Great day for GCSE results at St Julian's School in Newport

THERE were smiles all round at Newport's St Julian's School after achieving record breaking GCSE results.

74 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C grades in all subjects - up 17 per cent on last year.

And the number of students achieving five GCSE grades A* to C including English and maths stands at 46 per cent - up three per cent on 2011.

It is the first set of GCSE results since Denise Richards took over as Headteacher last September.

She said: "We are extremely proud of all students and staff involved in these amazing results.

"It is especially pleasing to see such a big rise in the numbers achieving five A* to Cs. Well done to all. We have exciting plans to see further improvements year on year."

Departmental successes include 96 per cent of students gaining a GCSE A* to C grade in Religious Studies - up 21% from 2011.

Some 74 per cent of students achieved an A* - C grade in Geography, up 9 per cent from 2011, while 72 per cent achieved an A* to C grade in French, up 9 per cent on last year.

And the number of students achieving an A* - C grade in Maths rose by 4 per cent to 52 per

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