Swindon GCSE 2013: Commonweal pupils defy claims it would be harder to get higher grades (From This Is Wiltshire)
Swindon GCSE 2013: Commonweal pupils defy claims it would be harder to get higher grades
PUPILS at Commonweal School defied national claims it would be harder to get higher GCSE grades in a number of subjects.
There was a host of top grades and the school once again achieved a high number of A* to C grades.
“We have a really great bunch of kids here and these results are a reward for all the hard work they have put in,” said Charles Drew, the assistant headteacher.
“They show all the effort which has been put in not only by the children but also the teachers and parents.
“Everyone is under a lot of pressure these days to perform so everyone can be very proud of themselves.
“At this stage it is harder to compare with last year.
“Because there have been changes, it will take some time before we can really compare how this year has done in comparison to others but they can be pleased with all their hard work.”
Several pupils achieved particularly outstanding results which have set them up perfectly for the next stage of their education.
Daniel Wood, 16, achieved nine A*s and two A grades which will help towards his goal of having a career in physics or engineering.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic with these grades,” he said.
“I was really nervous beforehand so it was such a relief when I saw them. I thought I had done quite well but certainly not to this level.”
Many of those picking up results had sat an exam a year early in preparation.
“I got a B in science so I’m really pleased,” said 15-year-old Karoilina Lopez. “I wasn’t sure how I’d done so it could have gone either way.
“I worked really hard so it’s brilliant to have passed.”
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