GCSE results

GCSE Results

With a flurry of white papers, eager and slightly nervous 16-year-olds throughout Merthyr collected their GCSE results.

Across the borough, there were many wide smiles and a few shocked faces – bowled over by how well they had done.

Bishop Hedley High School was packed with pleased students, overjoyed staff and several top performers – not surprising as the school achieved their best GCSE results in their history.

Headteacher Maureen Harris said: “The students got what they deserved. They work really hard, as have staff and support from parents has made a crucial difference.”

All pupils gained a pass rate of five A* to ­G grades and 88% achieved five A*­ to C grades. The percentage of those achieving five A* to ­C grades including English and maths has risen by 22% from last year to 60.3%.

Among the high achievers at the school were 16-year-old twins Rory and Ryan Doolan, from Hirwaun.

Rory, the eldest, achieved four A*s, four As and four Bs. Meanwhile, Ryan achieved one A*, seven As and four Bs. The pair attended Bishop Hedley from Year 7 to Year 9.

But for a large chunk of Year 10, they went to Belgium for nine months, returning a few weeks before the end of their penultimate year.

Throughout the summer holidays, they had to catch up. Rory said: “I didn’t expect so many A grades.”

Other high achievers included student Imogen Edwards, from Tredegar, who achieved four A*s, one A, three Bs and one C.

The 16-year-old said: “I’m feeling really overwhelmed. I was so nervous, I didn’t sleep last night!”

“I was shaking when I opened my results. My mam was so excited she couldn’t stop hugging me.”

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