Halesowen principal's pride in pupils' exam results after Christina Edkins murder (From Halesowen News)
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Halesowen principal's pride in pupils' exam results after Christina Edkins murder
8:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
THE principal of Leasowes High School has spoken of his pride in the pupils taking their GCSEs this year after the heartbreak of their friend Christina Edkins being murdered.
Principal Neil Shaw believes the impact of the schoolgirl’s murder in March had a huge impact on fellow pupils and praised their efforts in the exams.
He said: “Given the trauma suffered by this year group in the run up to examinations, students must be congratulated for their resilience, tenacity and determination in the face of tragedy.
“We are very proud of this special year group and wish them every success in the future."
He added “Despite the tragic death earlier this year, 98 per cent of Leasowes High School students achieved five or more A*-C GCSE or equivalent passes this year which is the second best in Dudley Local Authority on this measure. “ The school’s mathematics results, a key target for the school, rose to a best ever 65 per cent A*-C passes and this was matched by English which achieved 65% A*-C also.
However, the combined English and mathematics figure is down this year due to a dip in english results which is reflected in national figures.
Christina Edkins, aged 16, died from a single stab wound to the chest after being attacked on the number nine bus on March 7 on her journey to Leasowes High School.
Phillip Simelane, aged 22, of Dalkeith Street, Walsall, was arrested and charged with Christina’s murder.
On Friday, September 6 Simelane is due in Birmingham Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing, the provisional date for the trial is October 6 and is expected to last a week.
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