School's elite pull in perfect GCSE grades

Borlasian Tom Brockwell with his perfect set of results

Borlasian Tom Brockwell with his perfect set of results

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STAR pupils at a Marlow school took their titles literally as three top academic minds walked away with perfect grades in their GCSE exams.

Students Sakshi Soni, Tom Brockwell and Olivia Seifert received A* grades across the board, and were among 35 pupils at the West Street academy to get straight A marks or better.

16-year old Tom from Cookham said the opening of his envelope could not come soon enough, with a nervous couple of months' wait as his initial positivity was tested.

He said: “I am obviously very happy, I did better than I expected. I thought coming out of the exams that I’d done well but afterwards the longer it goes on the more doubts start to creep in.

“But I think it is natural to worry. I kept myself busy and my summer packed full of stuff to take my mind off it.

“I’ve really liked my time at the school up until now so hopefully the sixth form will be just as good.”

The only reason Tom opened an envelope containing nine A* grades and not ten, was that the high-achiever had sat his maths exam the year before – also taking an A* in that paper.

Speaking before embarking on a celebratory cycling holiday in Italy, the sporty youngster revealed that although he had worked hard, the secret of his success was good organisation.

He said: “I didn’t do more work than others, but I studied hard and started early.

“Making my notes early meant that by the time it came to revision time I still has time to go out and play tennis and relax a bit.”

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7:27pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Congratulations to a confident and modest young man on his hard work being rewarded – perhaps it was not just hard work and he is more talented than he realises.
Congratulations to a confident and modest young man on his hard work being rewarded – perhaps it was not just hard work and he is more talented than he realises. Undercover Euro Yob
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7:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

However -

What a shame he is benefiting from out of county in a specially advantaged section of the Bucks Education Service, dedicated to a minority of children, at a time when children from the majority, who fail the 11+ on our side of the Thames, go to Maidenhead every morning to get a decent standard of education away from 'selection'.
However - What a shame he is benefiting from out of county in a specially advantaged section of the Bucks Education Service, dedicated to a minority of children, at a time when children from the majority, who fail the 11+ on our side of the Thames, go to Maidenhead every morning to get a decent standard of education away from 'selection'. Undercover Euro Yob
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11:40am Fri 22 Aug 14

BucksComment says...

Shame the reporter obviously did not pass his journalism GCSE....

You can infer the school is Borlase, but it does not state that anywhere
Shame the reporter obviously did not pass his journalism GCSE.... You can infer the school is Borlase, but it does not state that anywhere BucksComment
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10:59am Sat 23 Aug 14

chepping100 says...

Buckinghamshire schools should be for Buckinghamshire residents.

Tom from Cookham is depriving a Buckinghamshire child from a place in a Buckinghamshire school.

He should, of course, be attending a school in Berkshire.
Buckinghamshire schools should be for Buckinghamshire residents. Tom from Cookham is depriving a Buckinghamshire child from a place in a Buckinghamshire school. He should, of course, be attending a school in Berkshire. chepping100
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3:43pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

chepping100 wrote:
Buckinghamshire schools should be for Buckinghamshire residents.

Tom from Cookham is depriving a Buckinghamshire child from a place in a Buckinghamshire school.

He should, of course, be attending a school in Berkshire.
That’s right and they have a good system there - that is why children from near Mike Appleyard's house in Bourne End can be seen catching the train into Berkshire to attend non-selective schools there every schoolday morning.
[quote][p][bold]chepping100[/bold] wrote: Buckinghamshire schools should be for Buckinghamshire residents. Tom from Cookham is depriving a Buckinghamshire child from a place in a Buckinghamshire school. He should, of course, be attending a school in Berkshire.[/p][/quote]That’s right and they have a good system there - that is why children from near Mike Appleyard's house in Bourne End can be seen catching the train into Berkshire to attend non-selective schools there every schoolday morning. Undercover Euro Yob
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