GCSE students at West Buckland School have delivered an excellent set of provisional results with over half of all exams passed at the highest A* and A grades. 52.4% of exams were awarded the highest grades, with nearly a quarter of these achieving the top A* mark.
Over 40% of the 61-strong year group gained seven A*/A grades or more, and there were some strong performances from the boys, with Rory Bardner, Harry Palmer and Tom Smaldon leading the way as they secured nine A* grades plus an A grade each. Elizabeth Barbeary also achieved an excellent nine A* grades and an A grade, whilst English Schools’ athlete Issy Wakefield showed top form in the classroom as she was awarded an impressive eight A* and two A grades. Alex Blackburn and Jack Jarvis both achieved six A* grades and four A grades.
Over many years West Buckland’s GCSE performance has been consistently strong and it is the third time in four years that over half of all exams have been awarded the top A* or A grades.
West Buckland’s new Headmaster, Phillip Stapleton says:
“GCSEs are a crucial qualification and success here opens doors in sixth form, the workplace and university as they will form the only results when applying to university. I am delighted our students have secured the grades that will give them options and opportunity to apply to the best universities.
“At the top end our students have achieved an excellent set of results and I am sure they will recognise the hard work and support of their teachers and families when celebrating this achievement. In addition, over two thirds of students studying our most popular subjects: Geography, Art, French and RS gained A* or A and over 80% of our scientists and mathematicians gained a B grade or better. I am delighted for them and all those who have realised or achieved beyond their expectations.”