There were happy faces at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy as the school celebrated a successful year of GCSE results.
This year 76% of girls achieved A*-C in both English and Mathematics and 72% of girls achieved five or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics.
Head teacher Monica Shepherd said: “To have 76% of pupils achieve A*-C in both English and Mathematics is a huge achievement. We’ve had building work going on for the past two years, so it’s been challenging times.
“We set targets and try and make the girls work to the best of their abilities but they are young people, not machines, and things can happen in their lives which lead to them becoming disengaged. Even if it doesn’t work out for their GCSEs, education is lifelong, there are still opportunities.”
She added: “As well as achieving academic success, the class of 2016 have also participated in extensive opportunities to become involved in charitable fundraising, volunteering, sport, musical theatre, choirs and Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, as well as numerous educational visits.”
Among the high-achievers was Alice Liddle, 16, from Ashbrooke who picked up eight A* and three A grades.
“I never expected to do so well,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep the night before because I was so nervous.”
Alice will be staying on at St Anthony’s in Thornhill to study her A Levels
She said: “This has given me a lot more confidence with my A Levels, I think I’m going to celebrate with a Chinese takeaway.”
Fellow pupil Rachel Krajovska represents Sunderland as a MYP in the Youth Parliament.
Speaking about her results of five A* and six A grades, she said: “I was shaking when I opened the envelope, it was really overwhelming. I keep staring at the paper, it’s all still sinking in.”
Keen musician Emma Robson, 16, from Doxford Park was celebrating six A* and five A grades.
She said: “I’m really happy with my results. My mum and dad came with me and mum started crying when I told her what I got. I’m staying on here for Sixth Form and I’m hoping to go on to university to study medicine.”