GCSE RESULTS: The Barclay School, Stevenage

SEVENTY per cent of pupils at The Barclay School in Stevenage gained five or more GCSE grades at A* to C despite the headteacher being left “disappointed” by the fall in English results.

Among the high achievers at the school in Walkern Road were Jasmin Keshavarzi with five A*s and five As grades, and Gregg Bunyan who achieved two A*s and seven A grades.

Headteacher Debbie Upton said: “There have been some wonderful individual successes with students achieving A* and A grades across the board.

“The pass rate for English however has been affected by the nationwide down grading of students’ performance in their controlled assessments as has been headlined in the news. This has meant that many students who performed well in examinations have had their grades affected and as a consequence the whole school’s five A*-C grades including English and mathematics currently stands at 10 per cent lower than last year’s record at 48 per cent. “Like many other schools, we are disappointed to see the fall in the English GCSE pass rate and we will be appealing over the grades.”

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