The sky’s the limit for Bridlington’s bright-eyed GCSE pupils who came away from results day in “ecstatic” moods and “buzzing” with relief.
Youngsters at Bridlington and Headlands were finally able to open their envelopes today (20 August), confirming their next steps on to sixth form, college and apprenticeships.
Both schools performed exceedingly well and boasted year-on-year improvements in terms of pupil progress and grade achievement.
Headlands Headteacher Sarah Bone said she was “thrilled with the brilliant set of GCSE results” after 51 per cent of students secured the gold standard of five or more good GCSEs including maths and English.
“This year we recorded our best ever GCSE results with 73 per cent of students securing an A* to C grade.” said Mrs Bone.
“Other subjects that achieved outstanding results include ICT where 80 per cent of students achieved A* to C, BTEC sport 100 per cent pass rate, GCSE Drama 82 per cent A* to C, and 90 per cent achieved an A* to C in GCSE physics with 39 per cent attaining the top grades of A* to A.”
Mrs Bone added that Headlands School continues to “top the Local Authority League Table for having the highest percentage of students with 100 per cent attendance at secondary school level.”
The results mean pupils can finally put their minds to further studies, embarking on college courses and entering apprenticeships and further training.
Georgio Pimm, 16, said; “I did really well. I got four A*s, four As and two Bs so I can go on to sixth form and study maths, further maths and product design.”
Jack Woodvine, 16, is also celebrating after racking up an amazing five A*s, three As and two Bs.
“I’m very pleased. Now I can take maths, further maths, physics and product design at college.”
Thomas White said achieving five A*s, three As and two Bs was “a huge relief” and now plans to study maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at sixth form.”
Pupils at Bridlington School were also flying high upon opening their envelopes, with a percentage achieving A* and A grades increasing 10 per cent on last year’s results.
The school however saw the number of pupils attaining the gold standard decline by nine per cent from 54 per cent last year, to 45 per cent this year.
But Headteacher Sarah Pashley said the school is already performing very positively in OFSTED’s new progress measure, ‘Progress 8’, which concentrates on all students’ performances in eight GCSEs.
“I am extremely proud of our students who have worked incredibly hard to make such brilliant progress. 56 per cent achieved 5 A* to C grades, and 100 per cent achieved 5 A* to G grades.
“Both our 2015 GCSE and sixth form results demonstrate again that Bridlington School is one of the best schools in the East Riding.”
The gold standard decline did not mean however that Bridlington School was not without its share of high flyers.
Proving that making the A grade is not all that matter was 16-year-old Bridlington School pupil Dylan Howarth, who completely changed his attitude towards education in his final year.
“For the first few years I was not really concentrating and I wasn’t really bothered. Then towards the end I started to knuckle down.
“I’m not sure why, but I started doing well in lessons and really tried my best.”
Dylan went on to chalk up a total of three Cs and a B, enabling him to pursue his dream of working in the music industry through studying it at college.
A multitude of further success stories follows Dylan’s, including Bailey O’Toole who secured one A* five As, two Bs and two Cs.
“I did very well!” He said. “I’m very happy. I’m going on to sixth form because I want a job to do with maths and computers.”
Fellow high flyer Nadia Briggs added: “I’m so relieved, I thought I had done really badly and I was stressing. But it’s good! I got two A*s, four As, one B and three Cs.”
Other students who blew away the examiners were Jess Riley with four A*s and six As, Jay Welch with three A*s, two As, four Bs and one C and Matthew Raybould with one A*, five As and four Bs.
The results place Headlands School joint ninth out of the 18 East Riding schools, and Bridlington School eleventh.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said, “We are delighted with the improvement that many East Riding schools have brought about this year, which is a continued move in the right direction.
“This is down to the hard work of young people and their families supported by dedicated school staff.
“East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to improving East Riding Schools until we have the some of the best in the country. The results have been achieved against a backdrop of the very low level of funding for East Riding schools from the Department for Education.
“We are proud of the work done by young people throughout the East Riding, with the support of their carers and families. We greatly appreciate the hard work of head teachers, teaching and support staff that has contributed to these results.”