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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Carlisle academy school to appeal over GCSE results

Richard Rose Central Academy is to appeal over the results of 10 pupils’ English GCSE results.

As hundreds gathered to find out how well they had done, Russ Wallace, retiring head of the Carlisle academy, said a handful had been affected by the national issue of tough marking.

He said they had 10 pupils who were within one mark of getting a C grade. It follows news nationally that tougher standards were leaving students with lower results than expected, particularly in English.

He said the school had appealed the result for each of them.

“I think it’s for unions, academy groups and local education authorities to have these discussions with exam boards,” he added.

Early indications were that grades are up at most schools around Cumbria.

At the central academy, several students turned up early to collect their results.

Daryl Holliday, 16, of Currock, Carlisle got nothing lower than a C grade for the eight subjects he studied. “All I can really say is that’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m going into sixth form and I’m going to give it my all.”

Jess Powley, 16, of Kingfisher Park got one A and a mixture of Bs and Cs for the subjects she studied. “It gets me where I want to go,” she said. She now plans to go into sixth form and hopefully onto university to study psychology.

David Airey, 16, of Brookside, also achieved nothing less than a C for his eight subjects. He put his success down to help from teachers and his parents. He said: “They have made me work for it.” He also plans to go into sixth form.

Mia Abbott, 16, of Currock, got 16 GCSEs. She passed all of them with grades A-C and was delighted.

She hopes these will help her progress on to a career in medicine.

The central academy’s first counts showed around showed improvements across every performance measure with every student receiving at least one qualification. Mr Wallace, experiencing his last results day before he retires, welcomed the statistics.

“I am absolutely delighted with our performance,” he said. “The results so far are in line with expectations and provide clear evidence that our approach to achieving gradual but sustainable improvement is the right one.”

Richard Rose Morton academy was also pleased.

“Some students have received some outstanding grades,” head Katy Robinson said. “They are going to be absolutely made up.”

Trinity School headteacher Alan Motterhead said results were up in English and maths, whilse the school had also done well with modern languages.

“We are very pleased,” he said.

At Newman School, John McAuley, heateacher, said: “We are thrilled with the students’ success at GCSE. There are some outstanding individual performances, with some of our Year 11s achieving top grades for all subjects.”

Austin Friars St Monica’s School headteacher Matt Harris commented: “With students soon moving into the sixth form, they do so in the knowledge that they have a firm grounding for continued study at Advanced level. Before that, however, they have just a short time to reflect on their great successes.”

Lorrayne Hughes, head of Brampton’s William Howard School, described results there as “fantastic”.

Caldew School’s headteacher, Chris McAree, meanwhile, said: “We are really, really pleased.”

Ullswater Community College headteacher Nigel Pattinson was also happy and said many of his pupils would be well-placed to carry on into sixth form.

Nigel Rice, Lime House School’s headteacher, described results there as “very pleasing”.

Cumbria County Council said this afternoon that provisional data from 34 of the county’s 37 local authority maintained schools and academies showed that about 57 per cent of students achieved the national indicator of five or more A*-C grades (including maths and English) - the same as last year.

The number of passes of five or more A*-C grades (any subject) rose from 78 per cent in 2011 to 81.6 per cent this year. These results are provisional and may be revised.

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