GCSE results: Pride at The Costello School despite fall in benchmark figure (From Andover Advertiser)
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GCSE results: Pride at The Costello School despite fall in benchmark figure
THERE was a significant drop in the number of students hitting the benchmark at The Costello School this year.
Fifty-eight per cent of pupils gained five GCSEs between A* and C, including English and maths, which was down from 70 per cent last year.
Julia Mortimore, headteacher at the school in Crossborough Hill, was keen to highlight that 87 per cent of pupils had achieved five or more GCSEs between A* and C in any subject, which was higher than last year’s figure of 83 per cent.
She said: “We are really proud of all our students’ achievements and pleased that the hard work of our staff and students has paid off.”
Celebrating top results this year was Oliver Franklin, from Britten Road, Brighton Hill, who was awarded two A*s and seven As.
The 16-year-old said: “I was extremely nervous. The first two were written as D and I thought I had failed, but they were actually for distinction. It was a weight off my shoulders.”
Oliver, whose ambition is to become a stage actor, is going to QMC in September to study performing arts, maths and GCSE Italian.
Leana Smith, 16, from Morley Road, Cranbourne was another top achiever gaining five A*s and three As.
She said: “I was really happy. I wasn’t expecting to do so well.”
She is now going to QMC to study sciences, maths and geography.
When Bethany Scoulding, from Delius Close, Brighton Hill telephoned her mother to let her know her results, all she heard was screaming.
The 16-year-old was awarded five As, four Bs and two Cs, and said: “I was relieved and pleased. It was worth all the hard work.”
She too is going to QMC to study maths, biology, sport and psychology, with the aim of one day becoming a physiotherapist.
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