SHEFFIELD’s newest school has been hailed as having the potential for a bright future after celebrating its first GCSE results.
Hundreds of nervous teens opened the envelopes bringing the grades at Forge Valley Community School in Stannington - a merger between two former schools – yesterday.
Star achievers included a ‘ecstatic’ Jake Johnson, aged 16, who took home 11 GCSEs – of which seven were A* grades and the rest A grade. He hopes to become a physicist.
Headteacher Diane McKinlay said: “There have been some really good individual performances, some students got all A*s or As which is fantastic. They have worked so hard.
“There are a lot of smiles here, lots of students are happy with what they got and can go on to the next stage whether that is college or an apprenticeship. We feel that this school has got potential to do really well. We’re confident that once we’ve got this settling-in period over we will be going up.”
Staff were working hard to process Forge Valley’s final five A* to C pass rate, including English and maths, which is the Government’s chosen measure of success.
The task was more complex because of the merger, but the rate was found to be around 44.2pc yesterday afternoon.
The school was created from a merger of Wisewood, which closed last year with a pass rate of 47pc and Myers Grove, which was on 52pc.
Budding physicist Jake, of Stannington, was definitely on target with his top results.
He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon, I can’t believe it. I thought I’d get a few Bs but not this good. I’d like to pass on a message that hard work pays off - you can’t just sit there and do nothing.”
Tearful Alanis Wood, 16, of Hillsborough, got seven GCSEs, including three As.
Alanis, who hopes to work in healthcare, said: “I was scared when I arrived and then I opened the results and I started crying because I’d got an A. My mum was so proud and cried when I rang her.”
Emma Tyas, 16, got ten GCSES including one A*, three As and three Bs.