There was elation and tearful moments across the Dearne as hundreds of pupils celebrated their GCSE results - with some outstanding performances.
At Wath Comprehensive School, 65 per cent of students gained five A*-C grades, including english and maths, a nine per cent increase on last year.
A total of 94 per cent of students got five A*-C grades overall, and every student got at least five A*-G grades.
Headteacher Pat Ward said: “We had a great set of results last year so to improve on those is fantastic. I want to say a big well done to all the students and staff, they have put so much work in.”
Student, Ismail Mouehadi, 16, who lives in Rotherham, who passed nine A* grades and two As, said: “I feel very happy - I was a little nervous this morning about seeing them but I feel very relieved now.”
Anna Marshall, who passed 4A*s and 8As said: “I’m delighted to get the results I was hoping for. All the hard work has paid off”. Both thanked their families for the support they received
Anna plans to study A levels in Maths Biology, Chemistry and English Language at the school’s sixth form.
At Conisbrough De Warenne Academy, 30 per cent of pupils gained 5A*-C grades including English and Maths with 87 per cent with 5A-C grades. Headteacher Gill Pollard said:
“They have worked very hard and done very well. We are about ensuring every student achieves their potential”.
Louise Faulkner, 16, who passed 2 As 3Bs, 3 B equivalents and 2Cs, said: “I was quite surprised - I wasn’t expecting to get a B in science - I can’t believe it!”
Louise will study English Lit, English Language, History and Law at Thomas Rotherham College.
Fellow student Collum Spratt was celebrating after achieving 4As, 6Bs and 3Cs. He will study sports at Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College.
Reece Drewett, who achieved 4 A*, 3As, 1B and a C, is staying on at the De Warenne Academy to study A level Maths, English Language, Performing Arts and Science.
At Dearne ALC Principal Neil Clark said: The fact that “significantly more” Dearne ALC students have achieved their potential shows the increased aspirations of students, and proves the school is on the right track. He said. “We should be - and are - very proud of their achievements.”
Bethany Pickering, 16 Bolton, scored seven A* grades, five A-grades, a B in French and a C in economics. She intends to move on to Thomas Rotherham College to study A-levels hoping eventually to become a surgeon.
Swinton Community School also recorded 56 per cent of students gaining five A* -C grades, including english and maths, the same as last year.
In total, 88 per cent of students got five A*-C grades overall, and 98 per cent of students got five A*-G grades.
Head teacher David Pridding, said he was pleased with the results in what had been a “difficult year” which had seen teachers go on strike over a staff reshuffle.
He said; “The students and teachers have done wonderfully well. There have been challenges this year but it is to everyones credit that the school has managed to score these results.”
One student who did particularly well was 16-year-old Daniel Maquire, who got six A*s, two As and four Bs.
He said; “I am very pleased with the results and I was just so excited to get them this morning. They were better than I expected.”
GCSE results at Rawmarsh Community School appear not to have suffered from a dispute that led to a teachers’ strike early last year.
Students amassed the best GCSE results to date, with 48 per cent of pupils notching up five A to C grades including maths and English, as compared to 42 per cent for the past three consecutive years.