Magnificent 9 achieve all A*s in GCSEs

Nine exceptional students from Brentwood School are celebrating a clean sweep of A* Grades in their GCSE examinations in what was another impressive year of results for the School.

Straight 11 A* students Hannah Allan, Daniel Blockley, Joe Dawe, James Elms, Georgina Henwood, Caolán McConnaughie, Henry Mead, Shomik Milki and Lloyd Richards picked up their results on Thursday morning to open their envelopes and were left with well-deserved beaming smiles on their faces.

Another stand-out performer was Anjali Jayasekera who took two additional subjects (Classical Civilisation and Additional Maths) achieving a staggering 13 GCSEs - 11A*s and 2 As.
Anjali’s proud mother, Dr Manori Jayasekera, was delighted to see her daughter’s hard work rewarded by such exceptional results. Anjali will now put her enviable talents to good use in the Sixth Form where she will study Biology, Chemistry, Further Maths and Greek.

James Elms, who is now going to be tackling Greek, Latin, English and Philosophy at A Level in the Sixth Form, with a view to studying Classics at university, was keen to pay tribute to Miss Athey who helped him achieve the highest grade possible in Geography.

With a wry smile, characteristically modest Caolán McConnaughie, who was also celebrating 11 A*s, put his success down to his ‘excellent’ Chemistry teacher – (Caolán’s proud father is the School’s Chaplain and new Head of Chemistry, Revd Dr Adrian McConnaughie). Caolán will now study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Geography, with the aim of one day moving into Vulcan Geology.

High-flier Henry Mead, who is looking forward to a future in Medicine or Finance, credited his 11 A*s to ‘having friends to study with and teachers who were always available’. He had also put in ‘a lot of effort’.  Henry said he was surprised to see straight A*s on his results letter as he had a couple of comparatively weaker subjects. He will now study Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Biology in the Sixth Form.
His very proud mum, Mrs Archie Mead, said: “I am over the moon. The teaching here has been excellent. Henry’s success is down to the teachers and his efforts.”

Lloyd Richards, who was also part of the magnificent nine who secured 11 straight A*s, said he prepared really well for the exams and felt he had been in with a good chance of performing well. He will now study Spanish, French, Economics and Maths at A Level with a view to studying Economics or Business Management in the future – maybe even at Oxbridge. He was off to phone anxious grandparents and enjoy a celebratory meal with his family.

This year’s results, which rank in the school’s top 5 performances of all time, saw no less than 31 students receive all A* or A Grades, and 11 students receiving 10 or more A*s.

School Bass Guitarist Peter Scott, who hopes to follow a path in Engineering in later life, was delighted with his 10 A*s and 1 A and will now be studying Physics, Chemistry, Further Maths and Music at A Level. He said “I was doing really badly in RE and Mr Clements helped me get through the exam with lots of extra tips.”

Keen artist Lucy Pryor achieved 5 A* and 6As and is hoping that her A Level subjects Biology, PE, Geography and Art will enable her to go on to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. “The whole Art department were fantastic and encouraged me to pursue the subject”

For the third year running, students at Brentwood sat the more difficult International GCSE in Science subjects (Chemistry, Physics and Biology), English, Mathematics, Computing and some Modern Languages.

With particularly strong performances in Mathematics (with 67% of all grades at A* or A), Biology, Music and Modern Languages, the School is also proud of the way it has guided students, who have struggled to reach their potential, to exceed expectations. One such student was a clearly emotional Talia Ware, who was met with a D for English Language in her mock exams but soared to an A in the final exam. She praised the support she received from English teacher Miss Browett.

Chris Hall, who joined the School in the Fourth Year to take his GCSEs is delighted that he’ll now be continuing through to the Sixth Form. He said: “I got a C and D for my Double Science mocks and ended up with an A and a B. Along with Miss Holding and Mrs Khush (Head and Deputy Head of Year), my mentor Mr Barnett, who was also my Maths teacher, helped me through the exam period with revision timetables and lots of encouragement.” With an eye on the legal profession, Chris will now go on to study Politics, Economics, Photography and Psychology at A Level.

Headmaster Ian Davies commented “Our pupils have worked extremely hard and these results show outstanding performances of which they should all be very proud. Praise must also go to our wonderful teaching staff who educate and support them throughout their school life. Although we have high expectations, our students often exceed them, and the opportunity to help them achieve their potential is what continues to motivate us year after year.”

In total 27% of all GCSE grades were A*, 59% were A*-A, 86% A*-B and 97% A*-C. Today’s statistics perfectly complemented last week’s fantastic A Level results, and the School’s earlier International Baccalaureate Diploma successes. Among the 2015 Upper Sixth cohort, four students have taken up offers at either Oxford of Cambridge and another five were awarded places to study Medicine, which remains one of the most highly competitive of courses.