Central Bedfordshire GCSE students on a high
Date Added: 30/08/2016
GCSE students across Central Bedfordshire had plenty to celebrate today (25 August) with increasing numbers making the grade.
While reports nationally focused on the biggest-ever year-on-year decline in performance, here provisional results show that the number of students at state-funded schools gaining a benchmark A*-C grade in English and maths rose four per cent to 65 per cent.
Another measure called Attainment 8 is also being reported for the first time this year. This measures students’ average grades across eight key subjects and is designed to encourage schools to offer a broad, well-balanced curriculum.
Early indications of provisional results for state-funded schools across the whole of Central Bedfordshire are very positive, with pupils averaging a C grade for each of their Attainment 8 qualifications.
There have been plenty of individual success stories and high achievers across Central Bedfordshire: Three Sandy Upper students, Tom Winetroube, Alfie Gathercole and Katherine Culbert, all scored 12 A*-A grades; down the road at Samuel Whitbread Academy, in Clifton, Ella Burns (10 A*s) and Ben Sewell (9 A*s) were top of the class.
At All Saints Academy, in Dunstable, Joshua McGhee and Danny Fraser both attained 13 A*-C equivalents, while Elliot Gathercole was top of a high-achieving group at Cedars Upper with nine A*s. Overall, 72 per cent of students at the Leighton Buzzard school gained five A*-C grades.
There was a remarkable story at Stratton Upper School, with Elizabeth Marincean achieving an A*, 5 As, 3 Bs and a D despite speaking very little English when she moved to the UK just over a year ago. Zoe Fung (8A*s, A, B) was top performer at the Biggleswade school.
Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “I know many students, parents and teachers have been anxiously awaiting results day and I am delighted that so many students across Central Bedfordshire have achieved such excellent results. This continues our impressive upwards progression at Key Stage 4.
“Students have worked hard for these results and should be proud of what they have achieved. I would also like to thank their families, teachers and school governors for supporting them in these achievements and would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for their ongoing studies.”
That sentiment was echoed by headteachers across Central Bedfordshire.
Cedars Upper headteacher Steve Palmer said: “As a parent of a Year 11 daughter myself I know how stressful the last few months have been so I would like to thank all of the parents and carers that kept the students going and kept them motivated through the incredibly hard slog of so many revision sessions and so many examinations.”
Stratton Upper headteacher Rob Watson said: “GCSE qualifications are in a period of transition. The government is on a mission to greatly raise the bar, and these results show students and staff embracing the challenge.”
At Harlington Upper, 75 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above, with 64 per cent of students gained this benchmark including English and maths. Headteacher Shawn Fell said: “Our students have gained superb results and are now ready for the next stage of their education. Students should be congratulated on their achievements, following all their hard work.”
A record 59 per cent of Manshead students gained A*-C grades in English and maths. Headteacher Jim Parker said: “I am delighted that the students have been so successful – their hard work and effort has really paid off. The students and their parents should be proud of their achievements – the school certainly is. Getting a good set of GCSEs is so important as it allows students to follow their chosen courses in the sixth form or at college.”
Records were also broken at Sandy Upper School where an amazing 83 per cent of students gained five A*-C grades including English and maths. Principal Karen Hayward said: “This is truly an exceptional set of results which is a credit to the students’ hard work over the past two years and the dedication and commitment of all staff.”