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Budehaven school library was bustling on Thursday morning as 187 nervous but excited students collected their GCSE and BTEC results.
There were cries of delight and celebratory hugs, as students opened up their results envelopes to find they had achieved the grades they had worked so hard for.
‘I am very proud of our students, many of whom have achieved outstanding results’, said Tracey Reynolds, Headteacher. ‘This is the first year group to attempt the new more challenging GCSEs in all of their subjects, so it has been a nervous wait for students and teachers alike! But despite the more challenging courses and tough examinations, our students have really stepped up. It is great to see that today the high standards they set for themselves, and their hard work has come to fruition. A huge well done to all of our students’.
The school was delighted to see so many students achieve Grade 9 across their subjects. Triplets, Kessia, Jodie and Cayden, were awarded an amazing eighteen grade 9s between them. This is the highest possible grade reserved for the top achievers in the country. They also each achieved top grades in their Latin GCSE which is offered to students as an after-school class. Joining them in the Grade 9 top achievers’ club are Luther Clayton with a fantastic six grade 9s and earning several grade 9s were Tom Horn, Sasha Mees, Jasmine Smith, Khaya and Ella Paton, Eleanor Theakston, Taygon Forth. They are also joined by Lyle Coles, Lea Dumas, Jude Ellis, Frances Fox, Ned Gleed, Sian Osborne, Marie Poole and Charlotte Timothy who were all awarded grade 9s.
This year group was unique in not only having one set of triplets but also two sets of twins! Twins, Ella and Khaya, achieved 17 top grades whilst Hannah and Rebecca, achieved 8 GCSEs each. Hannah, a talented footballer will now join Yeovil Town F.C.
Subject areas performed very well with English and Maths once again achieving results well above national. The EBacc suite of subjects, Geography, French, Computer Studies, the Sciences along with music and Religious Studies, were all celebrating a third of students achieving the top grades.
Director of Key Stage 4, Neal Reay was delighted to welcome his year group back to receive their grades, ‘I am so proud of those students who have overcome adversity to excel in a wide range of subjects. It has been touching to see students who have worked tirelessly over the last two years rewarded with well-deserved grades and in many cases the top grades too. I am incredibly proud of this year group.’ He was particularly pleased that students have achieved the grades required for their next steps, and delighted that so many will be enrolling next week onto A Levels and BTecs at Budehaven’s top rated Sixth Form.
Several students have decided to now begin their careers and have worked hard to secure excellent apprenticeships. They will now begin a more specialised pathway in September, amongst them Amy Marie Palmer will begin her Business apprenticeship, Page Roycroft a dental apprenticeship and Tom Fowler will begin his electrical apprenticeship.
Laura Mead, Chair of Governors joined the students and staff in the school’s library and praised the students’ achievements. ‘Budehaven students and staff have worked extremely hard to achieve these results. I am very pleased that their years at Budehaven have provided them with a springboard for even more success to come. Congratulations from all the governors’.
Enrolment for Budehaven’s Sixth Form takes place in the school Library on Thursday, 30th August. Come along to enrol at any time between 9.00 a.m to midday.