Thursday, 23rd August 2018
STUDENTS punch above their weight to score a string of top GCSEs
A STUDENT from Thorne who was encouraged to make an Oxbridge place her goal after taking up extra-curricular opportunities at school has notched up an impressive total of nine grade 9s in her GCSEs.
She was one of a small group of Year 10 and 11 students from Trinity to visit the
Along with others achieving well in their GCSEs, Olivia is a member of The Brilliant Club, a charity with the mission of widening access for outstanding pupils in non-selective state schools to the
Asked for her reaction on opening her results, she said: “Amazing. Shocked! I didn’t expect all the 9s, especially in physics and French, so I’m very pleased.
She paid tribute to many of her teachers, particularly Mandy Smyth, English – “My grade is a direct result of her teaching”; Gerard Carter, physics – “I’d never have got a 9 without him”; Annika Wells, French, and David Potts, PE.
Olivia is staying on at Trinity Academy to do A Levels in mathematics, further mathematics, chemistry and either biology or physics, as well as the EPQ. She added: “It would be nice to go to
Among the other top performers were Lydia Pike, Evie Dalton, Alix Young, Lara Anderson, Thomas Graves, Morgan McKenzie Purdham, Rebecca Bell and Ewan Snook, who all gained a total of nine or more A/A* equivalent grades, including new grade 9s, considered to be more challenging than a top pass in the old-style GCSEs.
Keen sportswoman Neve Taylor-Dilks scored highly on the academic side with two 8s, five 7s and two 6s under her belt, despite the demands of her strict training routine as a boxer with the
She only started boxing seriously three years ago but won the 2017 junior championships in her first year and was fighting the European silver medallist when she was selected for the
She trains three or four times a week, but her coach, Jimmy Harrington, at Freedom Boxing Club, at Lindholme, imposed a Friday night gym ban on her until after her GCSEs.
“He said education comes first, but now I’ve got the chance with
“I’m really happy with my results and am looking forward to going on to do A Levels,” added Neve, who attends
This year’s results saw a dramatic uplift in overall progress for