Following record post-16 results last week, BACA is celebrating another good year of GCSE results with overall attainment and progress results again increasing significantly.

Principal Bob Speight commented, “The students in this year group have been a pleasure to work with. They put so much into their Year 11 studies and have achieved results to be really proud of. I would like to thank them, their parents and carers and the staff who have worked with them to achieve these excellent outcomes.”

“Results in English were amongst the most pleasing, with 72% of students achieving a grade 4 or above and 61% a strong pass at grade 5 or above, results that seem likely to exceed national averages. Performance in creative and vocational courses was exceptional, with very high pass rates and proportions of students achieving the highest grades.” 71% of students achieved Distinction or Distinction * in Creative Media, as did 49% in Business, 40% in Drama and 38% in Catering. Overall, BACA students achieved a record number of 40 maximum grades (9 or Distinction *) across 15 different subjects.

Bob Speight added: “As schools across the country continue to adapt to new, tougher GCSE specifications, it is very pleasing to see that our pass rates at BACA have increased in nearly all subjects compared to 2018, with notable increases in Computer Science, Geography, PE and History.”

48% of BACA students secured both English and Maths 9-4 and 18% achieved a strong pass in both subjects (Grades 9-5) The proportion of students achieving passes across the EBacc subjects doubled to 12%.

Top performers include:

Amanda Kangai, who achieved 4 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s and a distinction*. Amanda is going onto to study A-levels in Physics, Maths, Computer Science and Economics. Amanda said, “I don’t know what to say. It’s Amazing. Maths was difficult, but I did so well. I’m thinking of studying to become an engineer.”

Amanda’s delighted Mum added: “I’m so pleased and happy for her. She’s worked so hard!”

Natasha Tully, who achieved 4 grade 9s (including all three Sciences), 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, a grade 6 and a distinction, described herself as: “Very surprised, but very happy about my physics. I’d like to go on to study chemistry, biology and maybe English literature, and ideally study Veterinary Sciences. I’m off to celebrate with my friends!”

Sermed Ghouri achieved 10 grades at 7 or above and achieved on average 3 grades above his targets in each subject.  Sermed said: “I did better than I expected.  I’m really proud of my results.  I’m going on to study Double Physics and Double Maths at sixth form college.”

Mia Rogers, achieved 8 grades of 7 or above including a grade 9. Mia said: “I didn’t expect it. The chemistry exam was difficult, but I did really well. I’m feeling really good about my results!” Her Mum added: “It’s great to see her so happy. A great sense of relief and satisfaction.”

Also delighted was Chelsea Hancott. “I can’t believe it, I passed everything! I’m so pleased with what I got, I’m so proud of myself, I don’t know what to say!”

16 students achieved on average one grade above their targets across all their subjects. Students included Aisha Adams-Hanson, Charlea Ide, Lewis Nichols, Chelsea Hancott, and Saeed Alam.

Bob Speight concluded: “It is also worth remembering the personal triumphs behind every student and their results. These include many students who have succeeded in overcoming a number of personal challenges. Well done in particular to Jared, Mimi, Maisy, Ruby, Aisha, Jamie, Chelsea, Eimantas and Abby – and to all of our students, staff and parents.”