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On Thurdsay 21 August, pupils from Year 11 joined staff and governors at Poltair School in order to find out their examination results. The atmosphere was busy, excitable and celebratory. For the sixth consecutive year, examination results at Poltair have set new records for the school.

Commenting on the improved outcomes for pupils, Stephen Tong, Headteacher said, "We are delighted with the results achieved by pupils at Poltair School. The rise in standards achieved across the school and the very many individual pupil success stories are due reward to the focus, attitude and commitment of the pupils in our school as well as the hard work put in by our staff to teach, guide and support them. We are proud of the pupils' achievements not least because it means that they can take on the future challenges of young adulthood, with some real tangible success, confidence in themselves and a belief that through hard work, achievement is always possible."

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Initial calculations indicate that 54% of pupils achieved the threshold of 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics, a rise of 5% on the previous year. There were some remarkable improvements in individual subject areas too, with results improving in both English and Mathematics. In Mathematics, 63% of pupils secured an A*-C grade, an increase of 7% on the previous year, with 76% of learners making the expected or better than expected progress, an increase of 14% on 2013.

Stephen Tong also praised the efforts of the school to 'close the gap' so that all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds perform as well as can be expected. In one year the school's gap in performance between those from disadvantaged backgrounds and non-disadvantaged backgrounds has closed by more than 20% and is now almost non-existent.

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There are many remarkable individual achievements deserving of mention, commendation and celebration. However the best examination results were secured by Daniel Marks with 17 GCSE A*-C passes (including 15 A*/A grades), Tori Marks with 15 GCSE A*-C grades (including 13 A*/A grades), Alisha Armstrong with 12 GCSE A*-C grades (including 9 A*/A grades), Emily Trembeth with 12 GCSE A*/A grades (including 9 A*/A grades), Jamie Chapman with 15 GCSE A*-C grades (including 8 A*/A grades) and Lauren James also with 15 GCSE A*-C grades (including 8 A*/A grades).

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