ST Benedict’s GCSE candidates achieved the best-ever set of results at the school in a year when the full standard was once again applied.

A total of 42.8% of all exams taken were graded 9-8 (A*), and 69.3% were graded 9-7 (A*/A). Eleven students achieved straight 9-8 (A*) grades, and 39 had straight 9-7 (A*/A grades).

GCSE results were strong across all subjects but were exceptionally good in History, Chemistry, Physics, French, Maths and Music.

Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “They have worked hard to achieve these outstanding results and are a credit to their families, and to their teachers, who have given dedicated support throughout.”

Mr Johnson, the head since 2016, will be succeeded by Joe Smith in September.