Student Will Hardy Fraser praised his teachers when he picked up his GCSE exam results today.

Will, 16, achieved four A*, three As, a B, a 7, a 4 and a 9 in maths.

He will be staying on at Saint Benedict CVA Sixth Form to study maths, further maths, chemistry and biology.

Will said: “When I opened my results it was great. I was a bit confused at first because I couldn’t work out what my grades were but then I’d realised I’d got a 9 in maths and I was really happy about that.

“I’d put a lot of work into maths throughout the year and I hadn’t left everything to the last minute. I’m not sure what I want to do career wise yet but I do want to go to university. I’ve not always been into maths it was in Year 11 when it really clocked thanks to the help from my teachers.

“I was really pleased with my English Language grade which was a 7 because I’d struggled with that and Miss Kureczko gave me some extra help. I would go and see her at lunchtimes once or twice a week and she got me on the right track.”

The percentage of students at Saint Benedict CVA achieving a grade 4 or above in English and Maths has risen to over 60 per cent.

A total of 61.4% of students achieved 4+ in English and Maths (the equivalent of a C and above), compared to 54% last year. Several students achieved the new top grade 9s in English and Maths.

The academy’s Attainment 8 score was 42.84 compared with 41.19 last year.

Will Hardy Fraser