Hard work from GCSE students at Lodge Park Technology College in Corby has resulted in the school’s first set of improved results in a number of years.
The number of students at the school achieving five A* to C grades including maths and English rose from 39 per cent last year to 42 per cent this year.
There were also a clutch of individual success stories, with several youngsters including Ross Freeman, Jordan Jamieson, Jack Mears, Lindsay Munro, Lina Parv and Connor McShane gaining a string of As.
This is despite the school having a tough year after being placed in special measures and losing both its headteacher and entire governing body.
Determined Elaine Bright from Grantham Walk in Corby sat her exams while heavily pregnant and overdue. She had her baby on April 19 and then just four days later sat a 10-hour art exam.
She discovered yesterday that she had gained a B in art, a distinction star in business and two Cs and a D in maths, English literature and English language. Her results mean that she can go on to study art and design at Tresham College.
The 16-year-old arrived to collect her results yesterday with four-month-old daughter Emmie.
Elaine said: “It was tough doing my exams while I was pregnant and it was especially hard doing one when I was two days overdue.
“I hadn’t been sure if I could even sit my exams but being pregnant made me more determined.
“I don’t think I’d have passed if I hadn’t had Emmie as it has made me determined to give her a good future.
“I’d love to become an architect eventually.”
Elaine lives at home with mum Christine and boyfriend Jon-Jo Montgomery, who will help care for his daughter while Elaine continues her studies.
Jon-Jo said: “I am so proud of her. I don’t know how she did it.”
Another success story at Lodge Park was Ross Freeman, 16, who gained six A*s, four As and three Bs. Ross, of Ludlow Walk, Corby, said: “It’s pretty much what I was expecting but I am still really, really pleased as you can never be sure.
“I’m going on to Brooke Weston to do my A-levels in media, English literature, IT and maths.
“Eventually I hope to do something in the media business, probably post-production of films if I can.”
His mum Tracy Freeman, a teacher at Beanfield Primary School, arrived with Ross to collect his results. She said: “I’m very happy for him. I know how hard he has worked and I think he has done really well.”
Lodge Park interim principal Alison Hayes said: “The hard work and effort displayed by our students has been fantastic.
“We have had some really pleasing results and I would like to congratulate pupils on their achievements ‑ they have made everyone at Lodge Park proud.
“Although we are disappointed not to have seen more improvement overall, the success of some individual subjects shows that we are heading in the right direction.
“Maths and science, for example, have both had large increases in the number of people achieving Cs and above. We just need to ensure that this improvement is seen across all the subjects.
“This is very much the beginning of what we hope is a very bright future for Lodge Park.
“With the help of our partners, the continued dedication of our staff and the support of the community I am sure the college will go from strength to strength.”
In a situation mirrored across the country, Lodge Park has also seen a drop in the number of students gaining the top English marks. Mrs Hayes added that she intends to appeal some of the school’s English results.