Dropped jaws, jubilant smiles and tearful embraces made for emotional scenes at one of Sheffield’s most-improved secondary schools.
The air on GCSE results day was perfumed with the sweet smell of success at Firth Park Academy – where a record 54 per cent of pupils achieved A* to C in subjects including Maths and English.
Pass rates for Year 11s were an improvement of 10 per cent on last year and show a huge leap from the 26 per cent figure from 2011.
Headteacher Chris Keen said: “It’s fantastic news for the school and a testament to the dedication of our staff who constantly go the extra mile, but most importantly we are delighted for the young people who have improved their life chances.”
Sweating and fretting in stuffy exam halls and poring over textbooks seemed a distant memory to the crowds of pupils gathered in the packed dining room.
Mums and dads had their working days interrupted with ecstatic phone calls from Firth Park, which officially became an academy earlier this month.
High-achiever Conner Ramsay, aged 16, of Shiregreen was overjoyed after opening his brown envelope to reveal three As, two Bs and two Cs. He plans to study A-levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at Hillsborough College in September.
He said: “It feels amazing. My mum will be really happy when I ring her.”
Aspiring engineer Michael Ajiola, 15, of Shiregreen breathed a sigh of relief when he saw he had scooped four As, two Bs and four Cs. The results secured his place at sixth form, where he will study physics, maths and engineering.
Daisy Hibberd, of Firth Park, brought her mum along to collect her results. The pair hugged happily as the 16-year-old found out she had achieved two As, two Bs and two Cs.