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Another exceptional year of GCSE results at AKS in 2019
Alex Brown / 22 August 2019 / Categories: News

Another exceptional year of GCSE results at AKS in 2019

Press Release, 22 August, 2019

It has been another exceptional year for GCSE students at AKS, which builds on last year’s impressive results. An extraordinary third of all students got at least five grades at 8 or 9, which is equivalent to an A* in the previous grading system, and 51% of all grades achieved were a 9, 8 or 7 (equivalent to A*/A).

Head of Middle School, Phill Rudd said, "It’s fantastic to see our students do so well across the board, with the number of students achieving grades 9-4 (equivalent of an A-C) increasing for another year running. We are delighted to see students achieve all they are capable of and, in some cases, surpassing their own expectations. We are proud of their academic achievements, but it is also an absolute pleasure to see them grow in confidence and develop into outstanding young people”.

Particular highlights include: Bruno Eaves (ten 9s and an A** in Further Maths), who completed his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and volunteers in our school maths clinic; J Jay Ditchfield (five 9s, four 8s), our male lead in ‘We Will Rock You’, this year’s school musical at Lowther Gardens; Eve Hamilton (six 9s, three 8s, A** in Further Maths), who is heavily involved in a raft of community service projects; Amy Irving (eight 9s and one 8), who completed her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as participating in CCF; and Oliver Knowles (six 9s, three 8s, A in Further Maths), saxophonist and member of our tennis team, reigning LTA North of England Tennis Champions and winners of a  national Sports Team of the Year Award. 

What makes these results so remarkable is that they have been gained in addition to achievements outside the exam hall, for example, 65% of our GCSE students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards; others have gained county and national honours in sports such as golf, rugby and hockey.  The character education offered by AKS includes this summer’s trip to Nepal which was described as a “trip of a lifetime” by Lytham Facey (one 9, eight 8s, one 7, B in Further Maths), who represents AKS in rugby and is a member of the CCF. These achievements reflect the growing recognition of the positive impact that experiences gained out of the classroom have on academic results.

Headmaster David Harrow commented, “It is fantastic to be able to celebrate these superb results, which are a testament to the hard work and dedication of both our students and their teachers. We are immensely proud of all our students, not just those who achieved the highest grades. So much of what students learn over their time at AKS doesn’t lead to a GCSE and, whilst that may not be measurable, it is just as valuable and means that the doors opened by these results can be stepped through with confidence.”

Head of Sixth Form, Kevin Maund added, “This has been another year of outstanding results and I’m excited to welcome such a strong set of students into the Sixth Form who will study alongside exceptional students who have chosen to move to AKS for their A levels. I’m looking forward to seeing them rising to new challenges, capitalising on leadership opportunities and growing in response to academic rigour that characterises our Sixth Form”.

As we prepare to embark on another academic year”, concluded David Harrow, “our aims as a school – academic ambition, individual pathways, success and value – remain at the forefront of our minds, and we look forward to welcoming back our successful GCSE students as they continue their educational journeys.”



Eleven Passes: B Eaves, L Facey.

Ten Passes: T Che, C Chiu, A Chung, J J Ditchfield, B Eichhöfer, X Guo, E Hamilton, O Knowles, J Lumsden, O Macheta, J Pickersgill, L Ridgway, S Rimmer Eastwood, E Smith, I Walton, R Zacharias.

Nine Passes: J Anthony, O Bell, R Bell-Smith, L Breakell, S Bridges, M Butcher, E Butterfield, A Bux, S Chapman, J Choi, M Cox, A Coyne, Z Davies, F Druce, E Duncan, O Earnshaw, J Fisher, B Forrest, T Gledhill, J Green, G Hammond, R Haresceugh, C Hay, J Hayden, S Ilhan, A Irving, N Jayaharan, C King, E Lowther, Y Luxford, A Munir, B O'Hara, S Ollerenshaw, L Payne, D Quilligan, H Redman, L Rowe, F Salt, O Shepherd, S Sinclair, N Singh, C Sobey, D Torrans, V Walker.

Eight Passes: A Foulds, I Kosogorin, A Lloyd, N Mugridge, E Peacock.

Seven Passes: S Manassie.

Six Passes: M Dail.

Three Passes: E Williams.



Talented teachers, excellent facilities and a positive, disciplined ethos support the academic ambition and individual passion of all our students, delivered across our 35-acre outstanding coastal campus. Over 200 co-curricular programmes extend our students’ development across the creative and performing arts, sports and through service to the community. 


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