Swindon GCSE 2013: Kingsdown celebrates best results in school's history
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TEARS of relief broke out at Kingsdown School after 250 students flooded through the doors to collect their crucial GCSE results.
Overall grades were higher than had been expected, and the school celebrated the best results in their history despite worries over changing grade boundaries and strict marking.
Jenna Tuck was shaking as she peeled open her envelope, and had to grab the nearest person to confirm her marks as she could not believe what she was seeing.
“I wasn’t expecting any of this,” she said. “I was up all night crying, and I am so overwhelmed. I just can’t believe it and it is such a relief. I never thought I would get A*s in Art and English Language. Now I can go to New College, and I simply cannot describe the relief.”
Headteacher Wendy Conaghan said: “We have got the best results ever in the history of the school this year, and all the staff are overjoyed. While we have increased year on year, this year has seen a significant increase.
“Particularly in the light of what has been reported in the media about grades falling and the boundaries being uncertain, this just proves that is not true. It could be that other places in the country are seeing their grades dip, but ours have been fantastic this year.
“Maths and English results here have stayed very strong, and the overall results have been as expected. This is the first set of results for a lot of the staff too, and many of them have been sick with nerves. You come in fearing it is not going to be what you hoped for.
“Overall A* to C grades have exceeded our expectations, and the staff have worked phenomenally hard. It has been quite a difficult year but the extra effort has paid off.”
George Morland, who has autism, has come on leaps and bounds during his time at the school, and remarkably achieved a full sweep of A* and A grades, including 100 per cent in a history exam, when he had been predicted Cs.
“George came to us as a very shy boy, but he has really blossomed during his time here,” said Wendy. “He has exceeded everyone’s expectations, and we are all so proud of his performance.”
George said: “I was really nervous this morning, but really excited at the same time. I was predicted all C grades, and it was a real shock when I opened the envelope because they are all two grades higher than I was expecting.
“It is unbelievable. I have had some amazing support from the staff, and I never imagined I could do this.”
Hannah Donovan, 16, said she had been wracked with nerves the night before.
“I had a really bad dream last night that I was going to get Ds and woke up in a panic this morning,” she said.
“But I had nothing to worry about, because the results were far better than I expected, I got all Bs and Cs. I am going to miss this school, but it is so exciting to move on.”