ARMY cadets from Sheffield celebrated their GCSE results hundreds of miles away from home - as an MP praised ‘enormous’ improvement in results back in the city.
Park Academy pupil Hayden Fidment and Sam Quinton, of Tapton School, marked the milestone with fellow recruits in an annual two-week camp at Norfolk.
Hayden, a cadet with Somme Army Cadet Force, was delighted to get two A* grades among his results along with Sam, who is with Endcliffe detachment.
Hillsborough and Brightside MP and former Education Secretary David Blunkett praised schools in the north of the city for their results.
Hinde House School in Shiregreen and Firth Park Community College both recorded a massive 18 per cent jump in their five A* to C grade pass rate, including English and maths - the Government’s preferred benchmark of success.
Other Sheffield schools, such as Parkwood Academy, Park Academy and Chaucer School, also saw leaps in their crucial pass rate.
Mr Blunkett said: “I am very pleased indeed there has been such an enormous uplift in the results obtained by students in the north of the city.
“This is a great tribute to those who have worked so hard, and to the staff at every level who have made such a difference.”
Dedication and determination over the last two years will have ‘raised expectations’, added Mr Blunkett.
He said: “I am particularly pleased at the enormous uplift in results at Hinde House, Firth Park and Chaucer.
“This will be a great boost to the schools and a very important uplift in morale for everyone, including parents.”
Education chiefs said early indications suggested there had been an average rise in pass rates of around seven per cent across the city
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “This is fantastic news for Sheffield pupils, their parents and carers and school staff across the city.
“Sheffield’s young people have been working tirelessly on their exams and clearly all of that work has paid off.”