Impressive performance at Bedales on GCSE results day

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Bedales celebrated impressive exam results on GCSE results day with over a quarter of its students – 26 from a cohort of 102 – achieving a minimum of nine grades A*-A; 16 of them were educated at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst prior to progressing to Bedales senior school. 56.5% of the total grades awarded were at A*-A, and 94.1% at A*-C.

Unlike any other school, Bedales students tailor their studies by taking core subjects in the more challenging IGCSE qualification and the majority of other subjects in the school’s unique GCSE alternative, Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs). Only a small number of subjects use GCSE. All three qualifications use the same A*-G grading system.

The content of BACs is broad and stimulating offering cross curricular opportunities that are suited to a wide variety of teaching and active learning styles. Internal assessment includes a mixture of written assignments, presentations, projects and performances, together with terminal examinations as appropriate. Results are moderated by external examiners. Bedales is the first school to be recognised by UCAS as offering its own GCSE-replacement qualification.

Ten Bedales students achieved a minimum of nine A* grades, with three of those achieving 11A*s and three gaining 10A*s (see below). Six of the ten students were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales senior school and sixth form.

  • Josh Mazas from Liss achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Dance, Design, Drama, Geography and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Double Award Science and Spanish; and 1 B in GCSE Chinese. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Noah Clarke Hall from London achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Design, History and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish; and a GCSE in Latin. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Zeyno Yurddas from London achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, and Outdoor Work; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics and Double Award Science; and a GCSE in Turkish.
  • Anna Baring from Winchester achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish; and a GCSE in Latin. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Phoebe Devonshire from Fareham achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish; and a GCSE in Latin.
  • Michael Paterson from Midhurst achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Ancient Civilisations, Design and Geography; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Godelieve de Bree from Hindhead achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, and Outdoor Work; IGCSEs in English, French, Biology and Physics; and 2 As in IGCSE Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • Kit Mosely from Hambledon achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Ancient Civilisations, English Literature and History; IGSCEs in English, French, Mathematics and Double Award Science; and a GCSE in Music. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Julia Newlands from Steep achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature and History; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Cy Worthington from Richmond, North Yorkshire achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature and History; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology; a GCSE in Latin; and an A in Bedales Assessed Course in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics.

Commenting on the students’ achievements, Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools said:

“Congratulations to our students on their excellent results. As the Bedales curriculum is mainly a combination of the more demanding IGCSEs and Bedales Assessed Courses, our students’ performance is even more impressive, particularly as over a quarter of them achieved a clean sweep of nine A*s or As. Bedales Assessed Courses offer more stretch, challenge, collaboration, independent working and choice, which we believe encourages higher degrees of motivation and learning in our students. This unique approach provides a better platform for A Level success and thereby access to the more demanding universities, as well as preparing our students for the world of work.”

Other Bedales successes include:

  • Molly Brooks from Chichester achieved 8 A*s and 2 As.
  • *Ollo Catton from Petersfield achieved 8 A*s and 2 As.
  • *Ben Allez from Petersfield achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  • *Polly Caines from Petersfield achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  • Harry Green from Liss achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  • Megan Harley from Walton on Thames achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  • *Milo Howes from Ropley achieved 6 A*s and 4 As.
  • *Kitty Kennedy from Petersfield achieved 6 A*s and 4 As.
  • *Rose Voorhees from Petersfield achieved 6 A*s, 3 As and 1 B.
  • Stella Green from Hove achieved 6 A*s and 3 As.
  • *Sam Harding from Steep achieved 6 A*s and 3 As.
  • *Eloise Anderson from London achieved 5 A*s and 4 As.
  • Elmo Meath Baker from London achieved 4 A*s and 6 As.
  • Ottoline MacIlwaine from Alderney, Channel Islands achieved 3 A*s, 6 As and 1 B.
  • *Quito Clothier from Petersfield achieved 3 A*s and 6 As.
  • *Imi Gibbon from Froxfield achieved 2 A*s and 7 As.

* Attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst prior to Bedales senior school.

Bedales’ unique curriculum is built around a group of five compulsory subjects: IGCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, Science (Double or Triple Award) and a Modern Foreign Language. This ensures both that the full range of core skills is covered and also that the minimum requirement for much of higher education is met. Students then choose from other options, which include up to five BACs from a total of 11 courses on offer that include subjects such as Ancient Civilisations, History (the 2015 cohort was the first to take the BAC rather than GCSE) and Classical Music, an additional IGCSE Modern Foreign Language or GCSE (eg. Latin).

The overall combined GCSE/IGCSE /BAC results in 2015 were:

  • A* – A: 56.5%
  • A* – C: 94.1%

As Bedales students study a combination of three different qualifications, the figure quoted is a combined statistic for GCSE, IGCSE and Bedales Assessed Courses. No other school studies this unique combination of qualifications. Please note data is provisional.

Kitty Kennedy and Ollo Catton with their results
                                    Kitty Kennedy and Ollo Catton with their results

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