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GCSE RESULTS 2018: Celebrations at St Clement's High

Abbie Marshall and William Coase (3760459)
Abbie Marshall and William Coase (3760459)

There was plenty to celebrate at St Clement's High School in Terrington St Clement this morning as students collected their GCSE results.

Thirty-seven per cent achieved at least a grade 4 in both English and maths, with the figure rising to 41 per cent in maths and 60 per cent in English.

Chair of governors Ed Weightman said he was pleased with progress and particularly strong results in art, drama and citizenship.

Among the school's highest achievers was Abbie Marshall, who achieved a grade 7 or better in seven different subjects and will join Springwood High School's sixth form this autumn.

She said: "The support from everyone, teachers, students, is just amazing. I wouldn't have got these grades without that."

William Coase, who is also heading to Springwood, said the small number of students at the school was a major part of their success.

He said: "The teachers get to know the real person."

But some parents said they had been left confused about the switch to a 9-1 grading structure from the old A* to G system.

Alex Evans, whose daughter Nancy achieved a string of high grades, said he felt more should have been done to make it clear before the results were published.

Nancy Evans collected her results with dad Alex and brother Will (3760461)
Nancy Evans collected her results with dad Alex and brother Will (3760461)

He said: "I only understand it because Nancy has gone through it and explained it to me.

"I'm an employer and if I hadn't had my child go through it I would have no clue what a 9 was or a 4 was.

"Everybody understood A B C. Nothing has been really explained about the reasoning behind the 9-1 system."

Lizzie Whitehouse and Lucy Groves celebrate their results (3760456)
Lizzie Whitehouse and Lucy Groves celebrate their results (3760456)

Tracy Groves, whose daughter Lucy is planning to take up a childcare apprenticeship through the College of West Anglia with her grades, said the school had tried to explain the system through its reports to parents.

She said: "It was hard to get round at first. With A B C you knew exactly where you were."

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