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GCSE results: Retiring Testbourne head is happy with marks
11:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Basingstoke
Buy this photo » Tyler Collins is handed his results by outgoing headteacher Hilary Jackson
FOR Testbourne Community School headteacher Hilary Jackson, the GCSE results day was one of her last duties before she retires.
The 60-year-old said she was “really pleased” with this year’s results, in which 72 per cent of students achieved the benchmark five A* to C grades including English and maths, which was down by four percentage points on 2012.
Overall, 88 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grade GCSEs.
This was down by eight points on 2012’s record breaking results.
But Ms Jackson, who is retiring as head after 13 years at the helm, pointed out that the results were “way above the national averages”.
She added: “They have done this in spite of the Government’s announcements that marking has been tougher this year in English and maths and that science exams have been harder.
“I am leaving happy that our students are still achieving at the highest level and I am sure they will continue to do so under the leadership of the new headteacher, Ruth Beasley.”
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