Spalding Grammar School pupils celebrate 'brilliant year’
A big shout of ‘yes’ was heard to ring out through the hall as one Spalding Grammar School student opened his GCSE results.
Smiles were seen all round the Priory Road school as months of waiting came to an end when youngsters were finally able to open those important envelopes.
Headmaster Steven Wilkinson was delighted with the latest batch of results but stated that they have come down from the previous three year high due to the return to normal conditions after the pandemic.
He said: “It is still a pleasing performance by students – good for them and for all the staff.
“I think students will be happy with what they have got and we look forward to welcoming them back next year.”
The school’s highest performing student Sam Ishaq (16) went along to pick up his results – but has still not looked at that all important piece of paper.
He said: “I haven't read them yet, I'm planning to read them when I get home when my father and brother are present."
" I think I've done moderately well."
He achieved seven 9s and four 8s.
Sam is planning to return to Spalding Grammar School in September and is planning a career in medicine.
He said: "I want to be an orthopaedic surgeon because its a very rewarding job."
The second highest achieving student was Sam Grundy (16), of Bicker – who also had a flight of eights and nines.
He said: “I am really happy. I got what I wanted.
“I got 9s in sciences and maths.”
He will be returning to the sixth form in September to study maths and physics. He is looking to pursue a career in engineering.
There was an element of sibling rivalry for Harry Hicks (16), of Spalding, whose sister Isobel had received her results from Spalding High School earlier.
He achieved three 9s, five 8s, two 7s and a 4 – which places him on par with his sister.
Harry said: “They all look really good. They were all higher I was predicted which was great. I did a lot of revision to further than I did in my mock exams. I am proud of them.
“I am on par with my sister. I got one less nine but I got more eights than her.
“I feel very excited.”
He will be returning to the grammar to study maths and further maths in September but is aiming to go to university to study aerospace engineering.
Ben Hales (16), of Holbeach, was delighted with his results but was most proud of the 9 in biology. He also achieved five 8s, three 7s and a 6.
He said: “I am really pleased. I was a bit nervous. Not until this point did it hit me but I was fine.
“I am most proud of my biology and very happy with that. I want to pursue a career in marine biology.”
He will be returning to the sixthform to study biology, geography and Spanish.
Nukunu Kodzo Doh (16), of Spalding, said he was really happy with the 8 he achieved in physics.
He said: “I am really happy with physics. At the start of the year, I was getting 5s and then I got an 8.
“I worked really hard and my teacher, Mr Simpson, helped me.
“I am coming back to sixth form and I am doing maths, art and maybe chemistry.”
He achieved three eights and four 7s and a 6.
He is hoping to pursue a career in the design industry.
His friend Oliver Hicks (16), of Boston, was also really happy with his results. He achieved two 8s, four 7s, three 6s and a 5.
He said: “I am probably most proud of the English literature and maths.
“It is such a big relief.”
Oliver is hoping to embark on a career in environmental sciences but will be returning to the sixth form in September to study English literature, biology and geography.
Matthew Simons (16), of Holbeach, achieved five 9s, four 8s along with a 7 and a 6.
He said: “I am proud of the 9 in maths as I was not expecting it to go so well. With maths, you get it or you don’t and thankfully in the end I did get it.”
Matthew will be returning to the sixthform in September.
Deputy headteacher Suzanne Ingram added: “It has been a brilliant year. It is testament to the hardwork of students and teachers.”