AS IT HAPPENED: GCSE results day 2015

AS IT HAPPENED: GCSE results day 2015

After weeks of waiting, the big day has finally arrived and thousands of young people across East Berkshire and South Bucks will find out their GCSE results today.

We'll be here throughout the morning to bring you inspiring student stories, teacher reaction and the all-important pass rates as they come.

Our reporters are out at schools across the Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor area and will be keeping you up-to-date on this blog and on Twitter.

 


 

4.57pm:

READING BLUE COAT SCHOOL, SONNING

All 99 students at Reading Blue Coat School achieved five GCSEs at A*-C grade and 98.8 per cent of students acheived A*-C grades in subjects including maths and English.

Seven pupils gained ten A* grades. These pupils were Alistair McMurray, Timothy Forrer, Morgan Bahia, Tom Hesketh, Zac Moffatt, Sam Graesser and James Montgomery.


4.31pm:

WEXHAM SCHOOL, SLOUGH

More than half of Wexham School students achieved five GCSEs, including English and maths, graded at A*-C.

The school’s highest achievers were Bismah Aijaz – two A*s, nine As and one B, Lynnie Ngugi – two A*s, four As and five Bs, and Bilal Ur-Rehaman – six As and five Bs.

 


 

4.29pm:

WESTGATE SCHOOL, SLOUGH

The Westgate School had an ‘exceptional’ year with 62 per cent of students gaining at least five A*-C grades including maths and English.

The top pupils were Samah Naeem, who gained six A*s, four As and one C, Aliza Asad who achieved six A*s, three As and two Bs and Mohammad Abbas who was awarded five A*s, three As and two Bs.


2.19pm:

CHARTERS SCHOOL, SUNNINGDALE

The Co-Headteacher of Charters School, Martyn Parker, praised his students for achieving excellent GCSE results despite the ‘continuing change’ of the country’s examination system.

Out of the 243 students who took their GCSEs at the Charters Road school, 85 per cent secured five A*-C grades.

And there was further positive news for the Sunningdale school as 79 per cent of students secured five A*-C grades including maths and English.

Co-Headteacher Martyn Parker said: “This is an excellent achievement and reflects well on the hard work of students and staff.

“At the time of continuing change and turbulence in the national examination system our initial analysis shows that this year’s GCSE cohort has maintained the high academic standards that we have established in the last few years.”


2.17pm:

BURNHAM PARK ACADEMY, BURNHAM

A year with great improvement in results was received with celebrations at Burnham Park Academy.

The school in Opendale Road saw a 100 per cent pass rate in five subjects, and many students are now joining the sixth form.

The Academy had 61 per of students gaining A* to C grades in English, achieving the highest grades recorded, and 35 per cent exceeded expected progress in English. Results for maths improved by seven per cent.

Headteacher Russell Denial said: "We remain restless to improve and will continue to work hard over the coming years to build on the solid foundations we are creating.

"I am really please with the increased number of A* and A grades, in English in particular."


2.14pm:

BURNHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BURNHAM:

An overall A* to C pass rate of 100 per cent was achieved by the year 11 pupils.

The high achievers at the Hogfair Lane school also had an overall pass rate of 98 per cent A* to C grades, including maths and English, 66 per cent of which were A* or A grades. 

Joining the sixth form in September is Jack Peppin-Hall, 16, who had 10 As, one A* and one B. He will go on to study maths, further maths, history and physics.

Jack, from Chapter Mews in Windsor, said: "I did better than expected, bit shocked actually."

Headteacher Andrew Gillespie said: "We're incredibly happy and proud. The students have worked really hard. The staff have been meticulous in every detail and offered great support to the students, as have the parents."


2.12pm:

BEECHWOOD SCHOOL, SLOUGH

Cameron Davies is looking forward to starting an engineering course at East Berkshire College next month after doing well in his GCSEs.

Cameron, 16, said: "I've done great, I got four As. I'm going to start an engineering course, my dad was an engineer and I've inherited his hands-on approach so I'm looking forward to that."

The school in Long Readings Lane said its year 11 results came in on target and it had record figuesr for students with As and A*s, with 29 pupils getting them across all subjects.

Overall the school had 75 per cent of students gaining A* to C grades, with 43 per cent getting five or more subjects with an A* to C result. 

Headteacher Kathleen Higgins said: "We warmly congratulate the young people of Beechwood. They need to be commended for their hard work and ambition."


2.10pm:

BAYLIS COURT, SLOUGH

Proud students were cheering in the school hall as they celebrated an impressive set of results.

