Wilmslow and Alderley Edge students starred in a stunning GCSE results day at the King's School

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As examiners raised the threshold for top grades there has been a nationwide downturn in results, but not at the top Macclesfield school.

The local high flyers were from left to right: Connie Roden, 16, who got five 9s, two 8s and two 7s and will study Drama, English and Maths A Levels. Netall star and Duke of Edinburgh award holder Daisy Sutton, 16, who got two 9s, four 8s, two 7s and two 6s. Sophie Shephard, 16, who got three 9s, four 8s, and three 7s and wants to become an environmental scientist.

Athlete and netball player Angel Wale-Akinula, 16, who got three 9s, five 8s and one 7 and wants to work in aerospace engineering. Pianist and singer Alice Powell, 16, who got two 9s, four 8s and three 7s and wants to study Medicine.

Finally, cricketer and big band member Ali Hussain, who got a stunning eight 9s, two 8s and a seven and will study Biology, Chemistry and Maths in the King's Sixth Form.

Overall, King's results were up on last year and the best since 2014. Overall, 43% of all grades were at 9/8 (A*); 64% of grades were at 9-7 (A*-A); over 81% of grades were 9-6 (A*-B); a third of pupils got at least 9 x 9-7s (A*/A); and three quarters of pupils got a 9/8 (A*) in at least one subject.

Jason Slack, King's Head of Foundation, said: "We all feel incredibly proud of this year's GCSE students. Their results represent the best externally awarded grades for nine years and are fully deserved by a committed cohort, particularly against a national picture of a significant decline in the number of top grades.

"We believe our inspirational learning environment and teachers have helped our young people to reach the highest academic standards, but we appreciate their strength of character and hard work are the major factors. I have no doubt they will go on to greatness in the future."

Also pictured are (from left to right) musician and sailor Annabel Hawkins, who got 10 9s and one 8 grade and eventually wants to read Computer Science at Cambridge. Ali Hussain, a keen cricketer, hockey player and big band member from Wilmslow, who got eight 9s, two 8s and one 7. Pianist and chorister Margi Javle, who got nine 9s and one 8 and wants to go on to be a doctor. Cross-country star and multi-instrument musician Sebastian Fitzgerald, who got eight 9s and two 8s and wants to be a linguist. Duke of Edinburgh awardee Tasha Clark, who got nine 9s and one eight and wants to go on to be a lawyer. Lucy Hancock, who got eight 9s, two eights and a six and wants to train as a nurse. Daisy Webb, who got eight 9s and three 8s and wants to study Medicine at Cambridge and keen horse woman Freya Ambrey-Brosnahan, who got eight 9s and two 8s and wants to read Law at Oxford.

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