The Mount celebrates top GCSE grades

Gagan Shiralagi
Chloe Gaskell

Top GCSE results and an increase in the pass rate at the highest grades are being celebrated at the College after achieving an 80 per cent pass rate for A* to C grades, up by seven per cent from 2011. The pass rate for A* to B grades also increased by two per cent from last year and the results follow the College’s excellent A-level results announced last week.

Amongst the high achievers is young cricketer Gagan Shiralagi, age 16, from Walton, Chesterfield, who picked up ten A*s in his exams and will now go on to study for his A-levels at the Mount’s sixth form.

The talented sport star, who is captain of the school’s cricket team and also part of Chesterfield Cricket Club, studied Biology, Chemistry, English, English Literature, French, History, Mathematics, Physics, Religious Studies and Statistics.

Gagan said: “I am absolutely over the moon with my results. It is a great feeling to get the grades you have worked so hard for. I have really enjoyed my time at the Mount and I am now looking forward to starting life in the sixth form.”

Faazil Ahmed also achieved exceptional results with seven A*s and three As. Although he is currently on holiday in India, Faazil called to receive his results and stated “I am delighted that all my hard work has paid off.”

Talented musician Chloe Gaskell is pitch perfect after achieving top GCSE results. Chloe achieved eight A* grades in Biology, English, English Literature, Maths, Music, Physics, Religious Studies and Statistics.

Chloe, who is a talented pianist, violinist and singer, said: “I’m so happy with my grades. I’ve worked really hard to prepare for the exams so it feels great to be celebrating these results. I’m now going onto the Mount’s sixth form where I would like to continue to develop my music. I’ve had so many fantastic opportunities to perform at the College and it will be great to take this further.”

Other high achievers include Victoria Foster, from Ravenfield, in Rotherham with three A* grades, four As and two Bs and Caius Lacey, from Sheffield, who picked up two A* grades, three As and fives Bs.

Laurence McKell, Headmaster at Mount St Mary’s, said: “At this time of year we are always incredibly proud of all our pupils on another outstanding set of GCSE results. These excellent grades are reward for the tremendous amount of hard work the pupils have put in to prepare for the exams.

“I’d also like to praise our teaching staff for the dedication and commitment demonstrated day in day out at the Mount to ensure all pupils get the best out of school life and reach their potential.”

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