It was a day of reckoning for youngsters across the borough last Thursday as teenagers woke up to their highly-anticipated GCSE results.
Nationally, top grade passes for those taking their exams this summer went up for the first time in three years.
We asked some of the students and staff at Solihull’s schools how they fared.
Will Keddie, deputy head teacher at Langley School, in Olton, said: “This was another successful year for Langley, reinforcing our high-quality academic diet and excellent teaching.
“We are particularly pleased with our English Baccalaureate results with a best-ever 43 per cent pass rate, which bodes well for the new school measures coming in over the next few years.
“Our more able students did particularly well with our best ever figures.
“Of our more able students on entry, 25 per cent achieved eight or more A stars and As and 81 per cent achieved the EBacc suite of academic subjects.
“It is difficult to highlight individual students as there were so many superb results. But notable levels of attainment were seen by Chloe Houghton with nine A stars and three As, Sofie Andrews with nine A stars and four As and Aidan McCloskey with eight A stars and five As.
“So many students did well and we are very proud of them all and their supportive families.
“We are also grateful to the staff for their continued effort and high quality pastoral care that can’t be
measured with examination statistics.”
St. Peter’s Catholic School students were also celebrating as they received their GCSE results.
Among the students achieving top grades were Tara Bloomer who achieved 12 A stars and one A; Lucy Dyer with eight A stars and four As, Hannah Dyer with seven A stars and three As, Emily Thomas with seven A stars and six As, Megan Corbett with seven A stars and five As, Hannah Corbett with seven A stars and three As and Claudio Calcagni and Liam Farmer, who both achieved six A stars and four As.
Sushma Chander, assistant head teacher of the sixth form, said: “We are delighted with the strength of our results across a range of key GCSE subjects.
“The benchmark percentage of A star to C in the core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Sciences were all at 81 per cent or above, which exceeded the national average.
“Well done to all our teachers, parents and students who have all contributed to a fantastic set of results.”
Victoria Kearsey, a pupil at Tudor Grange Academy, was just one of the high flying pupils at the Dingle Lane school celebrating outstanding grades.
The 16-year-old, from Hillfield, scored 11 A stars and three As and is set to take A-levels in Physics, Maths, History and Spanish at the academy’s sixth form.
She told the News: “I am really pleased.
“My dad was checking the phone line to make sure it was working so I could phone him straight away!
“I’d like to study law at university but the A-levels I’m taking are broad so I can choose from them.”
Fellow student Amelia Buttery is also staying on at the sixth form taking A-levels in English Literature, History, Media Studies and Pyschology.
She scooped eight A stars and five As.
“I really didn’t know how I would do but I was pleasantly shocked,” she said.
“My mum and dad are really happy.”
And Zoe Ruiz is set to move to Winchester with her family and will be taking her A-levels in English Language, Early History, Philosophy and Law. She said: “ I’m very excited.
“I did work and revise so I am pleased.”
* Lyndon School revealed it had bucked the national drop in GCSE top grades to improve on last year’s results.
Head teacher Di Fellowes said she was “really proud” of the students.
“They have done so well and deserve their success,” she said.
“We had fantastic results for English, Maths and IT. I’d like to thank the parents for their support. We have held our own against last year with a slight increase so we’re pleased.”
Best friends Kenzie-Jo Chatwin and Emily Crackett, both 16, collected some fantastic results.
Kenzie-Jo achieved an A star, five As, three Bs and three Cs.
And Emily scored an A, nine Bs and two Cs.
Both are now heading to Solihull Sixth Form College
“It’s been a lot of hard work,” said Kenzie, from Olton.
“It’s a big relief to get these results.”
Daniel Sutheran, aged 16, received six As, an A star, two Bs and a D. He was planning to attend Solihull Sixth Form to study Music, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Classical Civilisations at A-level.
“I’m really pleased, and a little relieved,” he said.
“I’m going to go home and celebrate with a cup of tea, and we’re going out to TGIs later.
“I want to do music and Chinese studies at university.”
At Lode Heath School, despite a slight drop in results in keeping with the national trend, Sam Minton and head boy Nathan Pugsley, both 16, picked up some great results. Sam achieved four A stars and five As and was planning to go to King Edwards School. Nathan got one A star, four As and four Bs, and was heading to Solihull Sixth Form.
“I did better than I thought I’d do,” said Sam. “My parents were proud.”
Head teacher Mark Wilson admitted the school had seen a “slight drop” in results but said it was not unexpected considering the national trend.
The school received 77 per cent A to C grades in Maths and 76 per cent in English, and had double the amount of A and A star grades predicted with 260.
“I’m really pleased,” said Mr Wilson.
“The students worked hard and did extremely well. We also had 100 per cent attendance to every exam – a first. We had a lot of changes thrust on us. This constant changing of policy means we’re having to create a strategy on the hoof. It’s a little bit of the unknown for the students and parents.”
Students at Light Hall School are celebrating a record breaking year of GCSE results, with more students than ever achieving top grades in their core subjects.
Progress made in Maths and English has been above the national average, with 74 per cent of students at the school achieving five A star - C grades, including Maths and English.
Head teacher Annette Kimblin said: “These results are a testament to the hard work and effort all the students put into their studies, as well as to the tremendous support and commitment of staff and parents. They are very well deserved and we are extremely proud of all our students.”
Top performing students included David Thomas, who achieved eight A star and two A grades; Zara Mohammed, six A star and four A grades; and Zoe Moles, seven A star and three A grades.