GCSEs: Best results ever for pupils at Palmer Catholic Academy

PUBLISHED: 13:06 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:19 22 August 2013

Palmer Catholic Academy students with their GCSE results.

Palmer Catholic Academy students with their GCSE results.


Pupils at the Palmer Catholic Academy bucked national trends by improving on last year’s grades to get the best results ever at the school.

James Durcan and Pamela Gorska got top grades at the Palmer Catholic Academy.James Durcan and Pamela Gorska got top grades at the Palmer Catholic Academy.

A whopping 83 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades, with 70 per cent including maths and English.

Star student Pamela Gorska got the top grades in the school with 10 A*s and two A*s, having taken one GCSE a year early.

She is going to stay on at the school, in Aldborough Road South, Seven Kings, to do A-levels in English literature, biology, chemistry and maths.

“I was really worried about my results,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. I think it’s interesting and it’s nice to help people.”

Classmate James Durcan was only one grade behind with nine A*s and two As.

He will be moving on to study A-levels in history, English, maths and French at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton.

James said: “I was quite shocked by my grades, I wasn’t expecting that so it was a nice surprise.

“I’ve really liked my time here but it will be good to go on to somewhere new and have a challenge.”

Headteacher Frank Maguire said he was “delighted” with the results.

He added: “It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of pupils and staff, and the support from parents.

“The marking regime has become tougher for both GCSEs and A-levels and pupils are tending more towards science and maths rather than arts subjects.

“But we’re still seeing a lot of students enrolling to stay on here and I think the aspiration for many is still going to university.”

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