MALMESBURY School head Tim Gilson praised pupils for producing outstanding GCSE results during a turbulent time in the examination system.

A total of 70 per cent of pupils earned five A* to C grades including Maths and English while 45 percent – a record number – achieved the English Baccalaureate. Just under 40 per cent of students achieved three A*s and As.

A pleased Mr Gilson said they had done extremely well.

“Our students have worked really hard and got the results they deserve, thanks in part, of course, to the excellent teaching they have received.

“In a time of real turbulence in the examination system, with changing rules and a tightening of standards, it is very pleasing that our students have done so well in the challenging academic curriculum that we offer.”

Students who achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades were Claire Butcher, Rosanna Clarke, Ellie Cook, Olivia Cook, Nicky Hargreaves, Serena Hill, Rosie Holdway, Tim Lane, Katie Luckett, Josh Pyman and George Stamp.

Rex Charmen, Oceanne Chin, Peter Evans, Adrien Fauvarque, Jemma Golding, Frankie Haggarty, Amelia Harbottle, Rebecca Lowe, Amy Mathews, Noorisha Moledina, Alice Palmer Ross, Annabel Peare, Sophie Thomson and Megan White all earned at least eight A8 or A grades.