It was a pleasure today to welcome back to Bede’s, this year’s Upper Sixth leavers and their teachers to celebrate the announcement of their A level and BTEC results.
Amongst the success stories are Fearghus Beauchamp who has achieved a clean sweep of A*s in Economics, Maths, Further Maths and French and Grace Tuson who has also achieved the top grades in Maths, English and History. Flossie Wilson gained A*s in English, Fine Art and Graphic Communications and outgoing Head of School, Milly Gibson’s strong set of results will see her taking up her offer to study PPE at Oxford.
Some of our top sportspeople have also enjoyed considerable academic success; notably twins Millie and Mary Taylor, who will be pursuing their cricketing careers next year, both achieved the equivalent of straight A*s in their subjects and Freya Kemp, who also balanced a busy year playing cricket professionally with her studies, gained the equivalent of two A*s and an A in her subjects.
Some notable subject performances included Art where 100% of pupils gained A*-B grades and Economics and Maths where 92% and 86% of pupils gained A*-B grades respectively.
Bede’s Deputy Head, John Tuson commented “As has been widely covered in the press, grade distributions have returned to pre-pandemic levels. The authorities took the decision to not offer any concessions in recognition of the disruption that this cohort of pupils have experienced, but I think it is right that as we celebrate these excellent results, we also acknowledge that these pupils absolutely have had to overcome some significant challenges during their school careers and their achievements are therefore all the more impressive as a result.”
Bede’s Headmaster, Peter Goodyer praised this year’s Upper Sixth, commenting “A great deal of hard work, by pupils and their teachers, has been rewarded with these results but I take equal pleasure in reflecting on the broader achievements of this dedicated and diverse year group, as well as the enduring friendships which have been formed. They have contributed so much in myriad ways - on the stage, in the sporting arena and in service to their school and wider community - and I wish them every success for the future.”