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GCSE Results from BSA Boarding Schools
25th August 2016


Congratulations to all students receiving GCSE today.  We will be updating the stories below with all their fantastic achievements throughout the day.


Heathfield School, Ascot

RECORD numbers of students have achieved A*-A grades in their GCSEs at leading girls’ school Heathfield in Ascot with a string of outstanding individual performances.

Well over four in ten of the exams taken at the Berkshire school were awarded the top A*-A grades (47%) while one in three of the candidates scored an impressive 3 A* grades and above each in their string of GCSEs.
The results mark a double celebration as they come just a week after girls at the school scored a record number of top grades at A level (43% of the exams taken at A*-A).

Four girls achieved an outstanding tally of A*-A grades between them at GCSE including incoming Head Girl Agatha who was awarded 8 A* grades and 2 As, Gabi - 4 A* grades and 6 As and Emma - 2 A* grades and 8 As.  Twins Eva and Sophie, 16, scored 19 GCSEs between them including 6 A* grades and 9 As.

Over four-fifths of the exams taken in total at Heathfield were awarded A*-B grades (83%). Two-thirds of candidates at the Berkshire school achieved at least 4 A*-A grades each and all girls recorded at least five A*-C passes each.

Meanwhile, exemplary subject performances came in the Sciences and Maths – 100% A*-B in Biology and 100% A*-C in Chemistry, Physics and Maths and in Science Core and Additional Science. In Modern Foreign Languages, three-quarters achieved an outstanding A*-A grade in French, 100% A* in Russian and nine in ten A*-B in Spanish. 

Other stellar performances came in History – 100% A*-B; Religious Studies – 76% A*-A grades; Geography 94% A*-B; Music – 100% A and English Language 74% A*-B and English Literature 100% A*-C and Business Studies 100% A*-C.

Director of Studies Marina Gardiner Legge, who becomes Head of Heathfield School next month, said: ‘At Heathfield, we have been driving forward the girls’ academic performance as a priority and these results demonstrate just how successful that drive is and, of course, are testament to the dedication of our talented team of staff and the hard work of our students.’


 

The Royal School, Wolverhampton

Another set of Great Results for Royal Students!

GCSE students at The Royal School have once again achieved excellent results across a broad and challenging range of subjects with Royal performance in the important national measure of five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, up again on last year’s outcomes by a healthy 30%.   The new Progress 8 measure shows that Royal students on average achieve one-third of a GCSE grade higher than expected.
24% of students attained five A*/A with the highest performances in MFL and sciences.  The on-going emphasis on STEM and the more challenging facilitating subjects, which are favoured by top universities, is reflected in 50% of pupils achieving A*/A in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and the many stellar performances in a range of modern languages, as well as a further upward trend in mathematics. There was a 100% success rate for all pupils who opted for the English Baccalaureate, reinforcing The Royal School’s excellent performance across these key areas and the focus on the development of the whole person in a broad range of subjects keeping doors open for applying to Russell Group and other universities in the future.

The majority of students will be staying on at The Royal to continue their A-Level studies in September. Some student highlights include Amaan Yasin with nine A* grades, Manraj Takhar with six A*s and three As; Chloe Edwards achieved three A*s, three As, and three Bs and Shivaas Nahar gained eight As and one B.  While elite athlete and Team GB Junior gymnast Joshua Nathan achieved five As, one B and one C. With his extreme training programme and the support provided from House Parents in The Royal’s Boarding environment, he was able to achieve excellent results preparing him for his A Level studies at The Royal.  The School is proud of all its students. 

This success follows on from last year and continues the upward trend the School has seen over the last few years.  The Royal prides itself on its students’ progress as well as attainment, as demonstrated through its’ positive Progress 8 figure. Attainment 8 is also extremely positive. These results attest to the fact that The Royal School continues to go from strength to strength.  


Sibford School

SIBFORD PUPILS CELEBRATE GCSE RESULTS

There will be celebrations at Sibford School near Banbury, Oxfordshire, today following the release of GCSE results.

The school once again recorded some outstanding results in science subjects, with 100% of pupils taking Biology and Physics gaining A*-C grades, and 94% of those taking Chemistry achieving A* - C.

Five students ~ William Edmonds, Alexander George, James McCullough, Isaac Roberts and Gary Rooney ~ achieved A*s and/or As in all three science subjects.

The school also saw excellent results in the core subject of Mathematics, with 90% of students achieving A* to C grades.

In all top A* and A grades were spread across a total of 19 different subjects ~ English Language, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Science, Religious Education, Art & Design, Business Studies, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition, Geography, History, Information & Communication Technology, Music, French, Spanish and Chinese. 

Two students achieved A*s in over 50% of their subjects.

Isaac Roberts, who gained an A* GCSE Maths Grade when he was just 13, added to his early success with a further five A*s (in English, Biology, Physics, Spanish and Statistics), three As (in Biology, Geography and Music) and two Bs (in English Literature and Religious Education).

William Edmonds achieved six A*s (in English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Religious Education), four As (in Biology, French, History and Information & Communication Technology) and one B (in English Literature).

Overall, 50 Year 11 pupils took GCSEs with 78% achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Toby Spence, who takes over as Head of Sibford School on 1 September said: “These are some strong results and I would like to offer my congratulations to both the pupils who have achieved them and the staff who have helped them to do so. This is particularly so in the case of those students whose results don’t make the headlines but who, while struggling academically and receiving extra learning support, have achieved some consistent C and D grades.

“I very much look forward to seeing many of these students when they return to Sibford in September to start their A Level studies and also look forward to welcoming students from other schools who are joining us for Sixth Form.”

2015                2016

Number of pupils                  54                    50

% 5+ A* to C                           83.3                 78


Stamford Endowed Schools

Outstanding GCSE results for Stamford High School and Stamford School – another record-breaking year

Stamford Endowed Schools students are celebrating superb results in their GCSEs, with a phenomenal 57% of girls and 52% of boys achieving A* and A grades.

At both schools, students achieved impressive pass rates. Record numbers of the very highest grade were awarded with over 27% of every examination taken being graded at A*. The percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSEs at Grade C or above was 98% at Stamford High School and 94% at Stamford School.

Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Mr Will Phelan stated: “I am absolutely delighted with the impressive results of our Stamfordians and extremely proud of them. I know that they have worked tirelessly for these examinations and I congratulate them on this significant achievement. 

These results are a testament to our students’ graft, determination, careful preparation, and the Schools’ excellent teachers. This has given our students the base to thrive in the Sixth Form and I look forward to further success at A-Level.”
 
Mrs Vicky Buckman, Headmistress of Stamford High School said: “I am absolutely delighted by the performance of our girls; we are all very proud of the determination and effort they have shown over the last two years which has brought them to this point.”

28 girls from Stamford High School (over a quarter of all candidates) gained 5 A* or better, they were:

Polly Ball, Isabella Bowering, Claudia Campbell, Eilidh Doig, Grace Durose, Lily Dwyer, Megan Ellison, Alexandra Fairbrass, Amelia Findlay, Lydia Frost, Julia Goddard, Beatrice Guttridge-Smith, Rebecca Holyland, Daisy Jowers, Rhona Kelly, Jemima Leedham, Lucy Little, Madeline Munro- Hall, Olivia Moyses, Ruby Nelms, Rachel Radbourne, Sophie Skelton, Holly Smyth, Amelia Szymborska, Alexandra Taylor, Charlotte Twigg, Alice Wibberley and Emma Wilson.

New Headmaster of Stamford School, Mr Nick Gallop noted: “It is remarkable to see the boys of Stamford School doing so well academically at the same time as being involved in so many other high-performing areas of school life.  I feel very proud indeed to be taking on the role of Head with the school in such fine academic health.”

29    Boys from Stamford School (over a quarter of all candidates) achieved 5 A* or better, they were:
Rohan Anand, Toby Ashcroft, Monty Barker-Pilsworth, Peter Blissett, Jay Clipston, Harry Cobbett, Robert Curtis, Steven Day, William Dickinson, Samuel Durrant, Oliver Edwards, Henry Farrer, Charles Germany, Augustus Gillick, Sasint Kongpatanakul, Harry Large, Chun Man (Ben) Lee, Connor Leo, Henry McClarnon, Oliver Pollock, Adam Richardson, Samuel Rudd-Jones, Edward (Alfie) Shaw, Jonah Shrive, William Smith, Samuel Talbot, Monty Toseland, Cian Tye, Harry Wattam. 

Data:

Stamford High School (girls)
Entered: 101 students
% A* grades: 28%
% A*/A grades: 57%
% A* to C grades (I.e Pass): 94%
% of students gaining 5 or more C grades: 98%

Stamford School (boys)
Entered 108 students
% A* grades: 27%
% A*/A grades: 52%
% A* to C grades: 93%
% of students gaining 5 or more C grades: 94%


Rendcomb College 

GCSE RESULTS: Half of grades at Rendcomb College A* or A

Today pupils at Rendcomb College, the independent co-educational day and boarding school in Gloucestershire, are picking up their long-awaited GCSE results.

This year, the number of A* and A grades obtained equals nearly half of all results which continues the school’s track record of improving GCSE results year on year for the last four years.

In individual subjects, 85% of pupils gained an A* or A in French while more than three quarters achieved the top grades in German.

Musicians at Rendcomb College will be particularly pleased with 90% obtaining an A* or A in their examinations.

Computing students also hit the mark with 55% gaining an A* or A while 15% of pupils achieved straight A* or A grades.

Rendcomb College, known for its wide-ranging and inclusive approach to education, builds on last week’s stellar A Level results where the average set of grades was AAA with 95% making it into their chosen universities.

                                                                                                 

Headmaster Rob Jones said: “I am very pleased with today’s results as they reflect how our focus on each individual, and their character, sees them achieve both in and out of the classroom.”

Rob continued: “Our Sixth Form this year is set to be stronger than ever and I am looking forward to following our pupils’ progress in their final two years at Rendcomb College.” 


Adam's Grammar School

Adams’ GCSE pupils celebrate another great year 


Adams’ Grammar School in Newport has reported another excellent set of GCSE results this year. With an overall pass rate of 98%, 60% were A* or A with an average number of passes of 10 GCSEs per pupil.

Headmaster Gary Hickey said he was absolutely delighted:  “These results are testament to the hard work of both our pupils and staff.  There have been some outstanding individual performances too with 20 of our pupils achieving straight A/A* passes in all ten of their GCSEs - an incredible achievement. 

 

“I’d like to congratulate every pupil who has worked hard to achieve these results and I look forward to welcoming them back to school in September to start the next chapter of their life in the Sixth Form, along with new students from schools across the country who have also chosen to join us for their A-Level studies.”

Outstanding individual performances include:

Finn ASHLEY - 10 x A*
Jonathan WATT - 10 x A*
Felix DAVISON – 9 x A* and 1 x A    
Elliot FIELD - 9 x A* and 1 x A    
Adarsh MENON – 9 x A* and 1 x A    
George WILCOCK - – 9 x A* and 1 x A


Sherborne School

RECORD BREAKING A LEVEL AND GCSE RESULTS

Sherborne’s boys celebrate outstanding GCSE results

Following last week’s record-breaking A level results, we have further cause to celebrate with the publication today of the School’s best ever GCSE results.   33% of papers were graded A*; 66.8% A* and A; and 89% A* to B.

