De­light as stu­dents make the grade

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

TYTHER­ING­TON School’s Year 11 stu­dents are fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of their older school­mates and cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults in this year’s GCSEs.

Sev­eral stu­dents achieved the very high­est grades, with more than one in four achiev­ing at least one A* grade at GCSE.

Em­manuel Botwe, who re­cently took over from Steve Jowett as head­teacher, said: “It gives me huge plea­sure to con­grat­u­late all of our stu­dents on their fan­tas­tic achieve­ments.

“The suc­cess of our stu­dents is down to their hard work, re­silience and ex­cep­tional ef­fort – we are ex­tremely proud of them all.

“These re­sults are also a trib­ute to the su­perb teach­ers at Tyther­ing­ton School who, year af­ter year, give huge amounts of ad­di­tional time, sup­port and guid­ance when­ever it is needed.

“I feel very priv­i­leged to be tak­ing on such an in­spir­ing school com­mu­nity.”

Lead­ing the way with the top grades were: Me­gan Stephens (10A*, A), Ser­ena Lu (10A*), Eleanor Smith (9A*, 2A), James Alexan­der (9A*, A), Thomas Smith (7A*, 3A), Oliver James (6A*, 4A) and Ella Wood (5A*, 6A).

In to­tal 62pc of Tyther­ing­ton School’s year 11 stu­dents achieved five or more A*-C grades in­clud­ing English and maths.

De­spite the re­ported drop in the top grades in math­e­mat­ics na­tion­ally, 78pc of stu­dents in Year 11 at Tyther­ing­ton achieved an A*-C grade in maths this year, with al­most a quar­ter of stu­dents achiev­ing an A or A* in this sub­ject.

Many stu­dents re­ceiv­ing their re­sults had com­bined re­vis­ing for GCSEs with tak­ing part in the very suc­cess­ful school pro­duc­tion of Bugsy Malone.

One of them was Adam Collins (1A*, 1A, 8B, 1C). He said: “Per­form­ing in school pro­duc­tions has given me in­creased con­fi­dence and a bet­ter idea of what I want to be, which is work­ing ei­ther in film or in pro­gram­ming.”

Fel­low per­former Rachel Hel­li­well, who achieved 4A*s, 1A, and 5Bs said: “I’m very happy, es­pe­cially with my maths re­sults and that I will be mov­ing on to the Sixth Form.

“I’m more con­fi­dent now, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing tak­ing on such a big role in the school pro­duc­tion.”

Dougie Skel­ton (2A*, 5A, 3B) was also in the cast of Bugsy Malone and has ap­plied his tal­ents for per­for­mance to rais­ing money for char­ity. He put on his own pro­duc­tion and has raised nearly £2,000 for East Cheshire Hos­pice.

He said: “Lead­ing a team of peo­ple through char­ity work set me up re­ally well for the Na­tional Cit­i­zen­ship Ser­vice this sum­mer.”

●● Tyther­ing­ton School stu­dents Me­gan Stephens, Adam Collins, Rachel Hel­li­well, Jack Stani­land and Dougie Skel­ton

●● Rachel Hel­li­well, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Eleanor Harris look up their re­sults at Tyther­ing­ton

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