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Equine expertise earns Staindrop School pupils top marks
THERE was no horsing around for GCSE students at one County Durham school.
As well as traditional subjects such as English, maths and the sciences, youngsters at Staindrop School, in Teesdale, had the option to study horse care.
Jessica Wailes and Olivia Ward were among those whose equine expertise earned them A*s in the subject.
Jessica, 16, who has been riding since she was a toddler, said the course had covered a range of topics.
“There is everything from riding and practical management of the yard to first aid and grooming,” she said.
Horse care was one of six A or A*s she achieved in her GCSEs and she now plans to study biology, maths, psychology and history at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington.
Andrew Flint, head teacher said he was pleased with Staindrop School's performance in the GCSEs, despite a dip in English.
Overall, 60 per cent of pupils gained five A-C grades including English and maths. In maths alone, 76 per cent achieved an A-C grade, including 28 per cent who got A* or A grades.
Almost 90 per cent of pupils gained an A-C in science subjects, with geography another strong subject.
Some 22 per cent of pupils gained the grades required for the English Baccalaureate, above the national standard.
Top performers at the school included Megan Stephenson, who achieved 15 A* and A grades and Robert Thompson, who got 12 A* and As, while Eloise Robinson celebrated 14 passes, 12 at A8 and A.
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