The girls' school in Gloucester Avenue had 68 per cent of exam takers achieve five A* to C grades including English and maths, and a total of 77 per cent achieved five GCSEs at A* to C.

Headteacher Deborah Ajose said: "All of out staff are dedicated to continuous improvement. We are always striving to do the very best for every girl at Baylis Court School.

"It is extremely pleasing to see so many girls realise their potential and further their studies in our sixth form."

Friends Eliza Bednarczyk, 16, and Faaiza  Malik, 16, are looking forward to joining the sixth form at the school after they both achieved As and A*s across the board.

Faaiza, who lives in Staunton Road, said: "I'm so happy! I did better than expected. I'm going to be studying art and English literature at A-level."

 


2.07pm:

CLAIRES COURT, MAIDENHEAD

Claires Court has confirmed 80.2 per cent of students achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths.


2.04pm:

CHURCHMEAD SCHOOL, DATCHET

Churchmead School in Priory Way, Datchet received its best results yet with 57 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English.

67 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.

Special mention goes to five students who gained ten or more GCSEs including a number of A* and A grades.

Jasmine Joanes got nine A* to A grades. Head girl Denisa Loeri Fernandez got six A* and A GCSEs while Courtney Gamble achieved five.

Headteacher Chris Tomes said: “I would like to congratulate our students on achieving record breaking results.

"I wish them well as they move onto their sixth form studies. I would also like to thank their teachers and parents for the commitment they have shown in raising the aspirations of our students.

"I look forward in confidence to our results next year, which we are planning to be another record breaking year.”


1.49pm:

EAST BERKSHIRE COLLEGE

Language students at the East Berkshire College came out on top on GCSE results day.

One hundred per cent of students on the Spanish and Polish GCSE courses achieved A*-C grades.

More students sat GCSE maths, English and science at the college this year with 124 students achieving an A*-C in maths and 136 students achieving an A* to C in English.

Overall, 96 per cetn of GCSE maths students achieved grade A*-E.  

Ammar Hussain, 20, from Slough achieved an A* in English and a C in maths, which means he can go on to study nutrition at St Mary's University.

Seventeen-year-old Danielle Humphries from Windsor got a C in psychology, she said: “I am delighted to have passed as I can now go on to study A-levels at college, and then hopefully university."

Kiran Gill, Alisha Khan and Raima Butt are all on the Btec medical science course at the college and want to go to university.

Raima, 17, got a B in maths and said: "Achieving a good grade in maths will now give me lots more options.” 

Kiran got a C in maths and Alisha a D in English, she said she wants to improve her grade and will sit the exam again at the college.


1.46pm:

SLOUGH AND ETON CE BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE COLLEGE, SLOUGH

Slough and Eton CE Business and Enterprise College saw its GCSE results improve for the seventh year in a row.

The school, in Ragstone Road, reported a five per cent increase from last year’s results as 63 per cent of students got five A*-C grades with maths and English.

Overall, 71 per cent of students also achieved five A*-C grades.

Michelle Mukunga, 16, and 15-year-old Muaaz Ahmed, who lives in Manor Park, were two of the top performers as they gained five A*s and three A*s respectively.

And there was special praise for 16-year-old blind student Moin Imtiaz who completed five GCSEs with the help of the school’s visual support teacher Sue Fogarty and the Berkshire Sensory Consortium.

Sue said: “The school have really backed Moin 100 per cent and I’m incredibly proud of him for what he’s achieved.” 

Headteacher Paul McAteer added: “Every pupil got qualifications that will help them move on to the next stage of their lives.”


1.40pm:

CLAIRES COURT, MAIDENHEAD

Students have been celebrating at Claires Court after receiving ‘excellent’ GCSE results.

More than 85 per cent of the grades were a C or above, which is an increase from last year at the school

James Wilding, academic principal, was ‘delighted’ with the news.

He said: “Their abilities span a very broad spectrum and they have worked hard to great effect. The vast majority can move on to study their A-levels certain in the knowledge that they have had the grounding for university entrance top courses.”

At least 86.9 per cent received fiev or more A*-C grades.

The top performer was Harry Moreland at Senior Boys with six A*s, four As and one B. He said, “I’m feeling good! My results are great, over and above what I expected.”

Kathryn Wills, was ‘shocked’ after receiving four A* grades. She said: “I did not expect to get an A* in English language."


1.33pm:

THE LANGLEY ACADEMY, LANGLEY

Student Samuel Andenmososun said he was 'over the moon' with his six A*s and three As.

