THERE was much cause for celebration at St Bede’s Senior School when pupils and parents joined their teachers to open a record-breaking set of GCSE results.
Following hard on the heels of the School’s best ever A Level results last week, Bede’s GCSE cohort produced, by some margin, the most successful results the School has achieved to date.
Most impressive were the achievements at the top of the grade boundaries, with 80 per cent of all students earning at least one A or A* and 40 per cent of all grades being at A or A* level.
These results marked another improvement on the school’s past results with pupils attaining a third more A* grades than in the previous three years as well as there being a 38 per cent increase in A grades.
Particularly successful subjects were Modern Foreign Languages, in which 82 per cent of all grades were A or A*, and Separate Science, in which 72 per cent of all grades were A and A*.
It was also another superb year for Bede’s nationally recognised Art and Photography departments, which saw four in five of all grades awarded at A* - A.
Notable high achievers at St Bede’s this year include the likes of Rowan Lewis from Mayfield, who achieved seven A*s and two As, Oliver Barber from Seaford, who attained four A*s and five As, Alicia Caillard from Berwick, who earnedsix A*s and three As, and Charlotte Collins, Sophie Edwards and Contance Lynch, from Rushlake Green, Upper Dicker and Hailsham respectively, who each achieved five A*s, three As and several B’s apiece.
Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney said: “These results are further evidence of how well St Bede’s educates its pupils and validates not only the exceptional efforts of the pupils themselves but the innovation, energy, inspiration and skill of their teachers.
“Our GCSE students should be deeply proud of themselves, as we are extremely proud of them.”
John Tuson, the School’s Deputy Head Academic, added: “We’re thrilled. With 40 per cent of all GCSEs being graded at A* or A, we have more evidence of the massive improvements taking place at Bede’s – improvements brought about by hard work from the students, and outstanding teaching from all of our staff.”
As this year’s successful GCSE cohort prepares to begin their Sixth Form studies, everyone at St Bede’s wishes them the most sincere congratulations.