Sixteen year old Delamere student, Matthew Rogers from Sidcup could not believe his eyes when he opened his GCSE results – he achieved a staggering nine Grade 9 (A*+ equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, French, Geography, Maths, Music, Physics and Religious Studies!

Matthew was speechless when he opened his envelope and couldn’t wait to phone family members to tell them the good news.  Matthew’s ambition is to become a scientist. He has won a scholarship to attend Eltham College to continue studying Maths and Science, from where he hopes to gain a place at Cambridge University.

“Under the reformed GCSEs, Grade 9 is much more difficult to achieve – only 837 students achieved a clean sweep of  Grade 9s this year so Matthew’s results are quite outstanding and places him amongst the top achieving students in the country”.  Said David Millar, Executive Principal.

Initial analysis shows that overall the Academy has improved attainment in a number of subjects including English, Mathematics, French and Media. 

“I would like to congratulate all students on their achievements. These results reflect five years of hard work and determination. I would also like to say an enormous thank you to the staff for going the extra mile in supporting all our Year 11 students.”  said David Millar.

With 253 students in the year group there are many individual success stories to celebrate.  Here are just some of the top achievers within each of the Academy’s Small Schools:

In Ashdown School Divine Davidson is the top achieving girl who achieved 7 grade 7s (equivalent to A grade) or above and Daniel Sibaveun-Tchounga the top achieving boy with nine grade 7s or above.  Abi Taylor was thrilled with her grades, seven of which were at grade 6 and above.

In Sherwood  the top achieving boy was James Nicola who achieved four grade 7s or above and the top achieving girl was Aisha Dawodu who achieved five grade 7s or above

In Delamere School  Matthew Rogers was the overall top achiever but there were many individual successes:

Amongst the many others celebrating their results were Kieran Rusher, Hannah Doyle and Jacqueline Austin.

Kieran achieved 8 grade 7s and above including grade 9s in English Literature and Media.  

Hannah achieved three grade 9s for English Literature , RE and Media, along with a raft of top grades in her other subjects including History, Sociology and English Language.

Jacqueline was delighted with her grade 9 for Art along with a further eight subjects all at grade 7 and above.

“We are delighted that the majority of students will remain with us for their Post 16 studies in Arden and we look forward to building on their success.” Said David Millar.