The 16-year-old from Slough added he felt 'pretty anxious' the night before.

"To be honest I was not expecting my results to be this good," he added.

"But I was hoping for the best.

"I am lost for words."

Sam is hoping to study for his A-levels with the aim of doing economics at university.

Another pupil celebrating was 16-year-old Osman Zafar who got three A*s, two As and four Bs.

"I am very happy, you never really know how you did," he said.

The school in Langley Road was unable to give any pass percentage statistics as it was awaiting information from examination board, Edexcel.

Headteacher Rhodri Bryant said: "We are delighted with this year's results.

"Particularly in the English department we have had some stunning results."


1.32pm:

LANGLEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, LANGLEY

There were A*s and As across the board for pupil Ranjana Nair who achieved a staggering 10 A*s.

The 16-year-old from Langley said she had did not have an easy night's sleep.

"I could not sleep at all last night," she said.

"But I feel so happy and relieved, I am going to London with my sister so I think I will celebrate then."

Ranjana is planning to continue at the school in Reddington Drive for her A-levels.

She is looking to study English, biology and chemistry.

Overall, 99.3 per cent of students obtained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, with 97.7 per cent achieving five or more A* to C.

"We are delighted with our GCSE results which reflect the hard work of our students and the dedicated support of our staff," said headteacher John Constable.


1.22pm:

HERSCHEL GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SLOUGH

Herschel Grammar School boasted one of its 'best ever years', with 99 per cent of their students achieving five GCSEs, including English and Maths graded at A* - C.

Almost half (48 per cent) of all students were given A* and A grades in some subjects.

The school's top achievers were Tia Cassell, who was awarded eleven A*s and one A, Damayanti Chatterjee, who was awarded thirteen A*s and one A and Rohan Soni who was awarded thirteen A* and A grades. 

Headteacher Jo Rockall, who has led the school for five years, said: "This is one of our best ever years.

"And it's a real testament to the hard work and dedication of all the students and staff."


1.18pm:

COX GREEN SCHOOL, COX GREEN:

‘Outstanding academic success’ was achieved at Cox Green School on GCSE results day.

More than 75 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C grades.

Heidi Swidenback, headteacher said: “It is just fantastic that so many students gained these qualifications.  This presents great opportunities for our students who I know will have very bright futures. The students and staff deserve high praise and I thank our parents for their support.”

Bradley Cox, 16, from Lambourne Drive, was delighted with his results achieving one A*, three As, four Bs and  two Cs. The young musician plays the bass guitar, drums and piano and is looking forward to continuing his studies in sixth form.

The top performer was Mollie Bagshaw, 16, from Curls Lane, who achieved an impressive four A*s and seven As.


1.13pm:

ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, SLOUGH:

There were tears of joy at the school in Shaggy Calf Lane as pupil Prem Panesar celebrated getting seven A*s and three As.

The 16-year-old, who lives in central Slough, explained how hard work had helped him achieve his results.

"I am a bit overwhelmed with emotion," he said.

"It shows that hard work pays off."

Prem is planning on taking his A-levels at the school, though he said he is not sure what subjects he wants to study.

Overall, 55 per cent of students obtained five A* to C grades including English and maths and 61 per cent achieved five A* to C grades.

Headteacher Ciran Stapleton said: "We are delighted. I would like to thank staff, parents and students for their support which reflects the rapid improved learning ethos within the school.”


1.08pm:

ST BERNARD'S CATHOLIC GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SLOUGH

The school in Langley Road celebrated an outstanding set of results.

Out of the 128 students who sat the exams, 97 per cent gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.

One of those celebrating was 16-year-old Catherine Hughes who achieved three A*s and six As.

"I was so surprised and it is such a relief," she said.

"The nerves have been building up and I was up at 7am this morning."

Catherine is planning on continuing at the school for her A-levels, where she intends to study English and physics.

She hopes one day to be an author.

"This is a wonderful set of results," said headteacher Michael Stimpson.

"I am especially pleased with the increase in the number of students achieving 10 or more A*/A grades, this is a real tribute to the hard work of both staff and students and I congratulate everyone involved."


1.03pm:

LONG CLOSE SCHOOL, UPTON

Long Close School headteacher Brendan Pavey paid tribute to the dedication of his students and staff as the school achieved record GCSE results for the third year in a row.

All 13 pupils who took their GCSEs at the school, in Upton Court Road, achieved five A*-C grades with 51 per cent of the grades achieved either A* or A.

