Lincolnshire's improving students make gains in GCSEs
GCSE students in Lincolnshire achieved more top marks than last year, according to provisional figures.
Overall, the 2013 pass rate currently stands at 62.6 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English, compared to 62.1 per cent in 2012.
But the increase still leaves Lincolnshire students lagging behind the national average of 68.1 per cent five A*to Cs, even though the countrywide figures were down 1.3 per cent from 2012 – the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
Three Lincolnshire schools achieved a 100 per cent pass rate – Queen Elizabeth's Grammar in Alford, The King's School in Grantham and, for the fourth year running, Caistor Grammar School.
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Craig Smith, a 16-year-old North Kesteven School student, had a very tough battle as he fought thyroid cancer throughout his final year of study.
Craig, from North Hykeham, said: "I was diagnosed in March 2012.
"I missed a few months of school during my treatment but I just worked really hard when I came back.
"I thought 'there's no point getting down and out about it – I just have to push on and move forward'.
"That kind of attitude and working really hard has paid off. though, as I've achieved mostly As and Bs in my GCSEs and I'm really pleased."
Caistor Grammar School pupil Annabel May, 16, said: "The school had predicted that I would get 12 A*s but I never in my wildest dreams expected to get them all.
"I wasn't sure because there was a lot of coursework and quite a few of the exams didn't go as well as I'd hoped.
"But it all came together. I'm ecstatic, although I didn't get any sleep at all the night before the results."
Annabel, from Fern Drive, in Market Rasen, is aiming to match her grades at A-level in two years' time.
Andrew Evans, 16, who attends St Peter and St Paul Voluntary Catholic Academy, in Western Avenue, Lincoln, has his dream career mapped out after receiving his results.
He said: "I'm really happy.
"I achieved four A*s, four As, a B and a C. I also achieved a B in a maths A level.
"I've been awarded an RAF scholarship at Welbeck College.
"Once I've been through university I'll be going into the RAF as an engineering officer."
Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Lincolnshire County Council's executive councillor for children's services, said: "This is yet another outstanding year of results for Lincolnshire schools.
"There have been some significant improvements from some of our schools and highlights again the quality of education in Lincolnshire.
"The students should feel exceptionally proud."