A very large number of boys performed exceptionally well.  Thirty-two (some 28% of the year group) were awarded ten or more A* and A grades.  Given that there were so many outstanding performances it is perhaps invidious to single out particular individuals, but mention should be made of Hugo Pralle with 11 A*s and one A grade; Harry Sale with 11 A*s; Archie Macintosh with 11 A*s; Ali Nathan with 10 A*s and 3 As; James Pyman with 9A*s and 3 As; Felix Storer with 9 A*s, 3 As and one B; Harry Gibbs, Tom Perkins, Simon Rose, Henry Stone and Harry Vincent each with 9A*s and 2 As; James Dixon, Alexander Vydra and Patrick Reynolds with 8 A*s and 3 As; Will Thorne with 8 A*s, two  As and one B; Nicholas Burt and Peter Folkes, both of whom secured 7 A*s and 4 A grades; Vincent Hagg-Davies and Sam MacDonald with 6 A*s and 5  A s;  Olly Minchin with 5 A*s and 6 As; and Ben MacLean with 5A*, 5As and one B grade.

Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett commented: 

‘Just as I was delighted with our boys’ A level performance, I am equally impressed by these tremendous GCSE results.  Many of the boys have very busy co-curricular programmes and yet they have successfully combined sport, music, art, drama and outdoor activities with academic performance at the highest level.  Among the most impressive performers were those who, supported by their teachers, had to work really hard to secure good grades and who achieved success through sheer determination and unflagging industry.  As the boys now prepare to embark upon their A level courses, I want them to know that I am extremely proud of them’.  


Wychwood School

Wychwood School’s head, Andrea Johnson and the governors would like to congratulate this year’s Shell (year 11) on results at GCSE which have done justice to their hard work and real efforts to succeed.  

These girls have benefitted from expert teaching from staff dedicated to their pupils’ progress and we thank them wholeheartedly.

With nearly half – 47% – of grades placed at A and A* the girls can be thrilled with their achievements and we wish them similar success as they move on to A-levels.


Queen Margaret's School

Top GCSE Grades Rise Again at Queen Margaret’s

Today’s GCSE results are cause for celebration at Queen Margaret’s, Escrick. Not only have 98% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades (up on last year’s 95% and far outstripping the falling national average of 67%) but an impressive 87% of results are A*-B grades, up from 81% in 2015 and more than double the national average of 42%. Furthermore, there was a 100% pass rate at A*-C in 14 subjects, including the all-important Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

The results are proof that girls at Queen Margaret’s really do achieve excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Molly Hamilton is already a talented Sports Scholar, her writing has been selected for publication in a national project ‘The Letter to an Unknown Soldier’ and now she has gained A* grades across the board in ten GCSE subjects. Jemima Harpin reached the final of November’s ‘Golden Apron’ competition to find Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef 2015 and she has now scored four A* and six As at GCSE. Constance Warde-Aldam has secured ten A*-B grades just a week after representing the GB team in the FEI European Championships for Ponies in Denmark.

Queen Margaret’s Head, Jessica Miles, is delighted with the girls’ success: “These GCSE results demonstrate the hard work, dedication and commitment of both the students and staff at the School, congratulations must go to them all for an extremely successful year. Such superb results will provide an ideal foundation for the girls to move forward to the challenge of A Levels and the increased independence they will gain in the Sixth Form”.


Bethany School

Pupils at Bethany School make excellent progress
at Bethany School, Goudhurst


Given the national focus on pupil improvement and added value, Bethany is once again delighted with the progress of its Year 11 pupils as is evidenced by their GCSE results.  Our diligent pupils supported by our wonderfully caring staff, have achieved results of which they can be truly proud.  Not alone does Bethany School value academic achievement but these results are a reflection of the excellent breadth of opportunity available with many of our pupils excelling in the sports field, theatre, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, art studio and concert hall etc.

Francie Healy, Headmaster comments:
“At Bethany we have a broad pupil profile and once again our pupils have achieved excellent outcomes which as ever are considerably above the national average.  We are successful because we are able to focus, in our small classes, on meeting the needs of the individual pupils.   At Bethany we are dedicated to continuing to provide a breadth of opportunity especially in the creative and performing arts and believe that by instilling in our pupils excellent learning habits that they are fully prepared for life in the 21st century.  I sincerely thank the teaching staff at Bethany School for making this possible through their dedication, vocation and knowledge of the individual child.

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Mrs Cunningham said of son Will:
“We are so proud of our son.  As well as getting a great set of GCSE results he has achieved fabulous grades in both English exams, which we would never have dreamt our very bright but dyslexic son could achieve.”

Mrs Davies said of son Daniel:
“I am delighted with my son’s results.  We could not have hoped for anything better.”


Cheltenham Ladies' College

Year 11 girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating today, after achieving outstanding GCSE results, with 90.3% A*-A grades across all subjects and a 99.3% pass rate.

The cohort of 142 girls achieved an impressive 989 A* grades between them, with an average of 9.5 A*/A grades each.

Across the core subjects, English (Literature and Language), Maths and the three Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), the girls achieved a 91.3% A*/A grade average.

Among the top achievers were 22 girls who received straight A* grades, including local day girls Elina Bjorheim, Sophie Dunley, and Charlotte Firkins, from Cheltenham, and Sophie Wand, from Gloucester. A total of 85 CLC students achieved all A*/A grades.

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “These outstanding results reflect the hard work and dedication of all the girls and staff, and will give the students an excellent foundation for their future studies.”


Rydal Penrhos

Staff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos are celebrating another exceptional year of GCSE results.

As results were revealed on Thursday, August, the Colwyn Bay school announced that 91 per cent of the 389 subjects taken had been passed with an A*-C grade.

In addition, an impressive 46.8 per cent of these were awarded an A*-A mark, with the number of candidates achieving five GCSEs at A*-C recorded at 93.2%.

The highest performing subject was biology, which topped the table with 90 per cent of candidates gaining an A*-A grade. 

Other impressive results came from English Literature, which had 76 per cent for A*-A, while other top performers included Physics (65%), Chemistry (60%), Maths (59.1%) and Religious Studies (56.3%).

Four out of the five pupils who took part in the Physical Education module achieved A*-A, while all six pupils sitting the Chinese exam gained either A*-A grade for their efforts, and 70 per cent of Art pupils were awarded graded A*-B.

The average of GCSEs obtained by each pupil was eight, with subjects such as Drama, Design Technology, English First Language and Home Economics all gaining a 100 per cent pass rate (A*-C).

Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “These are once again fantastic results from our pupils and we are looking forward to seeing them progress to great things as they move on to their sixth form studies.

“With the competition for university places more competitive than ever GCSE grades are increasingly vital in preparing the way for offers to some of the finest educational establishments in the country.

“We are delighted that our pupils are so successful in taking this critical first step to their future careers, and well done to both staff and parents for their efforts in helping to achieve their goals.”

There were a host of strong individual performances from Matthew Trumper, who gained nine A*’s and one A, Ben Gibson (8A*2A), Sara Owen (7A*3A), Mili Jayadeep (6A*4A) and Olivia Williams (5A*5A).

No fewer than 15 pupils also secured Distinction marks in their further maths exams.


Bede's School

Bede’s Achieves Best-Ever GCSE Results

Following its best-ever A Level results last week, and in against a national picture of decline, Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker has broken records yet again with over 92% of all GCSE grades at A*-C, 45% of all grades at A*-A and 20% at A*.

With over 60% of pupils achieving at least 1 A* grade and over 80% achieving at least 1 A, the school enjoyed its most significant increases in English Language and Maths where pupils achieved 41% and 47% A*-A grades respectively – up over 10 percent on previous years.

Alongside further increases in the Sciences, where pupils achieved 77% A*-A in Biology, 77% A*-A in Physics and 90% A*-A in Chemistry, the onsite Legat School of Dance enabled its pupils to earn the equivalent of 100% A*-A grades in their BTEC Performing Arts qualifications.

With Bede’s pupils also earning 95% A*-B grades in Art and Design, 86% A*-B grades in Drama and 73% A*-B grades in Design Technology, this was also another strong year for the school’s creative subjects.

Amongst the top-performing individuals were James Grimmond (10 A*s), Sussex tennis player Andre Bennett (9 A*s), budding actresses Lily Potter (8 A*s and 2 As) and Jaz Scott (7 A*s and 2 As), county Hockey champions Kyle Mathieson and Harry Wootten (both achieving 7 A*s and 3 As) and musical virtuosos Archie Taylor (6 A*s and 6 As), Rosa Witts (6A*s and 4 As) and Ruby Moody (6 A*-As).

Bede’s Academic Deputy Head John Tuson said of the results, “Once again, Bede’s pupils have proven that being an elite sportsperson, dramatist, artist or musician is entirely compatible with achieving the very highest academic outcomes. Our school welcomes children with a staggering diversity of talents and perceived abilities and they never fail to exceed expectations.”

Peter Goodyer, Bede’s newly appointed Headmaster, added, “To arrive at Bede’s when the school is enjoying its best-ever results both at GCSE and in the Sixth Form is extraordinarily exciting. Even more gratifying is to see the breadth of these successes, from Ancient Greek to Modern Languages to Applied Business BTEC. As a school which celebrates every conceivable talent, the pupils and staff have a huge amount of which to be proud.”


Sevenoaks School

Year 11 Results 2016 – Over a third of students received 10 or more A* grades each.

Sevenoaks School is celebrating the outstanding examination results for Year 11.

92% of the examinations taken by the 151 candidates were awarded A* or A grades. 59 students - over a third of the year group - gained ten A*s or more each, and 128 students gained 9 or more A* or A grades. All but twenty eight results out of 1549 examinations were awarded grade B or above.

All students took three separate IGCSE sciences, Mathematics and English Language. We were particularly delighted by the success in our own externally moderated Sevenoaks School Certificate in English Literature, now in its sixth year, and by the results in their second awarding year of Art, Drama, Music, Technology (Robotics) and Technology (Visual Communications).

The Head, Dr Katy Ricks, said, 'These results are excellent, and a superb achievement for both students and teachers. We are delighted that our students start the IB Diploma Programme with such strong qualifications.'

73% of all examinations were graded A*
92% of all examinations were graded A or A*
59 students gained 10 or more A* grades 


Bromsgove School

Bromsgrove School Fifth Form pupils have achieved a superb set of GCSE results that are amongst the School’s best.  Almost a third of the total grades achieved were graded A*, 64% were graded A*/A and 85% graded B or above. Three students achieved a full house of eleven A*s, five achieved 10A*s and seven achieved 9A* with one or more supporting A grades.  

Headmaster Peter Clague commented, “These are fantastic results and a reward for the dedication and talent of our students.  There will be many happy students and families in Bromsgrove and around the world as they receive their results and anticipate the next exciting step in their lives”.

Congratulations to pupils Nathan Buckley, Natasha Durie and Abigail Saker who all achieved 11 A* grades and to Matthew Coulson, Matthew Hegarty, Laura Merritt, William Nadin, Rachel Weller and Alex Wong who achieved 10A* and at least one A grade. A further seven pupils achieved 9A* with two supplementary A grades. 


