Teenagers across the county returned to school to discover their GCSE grades
As thousands of youngsters prepare to get their GCSE results today (August 22), the number of test papers awarded A* to C grades is expected to drop for the second year in a row.
As they come in, we will be keeping you up to date with the results from schools in the News & Mail patch and reporters and photographers are chatting to those collecting their grades, proud parents and teachers.
At The Connaught School in Aldershot, the number of those awarded top grades including English and maths significantly decreased on last year.
At least five A* to C grades were earned by 84% of pupils - up on 80% last year - but the rate including English and maths was 38%, compared with 46% in 2012.
Headteacher Lindsey Abbott said: "While I am very pleased that we have achieved the same high five-plus A* to C pass rate as last year, I am concerned about the discrepancy between this year's A* to C results with English and maths and last year's results.
"My staff and pupils could not have worked harder, however I will be spending time with the staff looking at the grade boundaries to see what needs to be put in place for next year."
Fleet's Calthorpe Park is celebrating its best ever GCSE results, with 87% of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades, and almost 80% including English and maths.
Almost 90% gained C or better in maths, reflecting Calthorpe's status as a specialist maths school, while 81% gained two or more Cs or better in science.
Headteacher Cathy Anwar, who officially leaves the school for an Oftsed post on August 31 after eight years in charge, said the results will place Calthorpe among the highest achieving schools in the county and were a reflection of the hard work and commitment of all the staff and the 'wonderful' students.
Court Moor School in Fleet is also celebrating its most impressive results to date. A record 87.3% gained five A* to C grades, while 76.4% got five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Headteacher Beverley Stevens said: "We are absolutely delighted with the achievements of our students this year. It represents a phenomenal effort on the part of teachers and students who, with parents, have had to cope with the additional pressures in the last 12 months associated with the national debate about falling standards.
"Students have kept their cool and done their very best – we could not ask for more."
Salesian College pupils in Farnborough achieved a stunning 100% A* to C pass rate in at least five subjects, and all students gained A*-C including English and maths.
Both these rates were up by 1% on last year. More than half the pupils at the all-boys school were awarded A* to A grades, with 17 achieving 12 A* and As.
At Robert May's School in Odiham, 82% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades, while 70% achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Frogmore Community College in Yateley saw the proportion of pupils gaining five or more grades at A* to C rise again this year by 14% to 95%.
The percentage of pupils who achieved five GCSEs including English and maths also rose by a further 5%, again to an all-time college record of 66%.
Headteacher Sarah Howells said: “These results are especially significant as not only are they the best headline results ever, but crucially, represent outstanding progress over the five years the students have spent at Frogmore.
“In a year of such uncertainty over GCSEs and an anticipated national drop in the pass rate, these results are just fantastic.”
Down the road at Yateley School, pupils who achieved five GCSEs including English and maths was 75%, a drop of 4% from last year. The proportion of students gaining five or more grades at A* to C was 88%, similar to last year’s 89%.
Mark Jackman, headteacher, said the school were told to expect a fall in grades this year due to the interference in the grades awarded by examining bodies.
Pupils at Farnborough Hill, a private all-girls school in Fanborough, achieved a 100% pass rate in at least five subjects - up from 99% last year. The figure including English and maths was 98%. Of all the results, 57% were A* or A.
St Nicholas’ School in Church Crookham has maintained its consistently successful GCSE track record with 98.1% of pupils achieving passes at grades A* to C in five subjects or more, including maths and English.
Star pupil was Isabella Milnes-James, who gained nine A* and two A grades.
Headteacher Annette Whatmough said: “Congratulations must go to the students and also the teaching staff.”
Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton saw pupils achieve a stunning 100% A* to C pass rate in at least five subjects, while 99% gained five A* Cs including English and maths.
Headmaster Fergus Livingstone said: "This year we have enjoyed a dedicated group of pupils who have been wonderfully well served by their teachers."
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