GCSE success for Hunts students

TEENAGERS in Huntingdonshire ended an anxious wait for their GCSE results today — and it was good news for most. Pass rates were up at most schools across the district, with Kimbolton School and Longsands College again performing well. The top individual

TEENAGERS in Huntingdonshire ended an anxious wait for their GCSE results today - and it was good news for most.

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 an incredible 10 GCSEs at A* - along with two A grades. Jenny secured the top possible grades in every subject - with the exception of English and French.


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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, a superb 95 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C.

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Twins Alice and Robert Brodie achieved 17 A* grades between them - Alice secured 10 of the highest marks and Robert seven.

Student Katharine McKay achieved 10 A* grades - and her statistics GCSE paper was one of the top five marks in the country. A total of 45,855 pupils sat the subject.

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 45 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 school's across the district - for all their hard work."

Cllr Martin Curtis, Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet Member for learning: "Early indications show that 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.

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