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GCSEs 2013: Celebrations for Norton College's 'brilliant' students
STUDENTS broke all records at Norton College to achieve the school’s best ever set of GCSE results.
The college saw 68 per cent of pupils gaining five GCSEs including English and maths - an increase of 11 per cent on last year - while 87 per cent achieved five GCSEs of grade C or above.
Pupil Olivia Firth, from Norton achieved two A*s and eight A’s and will now go on to the college’s sixth form to study A-levels in history, English, biology and business studies.
The 16-year-old said she eventually hoped to go into journalism.
“I have worked really hard and I am very pleased with my results,” she added.
“My parents were really pleased when I phoned them as well. Hope Lavery, also 16, gained A’s and B’s in her GCSE results.
She will be taking A-levels at Pontefract College as her family is moving to the town.
“I am really pleased with my results and I am looking forward to sixth form and eventually I would like to be a midwife,” she added.
Sian Gibson, from Norton, was delighted with her four A*s in drama, and will now be studying the subject at sixth form along with psychology and an extended project.
“I really want to be a secondary school drama teacher and have been really inspired by my teacher Miss Campbell,” she added.
Friends Bailey Butler, from Norton, and Leah Caffrey, from Scampston were both pleased with their results.
Both will now be taking A-levels with Bailey going to York College while Leah will move to Malton School.
“I’ve worked really hard but didn’t expect to do so well,” Bailey said.
“We are now going to York to celebrate.”
Daniel Porter, from Scagglethorpe, said he was relieved to pass all his exams and particularly maths and English.
“It has been really tough but I have been attending after-school classes as well,” he added.
“I’m really grateful to the college for all their support and will now be going to York College to study IT.”
Norton College’s curriculum leader for maths, said her team had ensured that 80 per cent of the year group secured a grade C or more in the subject, making the faculty one of the highest achieving nationally.
“Our students’ success is due to old fashioned hard work, combined with my team’s belief that all our students can be brilliant,” she added.
“The Year 10 results today are also really promising and some students will begin further maths in Year 11 because they have done so well already.”
Teresa Huntley, director of Norton College Sixth Form, said: “With such great results so many students feel ready to start sixth form.
“Students have such confidence in their staff that this will be our biggest intake ever.”