GCSEs: Another record-breaking year for King’s School pupils

Edd Austin, 16, from Whaley Bridge, and Maddie Townley, 16, from Kettleshulme.

Edd Austin, 16, from Whaley Bridge, and Maddie Townley, 16, from Kettleshulme.

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High Peak young academics were among the King’s School’s high-flyers in another record-breaking year.

Thirty two per cent of all GCSE grades at the Macclesfield school were at A*, up from 25 per cent last year; 65 per cent of all grades were at A*/A, up from 58 per cent last year; and 87 per cent of grades were A* to B, up from 86 per cent.

Edd Austin, from Whaley Bridge, was awarded six A*s and four A grades and will study maths, biology, economics and physical education at the school’s sixth form.

The 16-year-old, who has just returned from King’s successful rugby tour of South Africa, has set his sights on becoming an army officer.

Maddie Townley, 16, from Kettleshulme, who received nine A*s and one A, wants to study maths, art, German and psychology at the sixth form.

King’s School Headmaster Dr Simon Hyde said: “The staff work hard to engage, encourage and enthuse all our students, but what makes a star performer is a touch of true grit.

“These young men and women have the determination to succeed and their families and local community should be very proud of them.”