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Swindon GCSE 2013: Ridgeway celebrates successful year
PUPILS at Ridgeway were celebrating another successful year after securing some impressive GCSE results.
Once again, students at the Wroughton school achieved at least 70 per cent of five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
The school were also proud that 20 per cent of GCSE entries were A* and 52 per cent of all GCSE entries were A* to B grades.
Helen Lanigan, head of Key Stage Four, said: "There were many stunning performances and we extend our congratulations to all our students.
"We would particularly like to mention Carla Huynh who achieved 12 A* grades and one A grade, Emma Woodcock, Tom Fieldsend and Emma Bishop who achieved 11 A* grades and two A grades, Jaanki Patel who achieved 10 A* and three A grades and Conor Guthrie who achieved seven A* grades and two A grades.
“I think I was as nervous as the pupils ahead of the results because I was up since 3am in the morning.
“A lot of the students knew what they were going to get before they came in with the diplomas and course work and we have monitored them really well this year, but it was nice to see them all come in to collect their results and there were some nice surprises.
"We are equally delighted with the outcomes for a number of our EAL (English as an additional language) students who have overcome the challenge of having learnt the English language in the last two years, and also a number of students who have overcome serious social and emotional challenges in recent months."
Ashleigh James, 16, of Wanborough was one of the outstanding pupils after achieving 10 A*s, three As and a distinction star in performing arts BTEC.
She said: “I was shaking and really nervous before getting my results, but it was so good to see that I got good grades and seeing all my hard work pay off.
“There were some really unexpected results, but I put in so much revision and this is the reward.”
Conor Guthrie, 15, got an early birthday present as he is set to turn 16 on Sunday and achieved eight A*s and five As.
He said: “I wasn’t feeling too bad before getting my results because I knew I had put all the effort in to my exams so I couldn’t change that.
“I was still very happy to see my results but it wasn’t a shock because I tried really hard.”
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