ALEXANDRA Steeland pipped others to the post by being Upton High Schools’s top scorer with a complete set of 10 A* grades.
Students at Upton celebrated some superb exam results with 67% of students attaining five A*-C or equivalent overall and an increase in the proportion of grades at A* of almost double the 2007 figures.
Those scoring 10 or 11 A*or A grades are James Arrich, Samantha Blakemore, Joshua Carvel, Tim Fozzard, Frances Grindley, Jonathan Johnson, Daniel Owen, Michael Stringer, Heather Sturgess, Amy Wright, Tom Hostick and Sarah Howard.
Average point scores per student and per entry have improved on 2007.
Highlights of this year’s results include 73.3% of the pupils gaining A*-C grades in English language with a similar proportion in English literature and a significant increase in top grades in both.
The school is also pleased to report excellent performances for the triple science pilot groups with around 50% of students entered gaining A*or A grades in each discipline:
Physics 100% grade A*-C with 50.7% at A*/A , biology 98.6% grade A*-C with 56.5% at A*/A and chemistry 98.6% grade A*-C with 47.8% at A*/A.
Among the option subjects, art, textiles and drama grades were outstanding with 97%, 93.3% and 91.7% Grade A* to C respectively while PE scored an impressive 82%.
Modern foreign languages has made significant advances in popularity and performance in the last two years leading to 85.7% A*-C in French and 75.5% in German with an impressive 40.8% at A*or A grade. One student also gained an A* in Polish and one an A in Turkish. Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are now being offered and will feature in future results.
Graphic products stood out with 78.3% A*-C and 41.3% A* or A grades while results across the subjects were consistently high with popular options, religious studies, business studies and geography all topping 70% A*-C and many others close on their heels.
Headteachcher, Jane Holland, commented, “There are numerous fine performances and achievements in this year’s GCSE results, as well as things for us to learn in order to refine the way we deliver courses in the future.
“We are very proud of our students; they have achieved well at all levels and we wish them further success in the future. “Staff and students have worked particularly hard to bring about these positive outcomes and the support of parents is also a vital component in the success stories.”