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GCSE Results 2018 – Press Release

The staff and parents of all Year 11 students at Aylesbury Grammar School are proud of the results achieved today in the GCSEs of 2018.

The reformed GCSE qualifications have brought much debate, preparation and application. Well done to all the students for their achievements and to the staff for guiding them to such outstanding results.

71% of entries in reformed GCSEs were graded 9-7.

69.2% of entries were graded 9-7 or A*/A and 98.6% 9-4 or A*-C.

75.1% of students received 5 or more 9-7 or A* and A grades with 33 students receiving 100% 9-7 or A*/A grades.

Exceptional performances from Dylan Holmes-Cowan, Matt Rizzo-Naudi with nine grade 9s and two A* grades. Cam Brooker with nine grade 9s and one A* grade. George Ramsey achieved seven grade 9s with four A* grades, Aman Sidiq seven grade 9s and three A* grades, Jordan Cobley seven grade 9s with two A* grades. Shoheb Hassan and Max Ramsey both achieved seven grade 9s with one A* grade.

Headmaster Mark Sturgeon said:

‘The challenges of the new GCSEs in reformed subjects have created a challenging environment for the students and staff. With little reference material, it is great news to see the students perform so well and achieve so highly.

These outcomes will provide them all with a wonderful foundation for further study and we congratulate them and their families and staff who have supported the students throughout the two years of GCSE study.’

For further information please contact: Vanessa Kennedy (Headmaster’s PA) on 01296 484545 or

GCSE press release 2018

Year 13 celebrate outstanding A Level results

Year 13 students at Aylesbury Grammar School are celebrating an outstanding set of A level examination results with 72.7% of entries being graded B or better, and 49% of the entries achieving an A* or A grade. 19% of entries were graded A* with an overall pass rate of 99.7%.

52 students (27% of the year group) achieved A* or A grades in all their subjects and 68 students achieved at least three A grades.

Exceptional performances from Martin Atkins, Lewis Ball, Dylan Bhopal, Thomas Cay, Max Hutt, Tanmay Mahesh, Lee Saunders and George Wyatt saw them rewarded with four A* grades each. A further 12 students achieved at least three A* grades each.

Headmaster Mark Sturgeon said: ‘The year group as a whole has achieved a great set of results. These are a part of their whole education at Aylesbury Grammar School and provides them with opportunities and choices for the future.

The students have been an excellent group to learn with and all the staff are extremely proud of their achievements.

We wish all of them a bright and rewarding future in whatever they choose to do. It has been a tough end to their School career with much to reflect upon but we would like to say well done to them all.

Once an Aylesburian, always an Aylesburian.’

The dedication of the staff and the care of every family has helped the students secure their places at university or the work place. Our thanks go to all of the Aylesburian community.

In memory of Charlie Dunne

As the School Community comes to terms with the very sad loss of Charlie Dunne, our continued support and thoughts are with his family and friends.

The ‘Memories of Charlie’ book remains open for anyone to sign and we will present this to the family at the right time.

Over the past days there has been much press coverage of the tragic events that have engulfed the Dunne family and our School. On Tuesday 17 July, we held a special gathering for Charlie’s year group and any Old Aylesburians wishing to return and share in their loss. The event provided an opportunity for Year 13 to return to School from exam leave and speak to staff, to their peers and to remember Charlie.

With photographs, video and a number of incredibly emotional reflections from staff, the overriding feeling was one of celebrating a life that filled us all with happiness. Charlie was one of the special young people that had boundless positivity. He was the embodiment of being an Aylesburian, ready to take on any challenge, supporting others and always giving to his community.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the staff for their incredible strength at such a challenging time.

The Dunne family would like us to share the details of the funeral arrangements and specifically the opportunity to donate in Charlie’s memory to the two charities that were close to his heart, the RNLI and the Aylesbury Grammar School Malawi initiative.

If you would like to donate please follow the link here:

I would like to end by saying that Aylesbury Grammar School is a great School, not because of its exam results or sporting success, nor because of the achievements of our alumni or performing arts, but because the whole School community cares. Every member of staff cares, all of us are Aylesburians.

Once an Aylesburian, always an Aylesburian.

Goodbye Charlie, our friend, an Aylesburian.


Mark Sturgeon


Sad news from Aylesbury Grammar School

It is with great sadness that we have to share with you the news that Charlie Dunne, one of our Year 13 students in Denson House, has died after suffering a terrible accident on a beach in North Devon, whilst on holiday.

Charlie had recently completed his A levels. He attended the Leavers’ Ball on Sunday 8 July and then travelled to North Devon for a holiday with family and some friends. Whilst on the beach Charlie suffered a terrible accident that left him with a catastrophic injury to his vertebrae causing spinal injury and cardiac arrest.

His family took the impossible decision to turn off the life support that had been assisting Charlie since the accident. Charlie died on Wednesday evening. Charlie was registered as an organ donor and there is some comfort in him living on in others and potentially transforming their lives.

Charlie was lively, inquisitive, friendly and helpful young man. He was always smiling, always happy and was well known across the whole School. His impact on Denson House, on the rugby squad and his friends cannot be underestimated and our thoughts and support are with the family and the whole Aylesburian community.

We are in contact with Charlie’s family and helping them in any way we can at this most difficult of times. The teaching staff and his closest friends have all been informed as well as special assemblies held across the School. The outgoing Year 13 have been invited back into School to share in their loss with us over the coming days and a ‘Memories of Charlie’ book has been opened for those who wish to share and contribute, located in the Boardroom.

As can be imagined this tragic news has hit the School community very hard. It is important for individuals to express their feelings and also get the support they need. As a result counselling capacity for staff and students will be provided in the coming days. We will be writing to all parents this week and would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.

Once an Aylesburian, always an Aylesburian.

Mark Sturgeon


Thought for the Week – 09.07.18

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it”

WALT DISNEY (1901-1966)

Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honours. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Born in Chicago in 1901, Disney developed an early interest in drawing. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio, Fantasia (both 1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), furthered the development of animated film. New animated and live-action films followed after World War II, including the critically successful Cinderella (1950) and Mary Poppins (1964), the latter of which received five Academy Awards.

In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney’s Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club; he was also involved in planning the 1959 Moscow Fair, the 1960 Winter Olympics, and the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1965, he began development of another theme park, Disney World, the heart of which was to be a new type of city, the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” (EPCOT). Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed.

Disney was a shy, self-deprecating and insecure man in private but adopted a warm and outgoing public persona. He had high standards and high expectations of those with whom he worked. His reputation changed in the years after his death, from a purveyor of homely patriotic values to a representative of American imperialism. He nevertheless remains an important figure in the history of animation and in the cultural history of the United States, where he is considered a national cultural icon. His film work continues to be shown and adapted; his studio maintains high standards in its production of popular entertainment, and the Disney amusement parks have grown in size and number to attract visitors in several countries.