AFTER the long wait, the academic results published last Thursday reflected the hard work and dedication of all Year 11 pupils at Alton Convent School.

Headteacher Graham Maher said he was delighted that the pupils’ hard work had been rewarded, with more than half the cohort receiving the highest grades of A* and A.

In particular, the new, tougher English and maths GCSEs produced outstanding results well above the national average.

In English literature, the new top grade of nine was awarded at four times the national average. In maths, the school was delighted with a 100 per cent pass rate (grades C and above) with many pupils achieving grades eight and nine.

A spokesman said: “Alton Convent School is so proud of all its students’ GCSE success, with six girls achieving straight A* to A grades, and special mention must also be made of Year 8 pupil Mylène Harrison who achieved 100 per cent in her French GCSE.”

And the spokesman added: “Academic life is still as vibrant as ever here and we look forward to results day next year as Alton School prepares to welcome boys into Year 7 and Year 12 in September 2018.”