Record day for pupils hit by fire two years ago

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PUPILS whose education was thrown into chaos by a fire have battled back to celebrate record A-level results.

Those picking up their results slips at Campsmount School, Norton, undertook most of their sixth form studies in a mobile building after flames devastated the site in December 2009.

But headteacher Andy Sprakes has hailed this year’s results a record after his pupils’ average points score in the exams rose from 652 last year to 740 this year.

He said: “We are really ecstatic because these are record breaking results for us. We are still in temporary buildings and this shows how the students staff and community have worked together to make sure young people succeeded.

“We also had our first A* grades, from two students in geography. The majority of students have got their first choice of university course, although some have been going through clearing.

“These pupils had only done one term before the fire disrupted their education.”

Doncaster Council said results across the borough were marginally down on last year, although 14.8 per cent of pupils had at least one A or A*.

At Armthorpe School, staff reported a three fold rise in the number of A grades.

Hatfield School, which becomes an academy next term, said it had record results with a 77 per ecent rise in its average points score and more A grade passes.

McAuley School said over 90 per cent of pupils made their chosen university.

Outwood Academy in Adwick saw the average points score go up from 451 to 724, an increase of 60 per cent, reflecting the increase in A-level entries this year.