Saint Benedict has celebrated rises across the board in its GCSE results.

Kevin Gritton, Headteacher, said: “We are very proud of our Year 11 pupils at Saint Benedict who received their GCSE results today. They have shown incredible determination and resilience in the face of all the disruption they have had to contend with over the past three years.

“The school’s Attainment 8 score, which is a key measure of results across all subjects, rose to 50.7 up from 48.6 in 2019. 66% of pupils achieved 4 or above in both English and Maths, up from 59% in 2019 and 46% achieved 5 or above in English and Maths, up from 39% in 2019.

“The school also saw a big rise in the percentage of grades at 7-9, with 27% of all grades at 7 or above, up from 22% in 2019 and 46% of all grades were 6 or above. We were also particularly proud of our pupils with Special Educational Needs who achieved an Attainment 8 score of 38.6, a massive rise from 29.8 in 2019.

“There were many individual success stories, one of particular note was Louis Davie who achieved 10 grade 9s and a Distinction Star in his Level 2 Engineering course.

“We look forward to welcoming many of our students as they return to our Sixth Form and we wish all of them the very best for the future. They really have done themselves proud.”

Zahra Manzoori, 16, studied for her GCSEs in one year after joining Saint Benedict at the start of Year 11, having moved to the UK from Singapore.

She said: “I was in Singapore for three years and in India for three years and I had been studying the International Baccalaureate which is made up of different subjects. When I started in Year 11 in September it was like a crash course in GCSEs as I had to do my mock exams in November. I’ve passed everything and I’m really, really happy.”

Luke Piercy, 16, passed all of his GCSEs and is now looking forward to staying on at Saint Benedict in Sixth Form.

Salahudeen Iqbal, 16, achieved grades ranging from 6 to 8.

He said: “I’m really happy with my grades, they are what I need to stay on at Sixth Form where I’m going to study Physics, Maths and Engineering. I am hoping to study architecture at university.”

Sam Long, 16, achieved grades ranging from 5 to 8, including an 8 in Maths.

He said: “I’m really relieved and I can’t complain about my grades. I’m happy with my Maths as my dad is a Maths teacher here. He was nervous for me and nervous for his class. I’m going to study Maths, History and Government and Politics at Sixth Form.”

Logan Brady, 16, achieved 6s and 7s and is going on to join the Army.

Vashti Boni, 16, achieved grade 7s and is going on to study Chemistry, Biology and Geography at Sixth Form.

She said: “I’ve been so scared and worried but now I’m really happy with my results.”