PUPILS at Valley School jumped for joy as they discovered their GCSE results.
The school, which will change to an academy next month, achieved a better pass rate of students obtaining at least five GCSE including maths and English than last year.
Outgoing head Brain Rossiter said: “It’s a school record, we have not got as high as that before. We are really chuffed.”
“The hard work has paid off, this is the first of a two year programme to better results.”
“This is why I get up in the morning. I have been head for 12 years and everytime I think we have done a good job.”
But the school fell well short of its targets, according to the provisional figures released.
It had hoped to have 80 per cent of its students achieve five or more A*-C grades, compared to the 56.3 per cent recorded.
Tom Hodgkinson, 16, will be going to Post 16 to study maths, physics, chemistry and music technology.
He said: “I got six As, one B, two Cs and a D. I’m really happy with what I got.”
Alex Edwards, 16, will be heading to Post 16 and said she was not expecting her results.
“An A*, four As, four Bs and one C,” she added. “I want to go on and do something in scientific research at university. The fees have not put me off, I still want to go, just got to save a bit more.”
Jack Kirk, 16, achieved three A*, four A and one B grade.
“I’m alright with that to be honest, I was a bit nervous before hand but look forward to going to the Post 16 centre in September. I want to go to university. The money puts me off a bit but I still want to go.”
Sophie Warren, 16, will study history, Spanish, English and media at the Post 16 Centre.
“I’m really happy because I’ve passed everything, I was really nervous but have done well.”
“I got three As, four Bs and five Cs,” she added.
And despite the academy switch, Mr Rossiter is confident the numbers will keep going in the right direction.
“It will be more of the same and plenty of hard work. There will be new systems for tracking performance that will add to the work we are already doing.”
“We want to be in charge of our own destiny and that has secured the school’s future,” he added.