STUDENTS across Redditch celebrated last week with a bumper crop of top grade GCSE results.
At RSA Academy Arrow Vale, 57 per cent of students achieved A*-C in English and maths, and the school is delighted that students have achieved record numbers of grades at A* and A in their GCSE examinations.
Also, record numbers achieved the English Baccalaureate, and 100 per cent of students achieved at least 5 qualifications for the first time ever at the school.
Guy Shears, Arrow Vale principal, said: "We are incredibly proud of our students, who have worked so hard to gain their grades. We are especially delighted that the progress measures in English and maths that enabled us to secure an outstanding judgment from Ofsted this year have been maintained by the class of 2014."
Pupils and staff at Studley High School were also delighted with another year of good results.
A total of 65 per cent of students achieved A*-C, including English and maths, and 77 per cent achieved five A*-C, with most actually achieving eight.
It was a pleasing result for headteacher Elaine Young who retires this year after nine years at the helm.
St Augustine's Catholic High School (Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy) has followed up its superb A-level results with equally impressive GCSE results.
A total of 70 per cent of students gained five A*-C grades including maths and English, 84 per cent of students gained five A*-C grades and 60 per cent gained at least one A*/A grade.
Amongst this incredible tally of results, seven students gained 42 A* grades and 27 A grades between them.
St Augustine's principal Anthony Quinn, said that these superb results were due to the hard work of students and staff alike. He added that throughout their GCSE course students have been closely tracked to ensure that they could achieve the best outcomes at every level.
The headteacher of Trinity High School said she was delighted with the school's English and maths results, with both at 80 per cent A*-C for the third consecutive year.
Marian Barton said: "Given that the goalposts changed after half time in late September 2013 about what would and wouldn’t count in the performance tables, we are absolutely thrilled with once again achieving 70 per cent five A*-C, including English and maths."
And there was plenty of cause for celebration at Woodrush High School as the hard work from pupils, and support from parents and teachers, paid off.
This year nearly 75 per cent of students gained five or more A*-C grades, with 77 per cent gaining A*-C grades in maths and 72 per cent in English and overall, nearly a third of all students gained top A*/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 our students, whatever their starting point or ability, gained good grades."
It has been another successful GCSE year at Tudor Grange Academy Redditch.
A total of 76 per cent of students at Tudor Grange Academy achieved five or more A*-C grades and 55 per cent achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths
Headteacher, Stephen Brownlow, said: "I am extremely proud of the students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve these excellent results. Examination success equates to life chances for our students who are able to pursue their chosen routes into the sixth form or employment."