Pupils at Willingdon Community School celebrated their GCSE success at an Annual Awards Evening.
More than 300 friends, family, teachers and governors and students of 2013 applauded their peers as they were presented with their GCSE certificates and special awards for excellence in each subject area and the school’s three top Cups for contribution, service and progress.
These were presented by the chair of the Governors’ Achievement and Standards Committee, Sandeep Nighoskar.
Welcoming the students and their families to the evening last month, Mr Nighoskar congratulated them on being both the highest achieving students in Willingdon’s history and in the county, building on the school’s already excellent reputation for high standards and outstanding examination results.
Headteacher Ian Jungius added his congratulations and highlighted the depth of the results which included the fact that no student left the school without a qualification, with 94 per cent of them passing five or more GCSEs including English and maths and 77 per cent of them passing five or more including English and maths above grade C. In addition, 53 per cent achieved at least three A*/A grades.
Mr Jungius, who in September marked 20 years as headteacher at the school, talked about the qualities that really make the difference and identify Willingdon students as not just high achievers but good citizens, friends, siblings, sons/daughters and employees.
The 62-year-old told the Herald in September that the anniversary tied in with the most successful year the school has seen and outstanding examination results.
Following the presentation of the awards everyone enjoyed a buffet and a get together in the school’s dining room.