The headmaster of Spalding Grammar School has called its pupils’ achievements in GCSE exams “outstanding”, with nearly a quarter of all grades at the highest level.
In a statement about this morning’s results, headmaster Mr Wilkinson said: “The school has enjoyed outstanding results this year.
“Nearly a quarter of all grades were at the highest level (A* or 8/9) with over a quarter of the rest being A/7.
“97 per cent of students have successfully negotiated both English and mathematics to grade 4 or higher, with a substantial continued improvement (to 87 per cent) in the number of students achieving grade 5 or above in those subjects.
“Of particular note are some exceptional performances by our students in the sciences, geography and further mathematics, with the majority of grades 7 or better, including 57 grade 9s – the grade reserved for the best 20 per cent of students achieving 7 or 8 nationally.
“As well as our focus on excellent outcomes for students in the academic subjects, we continue to support the minority, practical and creative subjects that are under pressure in schools across the country.
“We had very strong performances from students in art, design technology and Latin, where over 50 per cent of all grades were 7 or higher.
“The staff and boys have worked hard this year in the face of curriculum and examination change and I am pleased that they have been rewarded with such positive results.
“A special congratulation must go to Daniel Dorey-Rodriguez, Samuel Clucas and Thomas McManamon Cookson, each of who achieved at least 10 grades 9/8.”
Collecting his results, a very happy Thomas said: “I did a lot better than I expected.
“There was a lot coming out about how unobtainable a 9 would be.”
Thomas, who wants to be a lawyer, will go on to sixth form at the school.
Pupil George Smith was also celebrating. “I’m really happy,” he said. “I’ve done a lot better than I was expecting.”
He will go on to sixth form at the school.
Finn Capper, who had just returned from the Spalding Grammar School summer trip to India, said: “I got everything I wanted and I’m going onto the sixth form to study English Language, Law and DT.
“I’m pretty happy with myself.”