LIVE: GCSE results coming in across Bedford Borough

Greenacre Independent School GCSE results 2022
Greenacre Independent School GCSE Students 2022

The long-awaited results from in-person GCSE results are coming in today after two years of disruption across Bedford Borough thanks to COVID-19.

Nationally, Sky News and other national media are reporting that GCSE grades awarded to students are down on last year, but remain higher than pre-COVID levels.

It’s the first time students have sat physical exams since COVID and lockdowns forced the temporary overhaul of the education system.

Figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show grades dropping below last year, but are above those from 2019.

The number of students given a 7 (equivalent to an A) is up by 5.5% on 2019, but down 2.6% compared to last year.

Students awarded a 4 (equivalent to a C, or a pass grade) rose by 5.9% on 2019, and down 3.9% compared to last year.

Girls also fared better than boys. 30% of girls achieved a 7, compared with 22.6% for boys.

The results across Bedford Borough are as follows.

Sharnbrook Academy

Clare Raku, Principal of Sharnbrook Academy, said year 11 students have shown “huge maturity and resilience working extremely hard throughout their studies to achieve an excellent set of results.”

Ms Raku also highlighted some of the top students this year.

  • Thea Dolby: 9 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 8 and 1 Grade 7
  • Ewan Long: 8 Grade 9s and 3 Grade 8s
  • Sophie Simpson: 9 Grade 9s and 2 Grade 8s
  • Ali Zghaibe: 10 Grade 9s and 1 Grade 7

Sharnbrook Academy GCSE results 2022“These results reflect the positivity and determination of our Year 11 students to overcome challenges and work together with staff, parents and one another to ensure that they were well prepared for this year’s examinations, the first since 2019,” added Ms Raku.

“In many cases, students have exceeded expected outcomes and the performance of students across all subjects, including English and maths, is very strong.

“We are incredibly proud of the superb grades achieved by all our students… On behalf of everyone at the academy, we would like to wish all our students the very best for the next stage of their education, training or employment, and are looking forward to welcoming many of our students back into Sharnbrook Sixth Form in September.”

For more information about joining Sharnbrook Sixth Form, please contact

Greenacre Independent School

Bedford Greenacre Independent School says they are “delighted” overall grades are significantly higher than in 2019.

Principal Mr Daniel said: “As a non-selective independent school, it is particularly pleasing that Bedford Greenacre pupils continue to achieve highly across all subject areas, underlining our broad and balanced curriculum tailored to individual needs.

“We are incredibly proud of the achievements of all our pupils as they have worked very hard throughout their time at Bedford Greenacre, but there are several pupils who deserve special praise for the results they have received.

“We would like to congratulate Mario Brandon, Rachel Carter, George Clayton, Oliver Codrington, Jelena Ilic, Ismaeel Khan, Pollyanna Soderqvist and Sam Whitney who have achieved incredibly impressive sets of results across the board including top grades.”

Greenacre Independent School GCSE results 2022
Greenacre Independent School GCSE Students 2022

Subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Food and Nutrition, French and Further Maths all achieved 100% grade 4-9 for all entries.

The school also said their English and Maths departments enjoyed their best results ever.

Following this fantastic set of results, a large number of students will be joining Bedford Greenacre’s friendly, vibrant Sixth Form.

There are still a very small number of spaces available so please contact the school if you are still looking for a place for September.

Wixams Academy

Staff and students from Wixams Academy have been celebrating for more than one reason today as this is also the first set of GCSE results for the school.

Principal, Paul Spyropoulos, said: “These results are the culmination of a 5-year journey for our Founding students and I am immensely proud of each and every one of them.

“Since opening as new Academy in 2017, we have always supported our students to be their very best and I am pleased to see that we have surpassed many of our challenging targets with these results.

“I look forward to welcoming new and existing students into our new sixth form in September and will keenly follow all students’ achievements in the years to come.”

Wixams Academy, which is part of Bedford College Academy Trust, highlighted their top students, adding they are “proud of every student’s achievements”.

