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GCSE Results

Upper Schools in Bedford Borough including Hastingsbury, Mark Rutherford and Wootton recorded their best ever GCSE results. Notable successes include:


Biddenham Upper School:

The top performers were Matthew Priddin who not only got 11A*, but also got an A in A/S Mathematics a year early getting 98% of the questions correct - which is a massive accomplishment.


Rebecca Bennewith also did exceptionally well gaining 12A* and 3 A's as did Aneeqa Ahad attaining 8 A* and 5 A's.


Head teacher, David Bailey, said: “We are extremely proud of our Year 11 students again this year as they have worked hard and produced some outstanding results. This has become such an important time for the students and they should be proud of their achievement and enjoy their success.”


Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College:

Students of particular note include:

Onyenma Obiejesie :  A* Maths, Additional Science, French, Additional Maths

                                        A   Science, Italian, Humanities

                                        B   English language, English Literature

                                        Distinction for Business


Siobhan Martin :     A* Maths, Science, Additional Science, Additional Maths

                                  A English language, French,

                                  B English Literature, art,

                                  Distinction for Business


Lauren Eddy:          A* Maths, Science, Additional Science, Health and Social Care,     

                                  Additional Maths, A English Language, Humanities

                                  Distinction for Business


Head teacher, Martin Fletcher, said: ‘We are delighted with this set of results which consolidates our rapidly improving levels of attainment. Over the last week Hastingsbury students have achieved the schools best ever results for both A level and GCSE. We are very proud of all our students and are confident that they will go on to excel in the sixth form and at university.”


Mark Rutherford  Upper School:

Some of this year’s high achievers are:

Omar D’Agostino                    9A*      3A’s

Martha Hare                             9A*      4A’s

Ben Alcock                               7A*      5A’s

Robert Aspinall                       6A*      4A’s

Thomas Dickson                    8A*      1A

Thomas Kelk                           6A*      6A’s

Thomas Langford                   7A*      5A’s

Nicola Milbourn                       6A*      3A’s

Naomi Jayasuriya                   6A*      4A’s


Stephen Peacey, Principal at Mark Rutherford Upper School, said: “These are fantastic results which reflect the hard work put in by students and staff and are indicative of the schools drive for continuous improvement.”


St. Thomas More Catholic Upper School:

A number of students secured a range of A/A* grades including: Elliot Howard-Spink, Flora Stewart, Zara Alsafar, Naomi Bull, Barbara Czerwonka, Matthew Hayes, Kieran Magill, Ross Mainstone & Ophelie Roupie. Of particular note is Faridullah Dorani who despite entering the country a few years ago with absolutely no English gained 11 GCSE’s, including 9 A/A*’s. 


Reflecting on the results Joe Richardson, Headteacher, commented: “What is most impressive about this set of results is the achievement across all subject areas.  At St. Thomas More we believe it is essential that students are in the strongest possible position to progress to the next stage of their learning at 6th Form or in the world of work and this can only be achieved with high attainment across a range of subjects.  I am delighted for the students and the staff who have worked tirelessly to make this another record breaking year for St. Thomas More School.”


Wootton Upper School:

“The Performance of our students at both the overall 5+ A*-C statistic and for those including English and Maths is outstanding”: said Head teacher, Tony Withell. 


90% of the year group secured 5+ A*-C grades while the percentage securing this benchmark including English and Maths rose from 60% last year to 73%, significantly exceeding the targets set for the school.


Tony Withell, Head teacher continued: “Following on from last week’s best ever A Level results it has been an outstanding year for Wootton and I am delighted for all the staff and students.”



Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “These results are evidence that the borough’s students have been hard working and focused. Following on the success of the borough’s ‘A’ level results last week, I would like to applaud such dedication from pupils and staff which has achieved results such as these, which everyone should be very proud of.”

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