NEHA Mistry, Copley Academy’s top GCSE performer, revealed some of the difficulties regarding the new exams.
The 16-year-old from Ashton explained: “It wasn’t until we had started our GCSEs that the exams were changed.
“For example it was difficult in geography as we spent a full term doing coursework for our GCSE to find out the exams were changing and it would not count which was really annoying.”
Neha, who gained five pass at grade 8, two at 7 and one at 6, is to study psychology, chemistry and biology at Ashton Sixth Form College.
Head boy Thomas Singleton-Kelly, from Millbrook, was also the top performing boy, with four passes at grade 8 and one each at 7, 6 and 5 and an A* in production design.
He described it as “horrible” having started the GCSE course to find that the exams were changing, but praised teachers for the help they gave.
Thomas is to study maths, physics and 3D design at Ashton Sixth Form College.
Headteacher Sarah Gregory said: “I was proud of the hard work and determination invested by our year 11 students in their GCSE examinations.
“Their efforts, alongside the support provided by staff, meant we have had many individual successes within our school community to celebrate.”