THERE were plenty of smiles at Shafton ALC as the school celebrated its best-ever GCSE results.

This year 41 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C grades - including maths and English - topping the government floor target of 40 per cent.

"Obviously we're really pleased with that," acting headteacher Lisa Allott said. "It's the first time the school has beaten the government benchmark. It's something we want to see and keep building on."

Lisa said she was particularly pleased with the school's progress in maths, with grades up by seven per cent.

Last year the school achieved its best results so far - with 38 per cent of pupils obtaining five A* to C grades.

Lisa said she was delighted with the continued improvement and this year a number of students had achieved a multitude of A* and A grades.