At St Benedict’s High School in Bury St Edmunds 55 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades when they collected their results last Thursday (August 22).
The average points score per candidate was 490, a school record beating the previous best ever year of 2011 by 12 points.
The record this year was Josh Bryan, who achieved 11 A*s and two As.
Toby Alfred-Jones, Phoebe Allsop, Elly Cockman, Darcie Cowap, Hannah Dance, Josh Grover, Toby Horkan, Elizabeth Jessop, Evie Marlow, Gabriela Monteiro, and Molly O’Donnell each achieved 13 GCSEs, at least 11 of them at A* or A.
Headteacher Hugh O’Neill said: “This is a year’s results of which there is much to be proud.
“Once again, there have been many outstanding individual performances.
“We have named 12 students who have achieved at least 11 A* and A grades in their 13 GCSE passes.
“Their results contribute to our best-ever points score per candidate.
“However, the headline figure of students passing with five A*-C grades including English and Maths is no higher than last year’s, despite huge efforts to improve, particularly in English.
“However, this is the examination world we now live in, where it is increasingly hard to achieve a grade C pass in key subjects, especially English, maths and science.
“The key thing is that our students have done extraordinarily well in a tough exam season, and should feel hugely proud of their achievements.
“Once again, that achievement has been a collective effort, of all their teachers, in this school and previous schools, of parents and carers, but above all, the hard work of the students themselves, who have be a wonderful group to have in the school.”
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