Bedford School

GCSE EXCELLENCE

Following on from last week’s superb Sixth Form results, Bedford School pupils are celebrating again with another set of excellent GCSE results.

85% of all grades were marked A*-B, whilst 57% were marked at A* or A.  Six pupils achieved 10 or more A* grades.  Science results once again proved very strong, with well over 70% of grades in Physics and Design Technology marked at A* - A.

Head Master, James Hodgson, said: "Well done to this year's group of boys; they have worked hard and should be pleased with what they have achieved.  We are proud of them all and look forward to helping them achieve even further success as they move up to the Sixth Form to study for their A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma."


Sibford School

SIBFORD PUPILS CELEBRATE GCSE RESULTS

There will be celebrations at Sibford School near Banbury, Oxfordshire, today following the release of GCSE results.

The school once again recorded some outstanding results in science subjects, with 100% of pupils taking Biology and Physics gaining A*-C grades, and 94% of those taking Chemistry achieving A* - C.

Five students ~ William Edmonds, Alexander George, James McCullough, Isaac Roberts and Gary Rooney ~ achieved A*s and/or As in all three science subjects.

The school also saw excellent results in the core subject of Mathematics, with 90% of students achieving A* to C grades.

In all top A* and A grades were spread across a total of 19 different subjects ~ English Language, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Science, Religious Education, Art & Design, Business Studies, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition, Geography, History, Information & Communication Technology, Music, French, Spanish and Chinese. 

Two students achieved A*s in over 50% of their subjects.

Isaac Roberts, who gained an A* GCSE Maths Grade when he was just 13, added to his early success with a further five A*s (in English, Biology, Physics, Spanish and Statistics), three As (in Biology, Geography and Music) and two Bs (in English Literature and Religious Education).

William Edmonds achieved six A*s (in English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Religious Education), four As (in Biology, French, History and Information & Communication Technology) and one B (in English Literature).

Overall, 50 Year 11 pupils took GCSEs with 78% achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Toby Spence, who takes over as Head of Sibford School on 1 September said: “These are some strong results and I would like to offer my congratulations to both the pupils who have achieved them and the staff who have helped them to do so. This is particularly so in the case of those students whose results don’t make the headlines but who, while struggling academically and receiving extra learning support, have achieved some consistent C and D grades.

“I very much look forward to seeing many of these students when they return to Sibford in September to start their A Level studies and also look forward to welcoming students from other schools who are joining us for Sixth Form.”

Statistics

2015                2016

Number of pupils                  54                    50

% 5+ A* to C                           83.3                 78

% entries A* to G                   99.9                 99.8


Abingdon School

Number sitting GCSEs: 179    

% of passes at grade A*         59.2%    
% of passes at grades A* and A    87.3%
% of passes at grades A* to B      98.0%
% of passes at grades A* to C      99.6%
% of passes at grades A* to G       100%

% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C      100%                
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A*to C including English and Maths    100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to G      100%                

Number of boys with 11 A*s          5                
Number of boys with 10 A*s or more 22
Number of boys with 9 A*s or more     49
Number of boys with 8 A*s or more      66
Number of boys with 7 A*s or more      88

82 boys gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A 

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said:
“These results are outstanding.  This year group has exceeded the record set in 2015 for the percentage of passes receiving A* and A grades, at a magnificent 87.3%.  22 boys gained ten or more A* grades and 82 boys, nearly half of the year group, received all their GCSE passes at A* or A.  Equally impressive are the very many boys who have improved hugely on their January mock exam results to bring in a haul of very strong grades: a testament to the hard work that has taken place at home and at school.

There is real strength across all subjects.  Chemistry and Physics see over two thirds of boys with the top A* grade, as do Spanish and Latin.  All boys take English, English Literature and Maths and the results were once again excellent with 107, 104 and 109 A* grades respectively and of the 179 boys taking Maths iGCSE all received grades A* to B.

These results together with our inspiring extra-curricular offering reflect the superb balance that an Abingdon education provides.”


 

Royal High School Girls

Outstanding GCSE results for The Royal High School Girls

The GCSE class of 2016 at The Royal High School, Bath are celebrating a fantastic set of results today with 76% of grades either A* or A.

Amazingly a third of the girls achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades in ALL their exams – an outstanding achievement.

These results are the best for five years at The Royal High School – an independent day and boarding school for girls which is part of the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust).

Students, parents and staff were all thrilled to hear the news. Mrs Jo Duncan, Head at The Royal High School, said: “I am so proud for all the girls to see such an exceptional set of results this year. They reflect the hard work and commitment they have shown in their studies, as well as the fantastic support and teaching they have received from all the staff here at The Royal High School.

“The girls have worked extremely hard and richly deserve their success. I look forward to seeing them build on this as they return for their A Level and IB studies.

“Overall, a remarkable 98% of the grades this year were A* - C which clearly demonstrates the outstanding, contemporary girl-centred education we provide here.”

In a year of outstanding performances particular mention goes to Minnie Karanjavala who achieved 10 x A* grades as well as being awarded the Arkwright Scholarship (a national scholarship) for her Design & Technology work, and Isabelle McNab who achieved 9 x A* and 1 x A whilst balancing her study with training and competing as a swimmer, reaching British Championship and English National level.

Languages continue to thrive at The Royal High School, going against the national trend, with students excelling in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch and Chinese (where 100% of the students, all non-native speakers, achieved an A* or A). In English the school achieved a superb 100% A* to B grades whilst in Mathematics this figure was a fantastic 94%.


Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College’s 2016 GCSE results 

Pupils and staff at Eastbourne College are celebrating superb GCSE results again this year.

Over 98% of this year’s 121 Year 11 pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades, with 27% of all grades at A*. Seventy-four of the year group notched up five or more A* or A grades. Strength in science is clearly shown by the percentages of A*/A in those subjects: Biology 87%, Chemistry 93%, Physics 83%. Humanities thrive alongside STEM subjects, with 84% A*/A in Art and forty-four pupils achieving the top grade (A*) in English Literature.

Eleven pupils achieved at least 8A*s, with top pupil Hugo Najbor gaining 12A* and one B. Euan McGreevy gained 11A* and 1A, followed by Dasha Konovalova (10A*, 2A) and Rosie Kremer (10A*, 1A)  Close behind were Nuriya Powell (9A*, 2A), Madeleine Taylor (9A*, 1B), Elias Brown (8A*, 4A), Indy Wood (8A*, 3A), Martin Chow (8A*, 2A, 1C), Max Al-Hasso (8A*, 1A, 2B) and Claudia Grace (8A*, 1A, 2B).

Eighteen of the nineteen Year 10 pupils who sat their maths IGCSE a year early achieved an A* grade.
Newly-appointed Headmaster Tom Lawson commented:

‘These excellent GCSE results are a credit to the hard work of the pupils and their teachers who have given them the individualised support to achieve their aspirations. Statistics cannot do justice to the way that pupils have exceeded expectations across the ability range and many proud parents will know that their child has a set of grades that do them credit.
The high number of pupils with a string of A*/As testifies to the stretch we can offer the most academic pupils and they will continue to be challenged with the opportunity of specialised support in scholarship groups and the extended project qualification. 
Anyone who employs young people knows that exam grades are one thing; the ability to work hard, make teams work, show integrity, courtesy and kindness to all are another thing altogether. As well as doing all we can to ensure that our girls and boys perform well in public exams, we work hard to develop young people who will live fulfilled and successful adult lives. We achieve this by means of a full co-curricular programme and a strong pastoral system that places an emphasis on values and developing character.’

Other statistics:
Pass rate                                            100%
Percentage of students with at least five A*–C grades              98%
Percentage of students with at least five A grades or higher         62%


King Williams's College

KING WILLIAM’S COLLEGE ACHIEVES 47% A*/A at IGCSE/GCSE 


Students at King William’s College have been celebrating conspicuous success in their IGCSE/GCSEs.
•     47% of all exams awarded A* or A grades.
•     94% of all exams awarded A* - C grades.
•     Two students, Aiden Hawker and Katy Schreiber, came within one grade of achieving a clean sweep of 11 A*s.

Joss Buchanan, the Acting Principal, commented:

“This is the second highest pass rate in College’s history and with almost half the results being A*/A I am absolutely delighted that the students have done so well. They worked extremely hard in the final run up to the exams, and throughout the ability range they have exceeded our expectations and excelled. It is particularly pleasing as over 80% of our entries are now IGCSEs, a qualification which is more traditional and more rigorous than the GCSE alternative. 

“Our entrance requirements for the Sixth Form are six GCSE passes, including both English and Maths, and every single Island student has achieved this.  Coming on the back of some excellent IB results earlier in the summer it all promises much for our new cohort of Sixth Form students. I would like to congratulate the students on their achievements and thank my teaching colleagues for all their dedication and hard work.”


Moreton Hall

Vintage Year for Moreton Hall GCSE Results 2016 

Despite widespread reports of grade deflation, this has been a vintage year for GCSE results at Moreton Hall, with an impressive haul of top grades across the board.

Nearly half of all pupils achieved straight A* and As in every subject – a remarkable achievement for Britain’s leading non-selective school.

Jonathan Forster, Principal of Moreton Hall, noted that as well as 41% A* grades, nearly 300 modules sat by pupils across all subjects were awarded full marks. ‘This is a phenomenal achievement and I applaud the hard work and determination of students and staff in achieving these results’.

There were many exceptional individual achievements. However, pride of place must go to Lauren Fisher from Gloucestershire, who, in achieving her 10 A*s, gained full marks in French and achieved perfect scores in seventeen of her other subject modules.

Molly Bruce, as well as being awarded 9 A*s, achieved full marks in every single module in English Literature, whilst Year 11 student Georgina Lang notched up an A* in GCSE Statistics to add to the top grades in GCSE Mathematics and Additional Mathematics she has already achieved in previous years.

 


Charterhouse 

Another set of excellent results

Following record results in both 2014 and 2015, this year’s Charterhouse (I)GCSE results continue to be extremely pleasing: 45% of subjects taken were graded at A* and the figure for A* and A grades combined was 76%.  

All of the Year 11 pupils at Charterhouse take a minimum of nine (I)GCSEs: nine pupils this year gained straight A* grades and 47 achieved all A*s and As.

James Kazi, Deputy Headmaster (Academic), acknowledged the efforts of the boys and their determination; he also paid tribute to the leadership of Emily Fox (Master of the Under School) and the beaks and staff who had supported the boys as they prepared for their examinations: “The boys have worked very hard under the guidance of Miss Fox (Master of the Under School) and their beaks in to produce a very fine crop of results. They have every right to be very proud of all their achievements and this should set them up very well for their studies in the Specialists”.


Sutton Valence School

One in three pupils achieved five A grades or better

During this time of increased pressure on pupils studying at GCSE, Sutton Valence School students can be extremely proud of their results, with one in three pupils achieving five A grades or higher. The results were yet again outstanding with the School celebrating 69% A* to B grades.

These incredible results were obtained as students balanced their academic studies with a wide mix of leadership, community and enrichment activities.  Highlighting this are three top students: Ellie Agu-Benson, who has also excelled in sport, achieved 11 A* grades; Olivia Ferris, part of the cast of this year’s glittering production of Les Misérables, gained 9A* grades and academic scholar, Francesca Ash attained 7A* grades.

