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Best GCSE results ever for Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood
There were tears of joy as a Borehamwood academy achieved its best GCSE results ever.
Just over three quarters of students at Hertswood Academy in Cowley Hill achieved five A* to C grades, and 46 per cent gained A* to C grades in maths and English.
The school saw a ten per cent increase on last year’s results, when only 36 per cent achieved the top results in English and maths.
Head teacher Peter Gillett said he was very “pleased and proud” of his students and staff.
He added: “These are the best GCSE results Hertswood Academy has ever achieved and a huge improvement on last year.
“I would like to pay tribute to the exceptional hard work of all our students and staff who made this possible and for the outstanding support from all of our parents.”
The school managed to increase both its maths and English pass rates and maintain its science success.
This is despite the national decline in top results which saw the proportion of exam entries graded between an A* and a C fall to 68.1 per cent, down from 69.4 per cent last year.
Mr Gillett added: “Results went up across all subject areas. This is even more of an achievement as results have gone down across the country.
“Our students ploughed through and they bucked the national trend.”
The highest achieving student was Navomee Ponnamperuma, 16, who achieved six A* grades, five As and a B.
The Waterford resident, who is going to study English, maths, French and history at A level, was overcome with tears of joy as she realised her success.
She said: “I can’t believe I am top of the school. I thought other people would have done better.
“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say.
"I really want to go to Cambridge – hopefully I will do as well in A levels too.”
Darrell Powell also did extremely well, achieving five A* grades, four As and a B.
He said: “I’m still shaking. I hardly slept last night. I’m so glad to get these exams over and done with.”
The Maple Avenue resident added: “My best results were in the sciences and psychology and social science, which is very good as those are the ones I want to study for A level.
“I was expecting to get a B in one paper and I got an A*.”
Lisa Hardin, who now lives in Milton Keynes, also achieved five A* grades, four As and a B.
She said: “I felt sick this morning, I couldn’t eat my breakfast.
I didn’t believe I would do this well. I’ve got to keep this up now for my A levels.”
Aspiring film director Lauren Andrews attained the results that will make her one of the first students at Elstree University Technical College, which opens in September.
She said: “It’s a dream come true to get into Elstree UTC.
“The teachers at Hertswood have given so much and been really helpful, it’s such a friendly community.”
The GCSE results follows the school's best ever A-Levels, with 50 per cent of students achieving A* to B.
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