Thomas Clarkson Academy GCSE results are best in school's history

PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 August 2019

The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Shae Naidoo

The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Shae Naidoo

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The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year.

The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Phoebe Porter.The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Phoebe Porter.

This year's results also show some strong performances in subjects including chemistry, physics, biology and computer science.

Just over 88 per cent of students achieved a 9-5 grade in biology; 83 per cent were awarded 9-5 in chemistry; and just over three-quarters of students achieved 9-5 grades in physics and computer science.

Among the top achievers was Harry Preston, who was awarded two 9 grades, two 8s, three 7s and a distinction*.

Harry said: "I felt nervous with the anticipation this morning. I was confident I would do well but I didn't think I'd do this well. I couldn't believe it when I opened my results.

The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Justina KakstyteThe number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Justina Kakstyte

"I was nervous about different subjects and then I got them all, so it was just a relief. I'm most happy with my 9 for maths and 9 for chemistry."

Shae Naidoo also did extremely well, achieving five 9s, two 8s and a 7 and attributed her success to switching off her mobile phone during her months of revision.

She said: "I'm relieved to get my results and I'm happy with how I've done. I'm most proud of getting a 9 in chemistry because so much of it depends on how much you do yourself. I'd like to go on to university to study astrophysics."

Justina Kakstyte said she was so nervous she had to get someone else to read her results but was delighted to hear she'd achieved two 9s, two 8s, two 7s, a 5 and a 4.

The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Harry Preston.The number of Thomas Clarkson Academy students achieving the top grades, 9-7, has again improved this year. Pictured is Harry Preston.

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She is planning to do A levels in biology, chemistry and maths, with a view to going into medicine.

She said: "I looked at the grade boundaries this morning and was worried I hadn't done that well, but I had, so I just cried. I felt very overwhelmed but so happy and pleased with myself.

"I revised a lot - I tried every method going until I found one that worked for me and then stuck to that. I had flashcards all over my bedroom, in every single colour."

Despite facing health issues which kept her off school from January, Phoebe Porter achieved an 8, two 7s, two 6s, a 4 and a distinction*.

She said: "I was on study leave because I was quite ill so I'm really shocked and happy with my

results. I'm very happy with my 7/6 for combined science as I was predicted a 5. I'm proud of myself.

"The school has been really supportive and made sure I always had everything I needed."

Richard Scott, associate principal, said: "This year's GCSE results are amongst the best the school has seen and are indicative of the improvements that have been made in recent years.

"It builds on the success of the last two years, which saw TCA recognised as the most improved school in Cambridgeshire.

"It again shows our unwavering ambition for every single student at TCA as we continue to strive to achieve the best for the young people of Wisbech.

"I would like to thank the staff at TCA for their efforts and students' families for their support."

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