AN ARBORFIELD school is celebrating its first-ever GCSE results day this year.
Bohunt Wokingham saw its first Year 11 cohort receive their qualifications today — and they marked the occasion with exceptionally high scores.
Nearly all (91%) of students passed English and Maths and more than three quarters (79%) received high passes in those subjects.
Ben Godber, head of school, organised a celebration for students and their families today, featuring banners, balloons, food and refreshments.
But he said he has mixed feelings about the occasion.
“It’s not the way we anticipated we’d be doing results,” he said. “We’d have loved to have had real exams this year and to launch the results off that, but the students have done themselves proud regardless.”
The five students receiving the highest grades across the cohort are:
- Javier Gorostidi-Turner: 10 grade 9s and one grade 8
- Alice Routley and John Jones: 10 grade 9s
- Isi Snaith and James Anderson: eight grade 9s and two grade 8s
- Amanda Mayorca: seven grade 9s and three grade 8s
- Kate Charles: seven grade 9s and two grade 8s
According to Mr Godber, the past five years have been unforgettable and he thanked the Year 11 students for leading Bohunt’s journey as a new school.
“They have been the year group setting the culture and the tone of the school from day one,” he added.
“They have been fantastic ambassadors for what the school is all about and they’ll go onto great things, wherever they go next.”
The headteacher is thrilled with how hard pupils worked, and said their results are testament to their dedication.
“They’ve always been blazing a trail of achievements right across our trust,” he said. “They’ve always outdone their peers and we’ve always had high aspirations for them.
“To have Progress 8 scores above 1 is exceptional.”
Bohunt Wokingham is hosting the Year 11s’ leavers’ prom next month, shortly before students enrol in new colleges.
“It will be lovely to say goodbye to them shortly before they start at new schools,” Mr Godber added.
“All in all, we’ve got wonderful results and I hope we see lots of smiley faces.”
Neil Strowger, Bohunt Education Trust Leader, added: “Our young people have demonstrated resilience, resolve and tremendous commitment throughout this disrupted and difficult year.
“They thoroughly deserve their results today; I know how very much this inaugural cohort will be missed by all at Bohunt.”