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GCSE results: North Kesteven School

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

  • Daniel Beighton

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Students and staff at North Kesteven School are celebrating after GCSE results matched last year's record-breaking 67 per cent pass rate for five at A* to C grades including English and Maths. 

Maths and English results were 78 per cent at A* to C and 72 per cent A* to C respectively.

There were outstanding results in the arts and humanities with 40 per cent of students in a large cohort of 75 gaining A/A* grades in Geography. 

Thirty per cent of students gains A/A* grades in history and religion and ethics and philosophy.

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Art, drama and dance results were among the best in the country with 30 per cent of students gaining A/A* grades.

The pass rate at A* to C for GCSE PE was 93 per cent.

Individual pride of place goes to Leona Wilson with 11 straight A* grades and Andrew Silk, Amy Bermingham and Jack Lowbridge who all achieved more than 10 A*/A grades.

Leona, 16, from South Hykeham, said: "I'm really surprised.   I didn't think I would so this well.

"Now I'm looking forward to enjoying the Joint Sixth Form and studying A Level English Literature, biology, chemistry and history."

A change in Government policy has placed greater emphasis on the final exam this year than coursework.

Daniel Beighton, 16, from North Hykeham, achieved A*s in geography, maths, philosophy and history, As in English language and literature, biology, chemistry and physics and a B in German.

He said: "The final exam put more pressure on us at the end this year so it was quite challenging.

"I honestly did not think I would do as well but I'm really happy with my results.

"I'm interested in a career in law and I'm going into the Priory LSST to A Levels in history, maths, physics and chemistry."

Owen Tyas, 16, from the Swallowbeck area of Lincoln, achieved A*s in physics and maths, As in geography, English language, music, further maths, art, biology, chemistry and philosophy and Bs in French and English literature. 

He said: "In some respects the emphasis on the final exam was a bit daunting but we did two sets of mocks.

"I was relieved when I opened the envelope.   I'm going to study music, maths, physics and philosophy at A Level and I'm looking at a career in music or as an architect."

Headteacher Martin Connor said he is delighted with the results: “Given the significant changes to the GCSE system it is very pleasing that we have matched last year’s exceptional performance and further established North Kesteven School’s academic credentials. 

"We expect our arts to be exceptional but the excellent performance in English, maths and humanities is equally important, as are the brilliant outcomes in BTEC engineering and construction where 45 per cent of students achieved Distinction*, and a number.of these students have places on local apprenticeships.

"We wish every single student lots of success for the future be it in our sixth form, college or in training."

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