Despite nationwide results being down, GCSE students in Dacorum are bucking the trend with many schools reporting better than ever results.
Students from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts achieved the highest number of A* GCSE grades on record at the school and the best A to C grades since 2005.
Principal Stefan Anderson said: “We are very happy about this year’s results. These results should always been seen in the context that they are achieved on just four hours of study per day.”
The school offers students the chance to specialise in music, drama, dance or musical theatre while gaining an academic education with access to GSCEs, BTEC qualifications and A Levels.
Neighbouring Tring School in Mortimer Hill is celebrating many successes.
The top scorers are Matthew Foskett and Jamie Cullimore who both gained nine A* grades and one A mark each.
Leading the way for the girls is Katherine Holloway with eight A* and two A grades.
Headteacher Sue Collings said: “We are particularly pleased with the progress that students have made from the time they started until now. This is due to the hard work from the students, staff, parents and governors who can all be very proud of the achievements made.
“The national press has reported that there have been significant changes to the way exam grades are calculated. Whilst this has undoubtedly affected some students this should not detract from the fantastic achievements of so many here at Tring School. Compared to national figures we at least 10 per cent above all headline data and we are particularly pleased to see this with our A* and A grades.”
Many of the successful students are returning to the school’s sixth form next month.
At Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted headteacher James Shapland said: “It has been wonderful to see so many happy students taking the opportunity to celebrate their success with their friends, parents and teachers.”
Berkhamsted School has followed up its record A-level grades last week with its best ever A* GCSE results.
A third of GSCEs achieved by pupils at the school were A*.
Principal Mark Steed said: “We expected great results from our A-level students last week, and were not disappointed, but in many ways this week’s GCSE results have surpassed all our expectations,”
“This year, the first in which all science exams were taken in the more rigorous iGCSE qualification, 77 (46 per cent) of our 168 Year 11 pupils achieved at least eight or more A*/A grades while 76 per cent gained at least four A*/A grades.”