Seeing stars all around
NORTON KNATCHBULL SCHOOL An impressive 98% of pupils at Ashford’s Norton Knatchbull School gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.
In addition, 96% achieved those grades including English and maths, 49% got five or more A* and A grades and 41% got at least one A* or A.
Norton Knatchbull specialises in languages and science and 79% of pupils got A* to C in a modern foreign language while 92% achieved two or more A* to C grades in science.
In maths there was a 99% pass rate with 58% achieving A* or A grades.
A total of 73% attained the English Baccalaureate, meaning they achieved an A* to C grade in English, maths, two sciences, a lan- guage and a humanities subject.
Shamma Igiraneza from Kennington gained 11 A* and two A grades and will study chemistry, maths, biology and either French or Spanish next year.
He said: “I was sort of expecting to get those grades but I was nervous to begin with.
“When I opened the results I was very surprised, shocked and happy.”
Fellow Kennington resident Joseph Pape planned to celebrate his nine A*s, three As and B by sharing a pizza with friends while Kieran Dhillon from Chartfields, who achieved 11 A*s and two As, went for a celebratory round at Chart Hills Golf Club.
John West, with 10 A*s and three As, was particularly pleased with his A* in maths, which he needed to study further maths at A-level, and Dominic Richardson, who got three A*s, eight As and two Bs, plans to study maths, physics, chemistry and economics en route to a career in electrical engineering.
Shaun Emmanuel from Willesborough, who got seven A*s, five As and a B, said: “I was shocked but pleased with my A* in religious studies because I found it really hard. I want to go into medicine because I like to help people and medicine is a great way of doing that.”
Other high achievers included Alexander Goncalves with 12.5 A* grades and Jack Barclay who got nine A*s and 3.5 As.
Head teacher Susanne Staab said: “Many congratulations to all our Year 11 students and a huge ‘thank you’ to all members of staff who helped to make these results happen. We look forward to welcoming our students into our sixth form and wish them the very best for the future.”
Norton Knatchbull pupils celebrate, Joseph Pape, Shamma Igiraneza and Kieran Dhillon
Shaun Emmanuel, Ben Manning-Press, Thomas Slater, Joseph Pape, Jack Halstead, Dominic Richardson and John West
Head teacher Susanne Staab