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Bury Grammar School's GCSE Results 2022

  • 21.2% grade 9 (A**)
  • 41.0% grades 9-8 (A**-A*)
  • 60.8% grades 9-7 (A**-A)
  • 90.9% grades 9-5 (A**-B)

A stellar year group has achieved a stunning set of GCSE results with a whole host of star grades. Pupils, parents and staff are jumping for joy at our Year 11 pupils’ outstanding achievements - a group of young people who were just 14 years old during the first lockdown and who overcame a series of unprecedented challenges during their formative years.

More than 40% of all grades are stellar 9s and 8s (A**-A*), over 60% of results are at the very top level of 9-7s (A**-A) and more than 90% of grades are 9-5 (A**-B).

In all, there are a magnificent 240 grade 9s (A**) and 690 grade 7-9s (A-A**): a superb constellation of top results!

Two pupils have achieved a perfect score of nine grade 9s (A**), eleven pupils have a stunning set  of nine grades at 8 and 9 (A* and A**), thirty-one pupils have all 7-9s (A-A**) and eighty of our 130 pupils have more 7-9s (A**-A) than any other grade.

Thirteen academic departments at BGS averaged a grade 7 (A), including Mathematics, English and Science and 100% grades in Further Maths were a grade 9 (A**).

Very many congratulations to all our GCSE pupils on their truly sparkling results!

There have been so many individual achievements; here are just a few...

⭐ Amélie Chemney received a full suite of grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Mathematics and Physics. Amelie told us: 

“Thank you so, so much to all the teachers for their continued support throughout the years. Their unwavering enthusiasm and optimism has been unparalleled. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

⭐ Helena Simpson also secured 9 grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Music, and Physics. Helena is delighted and said: 

“The decision to study at BGS in Year 7 was one of the best decisions of my life, my results would not have been possible without the support of my teachers and peers, and the wonderful atmosphere of the school."

⭐The following pupils achieved all 8s and 9s, equivalent to A** and A*s: 

Ali Al-Attar, Ayesha Asif, Emily Holt, Adil Khan, Mohammad Mehmood, Caitlin Noakes, Maya Patel, Florence Rafter and Imaan Rashid 

"I am very grateful for the great teaching provided by BGS which has enabled me to get grades I am very pleased with!" – Adil Khan

"I am very proud of my results and couldn’t have done it without BGS!" – Maya Patel

Very many of our pupils achieved extraordinary results in their GCSEs – and readers will appreciate that it is not necessarily those results which make the headlines which represent the greatest achievements.

We are immensely proud of ALL of our pupils and teachers and of every grade achieved through hard work, determination and dedication.

Sixth Form 

Our Year 11s could not be going into Sixth Form at a more exciting time as September sees the opening of The Courthouse, our new academic centre for sixth formers. We anticipate that our pupils will be opting for a wide range of A-level subjects and will be keen to take up the very many opportunities offered in BGS Sixth Form.

Fantastic careers and university advice, leadership roles, the Duke of Edinburgh award, the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)…and no doubt many happy memories and superb future academic achievements await.

The national picture and ‘value added’ 

Schools had been informed, prior to the 2022 examination season, that GCSE results this year would return to levels approximately half-way between the grades obtained in 2019 – the last time external examinations were sat – and those allocated in 2021 in the form of TAGs (Teacher Assessed Grades).  

BGS students have continually achieved well above the national and regional averages; the graph below shows the difference between performance at grade 7(A) at BGS compared with the North West average.

Our pupils have also emphatically outperformed their own expectations by achieving GCSE results way ahead of the levels indicated through tests of their ‘innate’ ability. Please see below a comparison of actual grades achieved at grade 8 (A*) and above compared with 'predictions' based on baseline data.


Mrs Jo Anderson, Principal, said, "Many congratulations to our Y11s and to their teachers! The scale of their achievements should not be underestimated – these are young people who were just 14 years old when the pandemic began and who spent much of their formative years learning from home, supported by their teachers and parents. To have achieved the stellar results we are seeing today, given the challenges faced, is absolutely incredible. The average grade is a grade 7 (A) and there are a stunning 465 grades at the 8-9 (A*/A**) level but some of the most extraordinary achievements lay behind the headlines and are personal triumphs over adversity known only to the individuals involved. This is indisputably an A grade year group – academically, as the results demonstrate - but even more importantly,  in terms of character. To say we are over the moon for our pupils and teachers is an understatement."

Mrs Vicky Leaver, Deputy Principal in charge of academic provision, added,  “We could not be prouder of our Year 11s who have achieved a tremendous set of GCSE results. As a year group they are well known for making the most of every opportunity and have embraced the challenges of GCSE study with maturity and dedication. Their results are a shining example of what happens when hard work, great teaching and talent come together!” 

Mr Devin Cassidy, Vice-Principal, commented, ‘I am so pleased and warmly congratulate our pupils on their achievements but also pay tribute to their teachers who taught and supported them so well over what has been a difficult period at times owing to the pandemic.’ 

Congratulations to our pupils who exceeded all expectations!!


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