The achievement of students at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School this year follows the well-established track record for success that this outstanding Church of England school has sustained over many years. Indeed, this cohort of year 11 students have done something extraordinary in that they have achieved an outstanding set of GCSE results in the face of the considerable disruption caused by Covid-19. These Bennett students, faced by the uncertainty of how their qualifications would be awarded, continued to work with exceptional commitment right through lockdown to the point at the end of May when examinations were meant to have begun. Their outstanding results are richly deserved and the students should rightly feel proud of them since they are the fruit of the same hard work and determination which we have seen year after year at Bennett.
Headteacher Jon Sparke commented: “This has been an exceptionally challenging set of circumstances and we are tremendously proud of all of our students who continued working right through lockdown.”
“The students absolutely deserve congratulations for what are a brilliant set of results. The outcomes show, once again, that the progress made by Bennett students at GCSE is superb and would stack up positively amongst the strongest nationally, just as previous cohorts have. The strength of these results, awarded in an exceptional way this year, was pre-figured by the success these students achieved last year in their GCSE in Religious Studies where almost half of all entries achieved a grade 7 or above and close to 9 out of ten achieved a strong pass.”
“At Bennett we offer a traditional curriculum of high value subjects which taken together represents a genuine challenge, so these excellent results provide the strong foundations for the next stages of academic study. Amongst these outcomes are some exceptional individual stories of students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and overcoming considerable adversity.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank their teachers and other staff who have taught and supported students throughout their courses, and also parents who play a key role in supporting and encouraging students throughout their school lives.”
“Alongside achieving outstanding academic outcomes at Bennett, we set great store on the development of character. The resilience shown by these students has been very impressive. This character development has been underscored by these students’ engagement in the rich co-curricular programme offered at the school, with for example over 200 of these students completing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.”
We wish all Bennett students well in their next steps and, of course, look forward to seeing the vast majority further in the coming academic year as they return to study A levels following these excellent GCSE results.