GCSE RESULTS: Pass rate rise at King Edward VI Academy

King Edward VI Academy students Joseph Losper, Bethany Winter, Elle Smith, Ashleigh Evison
King Edward VI Academy students Joseph Losper, Bethany Winter, Elle Smith, Ashleigh Evison
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Almost double the number of students are set to acheive the target of 5 A*-C, including maths and English at King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby

Around 50 per cent of students are likely to have achieved the key government benchmark, after some received a “Q” grade for English for results that are still pending.

Principal Dave Lancaster said: “This a very positive step forward for our academy. Results across every subject are up, with particular success in the core subjects of maths, English and science.”

“As it stands, well over 40 per cent of students have got 5 A*-C including maths and English. We anticipate that once we know the outcome of these “Q” grades then the final figure will be around 50 per cent.“

He added: “This is an issue that does happen occasionally at exam results time, and I am confident that we will get full results soon. In the interim, we are working with the students who are affected so it does not impact on college and job applications.”

Among the smiling faces was Joseph Losper who achieved 1A*, 8 As and 2 distinctions.

He said: ”I’m so pleased. I felt alright beforehand because I knew I’d prepared profusely. Today I’m just so proud of myself and my friends’ results.”

Bethany Winter achieved 5 A’s, 1 A*, 4 B’s. She commented: ”I’ve just been avoiding thinking about today because of nerves but I was really happy when I opened the envelope.”

Elle Smith achieved 6 As, 3 A*’s, and 2 distinctions. She added: “I’m feeling relieved. Its nice to know that hard work pays off. My mum will be proud of me no matter what but I’m so happy.”

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “We made no secret of the fact that last year was a difficult year for the academy in terms of GCSE results.

“What these results have shown is that the decisive action that we have taken has made an immediate impact on the outcomes of students.

“I have no doubt that next year we will see even more delighted students at King Edward VI Academy.”