GCSEs: Best results ever for pupils at Palmer Catholic Academy
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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.
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.
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“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.
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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.”