Students at Horncastle’s two senior schools have been praised for their outstanding performances in this year’s GCSE examinations.
Heather Payne, headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, said she was ‘extremely proud’ of all students.
And Nicki Shore, her counterpart at Banovallum School, echoed the comments when she said she was ‘immensely proud’ of students.
Ms Shore, though, did admit Banovallum’s governing body and leadership team were ‘frustrated’ by what she called ‘alterations in great boundaries and shifting expectations of examining boards.’
She said that, in turn, had led to extra work for teachers and meant some borderline pupils and just missed out in their expected grades.
Ms Shore said: “There is some enormous success to celebrate, including the Head Boy, Tom Pavey and Head Girl, Rachel Little, who scooped a remarkable 14 As and A*s between them. “Additionally, Emily Walton and Bethany Everton have achieved 10 A/A* each with neither scoring anything of a lower grade.
“There were a number of other really pleasing results, including Sam Cull and Harry Peall who contributed so much to the wider life of the school as prefects and through their extra-curricular activities.
“The Governing Body and Leadership team have, however, reported feeling frustrated that once again, alterations in grade boundaries and shifting expectations of examination boards have meant that some borderline students who have worked very hard have just missed out on their expected grades.
“In our context, as a non-selective school, national thresholds can be challenging.
“Maths and English, particularly, have been subject to shifting boundaries which means that teachers are working towards ever changing goalposts.
“We are immensely proud of our students and know them as individuals so it’s perhaps even more disappointing if the numbers don’t quite work out for them.
“We will challenge any result in which we feel a student has been unfairly penalised.”
Ms Shore said that until the outcome of those challenges was announced, it was difficult to release the school’s overall percentage of passes.
At QEGS, 40 per cent of the year 11 age group gained five or more grades at A or A*.
Mrs Payne said: “Our Year 11 students have enjoyed success again this year with results of which they can be proud.
“Just over 70% of students earned their English Baccalaureate.
“Excellent GCSE results do not happen by chance and come about through the hard work and commitment of students and staff along with unfailing support from home.
“Special mention should be made of Emily Cliffe, Holly Cooke, Stefan Mills, Victoria Simons, Oscar Simpson, Joshua Smailes, Alekhya Tiruvaluroo, Rohan Varadaraj, Jake Watson and Jade Wheeldon who achieved A or A* in all eleven of their GCSEs.
“Petra Bachrati, Veronica Bishop, Lucy Curtis, David Hayes, Caleb McCulloch and Niamh Pearce did exactly the same in ten of their eleven GCSEs.
“It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of all our students and the
contribution they made to the wider life of the school.
“We are looking forward to welcoming many of them back in the Sixth Form in September