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Press Release – GCSE Results – August 2016

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Thursday 25 August 2016

Once again students at Bennett, an outstanding Church of England school for students across the full attainment range, have achieved excellent GCSE results this year.  At Bennett this year 85% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, with exceptional progress being made by students across the year group.  Eight out of ten students achieved the important benchmark of securing A* to C grades in both English and mathematics. With more rigorous standards established at GCSEs, students at Bennett performed very strongly; over half of grades awarded to this large cohort of 227 students were A*, A and B grades and a quarter of all entries were awarded A* or A grades.

Headteacher Jon Sparke said: “I would like to congratulate all Bennett students on their excellent GCSE results this year. Amongst many areas of success, we are particularly pleased to see the exceptionally strong results in mathematics with very large numbers of students achieving A and A* grades. Students have worked extremely hard and these excellent results are a tribute to their commitment and hard work.  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 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.”

“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 over 50 students achieving 5 or more A*-A grades, the following all achieved eight or more A* and A grades:

Maeeshah  Rabbani   Tom Chandler
Ruth  Marsden   Amelia Stalker
Isabel  Mills   Charlotte Wenham
Charlotte  Wassell   Alicia Barr
Anna  Avery   Matthew Carr
Georgia  Sarjeant   Rebecca Cheeseman
Gustaf  Malone   Adrian Man
Sophie  Atkinson   Kornelija Mikuzyte
Charlotte  Down   Katya Essam
James  Patterson   Jasmine Lambert
Adam  Creasey   Thomas Strawson
Benjamin  Mumford   Katie Wassell
Jonathan  Hayward   Ryan Westgate-Rajol
Joel  Joy   Daniel Baisch
Catriona  Wall   Dominic Barber


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.

Year 10 students are also receiving their GCSE result in Religious Studies, which they all took a year early.  Mr Sparke said he was “delighted with the results: 55% of the 227 students who took this GCSE achieved A or A* grades; congratulations to all the students!”