Headmaster Bruce Grindlay said, ‘We take pride in our broad-ability entry continuing to achieve and that Sutton Valence consistently performs above the national average. Our teaching staff and students have demonstrated how much one can improve, given the right environment, focus and support. We are delighted with this year’s results and despite the large year group and a more diverse cohort, the pupils’ hard work has paid dividends giving them a set of results to be truly proud of.’

 


Wynchwood School

GCSE Results, 2016

Wychwood School’s head, Andrea Johnson and the governors would like to congratulate this year’s Shell (year 11) on results at GCSE which have done justice to their hard work and real efforts to succeed.  

These girls have benefitted from expert teaching from staff dedicated to their pupils’ progress and we thank them wholeheartedly.
With nearly half – 47% – of grades placed at A and A* the girls can be thrilled with their achievements and we wish them similar success as they move on to A-levels.

 


King's Taunton

Harry Heads the GCSE Tables at King’s
 

Harry Cooper-Simpson has come top of the GCSE pile at King’s College by securing an extraordinary 11 A* grades in his GCSE exams. Harry is a boarder, who lives locally and went to Forres Sandle Manor Prep School before coming to King’s. His achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that he is also heavily involved in the wider life of the school – playing A team rugby and hockey and taking an active role in the school’s Royal Marines cadet section. Harry has just returned from South Africa, where he was part of a month-long exchange programme set up between King’s and a school in Cape Town. 

King’s College is celebrating a strong set of GCSE results this week, following soon after the excellent A level results of the week before. The A* and A rate of 40% is in line with results in recent years, underlining the school’s excellent academic reputation. Eleven pupils gained five or more A* grades and 17 managed seven or more As and A*s. 

Other stellar performances came from Tom Potter (5 A*s), Elizabeth Burger (6 A*s), Lorcan Cudlip-Cook (6 A*s), Tom Hall (6 A*s), Charles Clough (7 A*s), Angus Lyon (8 A*s), Rudi Smith (8 A*s), Oliver Martin (9 A*s), Veronica Parr (9 A*s), and Toby Vickers (9 A*s). 

Departments which performed particularly well in the A*/A rates were geography (54%), Latin (92%), music (89%), German (71%) and history (46%). Almost half of the school’s year group took Design and Technology, which performed well again, with an astonishing 70% of its pupils gaining A*s or As (including 38% gaining A*s).

The Headmaster, Richard Biggs, was delighted with the results. “Our boys and girls worked extremely hard to gain these strong grades and I congratulate them warmly. I am proud of the fact that they also kept up the extraordinary range of other commitments within the school during what is always a tough year and remained cheerful and committed throughout. The great majority of these pupils are returning to our Sixth Form, to be joined by new pupils from across the UK and further afield, and will form the core of an exciting and vibrant year group.”

“I am also proud of the fact that our pupils have succeeded in academically demanding subjects. We have large numbers taking Latin, history and modern languages. The creative arts subjects have also done well, emphasising the fact that we are a school which provides excellent teaching and support for all talents and abilities.”


Tring Park School

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts reports improved A*- B in IGCSE and GCSE results, following outstanding A Level results

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce an increase in the percentage of students achieving A* - C in their IGCSE and GCSE results this year, following outstanding A Level results last week. The A* - B percentage has increased this year to 70% and the A* - C percentage has also improved.

These results are even more pleasing because Tring Park does not select pupils academically and with the split timetable pupils have less time to work on their academics than those pupils in a traditional school. The students' achievements at GCSE are therefore a real testament to their commitment to both their academic studies and their performing arts training.

The school is proud of the achievements of all of their pupils at GCSE, but would like to give particular mention to Arthur Siklos (5A* and 2A), Annie Leung (2A* and 6A), Poppy King (2A*and 4A), Esme Billings (2A* and 3A), Phoebe Andersen-Cox (2A* and 5A) and Charlie Waddell (3A* and 3A).

Special mention should be made of the Geography results with half of the pupils achieving an A* in the IGCSE and in Chinese where all the pupils achieved an A*.

The school would like to thank all staff involved for their dedication to their subject and support of their pupils.

Principal Stefan Anderson said: "We are absolutely delighted with another successful academic year here at Tring Park.

"I should like to congratulate all of our pupils on their successes in the GCSE examinations. I am always impressed at how hard our pupils work to succeed both in their performing arts and academic studies. Tring Park's philosophy has always been that a performing arts training should go hand in hand with a balanced and comprehensive academic education."

Tring Park's students have an impressive alumni to aspire to with the likes of Lily James (Disney's Cinderella and Juliet in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) taking the world of movies and theatre by storm over the last 12 months. Dance alumni include Olivier award winning choreographer Drew McOnie.

For school children keen to follow in the footsteps of the Tring students, there will be open days for 2017 admissions in October.

The open days, which take place on 7, 13 and 14 October, are a perfect opportunity for parents who have children with a passion for performing to experience the school, meet the principal Stefan Anderson and senior members of staff and enjoy performances by pupils on all the vocational courses in the school's very own Markova Theatre.

For the full results please see Tring Park's website.


Woldingham School

Over 500 A*-A grades at GCSE - 330 of which are A*s 

This is another year of outstanding GCSE results for Woldingham School with 46% of the grades achieved at A* and 73% A*-A.  

A third of our girls achieved straight A* and A grades, with special mention to Emma Boomaars, Grace Flanagan Tobi Ajayi, Victoria Wei, Kristy Fok, Elina Pampapathi, Isabelle Johnson (all boarders) and Charlotte Devine, who achieved at least ten A*s.  

Some of our girls will be celebrating with their older sisters who received their A Level results last week.  Boarder, Elina Pampapathi achieved 10 A*s at GCSE and her sister achieved A* and A grades at A Level.  Shana Pampapathi will be studying Medicine at Nottingham University.  

36% of Woldingham girls achieved seven or more A*s reflecting the breadth and depth of achievement in this year group.  Head of Year, Rachel Whitton, said:

 ‘I am thrilled for our high achievers but just as proud of our girls who asked for help when needed: they have been rewarded with results that exceed their expectations.’

Following our STEM success at A Level this year we had our highest ever number of girls sitting GCSE triple award science and two thirds of these grades were A*.  Take up for Science A Levels is encouragingly high, with half of this year group opting to take at least one STEM subject next year and one in five taking Physics, a notoriously male dominated subject.

Headmistress, Mrs Alex Hutchinson, said:
‘Our GCSE girls proved time and time again that they were a cohesive, dynamic and multi-talented group.  They have worked hard, aimed high and supported one another: they are the embodiment of our strong sense of community. This year group have engaged with the full spectrum of opportunities available at Woldingham School – proving that academic endeavour is enhanced by sporting, musical, artistic and extra-curricular pursuits.  I am delighted with their results and proud of the competent, purposeful young women that they are.’  

 


Oswestry School

Oswestry School are once again celebrating outstanding GCSE results, with improvements in all categories: this year one third of all grades were awarded A or A*.
 
There were some outstanding individual performances: Ffion Bell, from Gyfelia, collected 9A*s and an A grade. Isaac Dai, originally from China, secured A* in all his GCSEs. Roly Hancock, from Ruyton XI Towns, earned 5A*s, 3As and a pair of Bs.

The School are particularly proud of the many outstanding individual performances: Julian Noad, Headmaster, commented, ‘As ever, pupils have worked incredibly hard and one can only admire the commitment and determination of those young people who manage to achieve high grades across such a broad range of disciplines. Examination results at Oswestry School are well above the national average and impressive for a school with a broad range of academic abilities.

I am delighted to say that the majority of students will be joining the sixth form where I am sure they will continue to do well. A-Level results were outstanding this year and serve to underline the overall success of the school.’


King's Rochester

Top GCSE results again for King’s Rochester

It has been another great year for GCSE results at King’s Rochester. With just under 40% of results at A* or A and 67% A* to B, there was, indeed, much to celebrate in this popular broad-ability school.

Amongst the top performers were Anna Altenau Smith with 11A* grades, Anna Crawford with 9A* grades and 1A, Aspen Cumming (10A*s and 1A) and Cameron Watson (10A*s) who all deserve particular mention for the hard work which has earned them such an outstanding set of results. 

Principal, Jeremy Walker, said, “If proof were needed that young people can achieve amazing things, then we have it this morning at King’s. Anna Crawford joined King’s in 2014 as a Music Scholar and has gained these outstanding results alongside regional and national awards for cello and piano with all the commitment that performance at that level entails. Aspen is a full Academic, Sport and Music Scholar and, alongside her academic studies and music practice and performances, was also selected this year to play at the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) for hockey – just one step from National Trials”.

He went on, “Today has been a great day for our hard-working pupils and they all thoroughly deserve our wholehearted congratulations. Results at King’s were impressive again this year – but, in a broad-ability school like King’s, outstanding academic grades are not the whole story. Not everyone can be a straight A student and we are delighted with the achievements and results of the entire year group who have contributed so much to the positive, mutually supportive atmosphere of which we are so proud at King’s. Well done to all!”

 


St Mary's Calne

GCSE Stars at St Mary’s Calne

Pupils at leading independent girls’ school St Mary’s Calne have performed superbly in their GCSE/iGCSE results, with 51% graded A*, 76% graded A*-A and 93% A*-B.

24 girls achieved A*-A grades across all of their subjects. There were some outstanding results in many subjects, including: 100% A*s in Russian, 100% A*-A in Greek; 91% A*-A in English Literature; 84% A*-A in RS; 83% A*-A in History; 81% A*-A in French and Art and 79% in Geography.  The girls scored very highly in the Sciences, with 83% A*-A in Biology, 77% A*-A in Chemistry and 79% A*-A in Physics.

Congratulations to all the girls on their results and in particular to Hannah Falk, who achieved a full sweep of 12 A*s, Ally Leow (11A*s), Charlotte Fenton, Victoria Rassmuss and Emilia Zmudzin (all with 10A*s, 1A) and Alexandra Tsylnitska (10A*s). Other girls with exceptional results include: local girls Amber Dunne (from Christian Malford) and Anna Hastie (from Marlborough) both with 11 A*s; Alice de Wesselow (from Marlborough) with 10A*s and Jessica Westwood (from Bath) with 9A*s, 2 As.

Two of the top performing girls came to St Mary’s on a Foundation Scholarship – offered to gifted and talented pupils from the state sector; congratulations to Maia Jarvis and Aimee Tian who both achieved 10A*s, 1A. 

Twins, Alice and Clara Wade, achieved a fantastic 24 A* and A grades between them!  In the Summer Term Alice and Clara won first prize in the University of Sheffield's prestigious Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning, with their video Test Tube Babes. This international competition was open to students worldwide to create the best video about any Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject matter. The twins’ passion for Science and Maths shone through in their grades, which included both girls achieving A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented “I would like to praise all the girls on these fantastic results. St Mary’s offers a breadth of challenging subjects and the girls deserve these superb grades, which are also a reflection of the excellent teaching at 
St Mary’s Calne. In addition to this academic success, the girls excel in so many other areas of school life – in sport, music, drama and art – and I am proud that they achieve so much in all of these areas.  As the girls embark upon life in Sixth Form here, they are certainly well poised to enjoy the opportunities open to them and to flourish in their academic studies.”

