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81% 5+ A*-C


Sandy Upper School celebrated today as students achieved the School’s best ever results – a record-breaking 81% including Maths and English - completing a total transformation from the previous fortunes of the school. This figure has never before been seen in Central Bedfordshire, or indeed in neighbouring counties!

In just one year, the school has made a leap of 27% from 54% to 81% - a remarkable achievement which is likely to see Sandy identified as one of the most improved schools in the COUNTRY! This phenomenal result is the culmination of a year 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.

Our remarkable day started with a short assembly celebrating the headline news before nervous students joined their House Leaders to collect their envelopes. Smiles, screams of joy and hugs of congratulation were the order of the day as students realised that they had achieved their dream results - opening the doors to a golden future.

Principal, Balraj Hare said "Our GCSE results this year are truly spectacular and all students have made outstanding progress! I am delighted to say that a remarkable 81% of our students achieved 5+ GCSE including Maths and English, with many students achieving 13+ A*- C GCSE grades. This outstanding outcome is significantly above the national average of 59% (2013) and a massive improvement from last year. These are, by far, the highest results in the history of the school, and the history of Bedfordshire, and many other Eastern region counties. With an improvement of 27% from last year (54% 2013) we will easily be one of the most improved schools in the COUNTRY, if not, THE most improved, this year. My staff and students have worked incredibly hard as one united team and they are thrilled with what they have achieved. We promised a total transformation of Sandy Upper School (which had been underachieving for a number of years) and we have delivered it in record time. Our excellent OFSTED inspection in July, the 99% pass rate for A Levels and these exceptional GCSE outcomes, show that we have now created an exceptional school!”

Top Performing  Students:

Superstar Jessica Dodds achieved 15 A*-C with Danielle Stevenson achieving 14 A*-C. Other remarkable successes included:

Jack Eldridge 13 A*/A
Jessica Dodds 13 A*/A and 2 B
Jessica Young 11 A*/A and 1 B
Preeti Dhillon 10 A*/A and 4 B
Adam Deans 9 A*/A, 3 B and 1 C
Danielle Stevenson 8 A*/A, 4 B and 2 C
Katie Needham 7 A*/A, 4 B and 2 C
Robert Greener 7 A*/A, 4 B and 1 C



 Karen Hayward, Vice Principal with responsibility for achievement 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!” 

Follow us on Twitter @SandyUpper for pictures from today's results celebrations.