Records smashed for the second time this summer
It has, without doubt, been a magnificent summer for students and staff at The Blandford School. Last week saw post 16 students smash school records and year 11’s collecting their results today have followed suit.
In the new exams which have been described as ‘the toughest for a generation’, the results were exceptionally good: 76% of students achieved a standard pass in English and 64% a strong pass. In maths, 72% achieved a standard pass and 52% a strong pass. The combined figure – those students who achieved at least a standard pass in both English and maths was therefore 66%, with 49% achieving a strong pass. High Ability students performed very well indeed with 50% of them achieving a Grade 7 or above in English and 45% achieving a Grade 7 or above in mathematics; 25% of entries achieved Grades 9 -7 (the old A*/A) and 75% 9-4 (A*- C). Science results were phenomenal and the ‘best ever’ for TBS, other subjects which have shown significant improvement this year are geography and languages.
There were some excellent individual performances with a host of students gaining impressive sets of the coveted Grade 9 which is awarded to the top 3% of students nationally. Samuel Hughes and Mansoon Tamang top the leaderboard with both achieving seven Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and one Grade A; Olivia Sellen also did brilliantly with her five Grade 9s and 3 Grade 8s closely followed by Amy Lewis who achieved four Grade 9s, five Grade 8s and 1 Grade A; Emma Wright also achieved ten 9 -7 passes with three Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and four Grade 7s. Other students who will be celebrating include Akira Lane with three Grade 9s, two Grade 8s, three Grade 7s and one Grade A. Rosie Belle Platts, Louie Didcott and Chloe Russell all achieved three Grade 9s, two Grade 8s, two Grade 7s and one Grade A; Lauren Green gained two Grade 9s, five Grade 8s and two Grade 7s; Joshua Pitman achieved two Grade 9s, one Grade 8, three Grade 7s and one Grade A. The list of high fliers goes on and on with the following all achieving Grade 9s and Grade 8s within their suite of excellent results: George Lewis, Oliver Dobson, Alfie Panchaud, Andrew Thomas, Felicitas Bissel, William Rogers, Poppy Failes, Alice Knightbridge, Georgia Roncaglia, Lilijan Erim, Harry Sutton, Ben Willson, Leah O’Loughlin, Oliver Cleal, Grace Gardiner, Oliver Hendy, Alex Robinson, Georgina Bailey, Edward Winkle,
Sally Wilson, Headteacher of The Blandford School said, ‘This is a really fantastic set of results and I am thrilled to see so many of our students of all abilities doing so well. As ever, students have worked incredibly hard and one can only admire the commitment and determination of our young people who have achieved such high grades across a broad range of disciplines. I would like to publicly congratulate my colleagues whose dedication and resilience in a period of significant assessment and curriculum change should be applauded. I am delighted to say that the vast majority of students will be joining the sixth form where I am sure they will continue to do well.’
Sally Wilson, Headteacher