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Youngsters collect GCSE results
THE wait was finally over for teenagers across north Hampshire as hundreds collected their GCSE results last Thursday.
There were cheers of joy, tears, smiles and much relief as students discovered how they had fared in the summer exams.
Nationally, there was a drop in the proportion of top grades awarded, for the second year in a row.
In Hampshire, secondary schools showed an increase in achievement, with 60.4 per cent of students awarded five GCSEs between A* and C, including English and maths.
In The Gazette area, half of the 12 state schools recorded either a rise or no change in their benchmark figures while the other half suffered a decline.
The most significant improvement was at Everest Community Academy, in Popley, where 53 per cent of pupils hit the benchmark five GCSEs between A* and C, including English and maths, compared with 34 per cent last year, which was below the Government target of 40 per cent.
The Costello School, in Crossborough Hill, recorded a big drop of 12 percentage points in its results, from 70 per cent attaining the benchmark in 2012 to 58 per cent this year.
The worst performing school appears to have been Fort Hill, in Winklebury, where 42 per cent of students hit the benchmark – a fall of one percentage point on last year.
However, the figures have not yet been provided by The Vyne School, in South View, Basingstoke, which said it had problems obtaining them from the examining board.
Brighton Hill Community School also saw a decline in its results, from 55 per cent hitting the national standard in 2012 to 48 per cent this year.
Both The Clere School at Burghclere and Robert May’s School in Odiham recorded no change in their results, with figures of 62 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.
Bishop Challoner recorded some of its best results to date, with 77 per cent of students achieving the benchmark, representing a rise of nine percentage points from 2012.
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