GCSE exam records have soared to new heights at Brentwood School with students and staff celebrating an astonishing set of results, among the best in its long and illustrious history.
Despite the national GCSE overhaul, Brentwood students achieved a record number of ‘A*’ grades with just over 29% achieving the coveted score – higher than in 2012 and 2013 which were both stellar years.
There was a massive leap in the number of ‘A*’ – ‘A’ grades; a jump in ‘A*’ – ‘B’ grades and a 100% pass rate. The number of students securing the benchmark ‘A*’ – ‘C’ grade was 97% for the third year running.
Out of the 167 students who sat this year’s GCSE exams, no less than 33 youngsters opened their sealed envelopes to reveal all A* and A passes.
Headmaster Ian Davies said: “These are our best ever results with grades up on last year’s outstanding results. Our success is down to inspirational teaching, the hard work of the students over several years, close academic monitoring, excellent pastoral care and a culture of high expectations.”
He said it was important to remember that students at Brentwood sat the more difficult International GCSE in Science subjects (Chemistry, Physics and Biology), English, Mathematics, Computing and some modern languages.
Some 63% of all students celebrated passes at ‘A*’ or ‘A’ grade, which is again well up on the sterling performances in 2012 and 2013. Indeed, a remarkable 87% of exam entries resulted in an ‘A*’ – ‘B’ grade.
Exceptional students included Dan Hirst and Hamish Kadirkamanathan who celebrated an incredible 12 straight ‘A*’s. Special performances by Calum Connelly, Bryan Leung, Narendra Mampitiya, Madeleine Smith, Lera Usenco and Kalyan Vemulapalli were rewarded with 11 ‘straight ‘A*’’s.
Hamish was ‘amazed’ by his 12 straight ‘A*’s and will now study the International Baccalaureate Diploma taking Higher Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry and Standard Level Economics, Mandarin and English.
Theo Clark and Jack Marsh were jumping for joy with 11 ‘A*’s and an ‘A’; Hannah Ambrose and Kimia Khorshid were seeing stars with 10’A*’s and 2 ‘A’s, and Aislinn Cottage, Naomi Kpogho and Thomas Saunders with rejoicing at 10 ‘A*’s and an ‘A’.
Kimia was crying tears of joy after opening her brown envelope. “I just cannot believe it,” she cried while desperately trying to phone her father. “This School has been so supportive. I would not have been anywhere without the School. The teachers are amazing.”
Kimia will now study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and History at A Level with a career in Medicine in mind.
Antonia Ashaye and Nirvana Leaver celebrated a superb tally of 9 ‘A*’s and 2 ‘A’s, and Daisy Parsons achieved 8 ‘A*’s and 3 ‘A’s.
Nirvana exclaimed: “I am really, really happy. You put the effort in and it pays off. The teachers are with you all the time and are so supportive. This morning they have been congratulating everyone.”
The results are the next step towards Nirvana’s goal of studying Veterinary Science. “This is the next step up that ladder… it is a long ladder to climb,” she said.
Antonia said her teachers had all been so supportive. “The extra support sessions I attended really did help and gave me that extra boost.”
TV star and javelin legend Fatima Whitbread today took a back seat to her son Ryan Norman who also scooped 8 ‘A*’s and 3 ‘A’ grades. Fatima, a former world record holder and the most successful female javelin thrower in British history, was ‘absolutely thrilled’ with Ryan’s results.
“I am always a proud mum but this is an extra special occasion,” she said. “I told Ryan that you can only do your best, and he worked so hard. This year group has been very academic, very sporty and close knit.”
A ‘really pleased’ Ryan will now join the Sixth Form to study Physics, Economics, Further Mathematics and French with a view to a career in Finance or Engineering. Ryan praised the School’s supportive and friendly teachers who had ensured a good mix of work and play.
Today’s staggering statistics perfectly complemented last week’s fantastic A Level results, and the School’s earlier International Baccalaureate Diploma successes. Among the 2014 Upper Sixth cohort, 11 students have taken up offers at either Oxford of Cambridge and another five were awarded places to study Medicine, which remains one of the most highly competitive of courses.