Clever Imogen really is ‘A’ star

Trinity Academy's Imogen Raper-Linley, aged 16, who netted 12A*s and 3As in her GCSE examinations.
Trinity Academy's Imogen Raper-Linley, aged 16, who netted 12A*s and 3As in her GCSE examinations.
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DONCASTER teenagers achieved record GCSE results - and teachers at one school reckon they have the town’s brightest girl ready to join their sixth form.

Imogen Raper-Linley has amazed staff at Trinity Academy in Thorne with her clean sweep of 15 A* and A grades.

The 16-year-old achieved 12 A* grades and three As, all in traditional and demanding subjects, and has set her heart on becoming a vet.

Her 12 A*s were in English language, English literature, maths, science, additional science, biology, chemistry, physics, business communications, French, German and statistics - and the As were for art, economics and religious studies.

Imogen, who lives in Thorne, said she was stunned. “I wasn’t expecting terrible results but I didn’t think I’d get an A in art or to have done well in English,” she said. Imogen is staying on at Trinity to do A Levels in biology, chemistry, maths, French and German - then plans to do veterinary science at university in Liverpool or Glasgow.

She has spent her summer holidays doing work experience at a vet’s practice and working at a kennels.

“When I was little I loved watching Pet Rescue and really admired the vets making the animals better,” she said. “I’d love to be a vet. “I’m really looking forward to coming back to Trinity. The teachers have been really supportive. I don’t have a favourite subject, I like them all equally.”

Her results, which led a number of outstanding individual performances, contributed to 97.1 per cent of students at Trinity gaining five or more A* to C grade passes, up a staggering 76.1 per cent since the former Thorne Grammar School became an Academy six years ago.

The results are Trinity’s best ever at GCSE in the same year it was judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

In the national benchmark of five or more A* to C grades including English and mathematics, Trinity’s 58 per cent is a three-fold increase on the numbers achieving the same benchmark in 2006 when the Academy’s first results were released.

And at a time when many schools have been criticised for improving their results by entering most students for vocational qualifications as an alternative to more demanding GCSEs, more than half of all students at Trinity achieved the benchmark in straight GCSE courses.

Principal Ian Brew said: “In the same year that Trinity Academy was judged to be an outstanding school by Ofsted our students have really lived up to that top grading with this set of GCSE results.

“They are our best ever and prove we have continued to build upon the astonishing improvements made since the Academy opened in 2005.”

Trinity Academy’s achievements are set against a background of its predecessor school where, in 2004, only 21 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.

Among other individual success stories at Trinity are:

Evan Johnson, with eight A*s, five As, one B and one C

Rebecca Middleton, with six A*s, five As, one B and two Cs

Ella Collier-Phillipson, with five A*s, eight As, one B and one C

Megan Storr, with four A*s, nine As, one B and one C

Lauren Smith, with three A*s, nine As, one B and two Cs

Aidan Harbottle, two A*s, ten As, two Bs and one C

Freya Hustwaite, two A*s, seven As, three Bs and three Cs

Jacob Smith, two A*s, five As, six Bs and one C

Harry Middleton, with one A*, eight As, four Bs and two Cs