Astonishing GCSE results buck national trend
22nd August 2013

Brentwood School’s largest ever GCSE cohort has produced an astonishing set of exam results – completely bucking the national trend.

Grades were up across the board with an increase in the number of A* grades, a jump in A* - B grades and a 100% pass rate.

Headmaster Mr Ian Davies said: “These are splendid results which are to be proud of. Grades, across the board, are up on last year’s outstanding results. The results are so good this year because of inspirational teaching, the hard work of the students over several years, close academic monitoring and excellent pastoral care.”

A* grades alone peaked at just under 24% - up on last year’s 21% - and just over 57% of all students celebrated passes at A* or A grade, again up on the 55% in 2012. Nearly 86% of students gained A* - B grades.

Three exceptional students, Harry Beadle, Nicole McKechnie and Ruby Ison, were all celebrating an incredible 11 straight A*s and in total 32 youngsters opened their sealed envelopes to reveal all A* and A passes.

Today’s staggering statistics perfectly complemented last week’s fantastic A Level achievement, and the School’s best ever International Baccalaureate Diploma results which saw a 36-point average.

A stunning 97% of the 186 students who sat this year’s GCSE exams achieved A* - C grades.

High-flier Nicole McKechnie – who is also one of the country’s top young athletes - was relieved and delighted with her 11 A*s and paid tribute to the School which had helped her balance her academic and athletic commitments.

Nicole, an exceptional all-rounder, is ranked fourth in the country for 300 metres. “I am really, really happy,” she said. I just wanted to feel proud of myself.” Her mother, Mrs Mandy Harknett added: “She has worked really hard. It has not come easily.” She praised Head of Fifth Year Miss Chris Holding for ensuring Nicole had the sport/study balance just right.

Nicole will now study English, Mathematics, History, French, Latin and Physics through the International Baccalaureate diploma.

Harry Beadle said his 11A*s were unexpected. “I am really happy and glad to be starting in the Sixth Form.” He will study Further Maths, Maths, Physics, Latin and Economics.

“The School made me work hard, pushed me when it needed to, and was really supportive.”

A thrilled Ruby Ison also achieved straight A*s in all her 11 GCSE subjects. Ruby said she was overjoyed to have achieved such great results and was so pleased to see proof of all her hard work. Ruby’s family were also ecstatic to hear of her achievement and praised the teaching staff and Headmaster for their “outstanding” efforts and willingness to help Ruby both in and out of lessons. Ruby intends to study Maths or Chemistry at university and is thinking of aiming for a career in Analytics.

Mr Davies said it was important to remember that students at Brentwood sit the more difficult International GCSE in Science subjects (Chemistry, Physics and Biology), English, Mathematics, Computing and some modern languages.

“A record number of students (186) sat GCSEs at Brentwood this year, and for the results to be so good is quite remarkable,” he added.

For further information please contact:

Judith Bailey, Communications Manager,

Brentwood School

Tel: 01277 243 246

Notes to editors:

Brentwood School is at the forefront of independent education, providing first class opportunities for its pupils. Founded in 1557, the School statutes were signed by John Donne in 1622, declaring that pupils should be instructed in Virtue, Learning and Manners; values still embodied today. Combining inspirational modern teaching with traditional values, the School aims to provide a first rate education. Brentwood offers extensive extra-curricular opportunities, including excellence in sport, music and drama, the largest optional Combined Cadet Force in the country and a high level of participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Academic achievement

Brentwood School educates over 1500 pupils from aged 3 to 18, providing an all-round educational opportunity and delivering a first rate academic experience. It is renowned for its rare co-educational system using the Diamond Model, which means boys and girls are taught together until the age of 11, separately from 11-16, and together again in the Sixth Form. The School has introduced IGCSEs and, in the Sixth Form, the option of the International Baccalaureate to provide the most rigorous and stimulating study opportunities to its pupils.

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