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The Compton School in North Finchley celebrates best GCSEs in 21 years
A total of 79 per cent of pupils achieved grades of A* to C including English and maths – the school’s highest total since it opened
Staff and students at The Compton School celebrated their best GCSE results in 21 years.
A total of 79 per cent of pupils achieved grades of A* to C including English and Maths – the school’s highest total since it opened in 1992 and six per cent higher that this year’s target.
Associate headteacher Ann-Marie Mulkerins said pupils at the Summers Lane school in North Finchley had gone through “every emotion” as they opened their results on Thursday morning.
She said: “They are apprehensive when they come in but almost all of the students got the results they deserved – there were very few disappointments.
“We are absolutely thrilled and the staff and students are ecstatic – it has all been worth it. We’re very happy – partly because it is our 21st year but also because we are continuing to improve and show progress.”
The school is hoping to open a sixth form centre in 2015 but until then, most students go on to apply for colleges and further education elsewhere, heightening the importance of good grades.
Ms Mulkerins said: “For our students it is even more important they get good grades as they have to sell themselves in the wider world.”
Among this year’s records scores, which bucked the national trend, were 26 students who achieved ten or more A*s and As.
A total of 99 per cent achieved five A* to C grades in any subject, while 30 per cent achieved at least one A* or A.
Ms Mulkerins said: “It is as nerve racking for the staff as it is for the students and I know some heads of departments were up at midnight when the results were posted online.
“We’re thrilled with the results and it is all down to the hard work of the children and teachers.”
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