St Mary’s Calne Sixth Form offers a dynamic learning environment, with 110+ girls. The school provides a top class academic and  all-round education with excellent facilities, including a new Sixth Form Centre, Sports Centre with indoor pool, fitness suite and gym, full-size astro, a purpose-built theatre, Art Studio and much more. We will be holding a Sixth Form Fair on Saturday, 24th September 2016.  This will include talks, Academic Department stalls and a tour.  Open Days will be held on 8th October and 12th November 2016. For further information, or if you would like to attend, please contact admissions@stmaryscalne.org
Foundation Awards for state school applicants are available at St Mary’s Calne for 11+ and Sixth Form entry in 2017.  For further information please call 01249 857200.

 


More House School

GCSE Success for disadvantaged pupils

Pupils at the specialist More House School in Frensham are celebrating GCSE triumph, having overcome the barriers posed by the specific learning and language difficulties.

For many, when they first joined More House academic success seemed an impossibility.  However 90% of the GCSE and equivalent BTEC certificates awarded to More House pupils in this summer’s results were passes, with 69% of grades at C or above.  47% of grades were awarded at grade B or higher, and 24% were awarded the highest A* and A grades.

More than half of the school’s Year Eleven students secured five or more GCSE or equivalent passes at grade C and above, including English and Mathematics; an extraordinary statistic for a school where 53% of its GCSE candidates hold a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care plan.

More House School’s Headmaster, Jonathan Hetherington, congratulated his pupils and remarked on the “extraordinary effort and determination shown by the students and by the expert teaching and therapy staff that has realised such fantastic results”.

More House School is recognised as a national centre for excellence, providing independent day and boarding education for 470 boys aged 8-18 with specific learning or language-based difficulties, including Dyslexia.  More House School was graded ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible rating, across the board in its Ofsted inspection this year.

 


Woldingham School 

Over 500 A*-A grades at GCSE - 330 of which are A*s 

This is another year of outstanding GCSE results for Woldingham School with 46% of the grades achieved at A* and 73% A*-A.  

A third of our girls achieved straight A* and A grades, with special mention to Emma Boomaars, Grace Flanagan Tobi Ajayi, Victoria Wei, Kristy Fok, Elina Pampapathi, Isabelle Johnson (all boarders) and Charlotte Devine, who achieved at least ten A*s.  

Some of our girls will be celebrating with their older sisters who received their A Level results last week.  Boarder, Elina Pampapathi achieved 10 A*s at GCSE and her sister achieved A* and A grades at A Level.  Shana Pampapathi will be studying Medicine at Nottingham University.  

36% of Woldingham girls achieved seven or more A*s reflecting the breadth and depth of achievement in this year group.  Head of Year, Rachel Whitton, said:

 ‘I am thrilled for our high achievers but just as proud of our girls who asked for help when needed: they have been rewarded with results that exceed their expectations.’

Following our STEM success at A Level this year we had our highest ever number of girls sitting GCSE triple award science and two thirds of these grades were A*.  Take up for Science A Levels is encouragingly high, with half of this year group opting to take at least one STEM subject next year and one in five taking Physics, a notoriously male dominated subject.

Headmistress, Mrs Alex Hutchinson, said:
‘Our GCSE girls proved time and time again that they were a cohesive, dynamic and multi-talented group.  They have worked hard, aimed high and supported one another: they are the embodiment of our strong sense of community. This year group have engaged with the full spectrum of opportunities available at Woldingham School – proving that academic endeavour is enhanced by sporting, musical, artistic and extra-curricular pursuits.  I am delighted with their results and proud of the competent, purposeful young women that they are.’  


Burgess Hill

Outstanding Achievements at GCSE

A sunny day in all respects, as Burgess Hill Girls celebrates another excellent set of GCSE results, maintaining its consistent record of over 30% of all entries gaining A* grades, with 65% A*/A and well over half the girls getting 7 or more A* or A grades apiece.

Special congratulations go to the following eight girls who gained straight A*/A grades: Eleanor Reffin from Isfield, Elizabeth Geraghty from Crawley Down, Anna Morgan from East Grinstead, Felicia Preen from Lindfield, Florence Merrett from Bolney, Phoebe Kinsman from Ardingly and international boarder Verna Wang.

The outstanding results across STEM subjects (sciences, technology and mathematics) demonstrate the school’s growing record of success in this area, confirming the national picture that an all-girls environment delivers the strongest STEM results. 71% of all entries in STEM subjects were A*/A with the figure rising to 91% A*-B. A third of the pupils in the year group sat the more-demanding Certificate in Further Mathematics (in addition to GCSE Mathematics) gaining 11 A* or A grades. Five girls achieved much-prized distinctions in their Certificate in Further Mathematics – Eleanor Reffin, Verna Wang, Doris Chan, Coco Xia and Michelle Zeng – placing them amongst the strongest mathematicians in the country.

Girls achieved superb results in every other academic subject too. 89% of all those entered for Fine Art gained A*/A grades. All girls studying German, Latin and Greek achieved A*/A grades. Over 75% of girls who sat exams in History, Drama and Philosophy and Ethics gained A*/A grades.

Outstanding student of the year must go to Eleanor Reffin, who not only achieved 10 A * grades but is also a highly decorated horsewoman, representing the school in the equestrian team. In addition, Eleanor has won awards for debating and public speaking, performed in the school musical Les Misérables , and even taken a turn on the catwalk in the end of year fashion show: a true Burgess Hill Girl.

Mrs Kathryn Bell, Head, stated how exceptionally proud she was of all the girls in the year group and how they should warmly celebrate these fantastic results, “These results illustrate academic success goes hand in hand with an exciting and fulfilling extra-curricular, full of demanding activity, brilliance in creativity, performing arts and sport, and where life is lived adventurously.  All girls achieve in this single-sex school and this demands recognition. The girls thoroughly deserve the accolades received on attaining these fabulous results!”

She added that “GCSEs  are demanding examinations, therefore it is particularly pleasing to see the strength of the girls’ success in core subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Languages and the Humanities that provide them with the
best possible platform on which to build their futures, whatever their passion or skill. 
Results day is a very special day for our school as it is a time when we can all come
together as a community to congratulate every member of Year 11 for not only what they have gained by being at the school but also for what they have given back. 
Individually our girls are superb, collectively they are brilliant!  They and their teachers are to be heartily congratulated on a job well done.”

Notes for editors: 
Grade performance data:

A* grades:    32%     
A*/A grades:    65%      
A* –B grades:    89%    
A*–C grades:    97%    


Sexey's School

 

 

Record-breaking success for Sexey’s at GCSE

Value added figures also outstanding, with particular success reported for the SEND department

Thursday 25 August 2016, Bruton: Sexey’s School is celebrating a record-breaking year of GCSE results, with Sexeians achieving 83.3% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths, which is the highest result achieved since 2007, and 86.1% of students achieving A*-C in English and Maths – the highest result recorded at the school. These outstanding results show that Sexey’s continues to go from strength to strength in its core subjects, as well as across the broader curriculum.

Value-Added  scores are once again notable in 2016, coming in 20 points above target at 1047. This demonstrates that students of any level of academic ability are significantly supported at Sexey’s School, with 96% of students making expected, or better than expected, progress in English, and 85% achieving the same feat in Mathematics. 

Eldon Scase, a SEND student who came to Sexey’s in Year 9 with severe dyslexia and was predicted an E for English Language in his GCSE, has proudly collected his results today, including an A for English Language and exceeding his targets in eight subjects – a testament to all of his exceptional hard work, and that of his teachers, who employed a number of teaching techniques, including podcasts and one-to-one 

Commenting on his success, Eldon said, “I am so shocked! I wasn’t expecting higher than Ds and now I’m having to rethink my future opportunities. I’ve worked so hard and would like to give a special mention to the teaching assistants in the SEND department for all of their help. Thank you so much.”

His parents, Fiona and Martin Scase added, “We’re absolutely over the moon. Eldon really deserves what he’s got. It’s been a real struggle for us but these results are a great affirmation for the system and the work that Sexey’s has done. Eldon’s abilities have always been evident to us and we’re so pleased that these results reflect that.” 

Head Master of Sexey’s School, Mr. Irfan Latif commented on today’s exam success, “Our students’ continually improving grades – whether they are top mark achievers or demonstrating their potential by beating all expectations - are exceptionally impressive and I congratulate every one of them on their success. Sexey’s continues to maintain high academic expectations and standards, both in and out of the classroom, for all our students and we are all delighted with these outstanding results - a testament to all of the hard work and dedication involved in school, in the boarding houses, and at home. I look forward to working with many of them in the next part of their academic journey into our successful Sixth Form.”

Deputy Headteacher Mr. Dan Bull added, "While I am delighted for all of our students and colleagues who have worked so hard to achieve another year of excellent GCSE results, I am particularly proud of those students who have worked really hard to meet, and frequently exceed, their targets. The percentage of our students who have succeeded in achieving better-than-expected results in core subjects like English and Maths are well above the national average and our own targets. The year group was a delight to work with and the students will go on to do very well at Sixth Form and beyond.”

Particularly noteworthy pupils include a long roster of high-achievers:

-    Eleanor Dibble, 12 A*-A (7 A*, 5 A)
-    James Beedle, 11 A*-A (7 A*, 4 A)
-    Max Doughty, 9 A*-A (5 A*, 4 A)
-    Abigail Parr, 9 A*-A (5 A*, 3 A)
-    Emily Douglass, 9 A*-A (3 A*, 6 A)
-    Hal Hooberman, 9 A*-A (3 A*, 6 A)
-    Luca Melville, 9 A*-A (3 A*, 6 A)
-    Matthew Gates, 8 A*-A (2 A*, 6 A)
-    Katherine Leeming, 8 A*-A (1 A*, 7 A)
-    Natasha Thrippleton, 8 A*-A (1 A*, 7 A)
-    Oliver Wade, 7 A*-A (2 A*, 5 A)
-    Rosselyn Atkins, 6 A*-A (2 A*, 4 A)

Elaine Beedle, James’s mother said, “I’m so pleased with the support Jamie’s had over the years at Sexey’s. Thank you so much to everyone involved.”

Congratulations also go to the following students who met, or exceeded, their targets in all subject areas, including Hannah Bevan, Flynn Haddigan, Ryan Hilborne, Lewis King, Amelia Marston, Elly Parnell, Gen Pierce, Ben Philips, Eldon Scase, George Sykes, Rhianon Woolard.

Sexey’s GCSE results success builds on that of its A Level students last week, which saw 34% of students achieving A*-A grades and 86% achieving A*-C for the second year in a row - the highest A*-A grades achieved at Sexey’s School since 2012 and well above national average. 


Stamford School

Outstanding GCSE results for Stamford High School and Stamford School – another record-breaking year

Stamford Endowed Schools students are celebrating superb results in their GCSEs, with a phenomenal 57% of girls and 52% of boys achieving A* and A grades.

At both schools, students achieved impressive pass rates. Record numbers of the very highest grade were awarded with over 27% of every examination taken being graded at A*. The percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSEs at Grade C or above was 98% at Stamford High School and 94% at Stamford School.

Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Mr Will Phelan stated: “I am absolutely delighted with the impressive results of our Stamfordians and extremely proud of them. I know that they have worked tirelessly for these examinations and I congratulate them on this significant achievement. 

These results are a testament to our students’ graft, determination, careful preparation, and the Schools’ excellent teachers. This has given our students the base to thrive in the Sixth Form and I look forward to further success at A-Level.”

Mrs Vicky Buckman, Headmistress of Stamford High School said: “I am absolutely delighted by the performance of our girls; we are all very proud of the determination and effort they have shown over the last two years which has brought them to this point.”

28 girls from Stamford High School (over a quarter of all candidates) gained 5 A* or better, they were:

Polly Ball, Isabella Bowering, Claudia Campbell, Eilidh Doig, Grace Durose, Lily Dwyer, Megan Ellison, Alexandra Fairbrass, Amelia Findlay, Lydia Frost, Julia Goddard, Beatrice Guttridge-Smith, Rebecca Holyland, Daisy Jowers, Rhona Kelly, Jemima Leedham, Lucy Little, Madeline Munro- Hall, Olivia Moyses, Ruby Nelms, Rachel Radbourne, Sophie Skelton, Holly Smyth, Amelia Szymborska, Alexandra Taylor, Charlotte Twigg, Alice Wibberley and Emma Wilson.

New Headmaster of Stamford School, Mr Nick Gallop noted: “It is remarkable to see the boys of Stamford School doing so well academically at the same time as being involved in so many other high-performing areas of school life.  I feel very proud indeed to be taking on the role of Head with the school in such fine academic health.”

29    Boys from Stamford School (over a quarter of all candidates) achieved 5 A* or better, they were:
Rohan Anand, Toby Ashcroft, Monty Barker-Pilsworth, Peter Blissett, Jay Clipston, Harry Cobbett, Robert Curtis, Steven Day, William Dickinson, Samuel Durrant, Oliver Edwards, Henry Farrer, Charles Germany, Augustus Gillick, Sasint Kongpatanakul, Harry Large, Chun Man (Ben) Lee, Connor Leo, Henry McClarnon, Oliver Pollock, Adam Richardson, Samuel Rudd-Jones, Edward (Alfie) Shaw, Jonah Shrive, William Smith, Samuel Talbot, Monty Toseland, Cian Tye, Harry Wattam. 

Data:

Stamford High School (girls)
Entered: 101 students
% A* grades: 28%
% A*/A grades: 57%
% A* to C grades (I.e Pass): 94%
% of students gaining 5 or more C grades: 98%

Stamford School (boys)
Entered 108 students
% A* grades: 27%
% A*/A grades: 52%
% A* to C grades: 93%
% of students gaining 5 or more C grades: 94%


Edward's Witley

RECORD GCSE RESULTS FOR KING EDWARD’S WITLEY

Overall Pass rate (A*-G):  100%

Subjects graded A*-C:  91.4%

% Pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades:  96.4%

% Pupils gaining 5A*-C grades including Maths & an English GCSE or IGCSE:  91.3%

% A*-A grades:  43.8%

25th August 2016: Pupils at King Edward’s School Witley have celebrated a year of record GCSE results.

Bucking the national trend, the mixed-ability day and boarding School, which was graded as Excellent in every area by inspectors last year, saw virtually all its Year 11 pupils gain at least 5 A*-C grades, with over 90% of subjects taken achieving the A*-C benchmark, and its best ever haul of the top grades A & A*.

Among many personal triumphs, Ching Ya (Yahoo) Ho, from Berkshire, celebrated an outstanding 9 A*s and one A in the exams, which included several IGCSEs, often regarded as more rigorous than the national GCSE.  Yahoo, who also captained King Edward’s U16 football team to become National Schools Champions last May, will study the IB Diploma at King Edward’s in the Sixth Form.

Also celebrating 9A*s, an A and a B was local student Remi Trovo from Wormley, Godalming, while Albury’s Jasper Whitefield gained 6 A*s, 3 As and a B, and Scarlett Thornton, from Bramley, was delighted with her 9 As and one B.

Commenting on the results, the Headmaster, John Attwater, said:  “I am so delighted with the year-on-year improvement our GCSE results are showing, but in particular that this year’s cohort have had the success they deserve:  as a group they worked and played hard and got the balance between all-round learning and preparing for the exams just right. A lot of hard work and great teaching lies behind their success today;  they can be very proud and I look forward to welcoming them back into the Sixth Form in a couple of weeks!”


Kent College

Record Year for A* Grades at Kent College Pembury

When Kent College’s Year 11 girls collected their GCSE results this morning, they were thrilled to find that they had performed extremely well.  Following on from last week’s outstanding A Level results, the school in Pembury is today celebrating its highest ever A* rating, with an impressive 27% of exams awarded this grade - a 7% increase on the previous year.

Exceptionally, 57% of the grades were awarded either an A* or A with some girls achieving the top results in all of their 11 subjects, showcasing the high calibre of teaching and hard work from the girls.  Particular congratulations to the Latin department who nurtured girls to achieve 100% A* or A grades, the Science Department whose Biology students achieved 90% A* or A marks, and the Geography and German departments whose grades were awarded 80% A or above.

Kent College’s academic performance continues to improve as the emphasis is very much on an all-round education where the broad curriculum and outstanding pastoral care builds confidence and ensures that all girls continue to perform to the very best of their ability.  Girls give their all in the classroom, on the sports field, fundraising for charity and in the performing arts, as well as striving towards individual goals, which from this year’s cohort include future Olympic dreams and national textile design honours.

Headmistress, Ms Julie Lodrick commented: “We are extremely proud of all that the girls have accomplished during their GCSE studies and the fact they have achieved our best ever top grades. The unfaltering determination, dedication, creativity and hard work of everyone involved has been reflected in the 2016 results. The girls will enter Kent College’s Sixth Form with the self-belief and confidence that they can achieve their ambitions and we look forward to their continued success over the next two years.

These record results have rounded off an exceptional year for Kent College, after being awarded the top grade of ‘excellent’ across the board in our inspection in December.  We are all set for an exciting and even more successful year ahead.”

Abigail Evans, who joined Kent College when she was just 3 years old and has aced this summer’s examinations with 11A* and 1A commented: “I am really pleased with my results. Thank you to my teachers for all their support, due to their faith in our capabilities my friends and I have all improved from our predictive grades. Both of my sisters recently left Kent College and have told me all about the Sixth Form, I can’t wait.”

Alexandra Abbs who achieved a super set of results, 7A* and 4A grades, commented: “I am extremely happy with each of my grades. Being at Kent College with fantastic teachers and supportive friends has enabled me to do well in my exams, thank you.”

Beth Peachey followed up being awarded second in the GCSE Young Fashion Designer of the Year by gaining 8A* and 3A grades commented: “I am so relieved after opening my results and tremendously proud of what is written on this bit of paper. Thank you to all my teachers for their guidance which has been second to none, without them I wouldn’t have achieved what I have. I am really looking forward to September and focusing on studying French, English, Psychology and Spanish.”

Champion swimmer, Annabel Guye-Johnson who this morning celebrated her 5A*, 5A and 1B commented: “I am delighted with my results, thank you so much to all my teachers. Kent College has supported me in and out of the classroom over the past few years. If I have had to miss a lesson, due to swimming competitions, the teachers always made sure that when I returned I was fully up to speed with what I had missed. I am really looking forward to the next two years and focusing on subjects that I love.”

Aspiring vet, sixteen-year old Marie Srotyr who achieved 7A* 3A and 1B was thrilled upon opening her results commented: “I was really nervous this morning but now I am so happy, I cannot stop staring at the grades. I am looking forward to continuing my journey at Kent College and spending time with the Upper Sixth girls, who I hear are a fantastic support through Sixth Form life.”

To learn more about Kent College’s popular and thriving Sixth Form, or to book onto the Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 13th October, please visit www.kent-college.co.uk or call our Admissions Department on 01892 820128.


Headington School 

Celebrations after another set of outstanding GCSE results at Headington

Girls at Headington are celebrating after achieving fantastic results in this year’s GCSE examinations. Significant numbers of girls achieved higher results than in their mock examinations and the majority achieved well above their predictions – in some cases getting several grades higher than expected. 

Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “I am absolutely thrilled for each and every girl receiving their results today. Behind the headline figures are so many individual success stories. As a school with a broad intake, what matters most to us is that each girl achieves her own potential. To see so many girls not just meeting their predictions but exceeding them so confidently is fantastic.

“Our girls have worked incredibly hard for their results and I hope they all feel rightly proud of themselves today. Thanks also go to our inspirational teachers who have managed to tease the very best out of their pupils.” 

A total of 78 per cent of the grades were higher than the girls’ baseline predictions in Year 10. Of the 128 girls sitting exams, 16 achieved 10 or more A*s, four managing an incredible 11 A*s, and 58 girls, nearly half the yeargroup, achieved all A*s or As. A total of 51.1 per cent of all grades were A*s, while 79.7 per cent were at A* or A.

There were also some exceptional results in individual subject areas. In our last year offering Home Economics Textiles, all four girls taking the qualification achieved A*s. There were exceptional results in History, with two thirds of all girls achieving the top grade in the subject, while in Religious Studies 74 per cent of those taking the subject achieved an A*. Chemistry was another success story, with 68 per cent being awarded the highest grade.

GCSE results at a glance:
    2016 (provisional)
No of candidates    128
% passes at A*    51.1
% passes at A* - A    79.7
% passes at A* -C    99.6
% achieving 5 A* - C    100
% achieving 5 A* - C inc Eng and Maths    100
% achieving English Baccalaureate    86.7
Results include /GCSEs


Cobham Hall School

Cobham Hall Celebrates best ever GCSE results

Cobham Hall is celebrating the School’s best ever GCSE results this morning. The A* – C pass rate was 98%, and 50% of grades were A* or A. In addition, 75% were A* - B.

Fittingly in a school dedicated to all round achievement, top results were achieved across a whole range of subjects, including Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Spanish, Drama and IT.  For many of the girls, this is in addition to passing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and individual Music and Drama examinations.

Headmaster Mr Mitchell was thrilled, “Once again I am delighted with our GCSE results but especially so this year as they are the best in our history.  For two of the last three years 50% of our GCSE grades have been either A* or A, and in addition this year our A* - C pass rate is up to 98%. Nearly a quarter of the girls attained nine A* and A grades.  Cobham Hall is not an academically selective school but we show what can be achieved by hard working pupils and dedicated teachers working in small classes in a positive environment. They have been ably supported by our superb pastoral staff and the pupils’ parents and all thoroughly deserve their success. I look forward to congratulating the pupils personally as they begin their Sixth Form studies at Cobham Hall in September. Well done!”

We thought the girls may do well in their English Literature examinations when they lived their Lord of the Flies studies and worked together to attend a Spring Term tag day as characters from the novel!

Congratulations to all the girls for their fantastic set of results, and good luck in your future studies.  We look forward to welcoming many of the girls back next term to begin studying for their International Baccalaureate Diplomas.  For one of our students, Emma, the term will begin in Germany on a Round Square exchange, and so we look forward to welcoming her back after that adventure!


