Glossop GCSE pupils break records

Amelia Dauncey and Melissa Wise, of Glossopdale Community College, on GSCE results day.
Amelia Dauncey and Melissa Wise, of Glossopdale Community College, on GSCE results day.

A Glossop school is celebrating after receiving its second highest set of GSCE results in their 51-year history, eight months after Ofsted said it “required improvement”.

Between 86 and 87 per cent of year 11 pupils at St Philip Howard Catholic School achieved five A* to C grades today, compared to 88 per cent in 2011.

A GSCE pupil at Glossopdale Community College relays his results over the phone.

A GSCE pupil at Glossopdale Community College relays his results over the phone.

The figure also beats last year’s results by nine per cent.

Steve Tickle, deputy head, said the results were pleasing but not unexpected, as he felt teaching had improved significantly since the negative inspection in December 2012.

Speaking on results day at the St Mary’s Road school, he said: “When they come in for results they’re surprised but we’re not. We work so closely with targets we know exactly what they’re going to get.”

He added: “Our mission statement for the school is: ‘Meet the challenge, make the progress and live the gospel’ and they certainly did today.”

Head teacher Steve Playford with GCSE students at Glossopdale Community College on results day.

Head teacher Steve Playford with GCSE students at Glossopdale Community College on results day.

This year boys outperformed the girls at the designated sports college, bucking the national trend.

High flyers included Cianan Hodgkinson, Amy Smith and Alicia Pasiecznik, whose results contained 25 A*s between them.

Amy, who received 8A*s, two As and two distinction stars in dance and sport, said: “I couldn’t sleep last night, I was so stressed. I’m happy, I didn’t expect it.”

After opening his results, Cianan, who plans to go study at Loreto College, in Manchester, said the wait for his grades had felt too long, saying: “It’s too much.”

Tom Hayes and Sophie Booth with their GCSE results at Glossopdale Community College.

Tom Hayes and Sophie Booth with their GCSE results at Glossopdale Community College.

Zoe Revell, who will also start at Loreto in September, agreed, saying: “I’m relieved but glad it’s all done.”

After learning she had A*s in chemistry, geography and physics, she said her results were better than expected but it was hard to hear reports that the pass-rate had fallen for the first time in 25 years on her way to school.

While at Glossopdale Community College there were also scenes of jubilation, when a staggering 92 per cent of the year 11 students achieved five A* to C grades.

Head teacher Steve Playford at the Talbot Road school said he was “really pleased”, as five years ago that figure was 50 per cent.

Cianan Hodgkinson and Zoe Revell at St Philip Howard Catholic School with their GCSE results.

Cianan Hodgkinson and Zoe Revell at St Philip Howard Catholic School with their GCSE results.

He said: “Our maths results have dramatically improved. The students have done extremely well. They’re a fantastic year group who worked really hard.”

But, he expressed concern about grade turbulence, saying: “We are disappointed that again there’s been a change in grade boundaries and we will be challenging the results affected by this in English.”

40 per cent of the pupils at the performing arts college achieved three or more A* grades and 97 per cent left with five or more qualifications.

Star pupils included Olivia McCarron and Sophie Booth, who both received straight As and A*s.

An ecstatic Sophie said: “I’d like to thank all the staff. I’ve really enjoyed it here.”

Head boy Alex Ford looked relieved and told the Advertiser he was “very happy” with his grades, which included three A*s.

GCSE pupils at St Philip Howard Catholic School celebrate their results.

GCSE pupils at St Philip Howard Catholic School celebrate their results.

He said: “Everyone kept saying to me beforehand you can’t change anything now.”

While a content Josh Fowler, who was celebrating getting into Ashton Sixth Form College, said: “At the start of the year, I did quite badly, but I’ve got Bs.”

Melanie Little, Zoe Revell and Ellie Wilde, of St Philip Howard Catholic School, on GCSE results day.

Melanie Little, Zoe Revell and Ellie Wilde, of St Philip Howard Catholic School, on GCSE results day.

A boy at Glossopdale Community College hugs his friend at GCSE results day.

A boy at Glossopdale Community College hugs his friend at GCSE results day.