Pupils’ GCSE joy

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page -

HEAD­TEACH­ERS praised the re­ac­tion of stu­dents to new tougher GCSEs this year, fol­low­ing ex­am­i­na­tion changes.

This year’s stu­dents were the first co­hort to be marked with the new 9-1 num­ber grades for GCSEs in English lit­er­a­ture, English lan­guage and maths, with the top mark 9s tougher to achieve.

For now, all other sub­jects will still be graded from A* to G as the new grades are phased in.

Na­tion­ally, GCSE pass rates dipped slightly.

Bacup and Rawten­stall Gram­mar School head Alan Por­te­ous praised the re­ac­tion of pupils to this year’s “tougher” ex­am­i­na­tion sys­tem.

He said: “We are proud of our Year 11 stu­dents who con­tinue our record of high aca­demic at­tain­ment in a year in which na­tional changes to as­sess­ment have re­sulted in a tougher ex­am­i­na­tion sys­tem.”

Brian Road­night, Wood­hey High School’s head­teacher, said: “Our pupils and staff have risen to the chal­lenge of the new re­formed GCSEs and their achieve­ments are as good as any in re­cent years.

“We are par­tic­u­larly pleased with the school’s per­for­mance against some of the gov­ern­ment’s new mea­sures.”

Jo Grif­fiths, head of school at Alder Grange, said: “Ob­vi­ously given all the changes that have been in­tro­duced it is im­pos­si­ble to com­pare these re­sults with pre­vi­ous years but hav­ing looked at all the grades we are re­ally pleased with the trends.”

How­ever, the tougher pa­pers were no ob­sta­cle for one pupil who en­joyed a fan­tas­tic re­sults day after achiev­ing top grades in all of her ex­ams.

Ni­cola Ju­dah, 16, from Bacup, achieved a stun­ning 11 A*/ 9 grades.

The Westholme School stu­dent hopes to even­tu­ally go to univer­sity to study medicine. She said: “I was very shocked when I got my re­sults, but I’m over the moon.”

She said: “I will be tak­ing Chem­istry, Bi­ol­ogy, Maths and Fur­ther Maths at A- Level be­cause I want to go into medicine - maybe an eye doc­tor.”

As a re­ward for her su­perb re­sults, Ni­cola cel­e­brated with her fam­ily and friends.

She said: “We went for ice cream in Manch­ester which was re­ally nice.”

Ni­cola’s mother, Heather, said: “I’m just a bit stunned to be hon­est - ob­vi­ously in a good way. She’s worked re­ally hard, and that’s paid off - we’re very proud.” ●● Ni­cola Ju­dah, from Bacup, achieved 11 A*/9 grades at GCSE

‘Our pupils and staff have risen to the chal­lenge’

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