Here’s the second in our series focussing on GCSE success stories:
Shehan Retnasingam got an A* with Distinction (which is a grade above an A* in further maths), 6As* 3As and a B. He said: ‘I am happy with my A in geography because I got a C in my mock and I also wasn’t expecting an A in literature. Of course I am proud of my A* with Distinction in further maths. It was a lot of work but it was worth it. I am doing maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at A Level and want to study maths or physics at degree level.’
Judah Stephenson has won a scholarship with her Distinction*,7A*s, 3As and a B graded exams. She said: ‘I put my success down to effective revision. I watched videos as it depends on what type of learner you are. I am most pleased about the 99 out of 100 I got in religious studies and I got a lot of one off full marks so I am really pleased. I got a scholarship to study physics and computing at Oundle School. I’ve enjoyed being at Brooke Weston and have made some good friends.’
Ambertessa Lincoln got 5A* and 5A grades. She said: ‘I expected to get these grades but only because I worked so hard for them. I put in a lot of hours revising. Doing past papers definitely helped because you could look at the mark scheme and see what they were expecting, so you knew the answers to give and how to word them. I am most pleased about my geography and English results. I am coming back to do maths, chemistry, biology and geography. I’d like to go into medicine and probably train to be a doctor and I have been looking at universities in Edinburgh, Oxford and London Imperial.’
Romy Neale achieved a Distinction, 4A*s, 5As and B. She said: ‘I am most pleased about the ones I thought I wouldn’t do as well at like science because I haven’t always been good at science and maths so I worked really hard. I am really happy. I got As in biology, chemistry and physics and I was expecting Bs and Cs! I am coming back to study RE, biology, art and history.
John Robbins is celebrating his Distinction, 3A*s, 6As and a B. He said: ‘It is a big relief it has all paid off. I started my revision as early as possible; about three or four months before the actual exams. I kept going through the old past papers and comparing mark schemes and everything because you can see the kind of answer they ask for and you notice a lot of patterns. I am coming back to do DT, maths, physics and one other subject. I am thinking of going on to mechanical engineering as we are a bit short of engineers at the moment.’