22nd August 2019 — In the first year in which all GCSE results at Berkhamsted School have been on the new numbered scale, our pupils have been celebrating their academic achievements as in previous years. Stories from the national media have suggested that fewer than 1,000 students across the country will gain a clean sweep of top grades, and we are happy to have one pupil, Grace Bennett, who has attained this remarkable achievement with ten 9s.
Berkhamsted’s successful GSCE pupils have been combining their academic studies with a very broad range of extra-curricular activities helping them to learn core values and life skills which will benefit them at Sixth Form and beyond. Our two lead actors in this year’s school musical ‘We Will Rock You’: Tegan McBride and Ollie Brown, have each obtained two 9s, three 8s, four 7s & six 6s and five 9s, five 8s and one 7 respectively. Ollie has also won a Rank Foundation Leadership Award, given to a very small number of UK students who have outstanding leadership potential to support his entry to Berkhamsted Sixth.
Thomas Fuller joined Berkhamsted Boys during the autumn term of Year 9, with a starting date mid-term this meant he had some catching up to do. He has gone on to achieve more than he expected and was really pleased with his results today thanking his teachers, tutors and friends for all their support in enabling him to reach his full potential with ten 9s and one 6. In addition, Thomas also managed to gain the top grade (A) in his FSMQ additional mathematics exam - something that he was incredibly proud of.
In all, just under 20% of grades at Berkhamsted were the new ‘9’ grade and just under 99% of grades were at grades 9-4 (A*-C in old terms).
Richard Backhouse, Principal of Berkhamsted Schools Group explains more about our approach to education: “A rounded education is one in which students learn to apply the determination they can find in themselves in the last 15 minutes of a team game to a complex French translation or applying the perseverance that twenty simultaneous equations require to their daily oboe practice. It is the transferability of these skills, habits and dispositions between different areas of school activity which our pupils have displayed in their academic attainments today.”