There were lots of smiling faces at John Ferneley College as students and staff celebrated another fantastic set of GCSE results.
An impressive 67 per cent of all students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, and there was also a rise in the number of students gaining five or more A* to C grades in all subjects - 77 per cent this year compared to last year’s 69 per cent.
Jonti Cole (16), of Tennyson Way, Melton, said it hadn’t sunk in that he’d achieved nine A*s and an A, especially his A* in history. He said: “When I opened my results I was really ecstatic. I’ll be going to Melton Vale Post-16 Centre (MV16) to do biology, chemistry, psychology and history.”
Victoria Adams (16), of Redwood Avenue, celebrated her four A*s and six As with her proud parents, Trevor and Mellonie.
Victoria, whose ambition is to be a primary school teacher, said: “I was really shaking before I got my results but now I have I’m really happy with what I got. I’m speechless to be honest.”
Proud mum Mellonie said: “I’m beyond pleased for her, I can’t believe it. We’re so proud of her. She was shaking like a leaf waiting for her results but we know how much hard work she put in.”
Caitlin Sparling (16), of Melton, was particularly pleased with her A in business while also achieving seven Bs.
It was a particularly emotional day for Caitlin whose dad, Stewart, died earlier this year after a brave battle with motor neurone disease.
She said: “I’m so proud and I know I’ve done him proud as well.” Caitlin, who wants to become a paramedic, will be going on to study at MV16.
Sharing the same set of excellent grades (A*, five As, four Bs) were Emily Hubbard and Mia Mcaree (16). The pair will also be going on to study at MV16.
Emily, of Darcy Gardens, Melton, said: “I thought I wasn’t going to pass maths but I got a B and I was also pleased with my A in history.”
Mia, of Rosebery Avenue, Melton, said: “I was ecstatic and euphoric when I got my results. I felt I was going to fail history but I got a B. I’m really happy.”
Hard work also paid off for fellow high achievers Felicity Spencer (16), of Holwell, who celebrated her seven A*s and three As, and Abigail Goddard (16), of Melton, who gained four A*s, two As and four Bs.
Among the happy students who did better than they’d thought was Charlotte Arno (15), of Chadwell. She said: “I was really nervous and I was expecting Bs but I got two A*s and eight As.”
Melton’s current young mayor Tara Dudhia was so nervous about her results she got her mum, Nisha, to open her envelope.
Tara, of Asfordby Hill, was happy and relieved with her one A*, seven As and two Bs. She said: “I haven’t really taken it all in yet. The teachers here put 110 per cent into every student to get you the grades.”
There were beaming smiles on the faces of Chloe Zareba, Chloe Harby and Georgia Curtis (16) who will all be heading to MV16 after their excellent results.
Chloe Zareba, who attained two A*s, five As and two Bs, said: “It was so unexpected, I feel over the moon.”
Chloe Harby, who gained seven As, two A*s and a B, was especially proud of her A in Spanish, adding ‘I didn’t expect that at all.’
Georgia, who scooped seven As and three Bs, was most surprised to get an A in religious education, saying ‘I thought I was going to get a D.”
Headteacher Christine Stansfield said: “We’re really pleased with our results and I’m so proud of all the staff and students. I asked a lot of them at the start of this year and they have delivered.”
She added: “We’ve had some massive increases in nearly all subjects. I think this is partly a result of our focus on independent study and creating a learning environment for students on site. We’ve also been better at promoting revision.
“It’s really important to me that I know the college is delivering for the students in the town. We’ve also had some great results this year for some of our disadvantaged students. Some of our most vulnerable students have really thrived this year.”