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After last week’s record-breaking numbers of A*s at A-level, teachers and pupils from Worksop College are celebrating yet again as today’s GCSE results are revealed. With a GCSE pass rate of 99.3%, comparing to last year’s figure of 99.1%, the school has excelled itself once again.

As well as an impressive pass rate, pupils did brilliantly at achieving the higher marks, with the school reporting a notable 164 A & A* grades. The school is very pleased to be bucking the national trend, as reports suggest that GCSE results across the country are at their lowest since 2008.

Amongst the happy pupils at Worksop College are Abi Speight (7A, 4A*), Nick Lowe (5A*, 7A), Eleanor Cooley (9A*, 2A, B) and Huw Brown (12 A*). 16 year old Nick, from Sheffield, said: “I’m just a bit overwhelmed. It hasn’t quite sunk in!” His father Gordon Lowe is a very happy man today, remarking “Superb! It’s the result of two years of hard work. I’m very proud indeed.”

Abi Speight was equally happy, pronouncing: “It’s just such a relief!” and her mother Helen Speight said: “I’m not sure how she manages it. She was selected to play Hockey for Britain U16, I just don’t know she’s juggled both. I’m just so proud.”

Ceri Thorman from Dinnington (7A*, 3As, B) checked her results online this morning and said: Mum instantly started crying – dad thought I was lying!”

Huw Brown (12 A*), the school’s top performing pupil says his results are a great birthday present. “I turned 16 yesterday”, he said “this is a pretty good birthday present!” His mother Caroline Brown was grateful for the support that the school has given Huw. She said “He’s had lots of support. The study clinics were brilliant; they couldn’t have been better orchestrated.”

16 year old Christian Waddington came to collect his results with mother Gaynor and father Chris – a former pupil of the school, himself. “He’s worked very hard”, said Chris. “But the school has been brilliant. Everything is set up to support children to do the best they can. It’s what you pay for.”

Headmaster Gavin Horgan is very proud of the students’ results, and looking forward to the coming academic year. “They have worked incredibly hard”, he said. “We strive to ensure that every single child achieves their full potential and these results are testament to the sheer determination and hard work that’s been put in over the last two years. After our record-breaking A level results last week, I have high expectations of these students – I’m looking forward to welcoming them back to school – and into Lower Sixth in a matter of weeks”

The photo shows Worksop student Abi Speight and her mother Helen