Pupils at Firth Park Academy were celebrating this morning as they received their GCSE results.
Despite the pass rate being down at the school, many pupils were happy to discover they had achieved the grades they needed to go on to further education.
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The school, in Shiregreen, had a 42 per cent pass rate for students achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English - down 12 per cent on last year’s results.
Principal Chris Keen said: “We are delighted that this year many individual students have achieved excellent GCSE results in particular at A and A* grades.
“Overall we have seen a continued improvement in the performance of GCSE results in the majority of subject areas, which has resulted in students achieving grades in line with or better than national expectations.
“The variability of overall performance is largely a result of the changes made to the way in which the Government counts qualifications.
“These changes were made midway through courses and we took a decision that it was important that students continued to study courses that were appropriate and gave them the best chance of success.”
Mwasha Mutale could not believe his eyes when he discovered he had achieved an A*, four As, two Bs and a C - in addition to the A, B and distinction he achieved last year.
His results meant the 16-year-old from Wincobank could move to Rugby to study maths, physics, chemistry, computing and engineering at a private school, in the hope that one day he will become a nuclear chemical engineer.
He said: “I have done much better than I expected. I can’t believe it.
“The exam period was really tough. I had 14 exams in two weeks and at the end of them I was dead. I slept for a day after them all!”
Ayan Abdi, from Firth Park was overwhelmed when she found out she had got an A* grade in sociology. The 16-year-old also got four As, two Bs and a C.
She said: “I also got an A in history last year, a merit in ICT and an A in RE when I was in year nine.
“I have done much better than I expected, especially in sociology where I got an A*. I had a few problems in that class but I got my head down and worked hard.
“When I started my exams I had already got two A grades and a merit so there was less pressure.”
Ayan is now going to sixth form at Silverdale School to study English language and literature and history, in addition to government and politics at High Storrs School.
Equally delighted with her results was Sheriffatu Amposem, from Wincobank.
She gained an A*, four As, one B and a C, which was good enough to secure a place at Silverdale School, where she plans to study for A-Levels in chemistry, biology, maths and psychology.
She said: “I’m so happy. After my last exam I started to doubt myself that I didn’t do enough. I wanted a higher grade than a B in maths, but I am happy.”