VIDEO: Pupils across the district celebrate top grades as GCSE results are announced

Pupils are celebrating their GCSE exam results today.

Bedford Modern School students have achieved 99% of grades at A*-C compared to a national average of 69%.

GCSE students at Wootton and Hastingsbury. PNL-140821-134949001

GCSE students at Wootton and Hastingsbury. PNL-140821-134949001

15 students excelled with 99% of GCSE grades at A*-C compared to a national average of 69%. Over two thirds of all grades at BMS were A*/A with 91% A*-B.

37 girls and boys, or a quarter of all students, achieved straight A*/A grades with the

average student attaining 8A grades and 2Bs. 100% of the Year 11 students achieved

both Maths and English at grades A*-C.

Kimbolton School GCSE results day.

Kimbolton School GCSE results day.

Top scoring male students were Sulaimaan Mughal, Sam Butler and Michael Platt, securing straight A*s in all their subjects as well as an A grade in Additional Maths. 16-year old Sulaimaan who achieved 11A*s and an A in Additional Maths said: “I tried to keep calm this morning and it’s a relief that all the hard work has paid off. I am now looking forward to studying Biology, Chemistry, Latin and Maths A Levels in the Sixth Form at BMS.”

Hazel Thompson and Elissa McNamara were the School’s highest achieving female students each getting 10A*s and 1A grade in their GCSEs. “I am shocked and was

shaking after I opened the envelope and read my results. It’s an amazing feeling and I have chosen to study Latin, Maths, English Literature and Chemistry A Levels,” said Elissa.

Headmaster, Michael Hall, commented: “These are excellent results. I am especially pleased with 99% of all grades being A*-C. I look forward to the students joining the

Sixth Form and also to welcoming the significant number of students joining our Sixth

Form from other schools.”

Last week, at AS Level, 25 students obtained 4As meaning these were the School’s

second best ever results at AS. 17-year old Zakir Khoker only dropped seven marks

out of 1,200 at AS Level obtaining A grades in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

Zakir, who joined BMS in 2010, has 10 GCSEs all at A*s, together with an Additional

Maths qualification and hopes to pursue a career in Medicine. “On receiving my results I

was ecstatic, thankful that all my hard work had paid off and I will now be able to follow my aspirations of studying medicine in the future. What I love about BMS is the warm atmosphere of the School and the huge amount of support both teachers and students

give to each other,” said Zakir.

25 students obtained 4A grades at AS Level with the newly appointed Head Girl,

Charlotte Rex, being the best performing girl.

>> Sharnbrook Upper School is celebrating another year of GCSE success with their students. Over 75% of students achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths. Overall 112 students achieved 5 or more A*/A grades, 37 achieved 10 or more and 16 achieved 12 or more of these highest grades.

Students who enjoyed particular success were:

Yulia Ermakova, who achieved 13 A* and 1 A grades

Isabel Williamson, who achieved 12 A*, 3 A and 1 B grades

Megan Legge, who achieved 11 A*, 2 A and 1 B grades

Chloe Davis, who achieved 11 A*, 1 A and 1 B grades

Conor Tugulu, who achieved 10 A*, 2 A and 1 B grades

Coupled with over 98% of sixth form students successfully gaining entry into higher education this has been an outstanding set of results, says the school.

Head teacher Iain Denning said: “I would like to congratulate the staff and students on another set of very strong results. It is a reflection of the dedication and hard work by all concerned.”

>> Bedford Girls’ School has announced another set of strong examination results, with the GCSE pupils matching the success of the IB and A Level pupils earlier this summer.

A spokeswoman said: “With 82% of our girls obtaining A*- B grades and our overall pass rate up when results are falling nationally, there is much for our school community to celebrate.”

Among those delighted with their results were Sophie Allen and Rosie Davies who each received 11 A*s, Laura Lopez Odriozola who achieved 12 A*/A grades and Kate Long and Iona Webster, who were each awarded 10 A*s and an A.

Headmistress Jo MacKenzie said: “I am very pleased to be able to share our GCSE results, which have seen 20% of our girls obtain 11 straight A*/A grades. We firmly believe that engaging teaching, hard work and intelligent determination form the basis of success and these results are an endorsement of that. Congratulations to our pupils and staff, who richly deserve the great results they have obtained.”

