Top GCSE results rise at Belper School

The Meeson triplets Matt, Phil and Kate along with friend Charlie Taylor celebrate their results.
The Meeson triplets Matt, Phil and Kate along with friend Charlie Taylor celebrate their results.

Top GCSE results are a real family affair for Belper triplets Kate, Matt and Phil Meeson - who collected a combined total of 18 A*s on results day.

The trio picked up their grades from Belper School on Thursday and were delighted to find out they had all gained a healthy crop of higher marks for their efforts.

Kate, 16, who wants to study medicine, said: “I was so happy - there results were exactly what I wanted and then I found out we had all got some A*s it was brilliant.”

The total amount of pupils getting five A*s - C rose across the board at Belper School - up six per cent on last year to 68 per cent - the national average.

Other high achievers included Nicole Guttridge who was awarded eight A* - C grades despite having to take five exams in one day because of an exam timetable clash.

Headteacher, Martyn Cooper, said: “The results have been gobsmacking - the students have done so well. We have really awoken the sleeping giant that is Belper School.

“The EBacc has increased by six percent to a record high of 36 per cent and the expected progress in English and Maths are also at record highs at 75 per cent.”

Meanwhile, there were warnings of “volatility” in results following an overhaul of the exam system.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s decision to force pupils to take all the exams at the end of their course, instead of letting them sit exams for some course units early led to Ofqual, the exams regulator, taking the unusual step of warning that there will be more variability than usual in this year’s results and that grades could go down significantly.

Sophie Maddock, who was awarded five A*s and four As said purely focusing on end of year exams created unnecessary stress for students.

However, Harvey Peake who collected three As, one A*, two Bs and a C said: “I prefer having all the focus brought down to just one exam. It works for me”