Hard work pays as pupils make grade
KING’S School students were jumping for joy after another set of record GCSE results.
A stunning 32 per cent of all grades were at A*, up from 25 per cent last year, and 65 per cent of all grades were at A*/A. An amazing 87 per cent of grades were also between A* - B.
Astonishingly 52 students bagged nine As or better and 13 students getting 10 A*s or better. 18 brainy pupils also received an A^ which is an A* with distinction in their Further maths.
One of the school’s star performers was Aiman Aslam, 16, Girls’ Division head girl and one of the founding members of the King’s astronomy club, who was see- ing her own stars with 11 A*s and an A^ in further mathematics.
Also a top sportswoman, representing both the hockey and athletics teams, Aiman wants to study medicine at university.
She said: “King’s creates a really supportive atmosphere, with so much help particularly in the crucial GCSE years. However, for me it is the opportunities outside the classroom such as my astronomy and my rich sporting life that have given me such a rounded education.”
King’s also had one of the country’s youngest A* performers with 12-year-old Casey Holliday, from Rainow, getting the top grade in her GCSE French.
Casey lived in Metz in Eastern France for seven years when her father worked as the European Marketing Director for the Finnish paper firm UPM.
Casey, whom is in year seven at the Girls’ Division, said: “Our Principal Mrs Andersen gave me one-to-one tuition for the GCSE French exam and has promised to help me with my German and Spanish exams also.”
Dr Simon Hyde, King’s School headteacher, praised this year’s stellar performers.
He said. “The staff work hard to engage, encourage and enthuse all our students, but what makes a star performer is a touch of true grit.
“These young men and women have the determination to succeed and their families and local community should be very proud of them.”
●● Clockwise from above: King’s School pupils jump for joy; Students make the grade; Aiman Aslam; Casey Holliday