STUDENTS from Alderley Edge and Handforth are celebrating outstanding GCSE results.

The trio are students at King’s School in Macclesfield, which produced a record set of GCSE results.

A remarkable 35 per cent of all grades are at 9/8 (A*), up by eight per cent. An impressive 60 per cent of grades are at 9-7 (A*-A), up 12 per cent on last year, and 82 per cent of grades are 9-6 (A*-B), up nine per cent on last year.

More than a third of pupils got at least nine GCSEs at 9-7 grades (A*/A). 10 students achieved ten 9/8s (A*s) and over 60 per cent of pupils got at least five 9-7 grades (A*/A).

Among the best were a talented trio of highflyers.

Wadoud Charbak, 16, from Handforth got the top A hat in Further Maths with six 9s, one 8, two 7s and a six, and ultimately wants to read Medicine.

Olivia Hunter, 16, from Alderley Edge, got two 9s, seven 8s and one 6 and also wants to read Medicine, while Joe Tabachnik from Nether Alderley got seven 9s, three 8s and one A and wants to read Computer Science or Law.

King’s Headmaster Dr Simon Hyde said: “GCSEs are not getting any easier, if anything the opposite is true. Nor is the grading criteria any less rigorous.

“These superb results are due to the hard work of a particularly impressive year group and to King’s strong focus on contemporary pedagogy which aims to enable all our young men and women to realise their full potential.

“It is important to recognise that at the same time as achieving these impressive results, these young people are playing a full role in the sporting, musical and creative life of the school and many are representing clubs and their county in sport and contributing to choirs and conservatoires too.”