Olympic dreams for one high flying BGN GCSE student

Blessed George Napier School, Banbury, GCSE results day. From the left, Sebastian Hamilton, Rebecca Nutt, Nikhil Oommen, Tamara Lloyd and Edwin Gigi. NNL-160825-120702009

Blessed George Napier School, Banbury, GCSE results day. From the left, Sebastian Hamilton, Rebecca Nutt, Nikhil Oommen, Tamara Lloyd and Edwin Gigi. NNL-160825-120702009

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For one Blessed George Napier student GCSE success isn’t enough as she sets her sights on Olympic glory.

Heloise Hardie is celebrating today after achieving six A grades and two B’s but is putting a traditional educational career on hold as she aims to reach the 2024 Olympics.

Blessed George Napier School, Banbury, GCSE results day. Heloise Hardie. NNL-160825-120729009

Blessed George Napier School, Banbury, GCSE results day. Heloise Hardie. NNL-160825-120729009

The excellent grades are in addition to an A and B she has already obtained and she will continue her studies next year away from a conventional educational establishment.

Heloise (pronounced Eloise) who is a talented fencer and has fenced for both England and GB, instead will be dedicating much of her time to the sport in the immediate future.

She said: “Next year I’m not going to be in education of any kind because I will be training for fencing.

“I’m aiming for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. I won’t be working and hopefully will get funded.

Blessed George Napier School, Banbury, GCSE results day. Liam Madden. NNL-160825-120555009

Blessed George Napier School, Banbury, GCSE results day. Liam Madden. NNL-160825-120555009

She added: “It’s always what I wanted to do.”

Heloise continued with her dedicated fencing training during the build up to the examinations even finding time travel to London three times per week. The school overall performed very well with some 72 per cent of Year 11 students achieving A grade C or above in English and maths and 67 percent gaining five or more GCSEs including English and maths.

Principal Fraser Long said: “It was particularly pleasing to see the phenomenal progress of our students. Our congratulations go to them and our dedicated staff.”

Liam Madden, who was one of the 50 or so mentor students at the school came away with an impressive array of GCSE’s including an A grade in English Language and two B grades.

He said: “I’m going to Banbury College to study Business Studies at level three.

“I honestly did not expect this. I am very happy.”

Other students going onto bigger and better things include Nikhil Oommen who earned four A* and A grades along with a B. 
Nikhil said of the future: “I’m going to study math, further maths and physics, but I’m not sure about the last one, and hope to go to uni.”
Tamara Lloyd added to her previous grades of two A*’s and two A’s with a further four A*’s and three A’s and is hoping to go on to a good university.

Head of upper school, Roisin Conway said: “It’s brilliant, I’m really happy with the progress made.”