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Star turn by Solihull students at GCSE


THOUSANDS of Solihull students collected their GCSE results this morning, with an avalanche of As and A*s.

At Tudor Grange Academy there were crowds of beaming teenagers, as 100 per cent of pupils achieved five A*-C

Headteacher Jennifer Bexon-Smith said the school, which is hoping to open a sixth form next year, was delighted.

These courses do challenge the students and there are new assessments which actually make things tougher, she said.

Matthew Bennett, from Hillfield, was among the students celebrating - having picked up 9 A*s.

"'m pleased but I didn't do as well as my older brother [Rory] who sat his exams last year," said the 16-year-old.

Narup Chana, from Dorridge, and Haroon Amjad, from Olton, also walked away with a raft of A*s.

"I'm happy with my results, they're what I needed to get into Sixth Form College," he said.

Arden Academy, in Knowle, was also celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate - for the fifth consecutive year.

Ann Green, who has come to the end of her ninth and final year at the school, said: "It's a wonderful end.

"For a comprehensive school to be achieving results like this is very special, it's a tribute to teachers and pupils.

"I know it's said the grades are going up and up, but take my word that it's as hard to get 12 A*s as it was in my day."

Jenna Clarke was singled-out for praise, her grades have won her a place at the prestigious Wellbeck College

In north Solihull, Park Hall continues its cataclysmic rise, achieving a record 100 per cent pass rate.

In 2006, the Castle Bromwich school was languishing at 33 per cent and had been placed under special measures.

Principal Tony Morrison said: "This is no mean feat considering that results have been dramatically improving for the last four years."

Last year, Langley School was praised by education chiefs for its performance in the traditional subjects.

Headteacher Phil Talbot said: "We're still calculating how the school has done in that regard this year.

"But while those subjects are important, it's still a priority to match the student with their best subjects."

The overall pass rate at the Olton-based school, which recently became an academy, was 79.5 per cent.



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