Son of Sherlock actress gains impressive GCSEs at Capital City Academy

Orlando Phipps enjoyed an impressive set of GCSE results

Orlando Phipps enjoyed an impressive set of GCSE results - Credit: Archant

A Capital City Academy student and son of a famous English actress, who starred in hit television programme Sherlock, celebrated his impressive set of GCSE results.

High-achievers: (left to right) Damian Ancuta, Orlando Phipps, Rahim Adeniyi

High-achievers: (left to right) Damian Ancuta, Orlando Phipps, Rahim Adeniyi - Credit: Archant

An anxious Orlando Phipps, the child of Haydn Gwynne who plays Miss Wenceslas in the TV drama -best known for her role as Alex Pates in 1990s comedy series Drop the Dead Donkey- burst into a fit of laughter after looking upon his results for the very first time.

The jet-lagged 16 year-old, who endured a 3,250 mile trip across the Atlantic from New York City, in America, the day before in order to get back in time for results day, achieved six A*s in history, english literature, chemistry, physics, religious education and maths.

He also gained As in english language, biology and a B in French.

He said: “I expected good things because I have never before in my life invested so many hours on working hard to get good grades.


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“My mum will not believe it when I tell her. She will stay silent for minutes before bursting into celebration.”

Overall, 53 per cent of students at the school, in Doyle Gardens, achieved five or more A*-C grades including english and maths.

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Another pupil, Rahim Adeniyi who achieved an A*, six A, two Bs and one C, claimed his single mother would be proud of his achievements.

He now plans to study english, art, physics and maths for A-Level, with aspirations to become a graphic designer,

He said: “She will be over the moon. Before I left home, she said she would be proud of me regardless of the results.

He continued: “It shows that the strongest single mother can achieve, and help her children achieve, anything if they put their mind to it.”

Alex Thomas, headtecher, said: “In a year when nationally English results have fallen this represents a great effort by our students and teachers.

“We are really pleased with the progress this year group have made over the last five years; well done to all those receiving excellent results.”

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