GCSE results day 2018: Queens Park Community School students 'rose to the challenge' of tougher exams
PUBLISHED: 13:59 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 24 August 2018
Staff and students at Queens Park Community School were celebrating an exceptional range of GCSE results this morning — and headteacher Judith Enright paid tribute to her pupils for rising to the "definitely more challenging" new exams.
Overall, QPCS pupils achieved grades of 8 or 9 (equivalent to an A* in the old GCSEs which are being phased out) in a staggering 15 per cent of entries.
Ms Enright told the Kilburn Times: “We are really happy with the top end – we’ve had students do outstandingly well, while I’m really pleased with the progress that students have made from lower baselines, too. There are lots who have done far better than expected.
It’s been a lot of hard work for the students, but they have risen to the challenge to achieve the school’s best ever results.
They certainly have felt under pressure, but they have managed to deal with that pressure and bring together all that they’ve learned successfully in these challenging exams - and they definitely are more challenging than before.”
Students Adam Mansouri, Skye Kimber and Macsen Brown were among those leading the way. Macsen and Adam both earned six grade 9s among other top marks, with Skye not far behind with a stellar range of 8s and 9s.
Adam, who’s now set to take maths, chemistry, physics and biology at A-level at QPCS, told this newspaper: “I’m really pleased, especially as with a lot of the new exams, we had absolutely no idea what to really expect. The time and effort our teachers put in has been brilliant.”
For Skye, although the future is murky – she’s torn between staying at the school for sixth form or heading to pastures new – she is keen to take A-levels in maths, history, spanish and english literature.
She told the Times: “I’m really proud of myself, they were definitely quite stressful. We didn’t have lots of past papers and it was quite difficult to know what they were going to be like.”
Meanwhile Macsen, who managed an A in AS-level Welsh alongside his other results, was outspoken about the pressure these new exams put on him and his classmates. He said; “I’m lucky to come out with the grades I have, but for everyone it’s incredibly hard - the government shouldn’t be putting us under pressure like this.”
Overall, 47 students at the Aylestone Avenue school – almost a quarter of the cohort – achieved at least five grades of 7 or higher, while 28pc of all grades awarded were 7s, 8s or 9s.