[S]t Benedict’s students are celebrating some excellent results today following the publication of their GCSE examination results. The results show that the proportion of students gaining a grade C or above in English and Maths is 56% compared with 51% last year.
Students have achieved results in line with expectations and we are particularly pleased with the increase in students making good progress in English and Maths, leading to an increase in the proportion of A* and A grades in these subjects taken overall, this year’s group are of a similar ability to last year when their prior attainment is taken into account.
There have been some stunning individual performances from students. Top students this year are Amy Fox (6A*, 5A, 1B), Daniel Stewart (5A*, 7A), Lewis Hamilton (4A*, 7A, 1B), Kane Harper (3A*, 2A, 4B), Megan Smith (3A*, 4A, 4B), Kira Denver (2A*, 4A, 4B), Faye Williamson (2A*, 3A, 4B), Deryn Robson (2A*, 3A, 1B), Kira Knight (2A*, 6A, 4B), Olivia Irwin (2A*, 7A, 2B). The majority of students will stay at St Benedict’s 6th Form to pursue their academic studies.
The school is also celebrating the achievements of 26 students from years 7 and 8 who have received their results for GCSE Maths. All of the students achieved a grade C in the exam which is an excellent result so early in their secondary education.
Chair of Governors, Willie Slavin, offered his congratulations to all the students and expressed his gratitude to all the adults, at home and in school, who supported these young people during the course of their GCSE programme. This is further proof, if any was required, that St Benedict’s is maintaining a very pleasing upward trajectory of improvement in outcomes for its young people.
Headteacher, Ian Smith, said: “Our 2016 GCSE results as a whole are up on last year’s headline figures but the results are really about individual students. I would like to pass on my personal congratulations to our students and to wish them well as they take their next steps.
“Once again our students have benefitted from the high quality of teaching and pastoral support on offer from our staff. These are exciting times for St Benedict’s, improving A level results, improving GCSE results and a fabulous new build opening in a couple of years.”