Abbeywood students rise to the challenge of GCSEs and A Levels

September 06 2020
Abbeywood students rise to the challenge of GCSEs and A Levels

Abbeywood Community School have been celebrating their excellent GCSE results for 2020 - despite initial confusion over the results process.

The school said the'superb' results are a reflection of the incredible hard work and dedication shown by staff and students, along with support from our parents and carers. 
The 2020 GCSE outcomes have been awarded based on school assessment which were calculated using a rigorous standardisation process and they show our school continues on its upward trajectory of improvement. 
There were many notable stand-out high-achieving performers including: Dylan Parrish, Kush Awasti, Robyn Wright, Anais Elezi, Reba Khalid, Mac Elmorssy, Cameron Thompson, Jennifer Crossley, Aishu Putravu, Kushi Ashwin, Harvey Wong, Emily Hathaway, Charlie Chamberlain and Jamelia Meredith. 
Amy Barber, Hameedah Bello, Kai Laity, Eloise Smith- Ferrier, Esha James and Tom McDermott are also worthy of individual mention in making particularly strong progress in their time at Abbeywood.
Headteacher Dave Howe said:“With lockdown and so much uncertainty surrounding the results process this has been a really challenging year for us all and particularly so for those students receiving GCSE results this summer. 
"Despite these challenges these outstanding results are testament to our students’ resilience and dedication, our strong school ethos and the commitment of all our staff. I am deeply proud of all our students and these superb GCSE results are a reflection of five years of us learning and growing together in our happy, hard-working school. 
"I am particularly pleased so many of our Year 11 students will be staying with us in Post 16 for their next exciting part of their journey and we will continue to help each student realise their ambitious dreams. I would like to pay tribute to all our parents and carers, who have supported us so well throughout this challenging year, as this very strong set of GCSE results would not have been possible without them.”
Key Stage 4 Leader Richard Bendry added:“I am really proud to have been your head of year as I have been so impressed with the way you have supported each other and your families throughout the challenges this year has presented us. 
"Your resilience, kindness and dedication have brought you all to this point of success.”
Year 13 students at Abbeywood Community School are celebrating an excellent set of A level results, with over half of students receiving grades A*-B and over 20% receiving a top grade. 
The overall pass rate was 99%. The average A Level grade achieved this year was a grade B and the average vocational course grade was a Distinction. The overall school results are above the national average for progress made at A Level, reflected in our highest ever number of students being awarded places at the top Russell Group universities this year.
Gemma Shafto, Director of Post 16 said,“We are delighted that the hard work of our students and staff has been recognised in these very positive results.“We are delighted that the hard work of our students and staff has been recognised in these very positive results. 
So many of our students have achieved the excellent grades they deserve, and they now embark on a wide range of exciting undergraduate courses, apprenticeships, employment or a gap year. We are extremely proud of the achievements of our Year 13 students and we wish them all the very best for their future.”
Top performers included:
Amy Bamford(A*, A*, B) – Business and Economics at Cardiff University
George Beaven(A*, Distinction*, A) Film at Bournemouth University
Sophie Harris(A*, A, A) – Politics at Bournemouth University
Rhian Marsden(A, B, Distinction) – Film and TV at Reading University
Aksha Pathmaseen(A*, B, B) Biological Science at Leicester University
Denisa Racaceanu(A*, A, Distinction*) – Law and Business at UWE
Aaron Thyer-Burr(A*, A, B) – Medical Genetics at Swansea University
Shazera Begum(Distinction, Distinction, A) – TBC
Headteacher, Dave Howe added:“We are so proud of our students who thoroughly deserve this superb set of Post 16 results. These excellent outcomes are a tribute to the dedication and hard work of both staff and students and now provide the springboard to exciting futures. On behalf of the whole school community I wish all our students a successful future and look forward to hearing about their many wonderful future achievements.”