Pupils’ exam triumph

EXAM success came early for two triumphant Dearne pupils - who gained their maths GCSEs four years early!

Dearne ALC pupils Michelle Chong and Quinn Hanley were the first in the school to achieve grade C maths GCSE while in Year Seven.

And for Michelle, of Goldthorpe, it was a family triple achievement, as her brothers Jackey and Jerry Chong were also maths whizz kids at the school.

Jackey won a Mathematics Trust bronze award at the age of 15 then went on to study the subject at Cambridge University, and Jerry recently gained his A* GCSE in maths a year early.

Tom Hope, assistant principal for national challenge at Dearne ALC said: “We are building a culture of aspiration where students are determined to reach their full potential. We have a ‘stage not age’ approach to mathematics GCSE entries and we are having great success with early entry.

“Students securing ‘C’ grades in key stage 3 set an example for their peers to follow. It also acts as a launch pad for these students to move on to the highest GCSE grades. It was fantastic to see the pride of our Year 7 students collecting GCSE pass grades along with Y11 students on results day”.

Quinn, 12, of Thurnscoe, said he was “amazed and shocked” at his success, and Michelle, also 12, said she was “really pleased” with her result.

A further 11 current Y9 students secured maths C grades whilst in last year’s Y8, and 30 current Y10 students achieved the same during their Y9.