Whitby Community College celebrated its best ever set of GCSE results yesterday with more than expected pupils getting top grades.
64% of the 265 pupils taking exams this year acheived five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths.
The college says that while they expect some papers are going to be re-marked they had expected the figure to be 62%.
The nerves felt by many students as they opened the envelope which held the key to their futures for many proved to be unfounded.
Ellie Wright, of Castleton, got four A* grades in history, English language, English literature and maths as well as five As in music, religious studies, physics, chemistry and biology meaning she can go on to Prior Pursglove to study A levels in business, maths, history and ICT.
She said: “I was very nervous in the morning so I was relieved when I opened them because I was worried about some of the exams but I am happy.”
So was Miles Locker who took home three A* grades in physics, maths and electronics as well as A grades in biology and chemistry meaning the Whitby lad can continue with his ambition of becoming an engineer.
And it was double delight for Danby twins Catherine and Rebecca Laffan who were both pleased with their results.
Headteacher Keith Prytherch said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results as we have improved in many areas from last year.
“The previous best achieved by the college in the key measurement of five A* - C passes, including English and Maths, was 58%, but this cohort of students have surpassed this by 6% and I congratulate all of them on their achievement.
“This improvement shows that anything is possible when you have determined teachers and determined students. The success of these students will feed directly into the college’s sixth form.
“This bodes well for the students’ futures, giving them many options in their education and later life.”