Video: Leeds students celebrate GCSE results as schools hail achievements

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GCSE results have improved in Leeds this year with more students hitting a national benchmark, new figures reveal.

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Results day at Benton Park. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Results day at Benton Park. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Figures from the majority of state schools suggest the number of pupils achieving five or more good GCSEs, including English and maths, has risen from 51.5 per cent last year to 55.6 per cent.

Around 7,700 pupils picked up their grades yesterday.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive board member for learning, said: “Everyone who has taken their GCSEs this year deserves congratulations for their effort and achievements.”

Schools across the city have reported huge successes. Thirteen students at The Grammar School at Leeds scooped 10 A* passes, including dancers Sophie Wilson and Tilly Woodward who trained at Northern Ballet together.

Exams day at Roundhay School.

Exams day at Roundhay School.

At Roundhay School 37 pupils gained at least 7A* or A’s with 21 of those achieving nine top grades.

Aileen Loftus achieved eight A*s and another two A grades, Martha Ohr achieved six A*s and five A grades, James Peaty picked up five A*s and four A grades, Millie Sanders had five A*s and another five A’s and Bella Smith had five A*s and another four A’s.

Across the school 81 per cent of all pupils gained A*-C in English and 80 per cent gained A*-C in maths.

The school’s deputy head Lorraine Bowman said: “It’s a terrific start to the new academic year to have these record breaking results brilliant results including eight out of ten pupils passing at A*-C in English or maths. It is a just reward for all the hard work and helps over 200 join our sixth form.”

Results day joy for GCSE students in Leeds this morning.

Results day joy for GCSE students in Leeds this morning.

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At John Smeaton Academy the top performing pupils were celebrating A* success at GCSE and a distinction* in their Btecs.

Among the pupils achieving this were Hannah Moment who achieved three A*s and four A grades along with the distinction*, Adam Vickers who achieved the distinction* two A*s and six A grades, Amy Sparham got the distinction*, two A*s and five A grades, Courtney Booth got a distinction*, an A* and 6 A grades and Tom Berwick who got a distinction*, an A* and 3 A grades.

The academy’s head teacher Julian Snape said: “We are all delighted with these GCSE results, which represent a significant improvement on last year’s figures and demonstrate the continued progress we are making at John Smeaton Academy.

“I would like to congratulate all our students and staff on these results which are testament to their hard work and dedication. I am very proud that so many of our students have secured the results they need to successfully begin the next stages of their school careers.”

Nationally the proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has risen again this year, but top grades have fallen for the fourth year in a row, official figures show.

Last year just over half of the 7,700 pupils in the city achieved five A* to C passes including English and maths.

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