Bexleyheath Academy students achieve outstanding results after traumatic year
PUBLISHED: 16:03 27 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 28 August 2013
Bexleyheath Academy students put a traumatic year behind them to achieve excellent GCSE results on Thursday.
In the past six months two Year 11 students have died - Philip Lamin suffered a cardiac arrest in February and Jamie-Leigh Lynch died from an epileptic fit in June.
But 99 per cent of students gained five A* to C grades, up six per cent from 2012, whilst more than 60 per cent gained five A* to Cs with English and maths included - again far improved from the previous year.
The parents of Jamie-Leigh and Philip came in to the Woolwich Road school to pick up their posthumous results - the former achieved seven A* to G grades while Philip gained eight A* to C grades.
Head teacher Carl Wakefield said: “We are so proud of this set of results in particular however as this year group has been through so much over the past six months after losing two of its students in Philip Lamin and Jamie-Leigh Lynch.
“To have to deal with two such traumatic situations at the beginning and in the middle of their key revision and actual examination period was a real challenge. However, they pulled together, looked after each other, stayed strong and came through these tragic times to do themselves, the academy, their families and perhaps above all, Jamie-Leigh and Philip proud.
“They are indeed a very special group of young people who have been extremely well led and looked after by their pastoral leads, Mrs Boswell and Mrs Bristow, and will without doubt go on to become extremely successful in their future careers. I am honoured to be associated with both this year group and their staff and feel these set of results are both well-earned and thoroughly deserved.”