Published: September 3, 2018 2:14 pm

The King's School and Carleton High School, both members of the Pontefract Academies Trust, are celebrating GCSE success with a record number of 9’s.

The King’s School achieved it’s best ever results with progress measures improving across all areas. There was a notable improvement in English and Maths with Science and Geography results continuing to be extremely strong, placing the departments in the top 10% nationally.

The number of high level grades continued to increase, with 33% of all students achieving a Grade 7/A or more in at least one subject, 25% of all students achieving English grades 7-9 (A-A*) and mathematics also achieving 5% more high level grades.

Elaine Briggs, Head of School at The King's School said: “Considering the increased academic challenge of the new GCSE exams, these very good results are doubly pleasing. We are extremely proud of all our students and the resilience they have shown, and we wish them all the very best in the future. On behalf of our students, I would like to thank all my colleagues who have worked hard to ensure that our students have been able to tackle the new exams with confidence and parents/carers who have supported them.”

Carleton High School are also celebrating success stories. In particular there were a bumper crop of top grade 9s across subjects (which only 1% of students receive nationally) with an impressive 12 grade 9s in English alone which continued to be a strong area for the progress students make. Top performer Tamsin Ederies received seven grade 9s, followed by Head Girl Kayleigh Willoughby and Wendy Okach with five and four grade 9s. Tamsin, Kayleigh and Wendy have each worked incredibly hard throughout their time at Carleton with a dogged determination to do their very best.

Jo Cross, Acting Head of School at Carleton High School said: “We’re incredibly proud of all our students and delighted that they have reaped the rewards of consistent hard work. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

Executive Director of Secondary Education at Pontefract Academies Trust, James Franklin Smith added: “I am absolutely delighted with today’s results and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our students and staff. I joined the trust in May and it’s very pleasing to see that both schools have built on their strengths. As a trust we are on a journey of improvement and I’m confident that we will be able to continue to build and improve on the positives.”

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