PUPILS swarmed Stroud High School as they turned up to collect their GSCE results on Thursday, August 21.

It was smiles all around for the girls after two years of hard work was revealed when they opened the envelopes determining the next step in their lives.

Many girls have achieved highly across the board with 99 per cent of them gaining five or more A* to C grades at GCSE.

In addition, 66 per cent of all grades were A to A* and 99 per cent of students gained A* or A grades - an excellent achievement.

Emotional Lily Williams cried a tear of relief when she found out she achieved 9 A*s in her GCSE exams.

“I am completely overwhelmed, these results were totally unexpected and it is incredible,” said Lily who plans to stay on at Marling and Stroud High School Sixth form where she will take A-level art, chemistry and Spanish.

High-achiever, Olivia Bloodworth gained nine A*s and an A she was ‘extremely’ happy to find out her results, she said: “I am still surprised to have got an A* in English and extremely happy to get A*s in sciences as I hope to study medicine at University.”

Headteacher Mark McShane said: “There are many personal success stories to celebrate and the girls should be thrilled with what they have achieved.

“The girls have high expectations of themselves and maintaining excellence across nine or 10 GCSE subjects is not easy. We are very proud of them.

“While studying for their GCSEs the girls have participated in many enriching experiences which go beyond the learning in the classroom.

“These experiences will have developed within them the skills to succeed at GCSE level as well as help prepare them for the challenges which await them in our sixth form when they start this September.”