2015 GCSE Results - Sandy Upper has SMASHED it AGAIN!!

Last year, Sandy Upper School went through a radical transformation under the leadership of Principal, Balraj Hare and her amazing team, achieving an astounding GCSE pass rate of 81% 5+ A*-C including Maths and English. These were, by far, the highest results achieved in the entire history of Bedfordshire. Not only was the school the highest performing school in the county by a considerable margin, but it was also ‘The Most Improved School in the Country in 2014!’ Such a sterling performance led to the school being recognised as one of the ‘TOP 100 PERFORMING schools in the COUNTRY’ by the Department for Education. However, some claimed that this achievement was a ‘one year wonder’ and could never be replicated again! But Sandy Upper HAS delivered again!! Having achieved a spectacular 82% 5+ A*- C including English and maths and 92% 5+ A*- C grades!

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All staff and students celebrated, as the school will retain its prime position as a leading school in the county and the country! This phenomenal result is the culmination of two years in which virtually every aspect of the school has been transformed, with the focus at the school firmly on creating a culture of outstanding achievement for every student. Top Performing  Students:

Superstars Rosie Barrows and Ciana Thompson achieved 15 A*/A grades!! Other remarkable successes included, Molly Hilditch 13 A/A*, Lap Yin Chen 13 A/A*, Craig Fox 12 A/A*, Merrick Child 11 A/A*, Nancy Root  10 A/A*, Angus Monaghan  10 A/A*, Thomas Grimley  10 A/A* and Catherine George  10 A/A*

Principal, Balraj Hare said “Our GCSE results this year are truly spectacular AGAIN! All students have made outstanding progress and more students than ever before can pursue the next stage of their careers and fulfill their dreams! I am delighted that a remarkable 82% of our students achieved 5+ A*- C including English and Maths and 92% achieved 5+ A*- C grades, with many students achieving A*/ A GCSE grades across the board. This outstanding outcome is significantly above the national average of 53% (2014), and I am delighted that we have sustained our position as one of the leading schools in the country! Last year, with 81%, we achieved the highest results in the history of Bedfordshire, became the ‘The Most Improved School in the Country in 2014!’ and were recognised as one of the ‘TOP 100 PERFORMING schools in the COUNTRY’ by the DfE. But this year, with 82% we have surpassed this, and my staff and I are delighted. My staff and students have worked exceptionally hard as one united team and they are thrilled with what we have achieved. We promised a total transformation of Sandy Upper School and we have delivered it in record time.” 

Karen Hayward, Vice Principal said “It has been a pleasure to work with such a committed and talented year group. These results are a fitting reward for all your hard work and effort – I could not be prouder of you!”

Best Ever ‘A’ Level Results for Sandy Upper School

Staff and students at Sandy Upper celebrated an outstanding set of results – a fitting reward after an exceptional and transformational two years!

The overall pass rate was an outstanding 99%, with a huge increase in the top grades – with 25% of grades at A*-A, 50% at A-B and 81% at A*-C! During the last two years, Sandy Upper has undergone a complete transformation under the leadership of Principal, Balraj Hare and her team of fantastic staff. The steep trajectory of improvement can be seen in the outstanding results which show a huge leap compared to earlier years under previous regimes. 

                                       A Level Results 2015 – Best Ever!






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An amazing 98% of students have secured their university offers and all were astounded by their personal achievements and by the excellent results across the Sixth Form. A high percentage of students have secured places at top Russell Group universities with top performances from Hannah Bishopp who achieved A*, A*, A* and will be going to Cambridge to read Engineering, Ross Adams who achieved A*, A*, A*  and will be going to Warwick to read Maths and Statistics, Belinda Sergent who achieved A*, A*, A  and will be going to Bath to read Maths, Gursimar Dhillon who achieved A*, A, A  and will be going to Nottingham to read Natural Science, Annie Edwards who achieved A, A, B, and will be going to Bristol to read History and Clara Zwetsloot who achieved A,A,B and will be going to York to read History. There was further excellence in the arts with Henry Ward who achieved A,A,C and has won a coveted place at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Beth Deans who achieved A*, A* and will be studying at the Royal School for Speech and Dance, and Tarsala Watson, who achieved A, and 5 D* grades and will be studying Dance at Chicester.

Principal, Balraj Hare said “Last year, at Sandy Upper we achieved the best ever A Levels results in the history of the school, but this year we have surpassed these even further! We have achieved an excellent overall pass rate of 99%, and we have had a huge increase in the top grades with an astounding 25% of passes at A*/A, 50% at A/B and 81% at A*-C grades! 98% of our students will now be able to attend their first choice universities and only a couple will have to go through clearing. This is excellent news and I am absolutely delighted. These grades will be amongst the highest in Bedfordshire as Sandy Upper continues its steep, upward trajectory of improvement! I would like to pass on my congratulations to my students, who should be extremely proud of what they have achieved and to all my amazing staff who have worked incredibly hard to achieve these exceptional outcomes.”

Lisa Goodship, Vice Principal said “It is a very exciting time to be a part of Sandy Upper Sixth Form. Our students are achieving at the very highest levels and are securing places at top Russell Group universities and other top institutions. The sixth form are truly an aspirational example for all students at Sandy Upper and I am extremely proud of them”