Hard work pays as pupils make grade

Macclesfield Express - - GCSE RESULTS - ALEX HIB­BERT

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

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