Haberdasher's Monmouth School

HABERDASHERS’ MONMOUTH SCHOOLS CELEBRATE OUTSTANDING GCSE RESULTS

Focus and determination paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.
At Monmouth School, 43% of all grades were A*. Eleven boys gained at least eight A*s, and two pupils, Oli Jones and Richard Lambert, achieved 11 A*s. 

An impressive 68.6% of all grades were A* to A, 20 boys gained all A*s and As, and three candidates achieved a clean sweep of A*s.
Over at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, 41.9% of all examinations were graded A* and more than a third of pupils achieved at

least seven A*s.
One girl, Rosemary Badley, was awarded 11 A*s and an A, and five candidates gained 10 A*s.
All 20 pupils who sat additional maths achieved a distinction and a third of all girls gained 10 A* to A grades.
Best friends Susie Creasey and Lucy Reynolds were both awarded eight A*s and two As.
Lucy said: “We’ve been together since Reception and we were in a lot of the same classes.

“I can’t believe how well we’ve done. 
“We knew maths was going to be a challenge so we did a lot of past papers together.
“We definitely got each other through maths this year.”

Flautist Rosemary, who hopes to study French and German at university, was relieved that her hard work delivered such sterling marks.She said: “I’m so happy. My advice to people taking GCSEs next year is to stay calm and pace yourself throughout study periods.”

Monmouth School boy Oli put in a huge amount of work to achieve his 11 A*s.

He said: “It’s such a nice feeling to know all the effort paid off in the end.
“If you’ve got the right grades it means you can go anywhere you want – they’re a passport for life.
“Teachers at Monmouth have been so supportive. They kept me calm at stressful times.
“My advice to pupils taking GCSEs is to trust your teachers and do what they say.
“It’s also really important to take breaks and distract yourself from studying from time to time because otherwise the stress builds up.
“I love photography, so I went for lots of walks and took pictures when I needed a distraction.”
Will Telling, who has come up through the Haberdashers’ Schools from nursery at Agincourt, achieved nine A*s and an A.
He said: “I set myself targets to complete a chapter or a topic at a time – it’s a lot more rewarding that way.
“Going for a run in the mornings definitely helped me to clear my head too.
“I was very happy when I saw my results this morning.”

Pupils also performed well in the more challenging IGCSE examinations.
At HMSG, 82.6% of biology papers, 82.6% of physics exams, 73.9% of chemistry papers and 78.6% of history assessments were marked at A*/A.
And at the boys’ school, A*/A grades were awarded to 84.6% of biology papers, 83.1% of physics exams, 78.4% of chemistry papers and 74.5% of history candidates.

Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School, said: “The jewel in the crown is that our percentage A* has increased to a superb 43%.  This reflects very well indeed on the great efforts of our students, and is particularly impressive given that many of these boys are very actively involved in our extra-curricular programmes. The staff and I are so proud of the achievements of this year group, and they have certainly set the foundations for excellence in the sixth form at Monmouth School.”
And Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of HMSG, added: “We were delighted for the girls and so proud of them.  This is the first year that every single girl who sat additional maths achieved a distinction. It’s all thanks to the dedication and commitment of our pupils and staff.”

 


St. Francis' College 

The girls at St. Francis’ College are celebrating this morning having received excellent GCSE results.  100% of girls achieved at least 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, including maths and English, of those results 27% are A* and 61% A*-A.  40% of girls achieved 8 or more A* /A's.  A delighted Zoe Rubins achieved an amazing 13 A*s.

The Art and Music Departments are celebrating 100% A*/A grades achieved.  With a number of subjects receiving all grade B or above.  Overall 85% of grades were A*-B, a fantastic achievement.

Mrs Goulding, Headmistress has said "I am very proud of our girls' achievements. It is good to see some personal triumphs as well as the usual sweep of outstanding performances. The teaching and pastoral staff at St. Francis' work very hard with the girls to ensure they fulfil their potential and these results are a credit to all involved. I am delighted for them." 


Duke of York's Royal Military School

GCSE success for the Duke of York’s Royal Military School

Staff and students at the non-selective Duke of York’s Royal Military School are celebrating superb results at GCSE with 75% gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Student Celine Rai was delighted with her 10 GCSE grades, with 6 A*s and 4 As, Chloe Little gained 2 A* sand 5 As and Rimsa Rai achieved 1 A* and 7 As. The excellent results mean nine students have been offered academic scholarships to study A Levels at the school.

Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal and Commandant, said: “I am thrilled for our extraordinary students who have done so well and opened doors for their future. Many of them have had a hugely disrupted education, attending very many schools before arriving at DOYRMS. They have embodied the spirit of this unique and iconic school. I am very proud of them.

“The results are testament to the school’s vision of focusing on the development of the whole person by prioritising academic achievement alongside the development of leadership, character and resilience. The mix of sport, Combined Cadet Force, Ceremonial, Duke of Edinburgh, adventure training and the Arts continue to remain at the heart of the School.”

 

  • The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is offering a limited number of 80% scholarships for students to join its Sixth Form on a full or weekly boarding basis. Applicants should have achieved five GCSEs grade A* or A. In addition to studying at a high level in small classes, students can expect a fully rounded education that includes sport, combined cadet force, ceremonial and other social activities, to develop the sought after qualities of leadership, character and resilience. Please contact Caroline Cant on 01304 245073 for more details. For more information, visit www.doyrms.com.

Scarborough College

Scarborough College are delighted by this year's fantastic results.  Year 11 pupils from across North and East Yorkshire, in addition to boarding students from across the globe, achieved a tremendous 94% A* to C across all entries with 47% of all grades received being A* or A.  Four students scored straight A*s and As and no less than 13 separate subjects achieved a full 100% A* to C outcome.  An average value-added score of 0.8 of a grade added to every subject for every pupil was also a real triumph.  

Charles Ellison, the headmaster, commented: "Today's GCSE results are simply phenomenal and are testimony to years of determination and dedication by pupils who are aspirational and positive in all they do, inside and outside of the classroom.  For pupils to achieve an A* or A grade in almost half of all their subjects within a mixed ability school is quite astounding. Whilst the raw statistics are truly impressive, the highly significant value-added score is evidence that the product we provide to local families really does deliver excellence and equips their children with a passport for life. The combination of small class sizes, a varied and rich curriculum, highly-experienced teachers and very supportive parents have all played their part in bringing about such pleasing results.  Our students can embark with confidence and excitement 


Felsted School

Felsted pupils have again recorded top results in their GCSE exams, following on from strong results in A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma earlier this summer.
 
Headmaster, Mr Chris Townsend, comments; “It is fantastic to see such strong results, with ten pupils achieving a clean sweep of A* and A grades, and nearly half of all GCSE exams being graded at A or A*.  Every single pupil passed both English Language and Literature, while Maths achieved 98% A*-C, to build on some stunning results from the accelerated group who took their GCSEs earlier in the year.  English, Latin, Maths, Design Technology, Music, RS, Theatre Studies and Greek all achieved more than 90% A*-B.  While some schools are under pressure to move away from the creative subjects, it is particularly good to see Music, Design Technology and Theatre Studies doing so well.  I am very grateful to the hard work of all the teaching staff at Felsted, the support of the parents, and most importantly the commitment of the pupils themselves in achieving these impressive results.”

Among the stand out performers were Will Barker, Samuel Barratt, Tom Beale, Tom Blanc, Luke Bury, Ella-Rae Coleby, Scarlett Coote, Imogen Gander, Bethan Hudson-Lund, Alex Manson, Harry Raffan, Chiara Rocker-Cook, Jeremy Salmon and Bella Westlake.  Many others also outperformed their predictions.
Summary Highlights
•    102 students took GCSEs this summer
•    46% A* or A grades
•    73% A* to B grades
•    91% A* to C grades (national average of 69%)
•    98% achieved five A* to C grades
•    96% gained 5 A*-C including Maths and English
•    The following departments gained over 90% A* to B grades: Design Technology, English Language, English Literature, Music, Religious Studies, Theatre Studies, and Greek. 
 

Imogen Gander and Bethan Hudson-Lund were Felsted’s top performers, gaining 11 A*s each plus an A grade (in Additional Maths). Scarlett Coote was close behind with a clean sweep of 10 A*s. Imogen’s achievement is even more impressive as she is not yet 16! Identified as a gifted and talented student at young age, Imogen has studied above her natural year group since the age of five. Imogen, a day girl from Great Notley, is also a talented musician and will be taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Felsted from September, with the aim to study medicine in the USA.

Bethan, a weekly boarder from Wickham Bishops, is a superb all-rounder, involving herself in all the fantastic music, drama and sport opportunities on offer at Felsted. Bethan will also be studying the International Baccalaureate in September, with a view to pursue her passion for Biology at University.

Scarlett, a day girl from High Easter, is a fantastic actress and netball player and will be taking A Levels in Classics, History and English at Felsted Sixth Form from September. She hopes to study either Classics or History at University.

 

 

Top Performing Felsted girls (from left): 
Chiara Rocker-Cook, Imogen Gander, Scarlett Coote, Bethan Hudson-Lund and Ella-Rae Coleby
Felsted’s 1st XV Rugby squad performed extremely well - Will Barker, Luke Bury, Alex Manson and Jeremy Salmon gained a scrum selection of A* and A grades. Will, who gained 8 A*s and 2 A grades, captained the U16 Lambs (National Independent Schoolboys) and the Felsted U16 rugby side last season.  An Academic and Sports Scholar from Little Bardfield, he will be studying A Levels in History, Economics, Psychology and Maths in September. 

Samuel Barratt, a weekly boarder from Manuden, Herts, is delighted not only with his superb results (8 A*, 3 A) but also the news that he has gained a National Arkwright Scholarship. He will be studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry A Levels with a view to pursuing a career in Engineering
    
Bella Westlake, a contemporary boarder from Chelmsford, is thrilled to have balanced her musical talent with academic excellence, gaining 4 A*s and 5 A grades. Currently on tour in Italy with Maldon Choir, Bella has gained a place at Wells Cathedral on a specialist music programme. She will be taking A Levels in Music, Philosophy, History with an EPQ in Music Studies, alongside a pre-professional music course, with a focus on voice. Bella’s aim is to become a professional opera singer.


Reed's School 

Boys at Reed's School in Cobham are celebrating outstanding GCSE results with 62% of all grades at A* and A. Almost half of the year group at the school obtained at least 7 A* and A grades and over 88% of all grades were at A* to B.

Mark Hoskins, Headmaster, commented, “We are thrilled with these results; with the recent nationwide changes in grade boundaries and structural changes to questions and papers it is wonderful to see that the commitment and dedication of the teachers and students here at Reed’s has shown through.Reed’s pupils sit the more academically rigorous IGCSEs in Science subjects and these results were again very strong, with Physics leading the way at 81% A* and A grades. Our other subjects have also achieved remarkable results, most notably History, Drama, Latin, Geography, Maths and Music. We were especially pleased with the strength of our English grades following last year’s controversial IGCSE English marking, giving us 68% at A*/A grades in English Literature and 60% in English Language. My warmest congratulations go to all our students who have achieved such excellent results, and also to their teachers whose outstanding commitment and teaching have supported them.”

