By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 22 August 2013 Updated: 22/08 16:16
STUDENTS in the region were bucking national trends as GCSE results were revealed yesterday (Thursday).
Many schools were reporting better grades than last year, despite a downward trend across the UK.
Trinity High School attracted attention from ITV's Daybreak programme, with pupils chosen to reveal their results live on air. A total of 78 per cent of students achieved the benchmark of five A* to C grades including English and maths, 26 per cent above the target for the school.
There was also an increase in the percentage of students achieving A*s and As.
Headteacher Marion Barton said: "These results stem from high expectations in terms of behaviour, teaching and student support. These results, together with the experiences and opportunities the students have had over the past three years at Trinity, will mean they have a good foundation from which to build a successful future."
Success was also in store at RSA Academy Arrow Vale, where candidates picked up the best results in the history of the school. Overall 63 per cent achieved the benchmark.
Headteacher Guy Shears said: "I am absolutely delighted to see our students celebrating such hard earned success which they thoroughly deserve. These results are phenomenal when you consider this cohort of students have exceeded their targets based on prior attainment, by an incredible 25 per cent for five A* to C including English and Maths. Well done to all and we look forward to further success in the coming year."
Kingsley College's headteacher Stephen Brownlow said results had also been broken there with 64 per cent hitting the benchmark and 13 pupils achieving ten or more A* and A grades.
"Again we have achieved our best ever set of GCSE results. This achievement is all the greater when across the country there has been a levelling off in performance. I am extremely proud of the students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve these excellent results."
In all, 74 per cent hit the benchmark at St Augustine's High School, an improvement of 13 per cent on last year and eight per cent above the expected figure.
Headteacher Tony Quinn said: "St Augustine's Catholic High School achieved superb GCSE results, well above expectations and are the best ever recorded by the school.
"Well done to all students who were an extremely talented and engaging year group. They deserve all the plaudits for their hard work and dedication to their education. As ever, thank you to all teachers and support staff for their expertise, commitment and efforts throughout the academic year. Also, special mention to the parents who were fully supportive of the school's efforts."
At Woodrush High School, 76 per cent achieved five A* to Cs including English and maths, with nearly half of all student picking up A* and A grades.
Headteacher Chris King said: "We are delighted with all our students’ hard work and their achievements, and must thank the support of our staff and parents and carers for ensuring that every single student, whatever their starting point or ability, finished their GCSE year with at least five A* to C grades."
Over the border in Warwickshire, Alcester Academy reported just over 60 per cent of their students hitting the benchmark, with 22 per cent of pupils achieving three or more A* and A grades.
Acting headteacher Paul Hyde said: "As an academy we are very pleased with this improvement on last year’s results, particularly in light of reported changes to grade boundaries and predicted national falls in pass rates. Today will see these the vast majority of our students secure their first choice places for their post 16 education, including many taking up places within selective grammar schools."
St Benedict's headteacher Tim Sara said he was happy with their results, but the school did not yet know whether the much talked about grade deflation had affected results there.
Around 65 per cent achieved the five grade benchmark while four pupils picked up straight A and A*s.
A total of 21 students achieved all A and A* grades at Alcester Grammar, where their A* to B rate remained the same as last year at 92 per cent.
Deputy headteacher Jeremy Slater said: "We are delighted, it's been a really good year. Despite a national dip, the results have been as excellent as previous years."
Studley High School headteacher Elaine Young said: "I am delighted for the children. They tend to get what they deserve and those who worked hard have reaped the benefits."
Five students achieved straight A* and As while 62 per cent picked up five A* to Cs including English and maths.
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