Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard says it is celebrating some excellent GCSE results once again this year.
Speaking as students collected their results, headteacher Tim Carroll said: “For many students it has felt like a long wait for their results so it has been lovely to see them again in school today and for them finally to get their results.
“What struck me about the atmosphere as students gathered opening their envelopes was how supportive of each other they are.”
“So many students have worked so hard and deserved their excellent results. Staff rightly feel proud of students’ achievements again this year. I wish to commend students on achieving so well and to congratulate them on their success. Among the results are examples of students over-coming personal difficulties and these often have to remain the untold stories.”
He added: “Students have made outstanding progress with value-added of 1021. I am particularly pleased that 31% of students have achieved the government’s key academic benchmark of A*-C in each of English, Maths, Science (double or triple), a foreign language and History or Geography, the same as last year, and well above the national average. English and Maths results are very strong.”
Among the impressive results were Laura Samet and Alex Aldous-Ball who each gained 12 top grades.
Laura said: “I was up late last night and just couldn’t sleep. I was really happy opening my results and felt a bit overwhelmed to see my A* grades. I am going to take Maths, Chemistry, Biology and French in the Vandyke Sixth Form. I worked hard but still felt nervous but I knew my teachers believed in me.”
Alex also declared himself relieved having been nervous coming in to get his results. “I am just happy with my grades especially A* in Further Maths because it was hard. I am going to continue with Maths in the Sixth Form.”
Jemma Siddle got 12 A*, A and B grades: “I feel very happy and surprised at my grades. I am especially delighted with my English grades. Thanks to my teachers who gave me so much feedback and support.”
Mr Carroll added: “Today’s successes are down to staff and students working well together with the support from home so a big thank you to parents and carers.
“Most of our students have come through local lower and middle schools and their successes today should be shared by all of our local schools. Exam results are important in recognising achievement and in opening doors onto future opportunities.
“Many students will be joining the Vandyke Sixth Form while others are taking up apprenticeships or college opportunities. We wish them all well.”