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25 August 2011, 10:56 | Updated: 25 August 2011, 11:29
Students across the country have been picking up their GCSE results today
Nearly a quarter got an A or A star.
The overall pass rate, that's a C or above, is almost 70 per cent.
Bedford Modern School
Bedford Modern School Year 11 pupils “smashed” all records in the School’s history this year with their stunning crop of GCSE results.
A staggering 72% of students achieved A*/A grades when they opened their GCSE results envelopes at 8.30am today. This is a hugely positive increase on Bedford Modern School’s best ever GCSE results that were recorded in 2010, when 65% of students obtained an A*/A grade.
Amongst this year’s excellent individual performances at the School, where academic achievement runs alongside first class performing arts, sport and the development of life skills, were twin sisters Isabel and Rosalind Latham, Bethan Thomas, Phil Mead and James Beswick, who each achieved 10 A*grades.
“To open the envelope and see these results is a massive relief. 10 A*s and an A in Additional Maths is unbelievable. Maths is my favourite subject and it was definitely worth working so hard; every teacher has been so supportive,” said Phil Mead.
Bethan Thomas added: “I am amazed and still in shock at my results. I’m really happy and am looking forward to studying Maths, Further Maths, Latin and Chemistry in the Sixth Form at BMS.”
With a 100% pass rate across this committed and mature year-group, 93% achieved an A*/B grade, with 99% of pupils gaining an A* to C grade, showing that the hard work of pupils and staff at Bedford Modern School, the progressive and forward thinking school, really has paid off.
A delighted Michael Hall, Headmaster of Bedford Modern School since January 2010, and whose vision is that BMS becomes the co-educational day school of choice in the East of England, commented: “This year’s GCSE results speak for themselves. The Year 11 pupils have been a wonderful year-group and always shown a willingness to learn and get fully involved in school life.
Our pupils are always challenged to produce the very best and hard work and attention to detail always brings good results. This is the day all the hard work of both pupils and staff has paid off and it is a real chance for our pupils to shine in the way they deserve.”
Barnfield - Luton
Students at the Barnfield Federation's South and West Academies have smashed the record books and achieved their best ever GCSE results.
Since last year the number of students across the Federation who have notched up at least five A* – C grades, including English and maths, has increased by a huge 18 per cent. This marks an increase of 12 per cent to 46 per at Barnfield South and a jump of 6 per cent to 59 per cent at Barnfield West.
And for the third year running, 100 per cent of the brainy Barnfield bunch have picked up at least five GCSEs at A*-C.
The results represent a staggering turnaround since the Academies were taken over by Barnfield College in 2007. The number of students gaining at least 5 A* - C grades, including English and Maths, has risen by an incredible 43 per cent at West and 30 per cent at South.
Pete Birkett, Chief Executive of the Barnfield Federation said he was delighted: “Once again the history books have been smashed with these interim results proving to be the best ever in the history of these secondary schools. This incredible result pays testament to the hard work of our students, parents and staff and I’d like to congratulate them all.”
“Since the Academies were formed in 2007 the number of students achieving five A* – C grades including English and Maths has increased by a massive 73 per cent.”
These interim GCSE results are the latest success in an exciting year for the Barnfield Academies. In February they moved into their £60 million buildings which boast cutting edge ICT, open plan learning areas and state-of-the-art media and sports facilities.
And from this September they will house the brand new Barnfield Sixth Form. Many of the Academies’ GCSE students have already decided to continue their studies and move into the Sixth Form, which will offer an unrivalled choice of A-Levels, BTEC and vocational qualifications.
Redbourne Upper School - Amphill.
Students at Redborne Upper School at Ampthill in Beds are celebrating their best ever GCSE results today/Thurs.
The comprehensive school had an 81 per cent score of A to C grades, and 71 per cent if Maths and English were included.
It follows on from the highest-ever A levels results last week.
Head Teacher Nigel Croft said: "These are extremely good results. Congratulations to the students and the staff for their hard work."
Among the best results at Redborne were Gemma Allman 11A stars and 1A, Harriet Gribben 10A stars and 2As, Rachel Sears 9A stars and 3 As.