Cardiff teacher’s entire class receives A* in GCSE maths

Francis Elive, who has taught the students since they started at Fitzalan High School, has been nicknamed "The Maths Whisperer"

'The Maths Whisperer': Francis Elive with his year 11 students who all received A* in GCSE maths (Photo: Fitzalan High School)

A CARDIFF teacher is being celebrated after his entire year 11 class received A* in GCSE maths.

Nicknamed “The Maths Whisperer”, Francis Elive, who teaches at the Fitzalan High School, is being praised far and wide for the feat.

The students’ achievements are even more impressive considering that only 14 per cent of pupils who took the exam in Wales achieved an A*, Wales Online reported.

Some of the pupils were close to achieving full marks in the exam, which they took six months early.

Assistant head teacher Jo Kemp told Wales Online: “We did a countdown so they all opened their results at the same time.

“There was a gasp as they saw their results and then all realised they had the same.”

Elive had taught the pupils maths since they joined the school.

“We call him the maths whisperer, he instills the belief that they have practised the hardest maths that they have to ever to face so why be scared of an exam?” Wales Online reported Kemp said.

“It’s the belief that they absolutely can do it, and the children think it’s magic.”

GCSEs are still graded A* to G in Wales. In England, students receive marks between 9 and 1.


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