Students at Bennett, an outstanding Church of England school for students across the full attainment range, have set a fresh high water mark for attainment at GCSE for the second year in a row. This is now in a context where almost all of the GCSEs are the new tougher qualifications, graded 9-1. In fact 7% of entries at Bennett achieved the new top grade 9 , which is more than double the national proportion. At Bennett this year 85% of students achieved 5 or more grades 9-4 and above including English and maths (where grade 4 is equivalent to grade C). Exceptional progress was made by students right across the year group. A third of students achieved at least 5 grades 9-7. With more rigorous standards established now across the range of GCSEs, students at Bennett performed exceptionally strongly; close to three quarters of all grades awarded to this large cohort of 226 students were grades 9-5, the new strong pass threshold.
Headteacher Jon Sparke said: “I would like to congratulate all Bennett students on their superlative GCSE results this year. Amongst many areas of success, we are particularly pleased to see the exceptionally strong results in the exacting new GCSEs which have been introduced this year, with large numbers of students achieving new grades 8 and 9. For many years now students in our school have made progress which puts the school in the top flight both nationaly and locally. Students have worked exceptionally hard and these excellent results are a tribute to their commitment and endeavour. The traditional curriculum of high value subjects at Bennett represents a genuine challenge, so these excellent results provide the strong foundations for the next stages of academic study and push still further the outstanding standards achieved at the school. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank their teachers and other staff who have taught and supported students so effectively, and also parents who play a key role in supporting and encouraging students throughout their school lives.”
“Amongst these results there are some exceptional individual stories of students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and overcoming adversity to achieve extradordinary outcomes.”
“Although today we are, of course, focusing upon celebrating our students’ GCSE results, it is important to remember that Bennett students gain a fully rounded education with exceptional numbers completing Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at all three levels. Our commitment to developing our students’ character, values, grit and determination, all within a Christian ethos helps to make these achievements possible.”
Amongst the many good results, including some 70 students achieving 5 or more grades 9-7, the following all achieved eight or more grades 9-7:
The vast majority of Bennett students will be joining the Bennett sixth form in September to begin A Level studies following these excellent GCSE results.