20th August 2020 — This year’s U5th at St Benedict’s have received the school’s best ever GCSE results: 46.8% of all exams are graded 9-8 (A*) and 72.5% are grades 9-7 (A*-A). The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: "Naturally, our GCSE students are delighted with their results, which are testimony to their hard work and significant academic ability.
“We recognise how extraordinarily stressful exam results have been for GCSE and A level candidates this year, with the uncertainty and confusion caused by last minute changes only adding to the anxiety our students have felt. We have done our best to support our students pastorally throughout lockdown and in the days immediately preceding the issue of these results. We have a very able cohort of GCSE candidates and, in the unfortunate circumstances, we believe awarding the Centre Assessed Grades is the best outcome for them. The ‘silver lining’ is that they have done very well, receiving an excellent set of results, and are now able to move on smoothly to sixth form study in September.
"Above all, I congratulate our GCSE students on their resilience. As well as coping with the Covid 19 lockdown and the need to adapt to online learning at short notice, they have also dealt admirably with the extra stress and anxiety caused by the process for awarding results this year, and in particular the confusion caused by last minute changes made by the government. Now, we look forward to welcoming all of our students back safely for the new academic year, and to seeing our GCSE candidates moving forward in their A level studies.”
During lockdown, and with the cancellation of examinations, GCSE students in Year 11 at St Benedict's began their A level courses in the summer term. Some all volunteered their help in the making of PPE at St Benedict's: over 3,000 face visors were dispatched to hospitals and care homes locally and nationally.