Students across Chronicle Country collected their GCSE results on Thursday morning.
Sandy Upper School celebrated another landmark day in their rejuvenation as they managed to improve on last year’s results which saw them named the most improved school in the country.
This year saw 82 percent of students achieve 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English while 92 percent achieved 5 or more A* to C grades overall.
The top performers were Rosie Barrows with 15 A* grades, Ciana Thompson with 15 A/A*s, Molly Hilditch with 13 A/A*s, Lap Yin Chen with 13 A/A*s, Craig Fox with 12 A/A*s, Merrick Child with 11 A/A*s, Nancy Root with 10 A/A*s, Angus Monaghan with 10 A/A*s, Thomas Grimley with 10 A/A*s and Catherine George with 10 A/A*s.
Principle Balraj Hare said: “Our GCSE results this year are truly spectacular AGAIN! All students have made outstanding progress and more students than ever before can pursue the next stage of their careers and fulfill their dreams!”
Samuel Whitbread has had a very impressive year at the top end of its GCSE results. Nearly a fifth of all GCSE grades at the academy were A* or A.
Principal Rob Robson said: “This is the first year of a huge change in GCSEs and in this context, I am particularly pleased that we have improved our top grades from last year.
“Many students have done exceptionally well and lots have achieved all A*s or As. Biology, Physics and Chemistry have all continued with their impressive improvements from last year.
“Many departments have done very well and it is also great to see those students who have made us one of the top sporting schools in the area get outstanding results in their Physical Education studies.”
“I am disappointed the exam board we use for maths, with no prior warning, have made huge changes to their grade boundaries around the C/D borderline and it is testament to the skill of the staff and hard work of the students that we’ve seen our top grades in maths rise.”
The following students achieved at least 10 A* or A grades: Clare Blindell, Nathan Challinor, Ella Devereux, Frank Donachie, Leyla Ghaemi, Lucie Gifford, Eleanor Hare, Will Hazelwood, Khalid Khodier, Christopher McFarlane (who achieved 10A* grades and 1 A), Rhiannon Mackie, Ellie Roberts, Jake Stanton, Emma Stevens, Steve Thompson.
Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade had an impressive set of results as they were taking part in a government pilot that is trialling a new measure for key stage 4 progress.
Headteacher Rob Watson said: ““The new system sets out to do two things.
“Firstly, it ensures all students follow a broad curriculum because it is based on eight exam grades not five so it is much more challenging.
“The grades must include English and maths and at least 3 other qualifications drawn from traditional academic subjects.”
A figure between -0.5 and 0.5 with 0 being what is expected at the school is then calculated. Stratton achieved a score of 0.29, which reflects a very good set of results for them.
Head of Year, Sarah Vincent was proud of her year group’s achievements.
She said: “For a number of years Stratton has particularly excelled in making sure the most able students reach their potential.
“This year our top 10 performers, Eleanor Catherall, Robert Davie, Emma Green, Sian Harris, Peter Hessey, Ross McKenzie, Aimee Manning, Ian Mansion, Joe Rumble and Briony Whitfield have achieved an amazing 39 A*s, 36 A s and 13 B grades between them!”