Record-breaking results at Churchill
PUBLISHED: 13:20 23 August 2012
STUDENTS at Churchill Academy smashed another record and continued a year of improvements as they picked up their GCSE results today (Thurs).
There was an increase in the proportion of students gaining five or more GCSEs at C grade or above, and the academy’s headteacher, Dr Barry Wratten, praised the hard work of his students.
Sixty-four per cent of students gained five or more GCSEs at C grade or above including English and Maths, and the overall figure for five or more C grades and above was an all-time high of 83 per cent.
Among this year’s top achievers was Deanna Payne, from Blagdon, who got 11 A*s, two As and a B in AS level dance.
She said: “I was a bit confused when I opened the results because I wasn’t really sure about what it meant, but then when I realised what I had got I was very happy.
“I’m most pleased about my Spanish grade, as I thought I had failed it but I got a an A.”
She is now likely to go to sixth form either at Churchill or Backwell School.
Other star performers this year included Kiriaki Lagou, who scooped 11 A*s and three As and Eva Butterworth, Holly Greenwood-Rodgers and Rob Smillie, who all got 11 A*s and two As.
Reflecting on the results, Dr Wratten said: “These results do these students and their teachers credit – especially this year when GCSE grades are yet again a political football and exam boards have been told to ‘get tough’ by the Government.
“I really wish they would do the right thing by our students – you can’t change the rules of the game half way through in this manner. Suddenly putting pressure on exam boards to make things harder is like telling Mo Farah on the last lap that they’ve added an extra 10 metres to the race.”
He added: “The grades are a great platform for these young people’s futures and many will be returning to our outstanding sixth form.”
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