Huddersfield GCSE exam results reaction and pictures
TEARS of joy flowed as students across Kirklees celebrated their GCSE results.
Schools and colleges reported excellent results.
King James’s School at Almondbury celebrated a third consecutive year of outstanding results with every student achieving at least five GCSEs.
Over 89% of the students achieved 5A* to C grades and almost 70% have achieved 10A* to C grades. Nineteen students achieved eight or more A*or A grades.
Headteacher Robert Lamb said "The results are absolutely stunning just as we expected as all the students worked incredibly hard.
"They fully deserve their success and I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work and parents for their encouragement and support."
Outstanding success at the school included Akash Bhalla, David Breen, Simon Hartley, Hannah O’Brien and Edward Taylor who all received 12 1/2 grade A and A* passes, Alice Dewhirst, Joshua Kernan and Adam Saeid who all received 11 1/2 A and A* passes, Alicia Holdsworth, Rebecca Purchon and Hayley Toth who achieved 11 A and A* passes and Jack Owen, who achieved 10 grade A and A* passes.
Newsome High School and Sports College and Fartown High School saw a huge increase in GCSE pass rates.
At Fartown, which has been troubled by uncertainty, the percentage of children achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths has more than doubled from 16% in 2009 to 34% in 2010.
Dr Andy Williams, the school’s executive headteacher, said the results had exceeded all expectations.
"These are fantastic results and all credit is due to the hard work and effort of the young people involved. The school has been under considerable pressure with some uncertainty about the school’s future with pupil numbers falling, and this has put an additional burden on staff."
Individual student successes of note include Shaquille Kilbourne who gained 12 GCSE A to C grades including two A* and one A grade.
Maryam Iqbal also achieved 12 GCSE A to C grades including 2 A grades and Jeevan Bagri achieved two A grades in his haul of eleven A to C passes. Others who achieved well included Henna Shafi (11 A*-C passes) and Faiza Hussain and Kodiece Joseph who both achieved ten A* to C grades.
Dr Williams added: "Whilst discussions go on about the future of education across Kirklees and around the Fartown area particularly, we hope that the improvements in the results will provide further evidence of the determination of the staff group to ensure that pupils in the system thrive and are unaffected by the uncertainty."
Newsome High School celebrated its best-ever results with the number of students achieving at least five GCSE A* to C passes rocketing from 36% to 66%.
Headteacher Paul Gittins said the results were the culmination of several years of hard work by students and staff in partnership with parents.
"We have been on a journey to improve the school, since I came here more than three years ago and I am so proud of the students and all they have achieved".
Among the most successful students at the college were Kate Gronow, Jenny Fellows, Jade Sykes and Josh Ruddiman.
Kate, whose ambition is to become Prime Minister said: "I’ve been awake panicking all night but I’ve done much better than I expected. I’ve worked hard and given up my social life for six months but it’s been worth it".