Published: August 23, 2012
In photos: Pupils at King Alfred School celebrate GCSE exams success

GCSE students in the Burnham-On-Sea area were celebrating on Thursday (August 23rd) after achieving an excellent set of results.

For a second year running, the students at Highbridge's King Alfred School performed well with 62% achieving the headline figure of five or more grades at C grade or above, including English and Maths.

The school also recorded its highest-ever figures for five or more GCSE grades at C grade or above (87%).

Pupils bucked the national trend by achieving a massive increase in the top grades with A*/As (GCSE) up by 48% and Distinction*/Distinctions (BTEC/OCRs) up by 73%.

There were some tremendous individual results with 13 students achieving nine or more of the highest grades of A*/As and/or Distinction*/Distinctions.

The stars included; Chris Burridge-Barney (9A*s/2As/2Dis), Kerri Smith (7A*s/3As/2Dis), Sam Stead (6A*s/1D*/3As), Bethan Marshall (5A*s/4As/2Dis), Amy Curran (4A*s/6As/2Dis), Gemma Cain (2A*s/9As/2Dis), Ruth Anderson (2A*s/8As and AS French), Andrew Micklewright (2A*s/7As/1Dis*), Jamie Lee Hardwidge (3A*s/3As/1Dis*/2Dis), Luke Rennie (2A*s/7As), Ross Newman (2A*s/6As/1Dis), Harriet Hanson (1A*/8As and AS French) and Andy Scott (1A*/4As/2Dis*/2Dis).

Special mention also goes to Year 9 student Alex Dermanis who achieved an A* maths GCSE grade two years early. In addition, he achieved an A* in GCSE Citizenship and A*s in his physics and chemistry modular exams, scoring a perfect 100% in his physics paper – a stunning performance.

Headteacher Andy Owen told "We are delighted with these outstanding results which reflect the hard work and commitment of the students."

"I'd like to thank our parents, our staff and our partner primary schools who all play such an important role in the education of our young people."

Pictured: Celebrating GCSE students at Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday morning (pics courtesy of Simon Francis)


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