And 85 per cent of students got five A*-C grades, including maths and English.

Remi Bahar, 16, secured the top grades in his class as he bagged six A*s and three As.

Mr Pavey said his teachers had gone ‘above and beyond’ to help the students and he added that the school’s close-knit nature had been vital to delivering success.

He said: “Our programme of individualised learning, based around inspirational teaching in a school that embraces family values, is enabling pupils to achieve results that many of them did not believe were possible.”


12.59pm:

WINDSOR GIRLS' SCHOOL, WINDSOR

Nearly a third of all grades awarded to girls at Windsor Girls’ School in Imperial Road were an A or A*.

Seventy per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, including maths and English.

Among the top performers at the school were 11 girls who achieved a mix of A* and A grades.

Charlotte Beattie who lives in Windsor got six A*s and five As.

The 16-year-old who has spent the summer working at Legoland and Windsor Leisure Centre said she is relieved all her hard work has payed of.

She plans on returning to the school in September to study French, German, history and maths.

Ayodimeji Abiloa got the same results as Charlotte and wants to study maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at A-level.

She said: "I'm happy with my results and glad the waiting is over.

"I've been quite nervous but I slept quite well last night.

"I'm going to have fun with my friends and family and just relax for the rest of the summer."

Headteacher Gill Lambrum said: "I am delighted and very proud of the achievements of all of our students."


12.48pm:

MARIST SCHOOL, SUNNINGHILL

Every student achieved at least five A*-C grades and 98 per cent achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths.

Karl McCloskey, headteacher said: "Marist girls are multi-skilled and extremely talented. I’m so proud of them each and every girl.”

Top performers include Emma Liverseidge, who achieved 12 A*s and Grace O’Connell who received 11 A*s and one A.

Lydia Lutton, head of year 11, said: "This is a lovely year group who excelled in everything. They are a credit to their parents, the school but more importantly themselves.”


12.39pm:

FURZE PLATT SENIOR SCHOOL, MAIDENHEAD

Furze Platt received some excellent results with top performers including two sets of twins and a pair of cousins.

The school achieved 73 per cent A*-C grades and 67 per cent A*-C including English and Maths.

Tanya White, headteacher said: “We’re really pleased with the results. This year group has been one of the biggest that we’ve ever had and we are delighted with the results they have received.”

One of the top performers was Jas Mehat, 16, from Belmont Park who achieved 12 A*s and dreams of studying Law at Cambridge University after sixth form.

Twins, Olivia and Beth Wright-Paramio, both 16 from Raymond Road, received excellent grades, achieving a combined nine A*s, 14 As and one B between them.

Patrick Ashe, 16 from College Avenue said: I’m really happy with how well I did. It’s very unexpected and I’m going to celebrate tonight. It’s such a big relief to know the hard work has paid off.”

Patrick received one A*, eight As, two Bs and one D.


12.24pm:

WINDSOR BOYS' SCHOOL, WINDSOR

Windsor Boys' School was celebrating an improvement in GCSE results.

Overall, 62 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grade including maths and English and 73 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades.

Twins Adam and James Taite got 14 A*s between them.

Adam achieved nine A*s, one A and one C while James got five A*s and five As.

More than 100 boys will stay on at the school to study A-levels.

Zach Penne got five As, four Bs and a C and wants to study A-level biology, maths, music and chemistry at the school

He said: "I'm pleased with my results but I want to do better in my A-levels."

Headteacher Gavin Henderson was speaking to boys intending to stay on at the school for sixth form to see what their options are for A-level.

He said: "Many students have achieved well beyond their potential and we are all very proud of them.

"The school has consistently provided excellent results in English and maths and as well as other traditions English Baccalaureate subjects, including creative subjects.

"We are pleased that modern subjects like business, media and sport also have excellent results."


12.22pm:

DESBOROUGH COLLEGE, MAIDENHEAD

Desborough College had 63 per cent of pupils achieve A* to C grades, including maths and English.


12.15pm:

UPTON COURT GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SLOUGH

A high achieving set of twins were among the students picking up their GCSE results at Upton Court Grammar School.

Meena Bhogal and Manisha Bhogal, both 16 and from Langley, achieved a staggering 15 A*s between them and Meena told us she had spent the night dreaming about how their results would pan out.

“I dreamt that she (Manisha) would get nine A*s to As and I would get 10, but it turned out that she got 10 A*s to As and I got 9.

“But we’re still happy,” she said.

Amena Rafiq, who lives in Glanmor Road, was another stand-out student as she got 10A*s and one A.

