Excited teenagers have been finding out if they got the grades this morning as they opened their GCSE results.
It;s been smiles all round over at Wootton, as the school’s Academy Trust has announced that Year 11 students at Wootton Upper School & Arts College have once again achieved top marks in this summer’s GCSE examinations.
Headteacher Tony Wihell said: “These exceptional GCSE results build on last week’s excellent A and AS level results making it another vintage year for the school.”
70 students gained at least 5 A*/A grades and of these 33 achieved at least 8A*/A grades.
High flying students include Pippa Smith who achieved 11.5 A*s and 1 A, Caitlin Jenkins with 9.5 A*s and 1.5 As, Anna Mason with 8.5 A*s and 4 As, Jeremy Spratt with 8.5 A*s and 3.5 As, and Luke Thomson with 8 A*s and 4 As.
They joined Neil Martin, who achieved 7 A*s and 3.5 As, Michael Wiles with 7 A*s and 3.5 As, Mairi Redman with 6.5 A* and 5 As, Caren Sohal with 5 A*s and 5.5 As, Emily Boyles with 4.5 A*s and 8.5As, and Lauren Herbert with 4.5 A*s and 7.5 As.
90 per cent of students achieved five or more A* - C GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* - C.
For the second time in the last three years, more than 70% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C GCSEs, including English and Maths at grades A*-C, and are continuing into either the Wootton College or Kimberley College sixth forms.
100 per cent of students achieved at least one GCSE pass, which the school says is just as important to the headteacher, staff and governors at Wootton Academy Trust as the results achieved at the top end of the academic ability range.
Heather Donnellan, chair of the Wootton governors said: “The school will always work hard to enable all of its students to reach their full potential.
“The governing body is immensely appreciative of all the hard work put in by students and also staff and we wish them all well as the new school year approaches.
“The governors are also very conscious of the hard work put in by teachers and support staff at the lower schools and middle schools these students previously attended and it would like to place on record its gratitude to these schools and staff for their contributions towards these results.”
Rushmoor Independent School, based in Shakespeare Road, Bedford, also saw pupils achieve excellent GCSE examination results.
The school saw a doubling of A* and A grades and an increase in the percentage of 5 A* to C’s, including Maths and English.
Headteacher Ian Daniel said: “These results continue to underline the hard work and commitment of our pupils and the staff, who always go that extra mile for all of them.
“We are pleased that so many of our pupils met or surpassed their targets.
“This is a remarkable achievement considering we are a non-selective independent school.
“Special mention should be made of Rowan Codd and Mathias Butler who both achieved a full complement of GCSEs with excellent grades, the majority being A*’s.”
And over in Central Beds Ampthill-based Redborne Upper School and Community College followed the success of their A-level results with its best set of GCSE results.
94 per cent of pupils at the academy achieved five A-C grades.
Headteacher Nigel Croft said: “Congratulations to the students and staff for all their hard work. The 94 per cent pass rate is our best ever and follows last week’s fantastic A level results.”
High flyers included Erin Barnard who scored 12 A*s and 1 A, Conor Williets 10 A*s, 5 As and 1 B. Michael Ita achieved 10 A*s and 3 As, Oliver Howe 10 A*s, 2 As and 1 B, Amy Foley 9 A*s and 4 As, and Jerome Hallett 9 A*s and 4 As.
Students who achieved much higher grades than predicted were: Anna Bright, Conor Williets, Jahopia Tannis, Phoebe Macintrye, Michael Ita, Erin Barnard and Eleanor Mallett.
At Bedford Girls School 100 per cent of candidates achieved an A* to B grade: 83 per cent of all results were A* or B.
High flyers included Elizabeth Howcroft, Amber Stewart and Rebecca Swaney who each received 11A*s.
The school’s headteacher Jo MacKenzie, said: “I am delighted to be able to share in the excitement today.
“Our first set of GCSE results have seen nearly 20 per cent of our girls obtain straight A*/As.
“We firmly believe that engaging teaching, hard work and intelligent determination form the basis of success and these results are a wonderful endorsement of that.
“I am very proud of the motivation and ambition of our pupils and staff, they richly deserve the very good results they have obtained.”
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