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Results Day 2022: Smiles at Samuel Whitbread Academy as tremendous GCSE results revealed

Year 11 students at Samuel Whitbread Academy in Clifton are today (Thursday 25 August) celebrating another fantastic set of well-deserved GCSE and BTEC results, after last week’s equally-impressive post-16 performance.

This is the first year group in two years to sit the public exams, after GCSEs were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There were a number of individual success stories this year at the academy, which is part of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST), including: Breanna with nine grade 9s, one grade 7 and an A in FSMQ Maths, Isabelle with eight grade 9s, two grade 8s and a B in FSMQ Maths, Jessica gained eight grade 9s, an 8, a 7 and A in FSMQ Maths, Natasha with seven grade 9s, three grade 8s and A in FSMQ Maths, and Jess gained seven grade 9s, an 8 and a 7.

Other notable individual performances included: Amy with six grade 9s and four grade 8s, Emily with five grade 9s and five grade 8s, Lucia gained six grade 9s, two 8s and a 7, Sami gained two grade 9s and six grade 8s and Lydia who gained three grade 9s, five grade 8s and an A in FSMQ Maths.

Students Lucia, Emily, Amy and Annabel

Ashleigh Duguid and Annie Priano, Heads of Year 11, and Mel Godfrey, Pastoral Support Officer, were delighted to see Tayla, Jamie, Lily, Hattie, Chloe, Oscar and Max gain some well-deserved results after overcoming many different challenges this year.

Principal Nick Martin said: “This has been an absolutely fantastic year group and it has been a pleasure to be their headteacher since they joined us in Year 9.

“They have overcome every challenge that the last two years has thrown at them and acted as great role models for the younger students. They have shown enormous character during the pandemic and have certainly embodied our school values of determination and resilience.

Samuel Whitbread student Sami

“Although Covid curtailed our plans for their final day celebrations, I was so pleased that it didn’t dampen the festivities at the Year 11 Prom, which was a fitting end to their year. I wish them luck on the next step of their journey, whether with us in our Sixth Form or at college or in an apprenticeship.”

BEST Chief Executive Officer Dr Alan Lee said: “I am so pleased for all in the Samuel Whitbread community. Throughout their GCSE studies our students have, time and again, shown terrific character meeting all challenges head-on.

“Staff and parents have been there every step of the way. Together, exceptional results have been achieved. I am tremendously proud and grateful and, wish this wonderful group of young adults every success in the future.”


Top picture: Students Lydia and Georgia