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Results

Bedstone is a non-selective school, which means that we enjoy a wide range of academic abilities and do not require Common Entrance. Instead, we rely on interviews, school reports and taster days to assess each student and ensure Bedstone is the best place for them.

Through the use of  GL baseline tests, the College is able to ensure that students’ academic achievements are in line with or above their ability. In short, we take students of all levels of ability and bring out the very best in them: through inspirational teaching, small classes and one-to-one care. This means we are consistently amongst the best-performing schools in the region at GCSE and A Level, despite being non selective. Non selective does not mean non-academic.

Historic Results

A level results have been improving steadily for the last 3 Years;

2018 2019 2020
A*-A 20% 25% 43%
A*-B 34% 40% 66%
A*-E (pass rate) 89% 92% 96%

In recent years GCSEs changed the system of reporting from letters (A*-G) to numbers (9-1) – 9 being equivalent to a “Super A*”!

So comparison of results can really only be made for the last two years:

2019 2020
9 -7 12% 65%
9 -6 20% 76%
(Pass rate)    9 -4 68% 98%
5+ passes 79% 100%
5+ passes (inc Eng & Ma) 50% 100%

2020 Results

A levels – comparison with National data

Overall Boys Girls
Bedstone National Bedstone National Bedstone National
Achieving A* – A 43% 28% 53% 27% 27% 28%
Achieving A* – B 66% 54% 73% 52% 55% 57%
Achieving A* – E 96% 98% 94% 98% 98% 99% Passrate
Achieving A* 34% 9% 38% 9% 27% 9%
Achieving A 10% 19% 15% 18% 0% 20%
Achieving B 23% 26% 20% 24% 27% 28%
Achieving C 15% 24% 12% 24% 20% 24%
Achieving D 10% 14% 9% 16% 12% 13%
Achieving E 4% 6% 0% 7% 12% 5%
Achieving U 4% 2% 6% 2% 2% 1%

 Press Statement on A level results:

Outstanding A level results …again!

2020 will always be remembered as a unique year for exams. Under incredibly difficult circumstances we are delighted that our current Year 13 students have once again smashed last year’s record on results. Bedstone College results have continued to improve over the last 3 years with almost double the percentage of A* results this year compared to last year. Nationally 9% of grades were A* – at Bedstone we achieved 34% . Results across the board are improved with a 4% increase in the pass rate on last year. Once again students have been accepted at top Russell group universities and Oxbridge.

These results are all the more rewarding given Bedstone College is a non-selective school with a number of children studying through a second language. Specialist teaching combined with an extensive extra-curricular programme ensures that Bedstone students not only succeed academically, but also develop in to well-rounded individuals.

Wendy Martin, Head, says “These students have had an incredibly difficult year and have shown resilience through adversity. I am so proud of them all, they thoroughly deserve the academic success they have achieved”.

 GCSEs – comparison with National data (where available)

Overall Boys Girls
Bedstone National Bedstone National Bedstone National
Achieving 9-7 65.7 27.5% 66.2 23.5% 65.3 31.6%
Achieving 9-6 76.2 43.3% 72.3 38.2% 78.7 48.4%
Achieving 9-4 98.8 78.8% 98.5 74.9% 99.0 82.6% Pass rate
Achieving 5+ (9-4) 100.0 100.0 100.0
Achieving 5+ (9-4) inc Maths & English 100.0 100.0 100.0
Achieving 9 18.4 6.6% 20.0 5.5% 17.3 7.8%
Achieving 8 23.2 8.7% 17.7 7.3% 26.7 10.1%
Achieving 7 24.1 12.2% 28.5 10.7% 21.3 13.7%
Achieving 6 10.5 15.8% 6.2 14.7% 13.4 16.8%
Achieving 5 11.4 18.2% 9.2 18.2% 12.9 18.2%
Achieving 4 11.1 17.3% 16.9 18.5% 7.4 16.0%
Achieving 3 0.6 12.2% 0.0 14.0% 1.0 10.4%
Achieving 2 0.6 6.1% 1.5 7.3% 0.0 4.9%
Achieving 1 0.0 2.5% 0.0 3.3% 0.0 1.8%

Press Statement on GCSE results:

“Outstanding Results for Year 11 at Bedstone College

It has been a challenging year for students, however Year 11 students at Bedstone College have surpassed (already high) expectations and broken school records. With 65% of grades above 7 (the equivalent of A*-A data in previous years) this smashes the national data of 28% across the country. Similar success is shown with nationally 46% of students gaining above a grade 6 compared to 76% of Bedstone students gaining a grade 6 or above.

Wendy Martin, Head says “Once the lock down announcement was made it was important that our students continued to work towards their GCSE results. Online lessons were continued with the same momentum that would have taken place had students been in school. It is a credit to our students that they bought in to those lessons and continued revising and studying to secure sound evidence to support the grade predictions of their teachers.” But it didn’t stop there; unlike many students who get a long summer break, many of the Year 11 students chose to engage in the “Bridging the Gap” classes put on by the College and are now in an extremely strong position as they embark on their A levels and/or BTECs.”