Gcse Results 2020
Students at St Benedict’s achieved the school’s best ever GCSE results this year. 72.5% of all exams were awarded grades 9 to 7 (A*-A), up 14.5% from last year, and 46.8% were graded 9 to 8, up 9.8% from last year.
The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said:
“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.
"Naturally, the vast majority of our GCSE students are delighted with their results, which are testimony to their hard work and significant academic ability. I am also delighted that this year’s A level and GCSE results give further evidence of the continuing rise in academic standards at St Benedict’s.
"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.”
A Level Results 2020
The number of A*/A grades achieved by students at St Benedict’s is up again this year, at 61.2%. 87.9% of exams were graded A*-B.
The Headmaster of St Benedict’s, Andrew Johnson, said:
“The award of A level grades this year has been a very stressful and difficult process for our students, anxious to see that their hard work over almost two years is rewarded with a fair and proper set of results.
“Happily, A level candidates at St Benedict’s have done extremely well and have received some very pleasing results indeed: almost all of them are beginning courses at their first-choice university this September. This is no more than these students deserve as they are extremely able and have worked hard.
“While the outcome has been positive for the vast majority of our students, the level of stress, complexity and uncertainty in this process has made it a very difficult time for them. I am grateful to them, their parents and their teachers for the patience and forbearance they have shown throughout.”
St Benedict’s has provided support for students’ mental health throughout lockdown, with tutors offering careful and thoughtful guidance to their tutees online.
Following the government’s decision to cancel A level exams, St Benedict’s offered an innovative programme of pre-university study to all its year 13 students, with 1-1 tutorials and seminars, preparing them for their chosen undergraduate courses.