Smiles all round at Glossopdale after GCSE success
Friday 2nd September 2016 @ 00:29 by Adam Higgins
GCSE Results News

The nervous wait for Year 11 pupils at Glossopdale Community College to discover how they fared in their GCSEs was finally over last week.

But many left smiling after opening their envelopes as the Talbot Road school followed the success of their A-Levels with another impressive set of results.

Sixty-five per cent of all GCSEs passes were grade C or above, while 17 students achieved eight or more A/A* grades – and principal Steve Playford hailed the fantastic efforts of his class of 2016.

He told the Chronicle: “It’s the first time in my three years at the school I’ve seen students visibly shaking as they arrived to collect their results.

“We’re satisfied with our results – 20 per cent of our GCSE grades are A/A* which is slightly better than last year.

“This was a fantastic year group – they had a head of year for five years who tutored them throughout and a great head boy and girl who also made sure they worked very hard.

“They revised well and always came back after school for extra sessions. They received great support from parents and the staff who work incredibly hard.”

May Trigg with Steve Playford

High achiever: Star student May Trigg shows off her outstanding results with college principal Steve Playford

One of two students to pick up a string of A*s was May Trigg, who joked she was inspired by a ‘massive rollicking’ from head of year Rob Lownes in Year Seven which ‘shocked her into action’.

May, 16, who lives in Hadfield, is staying on at Talbot House Sixth Form to study Music, Textiles, Geography and English Literature but she flew straight to Italy just a few hours later for a deserved break.

Ben Bruce, from Glossop, also has reason to celebrate after gaining six A grades in English Literature, Maths, History, Chemistry, Religious Studies and Physics, two A*s in Biology and Physics and a B in English Language.

Charlie Pennington, who is in a wheelchair, was told by doctors he wouldn’t be able to talk when he was young but defied the odds to achieve six passes in his GCSEs.

The 17-year-old, from Whitfield, is now looking forward to doing a life skills course at Valley College in the Hope Valley to learn how to look after himself. He went off to celebrate with a lunch out at McDonalds with his proud mum Collette.

Nathan Todd with his GCSE results

Smiling: Nathan Todd is clearly delighted with his results before heading to Wales to celebrate

Nathan Todd was expecting a string of Cs after starting out in the bottom sets in his subjects, but upped his game through sheer hard work and was pleasantly surprised with six B grades, an A in PE and a Distinction * in Business Studies.

Nathan, 16, who lives in Hadfield, will stay on at Glossopdale to study double Sports and Exercise Studies, ICT and Business Studies but is first going down to Anglesey for a few days with family and friends.

Mr Lownes, who has guided the year group throughout their time at the school, spoke of his immense pride in the pupils who went the extra mile to succeed.

He said: “I’ve gone through all five years with the students so I’ve gone through similar emotions to them.

“There were a lot of hard-working students in this group who put the effort in so I’m delighted it’s paid off for them.”

There aren’t just exciting times ahead for the departing students but the school too, with their new Hadfield site due to be completed by spring 2018.

Mr Playford added: “We’re all really excited about the new build coming up and the first foundations have now been laid.

“We’re always making sure we have those improvements in place, so things are looking good.”