  • Raseel Rathore: 7 grade 9, 2 grade 8 and 1 grade 7
  • Theo Mazrei-Farahani: 5 grade 9, 3 grade 8, 1 grade 7 and a L2D*
  • Oliver Gibson: 3 grade 9, 3 grade 8 and 4 grade 7
  • Emily Sweet: 7 grade 8, 2 grade 7 and 1 grade 6
  • Evan Williams: 1 grade 8, 3 grade 7
  • Rebecca Common: 2 grade 9, 2 grade 8
  • Raul Jaspal: 2 grade 8, 6 grade 7
  • Evie Burton: 1 grade 9, 2 grade 8, 3 grade 7

Bedford Free School

Bedford Free School says this year’s set of results is the best ever at the school.

In a statement, the school said: “The exam results today place this cohort of students well above national averages even though they attained significantly below national and local averages when aged 11 before they joined BFS.”

The school also highlighted various achievements.

  • 100% of pupils graded in both English and Maths GCSE
  • 82% achieved a grade 4 (standard pass) or better in both English & Maths GCSEs
  • 57% achieved a grade 5 (strong pass) or better in both English and Maths
  • 77% achieved a grade 4 or better in at least two science GCSEs
  • Passes at grade 4+, 5+ and 7+ increase again across almost all subjects

Notable individual performances were also highlighted:

  • Sophie Lehain achieved seven grade 9s and four grade 8s
  • Zulal Gerceck achieved seven 9s and three 8s
  • Maymounah Abroudj-Ameur gained six 9s and four 8s
  • Anson Sabichan was awarded five grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7 and 6.

School staff are also said to be very proud of Harren Darmendra who arrived new to the country in June 2021 but still managed to achieve 8 high scoring GCSEs: two grade 9s, two 8s, one 7 and all others a 6.

Bernice Wong also came to Bedford Free School from abroad in October of last year, and still achieved five amazing grades.

Bernice Wong Bedford School GCSE results 2022
Bernice Wong

Principal Jane Herron said:“I am so very proud of our pupils and our school. The community of staff and pupils deserve the huge successes we are celebrating this morning.

“These pupils, with the support of a world-class team of staff, overcame significant challenges caused by a pandemic.

“This is the outcome of five years of incredibly hard work and resilience. Our brilliant parents, pupils and my committed staff team all worked together to contribute to these achievements.

“I know that this group of pupils will go on to achieve and contribute a great deal to Bedford and the country.”

Castle Newnham

Castle Newnham students have been full of smiles this morning, achieving results at or beyond expectations.

The school said they are, “so pleased for students and families” who have shown “terrific resilience and determination even in the most difficult of circumstances”.

The school highlighted:

  • Noor Yasir: 8 x grade 9 and 1 x grade 8
  • Talal Shaikh: 7 x grade 9 and 2 x grade 8

Also achieving a whole range of the highest grades are Mati Kurczynsky (who also achieved ‘A’ in Additional Maths), Mia-Rae Daniel, Daisy Shewry, Polly Smith, Flo Wood and Olivia Hoskin.

Castle Newnham School GCSE results 2022
Castle Newnham pupils celebrating their results with Principal Ruth Wilkes

Daubeney Academy

Students at Daubeney Academy, part of The Chiltern Learning Trust are celebrating “fantastic” GCSE result success.

John Linehan, Headteacher at Daubeney Academy, said: “Our 2022 cohort of Year 11 students are very special; they have been with us for seven years and they are our first-year group to have a full examination experience rather than teacher-assessed grades.

“We are incredibly proud of them and the results that they have achieved. We are also pleased that these are our strongest set of results yet, meaning we have continued our year-on-year pattern of improvement in student outcomes.

“We are delighted that these students, and many more, have attained grades that mean they can attend their first-choice college or sixth form. We wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavours, we look forward to watching the success they will go on to achieve.”

Daubeney Academy Amy Richards GCSE results 2022
Daubeney Academy’s Head Girl, Amy Richards

One significant student success is that of the Academy’s Head Girl, Amy Richards who achieved an average of a grade 8 across all her GCSE subjects.

