GCSEs joy for students

Students and staff at Whitby Community College were delighted yesterday as pupils opened envelopes revealing their best-ever GCSE results.

The college reported record numbers of students reaching the standard required to continue into Post 16 education and 83% of students passed five or more GCSE exams.

This comes as a massive increase compared with 71% last year and 61% in 2007. One of the outstanding achievements came from Madeleine Hann, who gained 10 A* grades and two As.

Madeleine was thrilled with her success and is staying on at the college to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and German at A-Level.

She said: “The college has been amazing in the support I have been given, I’m over the moon and I’m a very happy person.”

Madeleine’s mum, Helen Louise Hann, said: “She has done very well, I am very proud of her. She is now looking forward to being equally supported at A-Level.

“She has had a good but difficult year and she been greatly supported.”

Around 14 other students enjoyed great success, gaining nine or more passes at grade A or A*.

Among the top scorers were Daniel Davies, Dougie Elias, Kevin Gallon, Emily Gray, Chloe Hammond, Paige Hyton, Elizabeth Marsay, Annie Pickering, Joshua Walker, Sophie Webster, Ruth Wilkinson, Jacob Randell and Isaac Christopher.

Headteacher Keith Prytherch said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results as we have improved in so many areas over recent years.

“The improvements go to show anything is possible when you have determined teachers and determined students. The success of these students will now feed directly into sixth form. This bodes well for their future as it gives them many options in higher and further education.”

Amy Middleton, gained 8 A* grades and is going on to study Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at A-Level at the college.

She said: “I can’t believe my results and I’m looking forward to my A-Levels as I have A* grades in all the subjects I wish to study.”

The college enjoyed success with not only its high-fliers but with many students who achieved results after much extra hard work, many of these were in collaboration with other providers such as Yorkshire Coast College, Malton Hair Academy and Redcar and Cleveland College.