St Andrews pupils make the grade

(left to right) - back row - Eduardas Doviltis, Oliver de Mountfalcon, Hamish Stirling, Front row - Susan Honeyman, Susie Clements, Katie Overend
(left to right) - back row - Eduardas Doviltis, Oliver de Mountfalcon, Hamish Stirling, Front row - Susan Honeyman, Susie Clements, Katie Overend

Pupils at a St Andrews school are celebrating another set of outstanding GCSE exam results.

In spite of a fall in the number of top grades awarded nationally, 52 per cent of papers at St Leonards were graded A* or A (compared to a UK average of 22.4 per cent).

More than one third (37 per cent) of the students achieved six or more grade A* or A passes.

Helping the school buck the national downward trend were a number of local students includingKatie Overend, from St Andrews, who had plenty to smile about as her collection of top marks multiplied.

She added eight A*s and 1 A to the remarkable A* which she had gained in 2010 - when she sat GCSE maths two years ahead of schedule – and the A* in IGCSE maths which she gained last year.

Katie, who has been honing her maths skills further by studying for an A level, which she will complete next year while also studying maths under the International Baccalaureate Diploma, said: “I was really pleased.

St Andreans Eduardas Doviltis and Susie Clements gained 7 A*s and 3 As and 9 A*s and 1 A respectively while Susan Honeyman, from Lundin Links, scored an impressive 10 A*s and 1 A and said: “I’m delighted.’’

St Leonards pupils in Year 11 (S4) sit GCSEs before going on to study for the two year International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Breaking that mould though was Emilie Rapport Munro who achieved an A* in GCSE French at the age of 13.

In addition, a number of students in Year 10 (S3) sat some GCSE exams one year early while pupils taking the St Leonards pre-IB course - as preparation for the IB Diploma- also sat GCSEs and IGCSEs.

Headmaster, Dr Michael Carslaw, said, “I’m delighted.’’