>> Pupils at Kimbolton School have again achieved excellent GCSE results with 56% of the grades awarded at A* or A. Ninety-six percent of the pupils achieved 5 or more passes at A* to C grade.

Included in these results were those for International GCSEs in French, Mathematics and Physics.

Twenty-three candidates achieved nine or more A* or A grades.

Top performers were Clifford Robinson of Bromham and Harriet Woodman (Great Stukeley)

with 10A*s. Close behind were Beth Holmes (Abbotsley) and Nathan Parekh-Hill (Alconbury

Weston) with 9A*s and one A.

Other notable achievers included Peter Bayes (Higham Ferrers), Grace Bowland (Ellington), Emily Choy Winters (Great Paxton), Kayla Engelbrecht (Holywell), Katie Guilliatt-Griggs (Abbots Ripton), Harry Knowlton (Swineshead), Madeline Longhurst (Brampton), Thomas Mason (Wyton), Michael Oakley (Eynesbury), Emily Orme (Great Stukeley), Kate Rolton (Rushden),

Edward Salkield (Kimbolton), Sasha Semple (Stanwick), and Harry Twigden (Stonely).

Jonathan Belbin, the Headmaster, commented, “Despite the increased rigour at GCSE, our

pupils have achieved some tremendous results. Within these overall figures are some excellent individual successes at all levels of the ability range, achieved through hard work and first-rate academic and pastoral support.”

• The results in full:

A*-A 55.8%

A*-B 81.3%

A*-C 93.0%

A*-E 99.7%

Candidates with 5 or more at A*-C (inc Maths and English) 91%

Candidates with 5 or more at A*-C 96%

>>Bedford Academy has announced its best ever GCSE results with of 43 per cent of students achieving five GCSEs at grades A – C including Maths and English.

The number of students achieving top A* and A grades has also risen significantly, doubling that of last year to reach the Academy’s highest proportion to date. The Academy is now anticipating its largest ever cohort going on to study in its sixth form next term with students buoyed by both their GCSE results today and the school’s tremendous A level successes announced last week.

“Our students have truly excelled this year and can be very proud of their exam results today,” said Claire Smith, principal, Bedford Academy. “It is very gratifying to see that, regardless of any national patterns, the trend at Bedford Academy is up.

“We can also be especially proud of our English results this year which increased by 20 percentage points over last, and reflect a concerted drive to improve literacy across the whole school.”

Top GCSE achievers at Bedford Academy this year include Marjana Begum with four A*s, 5 As and two Bs; Sumit Karunakotha with three A*s, five As and three Bs; Michael Songa with three A*s, five As and three Bs; and Lakeisha Kumari with two A*s, seven As and two Bs.

>> St Andrew’s Independent School, in Kimbolton Road, Bedford, has once again seen Year 11 pupils achieve excellent GCSE examination results.

The school saw a high percentage of A* to C grades with the majority of students achieving at least 5 A* to C grades.

Head of School Hilary Ryan said: “I am very proud of our students and their achievements this summer. They have worked extremely hard and have been very positive both in their studies and their contribution to the life of the school.

“These results demonstrate the hard work and commitment of both our pupils and their teachers, who give so much extra time and effort. We are delighted that so many of our pupils met or exceeded their predicted grades. This is a creditable achievement considering we are an academically non-selective independent school. Special mention should be made of Hayley Gilbert and Ruby Jordan who, amongst others, achieved a full complement of GCSE’s with excellent grades.”

>> Rushmoor Independent School, in Shakespeare Road, Bedford, saw pupils achieve excellent GCSE examination results. The school, once again, saw an increase in A and A* grades and a strong showing in the percentage of 5 A* to C’s, including Maths and English.

Headteacher Ian Daniel said: “Our results reflect the continued hard work and commitment of our pupils and the staff, who are always willing to go that extra mile to ensure the best possible outcomes for the pupils in their care.

“Many of our pupils gained results that exceeded their targets, which is very satisfying and is a strong reflection on the caring ethos of the school. This is made all the more impressive considering we are a non-selective independent school. Special mention should be made of Sherin Zacharia and Edward Aikman who both achieved a full complement of GCSE’s with excellent grades, the majority being A*’s.”

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