Nationally, GCSE grades have fallen this year for the first time in 24 years.
Against this backdrop, 206 Year 11 students at Budehaven today collected their GCSE results. At the same time, nearly 200 students from the year below collected their first sets of results – most have taken up to half of their GCSE examinations this year. They did well. Many of them will still be celebrating!
In Year 11, many students have gained excellent grades; overall, 86% of the year group gained 5 or more A*-C grades, and the school has again seen more than 60% of the year group gain 5 higher grades including English and maths. Joe Huxford and Stuart Grigg were the two highest achieving students; all their exam grades were A* and A with Joe completing thirteen subjects over the three years of his GCSE studies and Stuart completing twelve. In total, twenty one students gained A*, A or B in all their subjects and thirteen students gained grade A* or A in both English and maths, an excellent achievement.
Looking across the year group as a whole, headteacher David Barton was delighted that 98% of the students in the year group gained 5 or more GCSEs (grades A*-G). ‘These results are excellent and I am thrilled that our students have done so well. Of course I’m pleased to see Budehaven students achieve A*s and As, but I am particularly pleased with the results of those students who have sometimes found school work challenging and who have had to work really hard for their grades. In a comprehensive school the fact that 98% of the whole year group have gained 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* – G is very pleasing indeed.’
This was the first year group to complete their GCSEs over a three year period. David Sellars, Deputy Headteacher, has spearheaded this development and was understandably keen to see the first set of complete results. ‘I was a little nervous last year’, he said, ‘with students taking some exams a year early but last years’ results were very encouraging. Now we can see the complete picture and I’m really pleased with how well the students have achieved. In addition, the feedback that we have had from students, parents and teachers over the last three years has been very positive.’
The number of exams taken this summer by Year 10 students varied depending on the courses chosen; most students took five or six subjects. Many students saw A* and A grades on their results sheets including five students who averaged at least an A in every exam they took. Shannon Bluett gained 1A* (Art), 3 As (RE, Spanish, PE), and a Distinction in ICT. Raef Coles saw grade A in English, Electronics, Geography and Spanish together with an A* in Maths. Daniel Edwards also gained an A* in maths which he coupled with an A* in Electronics; he also gained As in English and History together with a Distinction in ICT. Robyn Guthrie gained an A* in History with A grades in English and Geography; she, too completed a Distinction in ICT. Veronica Poshelyuzhjnaya gained A* in Art and French with A grades in English, Maths and PE and Distinction in ICT.
Jeremy Dowling, Chair of Governors was full of praise for the students’ achievements. ‘Students and staff have worked extremely hard. These GCSE results will prove a springboard for young peoples’ future success in the years to come.’