A total of 99.3 per cent of students achieved five A*-C grades while 98.1 per cent gained five A*s-C including maths and English.

Headteacher Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said she hoped her students’ high results would allow them to ‘fulfil their dreams’.


12.05pm:

Altwood pupil Brandon Mabaisa achieved 8 A*s and will return to study A-levels in maths and the sciences.


11.56am:

Here are Windsor Girls' School pupils Ellie Roe (eight A*s and two As) and Matilda Simmonds (six A*s and five As) celebrating some very impressive results.


11.51am:

ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL, ASCOT

More than half of GCSE results at St George's were graded A* or A.

Ninety-five per cent of all exams sat by girls at the school were graded at A* to C.

Compared to last year's results the school said students received on average 6.3 grades above their predictions.

One of the top performers was Imogen Sandford from Taplow. She was awarded 9 A*s and 2 As.

The keen rider competes at the highest standard in the UK and plays on the school's netball team.

Alannah Horswell from Ascot achieved 9 A*s and 3 As. She's a keen polo player and plays on the school's team.

Headteacher Rachel Owens said: “We are fortunate here at St George’s that we have some inspirational staff who excite intellectual curiosity and provide a stimulating and happy environment which is ideal for learning.

“Students like Alannah and Imogen who input greatly into all the activities on offer and really give back to the community deserve to do really well.”


11.43am:

Most of our reporters are back now (a couple are still missing), so we should be getting more individual school reports in soon.


11.32am:

DESBOROUGH COLLEGE, MAIDENHEAD

Pupil Daniel Nankivell hopes to build a career in engineering after picking up his results this morning.

The 16-year-old gained four As, three Bs and two Cs, and will return next year for sixth form to study maths, further maths, psychology and geography.

The school was especially proud of its commitment to enter pupils early for GCSE exams, as boys from years eight, nine, 10 and 11 collected their results.

Two boys from year eight achieved an A* in maths, despite taking the course three years early.

Of the 16 year nine boys who took their maths exams early, eight were awarded A*s and seven were awarded A grades.

Headteacher Paul Frazer said, "These results did not come as a surprise and reflect the outstanding ability of these lads as well as their superb attitude towards their studies.

“I don't know of any grammar schools who offer boys the opportunity to take exams at this age."

Full percentage passes were not available, but 73 per cent achieved A* to C grades in English and 78 per cent gained A* to C grades in maths.

Mr Frazer said the results are significantly above those of boys nationally, adding: "These results confirm the research indicating that boys' academic performance improves when they are taught in a single-sex environment."


11.25am:

We might have to wait for pass rate news from Langley Academy. 


11.18am:

NEWLANDS GIRLS’ SCHOOL, MAIDENHEAD

Students were going home happy after the school hailed another year of ‘outstanding results’.

A total of 72 per cent of pupils gained A* to C grades, including English and maths, and 83 per cent achieved A* to C grades overall.

Top grades of A* and A were gained by 31 per cent of students.

Gemma Walton, head of sixth form and assistant headteacher, said: “We are really pleased with our outstanding results again.

“The girls have done brilliantly. We are really pleased a lot of girls secured their place in our sixth form, most of them are coming back to do A-levels.”

High achieving pupils included Rhianna Weston, with three A*s and eight As, and Rachel Davies, who got five A*s, five As and one B.

Rachel Juden, 16, received four A*s, five As and two Bs, and hopes to go on to study psychology.

“It’s a really fascinating subject, there’s so much to it that you can explore,” she said.


11.13am:

ALTWOOD SCHOOL, MAIDENHEAD

Headteacher Neil Dimbleby said he is continuing to see progress at the school since taking over the reigns almost two years ago.

The school have been unable to issue pass percentages as yet due to missing results, but the headteacher said staff were happy with the efforts and results of the students.

“There is a really nice feeling today,” said Mr Dimbleby. “There’s a lot of individual successes and some subjects have excelled.

“They have been a pleasant year group.

“A lot are really well equipped to go out to the next phase and I’m really proud of them.

“A huge number are coming back into our sixth form and they have done it because they want to.”


11.11am:


11.07am:

It sounds like there's some very excited teenagers over at the Westgate School. 



11.06am:

11am:

News from Churchmead School, where 57 per cent of students achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths. The school says they are the best results ever.


10.56am:

David is still going... 


10.41am:

Reporter Luke Matthews tell us Desborough College cannot release their pass rates just yet.


10.38am:

More smart twins! 


10.30am:

Our reporters are starting to

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