GCSE results: Oriel students perfect the science of passing

GCSE results day at Oriel, Crawley. Libby Moody, Abbey Gregory, Elouise Hillier, Amber Eggleton. Pic Steve Robards SR1520159 SUS-150820-131007001
GCSE results day at Oriel, Crawley. Libby Moody, Abbey Gregory, Elouise Hillier, Amber Eggleton. Pic Steve Robards SR1520159 SUS-150820-131007001

Delighted students at Oriel High School have been collecting their GCSE results, with more than three-quarters of them earning five or more at A*-C.

The school’s science results were particularly good, with 85 per cent of all grades coming in at A*-C.

The pass rate for A*-C grades in English and maths was 72 per cent with more than 80 per cent of the students making expected or better than expected progress.

In total, 76 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C – beating last year’s total by 2 per cent.

Of those, almost one in five earned A*/A and 43 per cent earned A*, A or B.

One of the stars of the day was Libby Moody, who earned 11 A*s and an A.

She said: “I’m just so relieved. Knowing how hard the exams were I just didn’t think I’d be able to get what I have done. I’m really, really pleased.”

Libby, who will stay at Oriel to study biology, chemistry, maths and French at A-level, said she was particularly pleased with the A* she received for German as she felt the exam had been particularly hard.

University seems a long time in the future when you have two more years of school ahead of you but Libby guessed she would do “something in chemistry” when the time came.

As for today, her next job was to break the news to her family.

She said: “My mum didn’t want to know over the phone so I’ve got to go home and tell her!”

Libby was not the only success story at Oriel - more than one in 10 of her fellow students came away with six or more A*/A grades, much to the pride of the staff.

Headteacher Philip Stack was unable to join the students on their big day after injuring his knee while on holiday.

In a statement, he said: “We are delighted with these results. Our Year 11 students worked very hard in preparation for their examinations and truly deserve this success.

“In the vast majority of cases, our students have met or exceeded their ambitious and challenging individual targets and have made outstanding progress.

“I am very proud of them and their achievements. I am also very grateful to the staff for their dedication and committment and to our families for their support.

“These results are a real credit to our students and demonstrate the strong sense of partnership at our school.”

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