The class of 2014 had plenty to celebrate as GCSE results were handed out at Leek High School this morning.
A fifth of the year group achieved at least ten good GCSEs and the star students picked up clutches of 13 and, in one case, 14, top grade passes.
Top achievers were Lucien Dobel-Ober (13 passes including five A*s and 6 As), Sam Belfield (13 passes including 5 at grade A and A*), Billy Goldstraw (13 passes including 5 As), Laura Grindey (13 passes including 5 A and A*s), Charlotte Taylor (13 passes including distinctions in IT and Sport) and Holly Johnson (14 GCSEs as well as an AS level).
Most of the shining stars are staying on to study A levels in Leek High’s sixth form but Holly Johnson, the proud holder of 14 GCSEs and an AS level in dance, will be leaving her home town at the tender age of 16 to study performing arts at the prestigious Expressions Academy in Mansfield, Nottingham.
There were tears from proud mum, Sonia, who said: “Since she was a little girl Holly has always loved singing and dancing and she’s hoping to travel the world with a career in the performing arts.
“I am happy that she will be staying with a host family in Mansfield and that she will have a motherly person looking after her.”
Fellow star student Sam Belfield picked up 13 passes including five at A and A* grades and will enter Leek High’s sixth form where Physics, taught by his dad, David Belfield is among his choices.
Sam said: “I’ve been waiting for these results for six weeks and have had more sleepless nights than usual. It’s been quite worrying.
“I’ve never had my dad as a teacher before but people tell me he’s okay and quite funny so I assume they know what they are talking about.”
Dad David said: “I am delighted to see Sam do so well. I have three more sons so he’s set the standard for his brothers to follow. He’s set his sights on a good university, preferably Manchester. I wasn’t good enough to go there so I went to Salford.”
Leek High School headteacher John Spencer said: “In a year when results are expected to be volatile, our outcomes have nudged up.
“And following the excellent performances in English and Maths at sixth form level last week, other subjects have stepped up to the plate this time.
“Sport and Biology both got 100 percent pass rates, Physics 95 percent, Chemistry 90 percent and English Literature just over 90 percent.
“The class of 2014 were a terrific bunch of young people and a great many of them are staying with us into year 12.
“As a year group they started from a low base but they have made great strides and we celebrate the special needs student getting a well-deserved grade E just as much as a bright youngster getting an A*.”