GB basketball player Simeon Perry was celebrating his GCSE results today after achieving grades ranging from 5 to 8.

Simeon has just competed in the U-16 European Basketball Championships in Montenegro where the GB team played nine matches and finished 10th out of 24 teams.

He said: “I hoped that I’d done ok in my exams but I was nervous last night, I didn’t get to sleep until about 3am. I want to go on to study Psychology, Business and PE and I would like to use my A-levels to get a basketball scholarship in America.”

Twins Benedict and Benjamin Rivera achieved a raft of top GCSE grades.

Between them they scored 7s, 8s and 9s and are now both planning on studying the same subjects at A-level – Biology, Chemistry and Maths – and ultimately both are hoping to study Microbiology at UCL in London.

Benedict said: “We’ve always done the same thing and we are both planning on doing the same A-levels and we both want to go to UCL and study the same subject. I’m really pleased with my results. We both opened them at the same time as that’s what we’d planned to do.”

Molly Dziunka was one of the school’s top achievers after scoring five 9s, four 8s and a 7.

She said: “I was so happy when I saw my results, I didn’t think they would be like that. The exams were so long ago I wasn’t sure how I’d done. I’m staying on in Sixth Form to study English, Psychology and Textiles. I’m not sure what I want to do career wise yet but I picked the A-levels that I enjoy.”

It has been another record-breaking year for GCSE results at Saint Benedict CVA. The school’s Attainment 8 score, which measures the attainment across the best eight subjects of all pupils, has risen again to 48.2 from 48.1 in 2018 and 42.9 in 2017. The school expects its Progress 8 score to be around +0.32.

Over 60% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in English and maths (equivalent to the old grade C) and the number of grade 9s rose significantly from 52 last year to 82 this year.

Mr Gritton said: “We are delighted with this year’s results which have seen our students perform well above target once again. Our overall Attainment 8 score was 48.2 against a target of 45 so this means we should end up with a positive Progress 8 score again this year. We are extremely pleased for all of our students who performed consistently well across all groups and all areas of the curriculum. They worked extremely hard and were well supported by our dedicated staff. We look forward to welcoming many of our Year 11 students back to attend our Sixth Form.”

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