Rotherham pupils celebrate top GCSE results despite exam changes

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Once again Uppingham Community College is delighted with the exceptional achievements of its students in their GCSE exam results.

When combining English and maths subjects, 79 per cent of students achieved at least a "standard pass" - 4 or better under the new number grades system for both English and maths - which is an increase on the 2016 results (76 per cent).

The proportion of students achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C stands at an unparalleled 77%.

"I was surprised with my maths mark, as it is my weakest subject, but I has a great teacher who was my saving grace".

Zainab, is looking forward to joining The Crest Academy sixth form in September having achieved 9 in English Literature and 8 in Maths. "Well done to all, including our parents, who play a vital part in the education and success of their child".

More than 20 per cent of all grades were A* to A.

Many students excelled this year, with Hannah Filer, Charlotte Loving and Lauren Sharp all securing two top grades in English and maths.

The School is thrilled that well over 10% of students have attained a Grade 9 in English.

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The top six students - Jenna Fullerton, Zaynab Ahmed, Elizabeth Williams, Harjeet Kang, Gabriella Cantwell and Ranita Rai - carry a stunning two 9's, five 8's, seven 7's, 10A*'s and 23A's between them.

Grade 9 is the highest, and grade 1 the lowest.

Figures show the number of students achieving A* to G grades is down 1.8 percentage points to 96.9% while the number gaining the top A* to A grades has fallen by 1.5% to 17.9%.

Over the previous year we have introduced a lot of changes which has really improved the teaching and learning environment.

"Due to our excellent pastoral care and dedicated teachers, our young people thrive in a happy environment that supports each one of them in their personal drive to achieve their very best".

In the reformed subjects, 15.2 per cent of students achieved a coveted "9".

"I am very proud of everything that has been achieved".

"The papers are more hard and in some subjects there was real uncertainty amongst teachers and students as to what the exams would look like".