Ten or more A*s for ten talented students

Ten exceptional students from Brentwood School are celebrating receiving ten or more A* Grades in their GCSE examinations in another magnificent year of results for the School.

They include 16 year-olds Nicole Guo, who took 14 GCSEs and achieved 12 A*s, and Grace Duke, Mary Hirst, Joseph Defries, Rodi Donhue-Hibberd and Antonia Stratford, each with 11 A*s.

A jet-lagged Nicole is looking forward to a career in Finance after securing an incredible set of results. “The revision sessions gave me so much confidence,” she explained. Nicole, who did ‘better than expected’, will now turn her attention to her A Level studies where she will concentrate on Latin, History, Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Grace is one step closer to her dream of becoming a lawyer. Clutching her results letter, she said: “I was worried about a few of my results and was really nervous and shaking.” She also put her success down to the School’s revision sessions and the support and teaching she has received. “There is always someone you can go to,” she added. Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation and Mathematics will be her A Level subjects.

Mary is hoping to study Veterinary Science at university and has been spending the summer at a Veterinary Clinic in Blackmore to get some experience. She will be studying Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Greek at A Level.

Joseph is looking to pursue a career in investment banking and will be studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form, with History, Latin and Philosophy as Higher Level subjects. He gave particular mention to Head of RE Mr Clements, who gave him valuable guidance on his future direction.

Boarding student Rodi said: “The teaching and support at Brentwood has been brilliant and I have built a good relationship with the teachers.”  He will now take Classical Civilisation, Greek, Latin and Further Mathematics A Levels with a view to studying Classics at University.

Antonia will be following in her sister’s footsteps into the Sixth form to study Biology, History, Psychology and Spanish.

In total 23 students received all A*s or As in their examinations, resulting in a three year average of A*-As for the School of 60.4%, compared to the national average of 20.3%, and bucking the national downward trend for these grades.
Fifteen-year-old star mathematician Andrew Ejemai, who achieved 10 A*s and 4As at GCSE, and has already taken two A Levels, for which he received an A*, is hoping to study at Cambridge University a year early. His sister, 12 year-old Zipporah, took GCSE Mathematics in the First Year and achieved an astonishing A*.

It was a case of sweet sixteen for Joanne Oke who celebrated her GCSE results and 16th birthday today. A very happy and very tired Joanne was especially delighted about her A* in Physics which will be invaluable for a future in Medicine. Joanne, who will also study the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form, said: “The revision days were really useful.”

For the fourth 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.

Headmaster Ian Davies, who was at School to greet students and their proud parents, commented: “My sincere congratulations to all of our students achieving these exceptional results. I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work that they and their teachers have put in over the past year. We are delighted that they, and many others from outside, will be studying A Levels and the IB Diploma in our superb Sixth Form, which has today become significantly stronger.”

In total 25% of all GCSE grades were A*, 59% were A*-A, 84% A*-B and 95% A*-C. Today’s statistics perfectly complemented last week’s A Level results, and the School’s best ever International Baccalaureate Diploma success. Among the 2016 Upper Sixth cohort, two students have taken up offers at Cambridge University and another seven were awarded places to study Medicine, which remains one of the most highly competitive of courses.