Students at Kingsley have returned a very strong set of GCSE results following the excellent A Level results announced last week.

Students nervously arrived at Kingsley this morning to be given their exam results. The nervousness quickly turned into squeals of delight and hugs as pupils opened their results, collectively celebrating their exam results.  The atmosphere was terrific.

This year the GCSE subjects have been graded on a new scale from 9 to 1, as opposed to A*-G, with 9 being the highest grade. An A is now graded as a 7, an A* is an 8 and a new exceptional grade, above an A*, is a 9.

Kingsley’s PE department were delighted that Alice Beresford was awarded a 9 in PE. Alice who has been playing in the England Handball team alongside her studies said:  “I did so much better than I expected with my results.  A big thank you to Mr Mathers and the PE department and to Dr Ley for all her help with science. I am delighted.”

Alice’s Mum Mrs Beresford added: “I am really thrilled with Alice’s results, especially the 9.  Mr Mathers and the PE department have always gone above and beyond at Kingsley to help Alice achieve this result and to excel in sport.  I am so proud of her.  I must say this year has felt stressful with all the new GCSE reforms.  However, standing here in this room of happy students all smiling away, that stress is now behind us! “

Among the students with exceptional grades was Nat Bodinetz, who opened his results and said: “I am so happy with my results! I have seven 8 grades and two 7 grades amongst them! Thank you to everyone at Kingsley for helping me every step of the way.  My results are all down to the teachers here. I am delighted with my English results, both 8s. My English teacher Miss Makepeace is surprisingly funny and has been really good at making us all laugh in class in the run up to our exams!!  I must thank Ms Borsten for helping me with Drama and for the amazing performance opportunities we have at Kingsley.”

Nat’s twin brother Gabe was also in school to open his results and said: “I’m relieved” There has been so much tension in the build-up to today, but once I opened my results I was fine! I am relieved and really pleased with my results.”

Clare Bodinetz, Nat’s Mum, said: “I am exceptionally proud of the boys.  They have worked incredibly hard, and I am excited to see where the next two years at Kingsley in the Sixth Form leads them. Kingsley has always been the school which focuses on nurturing each individual and encouraging them to be their best.  The boys’ academic results today are proof that this individual approach works for them all.”


Harry Edwards who undertook a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering alongside his GCSEs was delighted to be awarded starred Distinction in Engineering, the equivalent to 8.5 at GCSE.  Harry said: “I worked really hard on my BTEC, so I was hoping to get a strong result today.  The engineering skills learnt in this course will be great life skills for me, regardless of whether I pursue a career in Engineering. Thank you to everyone at Kingsley.”

Kingsley’s Headmaster, Mr Pete Last, was delighted with the results: “After the long wait, GCSE results day is here! Congratulations to each and every one of our GCSE students, I am proud of you all. The students deserve enormous credit for three years of hard work on the reformed GCSE courses, deliberately designed to make the qualification tougher. The students’ success today is a testament to the support of parents and families alongside the dedication of all of the Kingsley teachers, who inspire and encourage the students to do their best. Moreover, the students themselves are a close-knit bunch who support one another and share in each other’s successes, today on results day, but throughout the school year with all their other sparkling achievements. With the summer drawing to a close we hope all Kingsley students enjoy the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming them back, especially our GCSE students who will be new into the Sixth Form.”