Wycliffe students smash ambitious GCSE targets

Wycliffe students smash ambitious GCSE targets

Erin Holley

Tom O'Driscoll

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WYCLIFFE pupils are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results this morning, Thursday.

Students at the Stonehouse school achieved 92 per cent of grades at A* to C – completely smashing the estimated 77 per cent as well as the school’s own ambitious target of 88 per cent.

The expected 70 per cent of pupils achieving five A*to C grades, including English and Maths, was also exceeded comfortably, with 86 per cent achieving that threshold.

The pupils also beat the national standard of students securing a grade C in English – which was 62 per cent – with 99 per cent of pupils achieving a grade C or above.

One of the star performer was Erin Holley who still managed to achieve one A* and five As despite having missed almost two months of school after her mum died earlier this year.

Erin will be staying on to study history, politics, English and drama at Wycliffe College next year – a place she calls home.

Aspiring foreign office employee Tom O’Driscoll, was delighted with his seven A*s, four As and one B – grades which easily secured his place at Wycliffe next month to study English literature, politics, history and philosophy at A-level.

Tom, 16, who has been a boarder pupil at the school since the age of 11, has recently moved to Cheltenham and will be considered a day pupil as of September.

“I think the most difficult part of becoming a day pupil will be not having the teachers around all the time to help you or guide you with some last minute revision,” said Tom.

While Arlingham girl Ellie Roberts achieved five As, five Bs and two Cs also confirming her place at the school next year where she plans to study politics, English literature, economics and philosophy and ethics.

“I started my revision in January, just little bits here and there but in the last few months I was revising all the time,” said Ellie.

Headteacher Margie Burnet Ward said, “Our pupil profile is almost exactly that of the national population so these results are really outstanding.

“They are once more a testament to the dedication of staff and pupils and show how great things can be achieved academically whilst also ensuring children are happy, well cared for and offered vast extra-curricular opportunities.”

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