A double dose of improved exam results have left pupils and staff at a Leeds school on a high.
Students at Ralph Thoresby School, in Holt Park, bucked the national trend after seeing the number of students gaining five A* to C grade GCSEs rocket by 20 per cent compared to last year.
The number of Ralph Thoresby pupils gaining five A* to C grade GCSEs, including maths and English, also rose by six per cent to 53 per cent.
The school also recorded a 98 per cent A-level pass rate, with every student in Year 13 achieving the grades required to attend university – the vast majority reaching their first choice institution.
Headteacher Will Carr attributed the school’s improved performance to the hard work of staff and students, as well as the strong support of families.
He said: “We’ve introduced more rigorous aspirational targets for our students and they’re responding really well.”
The figures come after the number of students earning top grades at A-level nationally fell for the second year in a row. In total, 26.3 per cent of entries scored an A or A*, down from 26.6 per cent last year.
Leeds pupils have bucked the national trend with the number of pupils achieving the five A* to C GCSEs including the two core subjects increasing by 2.5 per cent while grades nationally have fallen once again.
Mr Carr said: “We won’t be resting on our laurels here. By further refining our successful systems we aim to continue this improvement as we make progress towards becoming an outstanding school.”
Coun Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “It is a reflection of the hard work of students and dedication of staff that so many young people achieved such high grades and I am sure that these results will help them pursue further education or employment.”
She added that although many pupils at schools such as Ralph Thoresby are celebrating, the council is working to understand the “significant variance” in this year’s GCSE gradings.