Record-Breaking GCSE Results Follow A Level Success Last Week

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Well done to our Class of 2009 on its record-breaking GCSE results, as once again a cohort of Bablake pupils has much cause for celebrations. Last week we were congratulating our A Level pupils on a 100% pass mark, 80% A*-B grades and 51% A*/As, now it is the turn of our 5th Year (Y11) to receive the plaudits.

Our GCSE pupils have gained a record-breaking proportion of A*/A grades (69.2%), the most common measure of success in selective, independent schools. Overall, an impressive 69/127 pupils (54.3%) gained 8 A*/A grades and 99.2% gained at least 5 passes at grades A* to C- the commonest national benchmark- including Mathematics and English. 

Nivaran Aojula and Chris Tuttle lead the way for their year group with an impressive 12 A*s, tremendous reward for their industry and commitment to GCSE studies.

5 more pupils (Tom Betts, Madison Cotteret, Sonia Dhillon, Rory Kenney-Herbert and Emily Poole) have gained at least 10 A*s and 8 pupils (Kirsty Cattell, Hannah Davies, Alesha Gibbs, Ben Jones, Eva Klesnik-Edwards, Arun Nahar, Emily White and Ciara Wyman) have been awarded an impressive 9 A*s.

A further 8 pupils (Roisin Bowe, Ruby Griffin, Josha Hundal, Liam Meechan, Lawson Moore, Matthew Rowlands, Manvir Thandi and Ruby Thandi) proudly achieved an impressive 8 A*s and a smattering of A grades. 

It is always the case that a number of pupils receive upgrades to their results, so we would expect that these excellent results will be even more impressive over the next month. 

Headmaster Mr John Watson has paid tribute to the year group, saying: ‘We are immensely proud of our pupils who have worked with such enthusiasm to achieve record-breaking results. They have been inspired to meet the highest expectations, whilst also forging strong friendships and enjoying involvement in sport, music, drama, volunteering and fundraising. They will be joined by others for an exciting Sixth Form career.’

Mrs Sue Smith, Head of 5th Form, added: ‘As I said earlier this morning, Year 11 is a busy and demanding year for pupils in terms of commitment to their academic studies. I am incredibly proud of the hard work every pupil has put in, as well as the support they have given each other throughout.

They have achieved very impressive results as individuals as well as a year group, gaining the highest proportion of A*/A grades achieved at Bablake to date. I congratulate them all on their results, wish them well for the next stage of education, and look forward to seeing the vast majority return to Bablake in the 6th Form.’

Mr Mark Woodward, Head of Careers, added: ‘As with our A Level candidates last week, I am pleased to see so many pupils gaining such excellent grades while also maintaining a programme of such dynamic co-curricular activity.

I am very pleased to announce that James Horton and Adam Keir have recently been awarded Arkwright Scholarships for Design Technology to add to their haul of excellent GCSE grades!

The year group has not only achieved in the exam room, as we have excellent actors and musicians. In sport too, we have seen Nia Crockford-Gripton (heading the U21 rankings overnight in her current competition) and Lucinda Roche reach international status for sailing and horse-riding respectively.

Ross Parnell is an impressive junior County cricketer, while Tom Betts, Rory Kenney-Herbert and Sophie Price are all excelling at Hockey at a very high level. Our athletes, rugby players and other top sportsmen and sportswomen have also excelled while maintaining a very busy programme of work, training and competition.

Many have spent the summer completing The Challenge and enjoying meaningful work experience. Bablake pupils consistently continue to have the talent and determination to impress future employers, as well as excellent academic records!’

Once again, many congratulations! These are exciting times for Bablake’s successful GCSE and A Level pupils, all future leaders with such exciting potential. We are very proud of you all!

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