GCSE triumph for Spen pupils

GCSE results at Heckmondwike Grammar School. (d25081101)
GCSE results at Heckmondwike Grammar School. (d25081101)

SPEN pupils were celebrating top GCSE results yesterday.

At Whitcliffe Mount Business and Enterprise College, 85 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades – a six per cent increase on last year – with 51 per cent of those including English and maths.

Headteacher John McGee said: “We are very proud. This is a reflection of their ability, hard work and determination. The school supports and mentors our pupils with quality teaching, but the standard of performance ultimately comes down to the pupils’ commitment and we congratulate them.”

Pupil Samantha Wilson achieved nine A*s and five As. She said: “I am really pleased because I worked hard. I’m going to Greenhead College to study psychology, history, PE and combined English.”

Victoria Gibson, who was awarded 10 A*s and four As, said: “I’m really relieved. I’m going to Heckmondwike Grammar School to study maths, further maths, chemistry, biology and economics.”

At Spen Valley Sports College, 90 per cent of pupils were awarded five A* to C grades and 51 per cent of those included maths and English – an increase of 16 per cent on last year.

Headteacher Toby Eastaugh said: “We are delighted for our pupils As well as the commitment they have shown and the hard work of our staff, these big increases in attainment are a result of the improvements we have made in teaching and the curriculum we offer.

“Our efforts to raise standards in English and mathematics have borne fruit. ”

Top of the class was Harry Edwards, who achieved 12 A*s.

Pupils at Heckmondwike Grammar achieved 2,017 GCSEs between them, at grade C or above. All pupils were awarded five or more A* to C passes including English and maths, while 70 per cent were either A or A*.

Headteacher Mike Cook said: “Congratulations to all our pupils on achieving excellent GCSE results yet again. We are delighted with these superb results, which reflect the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.”

Alex Greenhough achieved 12 A* grades and plans to go into the school sixth form. She said: “I worked really hard, doing two hours a night.”

Peter Lees added: “I have been doing a lot of work,mostly it was refreshing on things I’ve learnt. I am going on to the sixth form to do five A -levels.”