Outstanding GCSE results celebrated by students across North Essex

Pupils at Helena Romanes School in Dunmow, happy with their GCSE results

Pupils at Helena Romanes School in Dunmow, happy with their GCSE results - Credit: Archant

Students were celebrating across the county as the GCSE results were announced today (Thursday, August 24).

At Helena Romanes School in Great Dunmow 68, per cent of students received a standard pass in English and maths. With the new marking system, nine is the top grade, equivalent to A*. In six subjects at the school, there was a 100% score of A*-C and in six other subjects, 90% of students achieved A*-C.

The school’s English results were up on previous years with 85 per cent achieving the upper grades of 4-9 and 70 per cent achieving those grades in maths.

Simon Knight, headteacher said: “I would like to congratulate our students and staff on these outstanding results. More and more are achieving the highest levels of attainment.”

At Bishop’s Stortford College 70% of grades were A* or A and 99.4% were A*-C.

In the new maths GCSE, 94% of pupils gained at least grade 5 or higher and 8% achieved the top grade 9 (well above the national average of 3.5%).

Nearly one third of the 114 strong year group gained the magic Ten Club Tie for pupils achieving A* or A in 10 or more subjects. In both drama and music, all pupils gained A* or A and in both English Language IGCSE and Religious Studies GCSE, 89% of all grades were either A* or A, results which the college headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin called “Simply outstanding”.

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Seven pupils gained 10 A* grades: Wendy Cowen, Luke Eddershaw, Shreeya Khetani, Nena Nurbhai, Grace Reed and Ella Stephens.

At Felsted School, Felsted’s top performer was Shola Akindayini who gained 10 A*s and two As. Shola, a day pupil from Braintree, plans to study medicine and take A Levels in maths, biology, chemistry and Latin.

Other high achievers were Chloe Green and Peter Hipkin, who gained nine A*s and two A grades. Chloe who also wants to study medicine will join Shola taking the same A Levels.

Peter Hipkin, from Flitch Green, gained a Felsted record in his Latin result; achieving a perfect 400 out of 400 UMS score. Peter aims to study history, economics and Spanish at A Level.

James Austin, from Flitch Green, gained 8 A*s, one A and one B grade. He will take A levels in economics, government and politics, French and maths.

Matt Hudson-Lund achieved a clean sweep of A grades (seven A*s, and three As). His A levels will be in maths, further maths, physics and geography. Barnaby Stoner, from Felsted, achieved seven A*s, three As and one B grade. He will study maths, economics and geography at A level. Bertie Webster secured seven A*s, three As and one B to study maths, further maths, physics and design technology at A Level. Siosi Tameifuna, gained six A*s, four As and one B grade. Both Siosi and Shola studied Greek GCSE off timetable, securing an additional A* grade each for their academic portfolios.

George Harvey, from Felsted, bagged five A*s, four As and one B grade with plans to take maths, physics, chemistry and design technology at A Level. Amber Aitken, from Flitch Green, gained five A*s, three As and a B grade. She plans to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Felsted, majoring in economics, Spanish and sports science and maths, French and English at standard level.

Harry Sturge, a sports scholar from High Easter, gained four A*s, five As and one B grade. Bram Emsley, from South Woodford, achieved four A*s and four As.

Silas Turner-Jones, from Felsted, gained three A*s, seven As and one B grade.