C grades, including maths and English, compared to just 18 per cent two years ago.
Other high scoring subjects included English, which saw 62 per cent of pupils receiving A* to C grades and French which hit the 76 per cent mark.
Head teacher Jason Ashley said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have maintained our recordbreaking results which is a real triumph considering we have introduced a more academic and rigorous curriculum.”
THE sausages were sizzling at Oasis Academy Mayfield where a barbecue had been laid on to help celebrate their results.
The number of students passing five GCSEs or more is up to a healthy 91 per cent.
The school has registered a drop in the headline figure with 42 percent of students achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English – down on last year’s figure.
Head teacher Phil Humphreys said he was concentrating on the positives: “We have a lot to be pleased about this year with some great success stories. There are a few question marks over some of the results which we are investigating but overall we are pleased with the general upward trend and progress these students have made.”
Top performers were Jodie Freeborn and Connor Brown who each achieved 13 GCSEs all at A* and A grade.
When Brandon-Lee Tyler started at Oasis Academy Mayfield he had all but lost interest in school having been bullied and which had in turn affected his learning.
But the 16-year-old is now the toast of his family having secured ten GCSE grades at a grade C.
Proud mum Dylan Tyler said: “He had had a really rough time, so we moved house and moved schools and he has just flourished.”
Brandon-Lee, from Hedge End, added: “I am pretty proud of myself.”
THINGS just keep on getting better at Bitterne Park Secondary School where teachers and pupils were celebrating their strongestever pass rate in English and maths.
A whopping 83 per cent scooped an A-C grade in English and 78 per cent in maths, with an overall pass rate in all subjects of 90 per cent.
The Copsewood Road school, which has 299 GCSE students this year, not only crossed the Government benchmark of 70 per cent for the first time, it recorded its best results for the 11th year in a row.
Head teacher Susan Trigger described the results as “amazing all round” and said it was testament to the incredibly hard work of both staff and students.
She said: “I’m always pleased but I’m incredibly ecstatic this year with cracking the 70 per cent which has been a priority for us and it really reflects the hard work and commitment of both staff and students.”
IT was double joy for identical twin brothers Wesley and Sam Goodall as they celebrated a raft of brilliant grades.
And when it came to picking up their results they naturally did it together, with Wesley picking up one A*, six A grades, three Bs and a merit while Sam walked away with four A*s, five As, one B and one C.
Sam said; “In subjects like physics we can get quite competitive. We like each other to get good results but we always want to beat each other so it’s a healthy competition.
Wesley added: “I don’t really think about any pressure I just focus on doing my best.”
They’ll be sharing the same interests when they begin at Barton Peveril next term.
STUDENTS and teachers alike celebrated at Cantell Maths and Computing College, after the school posted a record-breaking set of GCSE results.
A total of 68 per cent of year 11 students achieved five GCSEs including English and Maths at A* to C level, easily surpassing the target of 60 per cent and last year’s results of 53 per cent.
And 92 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades in any subject Head teacher Ruth Evans said the school had doubled its results from five years ago, while there was particular delight at students’ achievements in English, with 76 per cent gaining A* to C in the subject in comparison to 55 per cent last year.
She said: “It has been a tremendous team effort, to support so many students, to do so well. It has been a journey of sustained progress and improvement at Cantell over five years.
“Well done to all our students and their families who have worked closely with the dedicated staff team at Cantell to help each young person, to aspire to be the best they can be and achieve ambitious targets and goals.”
Among those celebrating was Benjie Wang, who achieved eight A*s, five As and a B.
The 16-year-old from Pointout Close, had already achieved an A* in A-level maths in January and will go on to study further maths, physics, chemistry and computing at Peter Symonds College in Winchcester.
Serena Phangurha’s father Sharinder died last July aged only 46, but she emerged with five GCSEs at A* to C level and will now go to study at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.
The 16-year-old, from Rayners Gardens in Swaythling, said: “It was extremely tough for me, but the school has helped me through the last year.”
At St. George's School, in Leaside Way, Swaythling, pupils attained 54 per cent A*-C including English and maths, and 87 per cent A*-C.