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Pupils at Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, are celebrating a record-breaking pass rate
A headteacher has spoken of his pride after his students achieved GCSE success, despite claiming exams are getting tougher.
Paul Banks, of Roding Valley High School, announced that 83 per cent of all Year 11 students achieved 5 A* to C grades, including English and Maths.
The school managed to achieve its best ever score, like many others in the district, this year.
Mr Banks said: “This year, in maths, a C was 18 marks higher than it was last year, so it is difficult to compare year on year.
“The boundaries for some exam boards have been set higher, so it is even more incredible that the students have done so well.
“In a national context where GCSE results are going down overall nationally, it is very pleasing to note that our students, once again, are bucking this trend.
“These results are the best the school has ever achieved and I would like to congratulate the students on their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank the staff whose expertise and tireless support of the students has helped us achieve these outstanding results.”
Taka George, 16, has now set his sights on becoming a music producer after achieving four As 6 Bs and an A*.
He said: “I think it was a really good school to go to, you always get the right support. I think I did well. I am going to do A levels next.”
Chris Thompson, also 16, is considering doing A levels at West Hatch or Trinity after gaining 11.5 GCSE’s.
He said: “I told my dad straight away, he was pleased. I think I did pretty well.”
Fraser Barclay and Jonathan Schroder achieved 11 A*- A’s and Chloe Isteed, Ross Dowsett, Jack Maginn and Trishan Mandalia achieved 10.
Lauren Marbe, who stunned teachers earlier in the year by receiving a higher IQ test score than Einstein, and Paige Tracey, achieved 9 A* - A grades.
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