Central Bedfordshire Council news and press releases

The GCSE results are here!

Friday, 23 August 2019

Students all over Central Bedfordshire have received their GCSE results yesterday, 22 August 2019.

On a busy day across schools and academies in Central Bedfordshire, early indications for provisional GCSE results show that results in the area remain stable, which is in line with the emerging national trend.

For the first time this year all GCSEs use the new 9 to 1 scale, with grade 9 being the highest.

Provisional results show that: 

  • 63% of pupils achieved a pass in English and Maths (4-9 grade)
  • 40% of pupils achieved a ‘strong pass’ in English and Maths (5-9 grade)
  • the overall attainment 8 score for Central Bedfordshire is 44.4

Please note: Queensbury Academy resubmitted its data on Wednesday August 28, with an amended English and maths grade 5+ figure. Therefore, the percentage achieving “strong pass” in English and maths (grade 5 or above) has changed from 40% to 41%.

Priory Academy (Dunstable) and Vandyke Upper School (Leighton Buzzard) achieved the best attainment 8 scores in Central Bedfordshire. Cedars Upper School (Linslade) and Vandyke Upper School made the most improvement from 2018 with increases of 1.7 points and 1.1 points respectively, when reviewing the attainment 8 headline measure.

And there have been plenty of individual success stories too.

Etonbury Academy (Arlesey) students received their first ever set of GCSE results, including a 100% pass rate at grade 4 and above in physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, Latin and sociology. And top student Matthew Christoper achieved nine grade 9s and a grade 8.

Shefford’s Samuel Whitbread Academy celebrated their best ever results with 73 per cent of their students gaining a 9-4 in English and maths, with 32 students gaining one or more of grade 9, including Tom Warriner and Cailin Prior, who both achieved seven grade 9s. Cailin said: “I was so shocked with my results and I still can't quite believe it. I’d like to thank all my teachers, especially biology, PE and sociology!”

Three Dunstable schools celebrated start pupil achievements. At Manshead CE Academy, Shageela Konasan achieved seven grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7. Queensbury Academy saw Tegan Ingram achieve three grade 9s, five grade 8s, one grade 7 and an A. Lauren Adkin at All Saints Academy in Dunstable, achieved 11 grades 9-5.

At Harlington Upper School Finlay Chubb and Kesia Sawden both achieved eight GCSEs at grade 9.

Councillor Sue Clark, our Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

Congratulations to everyone who collected their GCSE results. Today is a big day, it’s the culmination of years of hard work from pupils, teachers and of course parents.

As the waiting is finally over, I wish students and their families the best of luck in whatever steps they take next.

Our new Find Your Future website has been designed for people aged between 15-30 to find all the right information in one place, whether that is a new education experience or getting the right career path.

For parents, the website can also be a useful tool to help them support their child, now that they’ve finished their GCSEs.