It was a nerve-racking time for the town’s students yesterday (Thursday) as they picked up GCSE results at Caedmon College.
But there were celebrations all round as the college said it had recorded a 60% rate of five A* to C grade passes with English and Maths.
It is the first set of results for the college since the government beefed up the exams and made them harder and over 200 students were eagerly waiting to find out how they had faired.
Ella Smith (16) scored an A* is physics, eight A passes in maths, music, RE, art, French, history, biology and chemistry and two B grades in English. She was delighted with the results but admits she was worried about maths after the exams were altered with more questions and more content being required by exam boards.
She said: “I was really nervous. I kind of got what I was predicted but maths was quite hard and I didn’t think I would get it. But I was very happy to open them. My mum is here and is really pleased and I’m going down town with my friends for a celebratory breakfast.”
Ella will be staying on at Caedmon College Whitby to study A-Levels in maths, biology, history and chemistry.
George Taylor (16) will also be staying at the college to do A Levels in history, English Literature, maths an ICT.
He added: “I am fairly happy with my results. I could have improved in some bits but I didn’t make any major mess ups. I got what I was predicted and it is nice now that the pressure is off.”
The college said that there were still some papers to be returned and re-marked but the provisional pass rate is set to be 60% - which is 2% up on last year and has only been bettered once by the old Whitby Community College.
Principal Keith Prytherch told the Gazette he was proud of all his students and that the first year 11 in the newly formed Caedmon College had set the standards for future years.
He added: “The College enjoyed success with not only its highfliers but also with students who achieved results after considerable hard work; many in collaboration with other providers such as Yorkshire Coast College, Malton Hair Academy, Redcar & Cleveland College and the NYCC Outdoor Education Service.”
Jonathan Bond, Assistant Principal said: “I would like to thank all of our students, parents, carers and staff for their hard work this academic year, we have had notable successes across the whole curriculum. Most of our students have risen to the challenge of GCSE courses. High numbers of students are now pursuing their career path in the College Sixth Form, which is most pleasing.”
At Fyling Hall School, of all of our pupils achieving five GCSEs or more, 75% of them were A-C.
Headteacher Steve Allen said: “This is an increase from last year and is validation
of all the hard work and preparation that both the pupils and staff put into their GCSEs.
“Our A-B pass rate was a great 46%, again showing the conscientiousness and motivation our pupils, particularly in light of the fact that we are a non-selective school.
“We send our congratulations to all of our pupils who have reaped the benefit of their hard work but special mention must go to a few outstanding pupils.
“Sharron Normanton achieved two A*s, seven As and two Bs making a grand total of 11 passes.
“Zoe Catlett gained 10 GCSEs with two A*s, four As and four Bs and Jimmy Robinson also achieved 9 GCSEs, with one A*, four As and four Bs.
“Other pupils who did extremely well were James Watson with 10 GCSEs along with Marion Terry and Ross Archer who both gained 9.
“We feel very proud of our pupils’ achievements and are sure that they will go on to study their A-Levels with just as much diligence as they portrayed with their GCSEs.”