Highams Park School tops last year's results despite exam changes

School tops last year's results despite exam changes

Students at Highams Park School celebrate their GCSE results.

Zoe Rogers

Matthew Bird

Students read their GCSE results.

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Pupils at Highams Park School are said to have done "exceptionally well" in their GCSEs despite government changes to core subjects.

As sixteen-year-olds gathered at the school gates this morning, headteacher STeve Riches spoke of his pride after students managed to top last year’s results with 70 per cent of children achieving A* to C grades.

This year saw a return to traditional end-of-year exams, with continual assessment scrapped. 

Mr Riches said: “To go on and top last year’s results is brilliant, especially in the light of the government changes.

“The students and teachers have worked very hard.”

Matthew Bird, 16, who achieved seven A*s and three As has set his sights on going to Cambridge University after his A-levels.

He said: “I am genuinely amazed. I was hoping to get these results but I didn’t know if I would.

“I want to go to Cambridge to take English literature.”

Richard Sadan, 16, hopes to become a police officer after taking his A Levels.

He said: “I thought I was only going to get five Cs but I got seven. I did a lot better than I thought.”

Pupil Leanne Smith said: “I really don’t know what I am going to do yet, I think I want to go to university.

“I’m very happy.”

Zoe Rogers, 16, hopes to go on to study pathology at university.

He said: “I have been predicting Bs but I worked so hard, I am really, really pleased.

“I want to so biology, chemistry, maths and sociology at A level but I’m not sure where I will take them yet.”

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