The anxious wait was finally over for hundreds of students across Banburyshire today (Thursday) as they collected their GCSE results.
Many schools recorded consistent improvements from last year, with Banbury Academy seeing an incredible 65 per cent of students achieve five or more A*-C grades including maths and English - a rise of 16 per cent from last year.
Dr Fiona Hammans, executive principal, said: “These results are absolutely fantastic. We know the students have worked really hard and put in a huge amount of effort, it is brilliant to see it pay off and they deserve the results they got.”
Among the notable performers was 16-year-old Kim Spijkers-Shaw, who broke an 11-year record at the school by achieving 12 A*s. She will study biology, chemistry, physics, maths and history at Banbury Sixth Form, and said: “I was quite nervous before getting my results, but more impatient as I wanted to find out how I did but I’m really happy with what I got.
Students at Sibford School also had a good year, with 100 per cent of science pupils getting A*-C grades. It was a unique moment for Year Eight pupil Isaac Roberts however, who at only 13 got an A* in his maths exam. He said: “I was really surprised with my result. I was doing quite well in the junior school and decided to give it a go so I’m really happy with this. There were some units that were hard so I was interested to see what marks I got.”
Elsewhere, Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney saw 61 per cent of students achieve at least five GCSEs at grade C or higher, with North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury seeing 49 per cent of pupils achieve five or more A*-C grades. Kineton High School saw a seven per cent increase on last year’s results, with 74 per cent of students gaining five or more A*-C gardes including maths and English and Chipping Norton School saw 65 per cent of its pupils gain five or more A*-C grades.