Equally impressive were the performances of Thuwaragan Sivanesan and Akhenaton Warrington who are leaving with averages of a grade 7 and a grade 6 across all their GCSEs respectively.

Find out more about Daubeney Academy at their website.

Mark Rutherford School

As Mark Rutherford students received their GCSE results, headteacher Mrs Foster said: “We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements.

“Students have sat their exams after two disrupted years to their learning and have produced results they should be very happy with.

“Over half of the cohort have achieved above their target grades which is an incredible achievement.”

A number of students have gotten the highest grades including:

  • Elizabeth – Seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and a grade 6
  • Ignacy – Four grade 9s, five grade 8s and a grade 7
  • Ellen – Five grade 9s and six grade 8s
  • Louise – Three grade 9s, four grade 8s, two grade 7s and a grade 6
Mark Rutherford School GCSE results 2022
Mark Rutherford School

Mrs Foster added, “It was lovely to welcome students with their parents/carers into our school after the summer break and the anticipation of their results.

“It is a highlight of the academic year seeing how students have done and celebrating their successes with them.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 students who can now progress onto their chosen pathways and thank staff for their hard work, support and commitment to ensuring the students were prepared for their exams.”

Many students have opted to stay in the school’s Sixth Form choosing to study from the wide range of subjects on offer, including the new Football Academy which will complement the school’s academic offer.

Mark Rutherford is still open to receiving applications through their website.

Bedford School

Bedford School has said it is celebrating what it is calling “many successes of their fifth-form boys”.

The school said those receiving their GCSE results this morning earned an impressive clutch of top grades, with over a quarter of the results in the top grade 9.

Overall, over half of the exams were graded 8 or above.

Bedford School boys picking up their GCSE results 2022
Bedford School boys picking up their GCSE results 2022

Headmaster James Hodgson said: “This is a superb set of results and today is an opportunity to congratulate our boys as well as their teachers, families, and all who have supported them through the many challenges that the circumstances of recent years have posed to their education.”

The boys will be back in a few weeks’ time to continue their educational journey with the school by studying either the International Baccalaureate (IB) or A-Levels in the Sixth Form.

Talking about what the results meant to them, Ivan Iankov, who achieved ten grade 9s, thanked his teachers who helped stretch his efforts.

“My teachers gave me extra resources, which gave me the opportunity to improve my understanding and read wider into the subjects,” he said.

Max Leung, a boarder at the school, who is currently at home in Hong Kong, was relieved and very happy indeed with nine grade 9s.

“I was very nervous and my heart was pounding so hard when I logged on to check my report. But after I saw what I got; it was such a relief to see that my hard work had paid off.

“The school helped a lot with moral support and I am very grateful for all the people who helped me do my best,” said Max.

Other notable achievements included:

  • Alexander Hall, received eight grade 9s and two grade 8s.
  • Keshav Navalkissoor was “extremely happy” to achieve 10 grade 9s.
  • Jason Fasanya achieved six 9 and two 8s.
  • Aiden Ainsworth was delighted with his set of seven grade 9s and four grade 8s.
  • Jack Harte was beaming from ear to ear with eight 9s and two 8s

Mr Hodgson added, “These boys have not only worked extremely hard but have also shown great resilience during an unprecedented time.

“Well done to them all – they thoroughly deserve their success”.

Biddenham International School

Biddenham students have posted higher grades than ever.

The school said they recognise that these students have been amazingly resilient and are sure that the fact that all their students have their own Chromebooks provided by the school was key to keeping the learning going throughout COVID disruption.

David Bailey, the Principal, commented, “We are even more proud of our students than ever as they have produced fantastic results having lived through the most difficult of circumstances – all credit to them and their families.”

The top performer was Rayhan Miah who achieved 8 x 9’s, 1x 8 and 2 x 7’s.

Others who achieved all top grades were Grace Dilley, Fatima Tasnim, Ali Hasan, Stephanie Omorogbe, Fariha Choudhury, Beth Davison, Housna Houssani, Justin Grosu, Amour Amour, Madasser Rafiq and Haider Ahmed Khan.

This is a live update and may change as more information becomes available.

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