CITY PUPILS have improved across the board in their GCSE results, despite results day being the worst nationally in a decade.
Coventry has gone against the national grain with increases in English grades A*-C, in addition to a city-wide improvement in maths grades A*- C.
Coun Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, congratulated all students, staff, parents and governors for the positive results.
He added: “I am so proud of our city’s pupils for their achievements as individuals and as a city cohort.
“I hope the results received today allow each young person to take the next steps they were hoping for into further education, either with A levels, apprenticeships, BTECs or college courses.”
The key trends for 2016 in Coventry include a four per cent increase in the number of students receiving five or more A*-C grades.
Furthermore there was a 7.2 per cent increase in the number of students achieving grade C or above in English.
Meanwhile students at Grace Academy are celebrating good progress in the GCSE core subjects of English and Maths. Among the success stories at the academy was outstanding student Hannan Nassir, who achieved 7A*s, one A and two Bs in her GCSEs.
Hannan, who was on holiday while her results were revealed, requested her big sister – Qamelliah – to skype her the results.
Qamelliah said Hannan was really happy with her results and added: “I don’t mind my little sister beating my results as she has worked so hard for them.”
Finn Marum, another Grace Academy student who achieved 4A*s, one A, one B and two Cs, said: “I’m gobsmacked that I have done that well – I’m over the moon.”
Successful student Sam Fisher, who got one A*, five As and four Bs, said: “I’m really relieved and really happy how they went.”
Blue Coat School experienced a ten per cent improvement on results last year with 81 per cent of students achieving grades A*-C in English and Maths.
Star pupils included Jonathan Thorne who achieved 14 GCSEs – all at A*-A – and Mark Lynch who recorded 13 GCSEs at A*-A.
A school spokesman said: “We are very proud of the excellent results of all of our students.
“The results are testament to the hard work of all of our students and staff, and to the invaluable support of parents.”