There were celebrations all round in Downshire School on Thursday as students arrived to receive many excellent GCSE results.
Sixty-two per cent of students achieved five plus A*-C grades, an increase of 18 per cent on last year.
Principal Jackie Stewart, said that she is delighted with this improvement, especially in light of the fact that all pupils from every ability level are entered for GCSE or equivalent examinations.
Ninety-seven per cent of students achieved five plus A*-G grades which she described as a “notable achievement”.
She also extended her thanks and congratulations to the teaching and support staff who have worked very hard with the students to ensure success at all levels.
Many congratulations to our top performing students who each achieved a record 9.5 A*-C grades include: Mackenzie Purdy, Hannah Rosbotham, Katy McCullough, Amy Black, Matthew Clarke, Luke Jefferson and Konrad Gadjus. Many more students achieved 9 A*-C grades.
Congratulations also went to Tia Jordan from Downshire’s Special Needs class who achieved 5 A*-C grades.
Top performing subjects include double award science, art and design, ICT, engineering, geography and performing arts.
Mrs. Stewart noted: “Such excellent results have ensured a very positive return to Downshire to study A-level subjects and staff look forward to welcoming our new year 13 students next week.
“The governors, principal and staff extend their congratulations to all those who have achieved GCSE success and wish them every success for the future whether they return to Downshire or decide to pursue a career in further education elsewhere.”