A NEW grading system for English and maths has not prevented a good series of results at Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer.

The school has also maintained its position at the top of the tree in Shropshire for English.

But it is not just in the native language in which students from Lacon Childe did well because there was a 100 per cent pass rate at grades A-C in French.

Some students have also shown that they are not too shabby when it comes to Maths with one girl achieving a top grade despite taking the GCSE exam two years early.

“Due to the volatility in the system and the changes that have been made to the assessment of GCSEs this year it is impossible to compare our results with previous years,” said headteacher Darren Reynolds.

“The new GCSEs in English and Maths have been designed to be tougher and have provided a greater challenge for staff and students alike.

“Sixty-three per cent of our students achieved five or more standard passes at GCSE including English and Maths. Our fantastic English department has maintained the highest of standards with 75 per cent of students achieving a ‘strong’ level 5 pass and 87 per cent getting a level 4+.

“Our results in Science, Geography, French (100 per cent pass A*-C), German, Textiles, Performing Arts and Philosophy and Ethics are outstanding.

“A special mention must go to Eartha Kruft-Welton for achieving a Level 9 in Maths, which is more remarkable as she is a year 9 pupil.”

Students at all levels have achieved good results.

Some of the individual successes included: Holly Rennel 2 x 9, 5 A*, 1 A; Abi Griffiths 2 x 9, 3 A* and 1 A; Maisie Porter 1 x 9, 2 A*, 3 A and 1 x 7; Jacob Tennant 2 A*, 2 A and 1 x 8.

“Our other high attaining students are Gemma Booton, Sophie Cavenagh, Megan Davies, Sophie Derricutt. Orla Evans, T Feng, Connor Galliard, Daisy Griffiths, Lucy Joliffe, Olive Kelly, Ellie Phelps and Paul Wilson,” added Darren Reynolds.

“Their success will be highlighted on our high-achievers’ banner.

“The students’ achievements are down to the engagement and enthusiasm they have had for their subjects and the sheer hard work they and their teachers put into studying and revising.

"We are very proud of them and wish them the very best in whatever they do next year.”