Thursday 24th August 2006 by C. Freeman
Three in a row for Brooke Weston
For the third year running Brooke Weston is celebrating after 100 per cent of its GCSE students gained five or more GCSEs at A* - C grades! The impressive results, in which nearly a third of exams were awarded an A or A* grade, come just a week after the best ever A-level results. The Guardian newspaper ranks Brooke Weston first in the GCSE league tables.
As if getting top marks for three years running wasn't impressive enough, this is also the third year in a row that a Brooke Weston student has been among the top five highest–scoring English Literature candidates in the whole country! Chris Arch–Jones managed the feat this year, emulating the achievements of Sally Peerless in 2004 and Reka Hollos in 2005! Former Head of English and now Vice–Principal, Rachel Steele said: 'It is amazing to have had top–scoring students three years in a row and reflects the high standards maintained at the College.'
Daniella Mancini looks very 'chuffed'
Special mention must be made of straight–A students, Daniella Mancini and Katie King who each achieved 9 A*s, 2As plus a GNVQ Intermediate distinction.
Daniella Mancini said: 'I didn't have any inkling that I'd do this well! I'm really chuffed and Mr Simpson was as well! I'm coming back to do A–levels; French, Spanish, English Language, History and Maths.'
Katie King had a nervous wait before getting her results but said: 'I'm really, really happy. I had pretty high expectations so I felt I had to live up to them. It's going to take quite a while to sink in. I'm stopping on to do A–levels, Art, Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths.'
Katie King with her GCSE Results
Nearly nine out of ten pupils achieved five or more GCSEs including the core subjects of English and Maths with an 89% pass rate and 28% of all exams were awarded A* or A grades.
Principal, Peter Simpson said: 'It is especially pleasing to see an impressive percentage of students gaining good grades in English and mathematics at a time when concern is growing about levels of literacy and numeracy among young people entering the workplace.'
Here's what some of the other students achieved:
Ben McCann with his GCSE Results
– Corby . Got two A*s, four As and four Bs.
I never expected this result. I'm going to a Wellbeck Army College at Loughborough (Wellbeck) . You do A levels there and go on to Uni and then go to Sandhurst as an Officer. Wellbeck runs technical courses so I'm hoping to go into the Royal Engineers. It was hard work doing the GCSEs. My mum was waiting in the car so I went out and told her my results – she started hugging me! To celebrate I'm off to Reading festival.
– Five A*s, four As and one B
I'm one of the top five in the country for English Literature. I didn't expect that in my wildest dreams. I'm going to go into the sixth form to study English Language, Business, History and Sociology. I don't know what I want to do eventually, it's a bit too far in the future to think about that! My mum started jumping around – I think that said it all really. '
When asked about what he attributed his success in English to he said 'the luck of the devil … although I did a lot of revision.'
– Nine A*, one A, one B
'I didn't know I'd done anywhere near this well. I'm stopping on into the sixth form but I've no idea what subjects I'll be doing yet.
– Nine A* s, two As plus GNVQ Intermediate Distinction
I didn't have any inkling that I'd do this well. I'm really chuffed and Mr Simpson was as well! I'm coming back to do A–levels; French, Spanish, English Language, History and Maths. My dad's just outside so I'm just going to run out and show him my results!'
waiting for her results said: 'I wasn't nervous until I got here and now I'm really nervous – I just want to get it over and done with.'
Katie came out with nine A* and two As: plus GNVQ Intermediate Distinction
'I'm really, really happy. I had pretty high expectations so I felt I had to live up to them. It's going to take quite a while to sink in. I'm stopping on to do A–levels, Art, Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths. I'm going on holiday next week to Tenby so I'll have a nice relaxing time there. I did my best in these exams and that paid off.'
– One A*, five As, two Bs, two Cs and a pass.
In Year 11 I had to work hard so it did pay off. I'm going to do A–levels in three sciences and maths. My favourite subjects are Physics and Chemistry. I was expecting to get a C in English Literature and I got an A! I'm having a party tomorrow to celebrate.