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25th December 1998 at 00:00
BELATED congratulations to John Hampden grammar school in High Wycombe, the first school to score more than 100 per cent in the GCSE tables.

Yes, 101 per cent of pupils at the Buckinghamshire school gained five or more passes at A*-C, according to figures sent out by DFEE officials. It also registered minus 1 per cent for pupils leaving with nothing at all.

The cause is a 100 per cent pass rate this year, coupled with a pupil who got five GCSEs a year early last year but who has since left the school.

That means 96 pupils out of 95 got five good passes, totally confusing the ministry's men with calculators.

Sadly, the figures were adjusted before the tables were finally printed. Still, it makes target-setting a bit tricky.

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