There was a buzz of nerves and excitement at Trent College this morning as the school welcomed another year of GCSE achievement (Thursday 25 August).
No fewer than 113 candidates sat GCSEs at the Long Eaton co-educational independent school this year, with 42.4% of all grades achieved by Trent College students in the top A*-A grade band and 25 students scoring eight or more A*s or As.
One of these was Lucie Gale, who was the school’s top performer this year with 10A*s and 1A, but she admitted to just being relieved the wait for the results was over.
Academic scholar Lucie, who plays hockey for Belper HC as well as the school, said: “I’m really, really happy and there’s a lot of relief too. I was quite open minded as to how I may do as I thought some of the exams didn’t go as well as they could have so it’s great to find out I’ve got the results I have.”
Musicians Julia He and Callum Henderson were also amongst those celebrating top marks, both getting the highest A* grade in Further Maths and an A apiece with Julia adding 9A*s and Callum 8A*s.
Julia, also an academic scholar, recently returned from playing violin with the Nottingham Youth Orchestra in Prague and she believes Trent College has played a key role in her fulfilling her academic ambitions alongside all of her other interests.
Two of the school’s Head of Houses, Connor Robinson (Kemp House) and John Taylor (Owen House), were also left reflecting on how their extra-curricular activities have helped support their GCSE achievements.
Drama scholar Cameron Bovell is one student receiving their GCSE results today who has come through from The Elms, Trent College’s junior school, and he believes the foundations for his success today were laid back then.
The school’s overall A*-C pass rate this year is 92%, with 16.7% at the top A* grade. Particularly impressive performances came in Further Maths, with 14 candidates achieving the ultimate A ‘power’ or A*/A grades, while other top performing subjects included German, History, Religious Studies and Latin with A* and A grade percentages all at 60% or above.
The majority of students will now continue their academic studies in Trent College Sixth Form from September.
Mr Bill Penty, Head of Trent College, said: “I am delighted by the grades achieved by our pupils this year. So many of our pupils at Trent College also do a huge variety of things at a high level outside of the classroom. As these stories testify, all that they have done academically sits alongside some wonderful extra-curricular achievements, which is certainly one of the great strengths of our school. I am very proud of all of them and we are really looking forward to welcoming them back into our Sixth Form here.”
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