GCSEs: BACA students secure great exam results

Toni Gander from BACA in Brighton with her father Grant getting her GCSE results  (Photograph: Simon Dack / Vervate)
Toni Gander from BACA in Brighton with her father Grant getting her GCSE results (Photograph: Simon Dack / Vervate)

Students at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) celebrated their exam results today (August 24), with 58 per cent securing good grades in English and maths.

The school said mathematics grades are at a record high (when compared to previous A* to C) with 63 per cent of students receiving grades of 9 to 4.

Hummd Ghouri with his father Ahmed from BACA in Brighton getting his GCSE results  (Photograph: Simon Dack / Vervate)

Hummd Ghouri with his father Ahmed from BACA in Brighton getting his GCSE results (Photograph: Simon Dack / Vervate)

And the number of students securing English grades 9 to 4 is at 68 per cent, well above this year’s national average.

Students celebrating significant achievements in their GCSEs today include: Hummd Ghouri who secured 14 A*-G including eight grades at A*- A; Curtis Pilsworth who secured 11 grades at A*-G including seven grades at A*-A; and Kalaira Montero Munoz who secured nine grades at A*-G including three A*-A.

Students who made significant progress in their studies include: Georgia Blake Saunders who scored nearly two grades above national average in all of her subjects; and Kyra Kibble who scored nearly 1.5 grades above national in all of her subjects.

Overall a quarter of students performed better than nationally based on their starting points, the school said.

Curtis Pilsworth from BACA in Brighton happy with his GCSE results (Photograph:  Simon Dack/Vervate)

Curtis Pilsworth from BACA in Brighton happy with his GCSE results (Photograph: Simon Dack/Vervate)

BACA said it is continuing to see an increase in Year 11 students who stay on to BACA College, and on the basis of BACA’s 100 per cent success rate at A-Level last week, these students are expected to leave in two years’ time with the qualifications they need to secure their places at university, apprenticeships or employment.

Principal Dylan Davies said: “I’m proud to see so many happy students who are receiving the grades they need to progress on to the courses and colleges they desire. We help students believe they can achieve anything they set their mind to, and we are really seeing that mission come to life today.

“Our unique offer which includes our robust employer partnership programme, The Brighton Digital Media Academy, superb sports facilities and coaching, such as the Aldridge Cricket Academy, the Construction Academy that offers industry apprenticeships and our exciting new partnership with BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) and BRICTT (Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training) demonstrate the positive changes happening here and great opportunities that are attracting students to BACA.”

Jim May, chair of governors for BACA, said: "I am delighted to see so many of our students securing the results they need to progress on to study subjects they are passionate about. We are driven to help our students develop the work/life skills they need for success, and it is evident from these fantastic results that students are being fully prepared for their futures.

Mia Finnemore (left) and Toni Gander from BACA (Photograph: Simon Dack / Vervate)

Mia Finnemore (left) and Toni Gander from BACA (Photograph: Simon Dack / Vervate)

“The exciting partnerships we are building are working towards bridging skills gaps across the city and helping prepare our students for success. We work to provide the best possible learning experiences for students across Brighton and Hove and days like today truly show the effort and determination of our students and staff.”