THE hard work of St Mary's students ensured the Lugwardine school saw a 12 percentage point increase over last year's record results.

Overall, 87 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades including English and maths – with a narrow gap between girls and boys.

A total of 46 per cent of grades awarded were A* or A and 13 per cent of pupils achieved all A*/A grades.

Head teacher Clive Lambert said: "The year group has been excellent throughout their school career making a full contribution to all aspects of the life of St Mary's.

"They will be missed but we wish them well for the future and we are are confident that after their grounding at St Mary's, they will succeed in their chosen studies or work."

Delight at Bishop's

AT The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, 63 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C grades including both English and mathematics.

More than 70 per cent achieved five A*to C grades in GCSE subjects and all students entered for BTEC subjects passed with a GCSE equivalent grade.

Head boy Toby Woods gained 11 A*s including an A*+ in additional maths – an achievement the school believes places him in the top two per cent nationally.

English language results show a 20 per cent improvement on 2013, and 95 per cent of students passed English literature with a grade C or above.

A total of 79 per cent of students achieved a C or above in maths, while 94 per cent achieved a C or above in science.

Head teacher Sara Catlow-Hawkins said: “The results, which surpass last year’s achievement, are testimony to the hard work of both students and staff as well as the school’s high aspirations for every student.”

Top marks at John Masefield

RESULTS at John Masefield High School were the highest ever this year, with 68 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths.

Students performed well in core subjects, with 78 per cent achieving C grades or higher in English and 74 per cent in maths.

In biology, chemistry and physics, 40 per cent of all grades were an A* or A .

That figure was also achieved in history, while in Spanish 11 out of 18 students achieved A* or A grades.

Outstanding results were also obtained in English literature, with 23 students achieving the highest A* grade.

Top performers include Beth Hiley, with 12 A* grades, Kate Barber and Alex Haigh – who both achieved 11 A* grades.

Maths joy at RNCB

TALENTED Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB) maths students enjoyed success last week after 75 per cent of them gained a grade C – a difficult task given the limitations presented by graphs and diagrams.

Maths tutor, Kate Stevenson said: “The students worked really hard and, given the specific obstacles faced by students with visual impairments, they have to be spot on with the non-visual areas of this subject to gain such good grades. We also had great support from our maths volunteer.”

Other GCSE subjects taken at RNCB were English (IGCSE) and health and social care.

Wigmore scores another great year

IT was the highest percentage of pass grades for a number of years at Wigmore High School this year.

A total of 79 per cent of pupils achieved five A*to C grades including English and Maths.

Head teacher, Andrew Shaw, said: “We are delighted with the achievements of all our pupils – they have worked hard and thoroughly deserve their success.

“They have been a wonderful group of pupils to work with and we wish them well for the future.”