Pupils celebrate school’s best ever GCSE results with Harry Potter-themed event

Assistant headteacher Lucy Roderick, Joshua Vasey, Lee Whitaker, Rebecca Cowley, Dillion Blevins and headteacher David Baldwin.
Assistant headteacher Lucy Roderick, Joshua Vasey, Lee Whitaker, Rebecca Cowley, Dillion Blevins and headteacher David Baldwin.
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Students were given a taste of life at a wizard school as they collected their GCSE results.

Pupils at Churchill Community College, in Wallsend, were celebrating the school’s best ever performance in GCSE.

A total of 70 per cent gained five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and maths, with many achieving eight or more.

Headteacher David Baldwin said: “We are delighted with the results the students have achieved.

“In almost all subjects students have out-performed their target grades with 70 per cent gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.

“In addition the amount of progress they have made across their five years with us is absolutely outstanding.”

The school also celebrated the performance of 15 students who each achieved between five and 11 A*/A grades.

Among the top performers were Dillon Blevins, Connor Peebles, Jack Ross, Lee Whittaker, Joshua Vasey, and Rebecca Cowley.

Head of school, Elaine Riley, said: “Students know they are well taught and supported at Churchill; that is why they stay with us Post-16 following their successes at GCSE.

“Today, we have the strongest set of results that we have ever had.

“There is a fantastic number of A*s and As but also many subjects where 90+ per cent of students have gained A*-C grades.

“I am incredibly proud of all our students and their results.”

Students celebrated with staff, parents and college governors by having a ‘Harry Potter’ themed exam results celebration day, arriving to a red carpet, with staff dressed as characters from the much-loved novels, a magic starry sky, life sized characters from the films, cobwebs, spiders, an owl called Hedwig, Bertie Bots magic beans, magic potions, wands, broomsticks, a dining table at Hogwarts, balloons and banners.

Jill Huxtable, assistant headteacher with responsibility for raising achievement and progress, said: “Students have done fantastically well.

“Days like today where we celebrate their success with them and all have a bit of fun together are the reward for all of their hard work and the efforts of staff in teaching and supporting them.”