There were some outstanding individual performances among AET students in the GCSE results just published. Here are some examples of those who achieved exceptionally high grades, as well as others with outstanding results having overcome great personal difficulties.
Molly Willars is the highest attaining student at The Rawlett College in Tamworth achieving an outstanding 12A* and 1 A grade. Other high attainers include Leah Brimble, Lauren Cannon, Charlie Mason and Rob Mills.
Principal Mr Tim Bassett, said: "We are all so pleased for our Year 11 students and remain confident that not only are we securing great GCSE results but we're also providing a wealth of opportunities to develop life skills."
Twins Mahmood and Mustafa Gabr at Richmond Park Academy achieved 13 A/A* between them and commented on the helpful and supportive teachers with particular reference to the “amazing” Saturday School revision programme. They now go back to Egypt to study physics, maths, further maths and chemistry."
Another pair of twins shared the glory at Tendring Technology College in Essex. Ellie and Rosie Bowers each achieved eight A's alongside Joe Rackham although the top performer was Matthew Lennard with 9 A*s. Principal Caroline Hayes, said: "Meeting with Year 11 students and their parents was a lovely experience. There were some outstanding results."
Nobody Expected Jack Whitehall!
Students and Staff at Greenwood Academy in Birmingham received more than they bargained for when their GCSE results arrived. They were accompanied by actor and comedian Jack Whitehall and broadcast live on BBC Breakfast.
Among the highest achievers, notable individual successes were achieved by Jamie Huggins, (pictured above, left) who received 3 A*, 5 A, 1 B / English A*, Spanish A*, History A*, English A, Mathematics A, Science A, Additional Science A, Media Studies A, Further Mathematics B.
Michaela Moclair, (pictured above, right) who achieved 2 A*, 6 A, 1 B / English Literature A*, Citizenship A*, English A, Mathematics A, Science A, Additional Science A, Spanish A, History A, Further Mathematics B.
Xerxes Petalcurin, (pictured above, centre) who achieved 6 A, 3 B / English Literature A, Mathematics A, Science A, Art and Design A, Applied Business A, Catering A, Further Mathematics B, English B, Additional Science B.
The biggest shock of all was for student Connor who was brave enough to open his results 'live on air' to the nation with Jack and reporter Jayne McCubbin. Connor received the results he had been working so hard for including a merit in construction and passes in English and Maths.
At Richmond Park Academy (RPA) in West London Rose Schooll will study biology, maths, further maths, chemistry and physics at A’ Level having achieved 11 A/A*. Rose said: “I had an amazing relationship with all of the teachers. They pushed and pushed to get more from me and I always felt encouraged to do my best."
Lesley Kirby, RPA’s Headteacher, comments: “These are results to be proud of. Students and staff should be congratulated for the tremendous work they put in to secure some outstanding outcomes."
Maged Musaeed at Firth Park Academy, Sheffield achieved 9 GCSEs at C grade or above, with four at A*/A. Maged arrived in the UK just three years ago speaking very little English and is pictured with teacher Mr Abdirahman and Principal, Mr Dean Jones.
Another Firth Park student, Darcy Deakin recently won four medals for swimming in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Among her academic successes Darcy is now celebrating an A* in Mathematics.
Setting the Highest Personal Standards
A special mention for Katie Osborne at New Rickstones Academy in Essex, clearly a perfectionist , who recorded grades of three A*s and six As.
She said: "I hope this doesn't sound ungrateful but I'm slightly disappointed I only got an A in art. I sacrificed a lot of revision to spend time on my project and I was really hoping I'd get an A*. But my mum and dad are really happy for me and I'll be staying on at sixth form to study chemistry, biology, maths and psychology."
Katie Osborne, 16, of Silver End, recorded grades of three A*s and six As.
She said: "I hope this doesn't sound ungrateful but I'm slightly disappointed I only got an A in art. I sacrificed a lot of revision to spend time on my project and I was really hoping I'd get an A*.
"But my mum and dad are really happy for me and I'll be staying on at sixth form to study chemistry, biology, maths and psychology.