Speaking about the results, Budmouth Academy Principal, David Herbert, was keen to praise the students:
‘I cannot speak highly enough of these students who have studied for their GCSE’s during the strangest two years imaginable. Their motivation, commitment and resilience have been tested repeatedly and they really have come up trumps. We are incredibly proud of what they have achieved and so should they be. We are also delighted that the majority of them will be back at Budmouth in September to start their 6th Form Studies’
Ted Paul achieved the incredible highest possible haul with ten grade 9’s! He is well placed to move on and study Maths, Economics and Sociology in the 6th Form. Combining sporting excellence with academic success, Archie Harris achieved nine grade 9’s and is off to fulfil his lifetime ambition with a professional football contract at Bournemouth Football Club. Also leading the way for the boys was Matthew Hill who achieved eight grade 9’s. Other very high attaining students were Joe Hedges, Isaac McDermott, Sam Brown, Leo Clarke, Emily French, Teeannon Quarrie, Jed Brackenridge, Chelsea Brookes, Asa Holland, Talia Collins and Molly Dyer whose overall performance meant that achieved an average grade of an 8, which used to be an A*!
Commenting on the way that grades were issued this year Vice Principal Pete Hudson said:
‘There has been a lot of national speculation about the way that students were issued their grades this year, but the truth is they have all had to work incredibly hard. Being judged on lots of different assessments over a prolonged period of time was arguably more stressful than taking normal exams over three weeks. We believe that the process has provided students with the fairest way possible of showing what they can do. They deserve to celebrate their achievements and look forward with confidence’
Although there is always a spotlight on students who have reached the highest attainment grades the school are equally proud of those students who have made the most progress from Year 6 to Year 11. Matthew Hill, Casey Bardell, Ben Norris, Ridwan Islam, Francesco Lewis and Naomi Harris all achieved more than two grades higher than their targets based on primary school SATS. This is a tremendous achievement.
A Level Results
Leading the way for the boys were Mathew Hannon A*A*A*A* who is heading to study Computer Science and Amos Holland also achieved four maximum grades and is going to Bristol to study Computer Science. Joe Manning is also off to study Computer Science and heads to the University of Bath with A*AAA. Josh Hocking is going to study Medicine at Bristol having achieved AAB in Geography, Biology and Chemistry.
Hollie Pilkington was delighted with A*A*A* and her prize is a place at Bristol to study Law. Willow Bowkett also achieved A*A*A* and is heading further afield to Edinburgh and will be studying Performance Costume. Gina Demontis achieved A*A*A and will be reading Biological Science at Exeter. Twins Kira and Rosie Kent gave their family a day to remember! Kiera was studying a mixed programme of BTEC Health and Social Care, A Level Sociology and Extended Project Qualification and achieved Distinction*, A and A*. She will be taking up a place at Bournemouth to study Sociology and Criminology. Rosie achieved a Distinction*/Distinction in Health and Social Care and is going to the University of West of England to study Midwifery.
The strength of the school’s BTEC Sport programme was once again in evidence with four students: Finley Jarvis, Charlie Mussenden, Lauren Holder and Whitney Bussell achieving the highest grades possible grades (D*D*D*).
Director of 6th Form, Mark Henman, was delighted with the performance of the students and commented: ‘I am always proud of our students but I have to take my hat off to this cohort who have worked relentlessly both in school and during periods of remote learning at home. It was also lovely to see the students today thanking their subject teachers for the exceptional way they supported them through their courses.’
Jacob Newport combined vocational learning and A Levels and has secured a place at the very competitive ‘Visual Effects for Film and TV course at Bournemouth. He achieved an A* in A Level Product Design and two Distinction* grades in his BTEC Art Diploma. The student who will be travelling the furthest is Sophia Hurrien, who is crossing Atlantic to study in the USA with a Tennis Scholarship having earned Distinction* in Business Btec, and grades A and B at A Level in Physical Education and Geography.
Marcel Ciantar is the Director of Budmouth’s ‘Centre for Excellence and Industrial Liaison’ and he was pleased to see that some students are looking beyond traditional university courses for their next steps and said: ‘The skills that our students gain when they take part in our Aspirations Employability Diploma are so essential to their long term employability and it is nice to see that some students will be heading for the work of work in September’.
Xander Randell achieved A*A*A in History, Business Studies and French and he will be staying on at Budmouth to begin an apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant before he looks to progress further in Education.
|Basics E/M 4+||73%||68%||65%|
|Basics E/M 5+||49%||43%||36%|
|Grades 9 – 4||78%||77%||70%|
|Grades 9 – 5||60%||60%||50%|
|A* – A||30%||27%||15%|
|A* – C||84%||80%||60%|
|A* – E||99.73%||99.75%||94.39|