GCSE results: Biddick’s Tabitha dances off with a fistful of passes

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Twinkle-toed Tabitha Lennon is facing the best kind of dilemma after surprising herself with her GCSE success.

Biddick Academy pupil Tabitha is considering her options after exceeding her wildest expectations today.

Biddick deputy head Andy Walmsley

Biddick deputy head Andy Walmsley

Tabitha, who collected one A*, six As and 4Bs, said: “I am absolutely amazed,” she said.

“I was so happy when I opened the envelope, I could not believe it. I was thinking they were not my results.

“I am not sure whether I am going to go on with A-levels or dance. I have got a dance scholarship so I may go for that.”

Also celebrating were pals Eve Rogers, Sarah King and Nicole Peverley.

I was so happy when I opened the envelope, I could not believe it. I was thinking they were not my results.

Tabitha Lennon

Eve collected one A*, five As, three Bs and a C; while Sarah picked up one A*, one A, six Bs and two Cs, and Nicole’s haul included one A, six Bs and three Cs.

“I think we have all done better than expected,” said Eve.

Sarah said pupils had been warned to brace themselves for bad news.

“They told us this year would be hard because the grading bands were higher,” she said.

Eve Rogers, Sarah King and Nicole Peverley

Eve Rogers, Sarah King and Nicole Peverley

“Everyone is really pleased with how they have done.”

Sixty-five per cent of Biddick pupils got an A* to C grade in maths, while 54 per cent did the same in English.

Deputy head Andy Walmsley said the school was pleased with the results and especially its progress on the new Progress 8 standard, which measures a student’s progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 across eight key subjects.

“We are happy with the results,” he said.

“Our Progress 8 factor is positive and our number getting five A* to C grades has increased also, while our levels of improvement in English and Maths are in line with what we expected.

“Overall, we are pleased with the progress the school has made. We are heading in the right direction.”