It is not only our Year 11 students who have had cause to celebrate. Six young linguists each got A* graded modern foreign language GCSEs early, while four Year 10 boys achieved an amazing 21 A* and 3A graded passes between them.
Tho-Quang Nguyen, Kiran Joshi, Victor Ho and George Robinson were presented with their certificates in assembly. Miss Stringer said: ‘It is an absolutely phenomenal achievement and there is no reason why those four young men should not be heading towards the finest universities that this country has got to offer.’
They all achieved double maths and triple science qualifications, with George also gaining a music GCSE and Victor having already secured a top graded GCSE in Chinese. All also gained Distinctions in their OCR ICT examinations. They are all in the same classes and there is friendly rivalry between them to get the best grades.
George said: ‘It is more than just working hard only when it comes to exams, you need to work all the time. When you hear what we have achieved as a group it is quite impressive.’
Year 8 students Lewis Price and Ashley Loy were awarded A* grades in Spanish while Year 9 students Lyle Leandro and Alex Kularatnam both got top graded French GCSEs. Year 10 students Dasha Palamarchuk and Umut Akpunar achieved top grades in Russian and Turkish respectively.
Ashley’s mother is Mexican and so she has grown up with Spanish while Lewis learned the language while living in Spain from the age of three. He returned to the UK three years ago and worked towards his exam with the help of Mrs Navarro Marin and Miss Pratz.
Lyle was born and brought up in France and has only been in the UK for a year. She said: ‘I like it here, it is very different but I like it a lot.’ Alex was also born in France and went to school there until he was five. He speaks the language at home with his dad and cousins.
Congratulations to all these students who have secured their GCSEs earlier than average.