Students produced the best GCSE A*/A grades (now grades 7-9) since 2012 and two students are off to Oxford after a brilliant year!

Bedstone College students are again celebrating a fine set of results. One in five of all A Level grades awarded were at A*/A and some 60% were at least at grade ‘C’. University entry was equally impressive.

Two students secured the grades to enter the University of Oxford. Emily K, (A*AAB), will read French and German at Wadham College, and Alan G, (A*A*A*A), will read Physics at University College. Sixty-seven per cent of applicants achieved a place at their first choice university and, of all those who applied, more than 30% will be attending one of the Russell Group of Universities.

Mr Gajadharsingh said: “This year has been a particularly good one at the ‘top end’ with a pleasing number of grades being awarded at either A* or A.

“What I am most pleased about, however, is that we continue to do an excellent job in preparing our students for the next stages in their lives by helping them to secure places at some of the UK’s top universities.

“We have always had an excellent reputation for supporting all students, whatever their abilities. However, that such a small and proudly non-selective school to have two Oxford successes and a third of all applicants securing places at Russell Group Universities, simply underscores the fact that the teaching at Bedstone College can provide the extra ‘stretch’  that is required to push the very brightest to fulfil their potential.

“I would like to congratulate all our leavers on their successes and wish them all the very best for their exciting futures ahead.”

Following close on the heels of some excellent university entrance results at A level last week, Year 11 students are celebrating a bounty year at GCSE.

Despite the warning that top grades would be depressed, the year 11 cohort at Bedstone have produced the best A*/A (the new grades 7-9) since 2012, with one quarter of all entries across all subjects scoring at least grade 7. Eighty-six per cent of the total cohort achieved the benchmark of at least five A*-C (4-9).

The top performers were all local students. Arjen O and Will R, and Dominic H each scored 7 grades of at least 8. Alex Rozee from Bedstone scored 4 grades of at least 8.

Steven C and Jason G scored 4 and 3 grades respectively at 8 or better.

Mr Gajadharsingh added: “With the increase in difficulty across subjects and early indications that there would be downward pressure on grades, particularly at the top end, I am delighted with the results that our students have produced.

“I am particularly pleased with the results in the separate sciences. Of the 54 entries this year, only one was below a 4.

“There were 100% pass rates in Biology and Physics. Physics grades were superb with more than 60% being at least a 7. There were excellent results in Chemistry, DT and Mathematics where over 35% of all entries were at least a grade 7.

“This bodes very well for the future and in particular the STEM subjects at A-level with all of our top scoring students remaining with us to continue their studies in the VI Form.”