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GCSE consistency key at Richard Lander School

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

  • Students at Richard Lander School celebrate their GCSE results.

  • Liam Donohue and his girlfriend Miranda Moore, with their exceptional GCSE results.

  • Harry Searle opens his GCSE results, watched by his friends.

  • Ippy Gupta with her GCSE results with his freinds at Richard Lander School. Ref:TRJJ20140821A-005_C

  • Hannah Healey, Rosie Ridge and Niamh O'Neill are all smiles as they collect their GCSE results at Richard Lander School.

  • Ippy Gupta was delighted with her GCSE exam results.

  • Harry Searle with his GCSE results at Richard Lander School. Ref:TRJJ20140821A-008_C

  • Katie Platts, Robin Searle and Veronica Cowley collect their results at Richard Lander School.

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CONSISTENCY was the key at Richard Lander School as this year's cohort of GCSE students picked up a good set of results.

There was an ecstatic atmosphere among the 271 Year 11s after 63 per cent – 162 students – achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

More generally, 76 per cent – 220 pupils – were celebrating achieving five or more A* to C grades.

The school also saw 24 students achieve 10 or more A*/A grades.

Head teacher Steve Mulcahy said: "Congratulations to all our students, who have done really well in their exams.

"They have put so much effort into their studies and these results are deserved.

"May I also thank our staff team and governing body, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that every child in the school reaches their potential."

The best-performing student was Harry Searle, 16, from Threemilestone.

Friends gathered to congratulate the school's head boy who achieved 13 GCSE A* to A passes, including A* in French, history, PE, RE, biology, chemistry, physics, English literature, applications of maths and methods in maths.

He said: "I am absolutely ecstatic. It's just brilliant to see all that hard work I put in has paid off. Hopefully it will open a few doors for the future."

In September, he will join some of his friends at Truro College to start his A-level studies and eventually would like to specialise in medicine.

Another star pupil was Hannah Healey, 16, from Mithian, who secured 12 A*/A grades.

"I never imagined I would get these results – I was just hoping for As and Bs," she said.

Hannah and her friend Rosie Ridge, who also totted up a string of A*/A grades including A* in English and history, will start at Truro College the autumn, where they will be studying an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Fiona Chegwidden, from Baldhu, also did very well, and achieved eight A* grades and four As. "I am really happy, it was what I was hoping for," she said.

Miranda Moore, from Mount Hawke, achieved nine A*, three A grades and one B grade, while her boyfriend Liam Donohue, from Truro, gained A* in French and English literature, plus seven subjects at grade A with one at C.

He said: "There was no point in being competitive as I always knew Miranda would do better than me."

Ippy Gupta, from Three-milestone, was over the moon with her passes including her three A*s and eight As.

"It was busy, hectic and my social life was non-existent but it was worth it. I would say to those taking their GCSE in the future don't waste any time and revise – every minute counts," she said.

Niamh O'Neill also did exceptionally well, achieving four A*s, six As and two Bs. "I was very shocked, especially about the maths," she said.

She dedicated the successful day to her dad, who passed away a year and a half ago, adding she thought that he would be proud of her.

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