Exceptional GCSE performances by Bedales students

Posted on 29th August 2017

GCSE results day at Bedales revealed some exceptional individual performances. Six students achieved at least nine A* grades including one student gaining 12 A*/As and another student who achieved 11 A*s.

Most students at Bedales study a combination of three different qualifications – IGCSE, GCSE and the school’s own unique Bedales Assessed Course (BAC). All of these follow the same A*-G grading this year – Bedales students are not affected by the new numeric GCSE grading as they take the IGCSE qualification in Maths and English. Some mathematically minded students also take the Free Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ) (Advanced): Additional Mathematics course which is designed to meed the needs of students who wish to continue the study of Mathematics beyond GCSE level and which is graded A-E. 

Harry Snell* gained 10 A*s in IGCSE English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French; GCSE Russian, Greek, Latin; BAC History; two BAC grade As  in Design and Outdoor Work; and an A in FSMQ Additional Maths. Alice Perry* achieved 11 A*s in IGCSE English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish; GCSE Latin; and BAC in Design, English Literature and History. She is also the recipient of the school’s first Sixth Form Sports Award for a student progressing from Block 5 (year 11) into Bedales Sixth Form in recognition of outstanding contribution to Bedales sport.

Achieving an impressive 10 A*s across IGCSE, GCSE and BAC were Orla Fint*, Ellie Davy and Maisy Redmayne*, and Scarlett Watkins achieved 9 A*s and one A. Orla and Maisy also gained A grades in FSMQ Additional Maths. All of these students will continue into the Bedales Sixth Form.

Headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith Budge said:

“We have seen impressive individual achievements across the sciences and arts with half the grades at A* or A. These students are now well prepared for their A Level study having benefited from the distinctive Bedales approach to teaching and learning, and wide choice of stimulating courses and assessment methods. Innovation continues into the Bedales Sixth Form where students choose short enrichment courses – such as beginner’s Mandarin or oak frame building – alongside their A Level subjects to develop their interests, go beyond their courses, work independently and, importantly, to love learning.”

Students achieving at least nine A*/A grades included:

  • Beatrice Baiardo: 7 A*s, 3 As, 1 B
  • Millie Page: 6 A*s, 5 As
  • Thea Sesti: 7 A*s, 3 As, 1 B,
  • Isabelle Ludwig*: 3 A*s, 7 As, 1 B
  • Eva Du: 7 A*s, 3 As
  • Raffy Henry: 6 A*s, 4 As
  • Hanna Brown*: 4 A*s, 5 As, 1 B
  • Tiger Clothier*: 7 A*s; 2 As & 1 C in FSMQ Additional Maths
  • Fleur Fincham: 5 A*s, 4 As
  • Ellie Xi: 4 A*s, 5 As

Other Bedales students who averaged at least a grade A in nine or more subjects included:

  • Sam Pemberton: 6 A*s, 2 As, 2 Bs
  • Angus Milton*: 3 A*s, 5 As, 2 Bs & 1 A in FSMQ Additional Maths
  • Trumble Outhwaite: 3 A*s, 5 As, 2 Bs
  • Savanna Rollason: 8 A*s, 1 B
  • Isabella Sandhu: 4 A*s, 4 As, 1 B
  • Louis Brouwer: 4 A*s, 3 As, 1 B, 1 C & 1 A in FSMQ Additional Maths

Bedales retains a compulsory core of five IGCSEs (English, Maths, double or triple award Science and a Modern Language) and uniquely, offers the BAC as an alternative to GCSE to offer increased depth, more stimulating material, more active learning, less prescriptive syllabuses, and a wider range of assessment methods. Students can choose from the following BACs: Ancient Civilisations; Art; Classical Music; Dance; Design; English Literature; Geography; Global Awareness (new in 2016); History; Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; Outdoor Work; and Theatre.

BACs are graded according to their own assessment criteria and follow the GCSE grading convention. They are internally assessed and moderated externally by experts in each field. The level of attainment is at least as difficult to attain as the corresponding GCSE grade, and in many cases the demands go well beyond GCSE. No other school studies this unique combination of qualifications.

*Denotes attendance at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, prior to Bedales.

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