THERE were lots of happy smiles at Todmorden High School as the number of students achieving top grades increased.
Among the star students were Philippa Winstanley and Jamie Wrench, who both achieved three A* grades and six As in their GCSE exams.
Philippa, who also got three B grades, said: “I was so nervous but I’m really happy now.”
She will be going to Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School to do her A levels.
Jamie, who also got two Bs and a C, said: “All the hard work has paid off. I’m really happy about it.”
He will be moving into the school’s sixth form to study for A levels in maths, geography, chemistry and business.
There were also standout performances from James Grace - who achieved an A* grade, nine As and two Bs - and Faryal Bhatti, who scored an A* grade, four As and eight Bs.
“I’m relieved to get those grades,” Faryal said.
“I have done well overall.”
She will study for A levels in chemistry, biology, physics and English and hopes to do medicine at university.
Natasha Salmon achieved seven A grades and six Bs and George Fielder gained six As and four Bs.
A lot of students exceeded the challenging targets they were set.
Amy Foster achieved several A*, A and B grades.
“I was really nervous this morning,” she said.
“I didn’t want to open the envelope but I’m really pleased now. They were better than expected.”
She will be moving into the school’s sixth form centre to study health and social care, graphics, ICT and English.
Kirsten Campbell said she was really pleased with her grades.
“I’m a bit surprised,” she said.
“I’ve done so much better than expected.”
She will be studying for A levels in graphics, art, English and biology in the school’s sixth form centre.
Corey Mortimer said: “I’m pleased except for maths. I do set my standards too high.
“I should be proud of myself.”
He will be doing A levels in IT and business studies at Todmorden High.
There were also impressive performances from students in year ten.
Susannah Leah achieved A* grades in art, science and French.
“I’m really happy,” she said.
“It’s a good confidence boost ahead of next year.”
Dina Schofield gained an A* grade in art and Cs in science and French.
“I’m amazed with my A* but no so much with my Cs,” she said.
Isla MacRae scored A grades in graphics and French.
“I’m really pleased,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to next year.”