TEENAGERS in Huntingdonshire achieved record-breaking results in their GCSE exams. Four youngsters from Huntingdonshire were marked in the top five nationally for their papers, Katherine Mackay from Kimbolton School, was in the top five in the country for
TEENAGERS in Huntingdonshire achieved record-breaking results in their GCSE exams.
Four youngsters from Huntingdonshire were marked in the top five nationally for their papers, Katherine Mackay from Kimbolton School, was in the top five in the country for her statistics paper out of 45,855 pupils who sat the subject.
Katharine achieved 10 A* grades and is planning ultimately to study medicine. Also in the top five were three pupils from St Neots Community College, Winnie Hu and Jennifer Morris for media studies and Charlotte Rose for health and social care. There were 45,183 for media studies and 5,460 for health and social care.
Pass rates were up at most schools across the district, with Kimbolton School and Longsands College again performing well.
The top individual performer in the district, however, was a student at Abbey College, in Ramsey.
Jenny Ansell, 16, achieved 10 GCSEs at A* - along with two A grades. Jenny secured the top grades in every subject - with the exception of English and French.
She said she thought she had done "quite well" and will be staying on at Ramsey to study biology, chemistry, maths and geography at A-level.
At Kimbolton School, 95 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.
Twins Alice and Robert Brodie achieved 17 A* grades between them - Alice 10 and Robert seven. Alice said she now hoped she could become a vet.
At Longsands College, 81 per cent of pupils achieved five or more grades at A*-C, while the rate was 65 per cent at Hinchingbrooke.
At the St Ivo School 70.4 per cent of students achieved the higher grades, while the rate was 51 per cent at Abbey College, Ramsey and 28 per cent at St Peter's School in Huntingdon.
St Ivo deputy head teacher Martin McGarry was quick to praise any student who had surpassed their expectations.
He said: "There is often a focus that a pupil who achieves an A is somehow superior to someone who has recorded a C grade.
"However, if that A should have been an A*, and the C grade was predicted to be a D, it can be a different story.
"Congratulations to all our students at the school - and schools across the district - for all their hard work."
Cllr Martin Curtis, Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet Member for learning said: "Early indications show our students have produced another impressive set of GCSE results.
"Their success is down to many months of commitment and study, supported by their families and inspired by the professionalism and dedication of their teachers.
"My warmest congratulations go out to them all.