02:40AM, Thursday 22 August 2013
Nervous and excited students found out how they had fared in their GCSEs as they picked up their exam results today.
Pass rates at schools across Maidenhead and Marlow were high with 100 per cent of students at some schools achieving A* to E grades.
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Cox Green School: Ecstatic staff are celebrating improved results today at Cox Green School.
A total of 97 per cent of students at the Highfield Lane school got five A*-C grades, up from 85 per cent last year.
The school's pass rate for five A*-C including English and maths is up from 58 per cent to 74 per cent.
Headteacher Heidi Swidenbank said: "Despite national trends, and warnings from OFQAL about the tightening of marking in core subjects, I am delighted that the phenomenal efforts of both the students and staff at Cox Green have achieved such impressive and well deserved results."
She added: "The significant improvements are a direct result of the changes we have recently implemented in the school - as noted by OfSTED in May 2013. "
Claire's Court: Future scientists may well emerge from Claires Court Senior Boys after six students achieved 100 per cent marks across all three science subjects.
The senior boys and senior girls schools record a five A*-C pass rate of 86.6 per cent, with 78.6 per cent gaining five A*-Cs including English and maths.
The head boy and girl at the schools led by example, with Alex Smith gaining six A*s, five As and a B and Gabriella Lindley picking up 10 A*s and 2As.
Alex, who lives in Manor Lane, said: "It took a lot of hard work but it obviously pays off in the end. I'm just delighted."
The schools' two international sportswomen also performed well, as under-18 England hockey player Ellie Rayer and skeet shooter Amber Hill both managed to secure good grades despite their commitments to their sports.
Altwood CE School: The school's headteacher has said she 'could not be more proud' of her students.
The site in Altwood Road said this has been its best year for GCSE results, including 71 per cent of students gaining five or more A*-C grades.
Early entry year nine students achieved a 90 per cent A*-C pass rate.
"The young men and women of Altwood and their teachers need to be hugely congratulated," said headteacher Kathleen Higgins.
"All their hard work and endeavours have been rewarded."
Desborough College: Top results were celebrated by pupils and staff at Desborough College.
The Shoppenhangers Road school achieved the best results in its history, with an overall five A*-C pass rate of 75 per cent and 62 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths.
Delighted headteacher Paul Frazer said: "This set of examination results will put us amongst the most improved schools in the country."
Newlands Girls School: It was another record-breaking year as the school once again improved on the previous set of results to the delight of students and teachers.
Nearly 40 per cent of all of the school's grades were A* or A, with 76 per cent achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths.
Headteacher Louise Ceska said: "We are delighted and these excellent results pay tribute to the hard work of our girls, the excellent teaching at Newlands and the support of our parents."
Furze Platt Senior School: The sky is the limit for one high-flying pupil who hopes his results will land him a scholarship to train as a helicopter pilot in the army.
Miles Hewitt-Jones, 16, achieved seven A*s, one A and one B, and the young cadet is aiming to undertake his army training whilst continuing his studies at Furze Platt's sixth form.
The school gained five A*-C grades including English and maths for 74 per cent of its students - an 8 per cent increase on last year - and 93 per cent of pupils achieved at least 5 A*-C grades.
"We are delighted for the school but most importantly for the individuals," said headteacher Tanya White.
"We are particularly delighted this year as it has been well reported that the exams are harder and we have improved."
Sir William Borlase's: The headteacher of the grammar school in Marlow has praised the worked ethic of a talented year group after 73 per cent of all GCSEs taken were graded A or above.
Straight A grades or better was acheived by 47 students and eight students gained straight As.
Top of the year was Georgina Whitaker who got 11 straight A*s.
Dr Peter Holding said: "This was a very talented year group, with many of these students not only gaining excellent academic results but also excelling in sports, the arts, and in a huge variety of other activities"
Great Marlow School: The school in Bobmore Lane is celebrating the best GCSE results in its history.
A total of 69 per cent of year 11 pupils from the school in Bobmore Lane achieved five or more A*-C grades including both English and Maths, with results improving since 2012 against every measure.
The highest achieving pupils are Fabrice Hammerlindl who achieved 10 A*s and an A at AS level and Jason Curnap who achieved 9 A*S and three As.
Deputy head Linton Nash said: "These results, against a national picture of grade turbulence, very positively reflect the efforts of pupils, teachers and parents."
He added: "I cannot remember such a mature, dedicated year group and know that they will continue."
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