Leading the way with 10 A*s, including a distinction in Further Maths ,was Nick Rowlands, whose father, James Rowlands, is a former Reed’s pupil himself. Mr Rowlands commented, “I’m incredibly proud of what Nick has achieved. I’m so pleased to see that he is getting so much out of Reed’s and that the school is encouraging him to shine”. Nick added “I feel quite happy…slightly ecstatic… shaking a bit. Next year I’m going to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A Level and I’m hoping to do pure Physics at Cambridge or Imperial after that.”

Matthew Moran, who obtained 8 A*s and 2 A grades, said, “I feel really relieved...it’s been a long wait. I got 172 out of 175 in Further Maths which I was really pleased with as I didn’t think I’d do that well! I’m going on to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Economics and History at A Level.”

Alfie Baker, said “I’m relived and happy – I got 5 A*s and 5 As and I’m going to do Latin, History, English and French A levels next year. I’m thinking of doing either English or History at University.”


The Mount School

Mount Girls Storm GCSE Results

Over one third of pupils at The Mount School in York achieved eight or more A*-A grades in GCSE results released today.  Latin students scored 100% A*-A grades with Religious Studies, French, Music and Art students scoring 100% A*-B grades.

In Sciences, Technology and Maths (STEM subjects), two thirds of all candidates achieved A*-B grades while in Humanities subjects 72% of candidates achieved A*-B grades.

Frances Hearld gained 7 A*s and 2As and has already set her sights on taking Geography, French, Biology and Latin for A-Levels.  Frances will also take her Grade 8 cello exams this year. Celia Edwards, who achieved 4A*s and 7As is interested in taking History at university, intends to study History, English, French and German at A-Level. Yorkshire county netballer Ella Latham gained 5A*s and 5As while her twin Scarlett achieved 4A*s and 5As.

In September, Celia, Ella and Scarlett will travel next month to meet Nobel Peace laureates the Dalai Lama (1989) and Jody Williams (1997) at the PeaceJam Student Leadership Conference in Brussels.  The Mount is recognised as a School of Excellence by the international PeaceJam Foundation.

Phoebe Delamere, whose sister Frances did well in her A-Levels last week and got into her university of choice, took home 2A*s and 6As. Phoebe is studying English, Geography and Psychology at A-Levels. Her proud mother Hilary said, “I’m just delighted. Phoebe couldn’t have worked harder and she really deserves this.”

Boarders also did very well with Jessica Tse from Hong Kong achieving 8A*s and 3As, Yeonjea Lee of Korea, 8A*s and 2As and Harrogate Music Festival winners Tamara Demirchyan from Russia achieving 4A*s and 6As and Anastasia Shevaleva, also from Russia, achieving 1A* and 5As.

Adrienne Richmond, Principal of The Mount’s all-girls Senior School, today praised the efforts of the pupils and her staff, saying, “The girls have worked very hard to achieve such excellent results, and we look forward to continuing to nurture them through their A-Level years as well as those new pupils joining The Mount for Sixth Form. Thanks are also due to my team of dedicated teachers who always work tirelessly to offer support to the girls at this crucial stage of their education. 

“The Mount is a school that is always thinking ahead and preparing our pupils for the future. Our Quaker ethos encourages pupils to strive for personal excellence, and to live adventurously. In this vibrant and caring atmosphere, the pupils are free to flourish.” 


LVS Ascot School

LVS Ascot Records Rise In GCSE A* - C Grades

As National Figure Sees Sharpest Decline Ever

Students at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot achieved an increase in GCSE A* - C grades to 83.8% as nationally the figure saw its sharpest ever drop, down to 66.9%.

With 83.8% achieving A* - C grades (up from 78.9% in 2015), and 57.9% of papers achieving A* - B grades compared with 53.1% last year, LVS Ascot has successfully helped students raise their grades in preparation for joining the 6th form which reported its highest ever A-Level pass rate last week.

Whilst nationally the gender gap was reported to have widened yet further, LVS Ascot has successfully almost eradicated the difference  with 87.1% of boys achieving 5 A* - C grades including English and maths almost catching the equivalent 87.8% of girls.

Headline figures:

  • Grade A* exam papers –  4.9%      
  • Grade A exam papers –   21.1%       
  • Grade A* and A exam papers –  26%       
  • Grade A* - B exam papers – 57.9%
  • Grade A* - C exam papers – 83.8%
  • Students with 5 or more A* - C grades – 90.1%        
  • Students with 5 or more A* - C grades inc. Maths & English – 87.4%       

One student who demonstrated the difference that LVS Ascot has made in helping students surpass expectation is Ella Desmond, who joined in Year 9. Ella said: “I was told at my previous school that I wouldn’t get more than 5 A* - C grades and no higher than a D in English. I have just got 9 A* - C grades and my English was an A”.  Ella will now be studying English literature, history and law at LVS Ascot sixth form and her mother Kate said: “Ella had been written off at her old school but LVS Ascot has given her so much confidence to achieve. The teachers have been fantastic and so have her peers. I am really proud of her”.

Sophie Douglas was another student celebrating after receiving 4A*, 5A and 2B after twelve years at the school and will go on to sit A-Levels in biology, chemistry and maths. Sophie played the lead role in a whole school production of Fame earlier this year, and received great support from teachers in balancing her studies with performing. Her mother Joan said:

“LVS Ascot has given Sophie the belief to tackle anything and the confidence to try new things and be successful. She has done well academically but also been able to enjoy new things such as debating alongside being on stage in drama productions and representing the school at swimming, hockey and netball despite not being an A team sports player. That’s what is great about LVS Ascot, the opportunities to excel and experience things are open to all students”.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “These results reflect a significant achievement. With a rise in A* - C grades against a sharp dip nationally our students continue to make excellent progress. We look forward to them contributing to our highly successful sixth form and continuing their all-through education with LVS Ascot”.


St Edmund's School Canterbury

GCSE results day

St Edmund’s pupils are today celebrating their GCSE results in style.  Gathered in the sunshine outside the colonnade by the 1st XI cricket pitch, smiling faces abounded as results were waved aloft and pupils, parents and staff enjoyed each other’s achievements.

Head, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, said “Our talented pupils and their dedicated teachers should feel immensely proud of these results.  There were many A* grade successes, but also super individual performances and targets met where pupils had given their all and their hard work had paid off.  I am delighted that to report that these are the best ‘value added’ results the school has had in the last decade”.


Queen Anne's School

Academic Success for Queen Anne’s Pupils

Queen Anne’s School is proud to announce another year of excellent GCSE results with 64% of pupils achieving A*/A grades, with 28% of all grades at A*. 37% of girls achieved 9 or more A*/A grades in their results. Alongside outstanding academic success, our pupils demonstrate that they can also achieve extraordinary successes outside of the classroom in sport, music and drama.

Headmistress Mrs Julia Harrington said: 
“Congratulations to the girls and staff for the hard work and dedication that has gone into achieving another set of brilliant results. The girls have worked exceptionally hard to obtain top marks, which will provide them with the perfect springboard to commence their A Level studies in September. 

As well as embarking on the next stage of their education, the girls will be the first year group to take advantage of “The Space”, our new state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre. “The Space”, which will officially open in September, featuring a digital library, e-learning pods, a walled garden for relaxation combined with seminar and teaching rooms to facilitate collaborative learning experiences for our Sixth Form students.”

Congratulations go to rowing star Isabelle Richards from Thatcham in Berkshire, who has achieved nine A* grades and two A grades in her GCSEs. Alongside her academic success, Izzy won Gold at this year’s National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships and is well on her way to emulating Alumnae and 2016 Olympic Silver medallist in the Rowing Women’s Eight, Olivia Carnegie-Brown. Izzy, who has also achieved a Distinction in her Grade 8 Oboe examination will now go on to study Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Maths at A Level.

16-year-old Emma Hewlett from Caversham in Reading will be celebrating this evening after receiving an incredible eleven A* grades in her GCSEs, including Dutch. Emma will go on to study Physics, Classics, French and English at A Level in September.

Fellow musicians Nia Hudson and Alice Oram, both from Reading in Berkshire, are celebrating hitting all the right notes after achieving 16 A* grades and 6 A grades between them. Alice, who was awarded nine A* grades and two A grades, will go on to study A Level Chemistry, Maths and Physics and Nia, who achieved seven A* grades and four A grades, will study A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths this September.

 

It has also been another exceptional year for the school’s Science department at Queen Anne’s. In Biology, 84% of all grades were A*/A with A*/A grades in Chemistry and Physics both at 81%. 

Sporting star and recent ‘ball girl’ at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, Isabella Bowater from Henley-on-Thames, is celebrating after being awarded eight A* grades and two A grades in her GCSEs. U19 England Lacrosse player, Isabella, who is currently participating on the Queen Anne’s Lacrosse Tour in America, will be studying A Level Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths next year.

Congratulations also go to Niamh Edwards from Pangbourne in Berkshire, who has been awarded excellent GCSE grades including an exceptional ten A* grades. Niamh will go on to study A Level Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Maths in September.

Once again, Queen Anne’s girls studying Mandarin have received a fantastic set of results with 100% of girls achieving A*/A grades, all of whom are non-native Mandarin speakers. With the recent introduction of Dance into the curriculum, all girls studying this subject received A* grades in their examinations, demonstrating that academic excellence exists across all subjects offered at Queen Anne’s.

Katherine Derde from Marlow in Buckinghamshire, is one step closer towards her dream of becoming an engineer after receiving her GCSE results today. Katherine’s results include nine A* grades and one A grade and she will now go on to study Chemistry, Physics and Economics and Mathematics at A Level.

Elena Sheppard, from Beaconsfield in Berkshire, celebrates achieving 11 GCSEs, including nine A* grades. Elena now looks forward to the next stage of her education and will go on to study A Level Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Physics in September.

Georgina Evans, from Henley-on-Thames, will now go on to study Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education and English at A Level after achieving a top set of GCSEs grades, including nine A*/A grades. Georgina represents the U19B South West England Lacrosse Team and successfully captained the school’s U16A team to Berkshire County Champions at the National Schools’ Lacrosse Championships.

Alongside running a Latin and Classics club in Caversham, friends Jessica Blakemore and Heather Acornley have achieved academic success in their GCSE results. Jessica, whose results include ten A*/A grades and Heather, whose results include nine A*/A grades, were both instrumental in setting up the club and volunteering their time to help other pupils in the local community. The girls are looking forward to continuing their A Level studies at Queen Anne’s with Heather going on to study Classics, Biology and Psychology and Jessica will study Art, Maths, Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology.


South West Lacrosse goalkeeper, Shana Hart from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, has achieved a string of fantastic GCSE results, including nine A*/A grades. Shana, who will go on to study A Level Biology, Psychology, Physical Education and English, was thrilled to be selected this year for the U19A South West Lacrosse Squad at only 16 years of age. 

Daphne Psarra, from Reading in Berkshire, is celebrating achieving 11 GCSEs, including ten A*/A grades. Daphne will now go on to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at A Level.

16-year-old Grace Peachey from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, will be celebrating with friends and families this evening after achieving a great set of GCSE results, including eight A* grades and two A grades. Grace will be studying Biology, English, Psychology and Government & Politics at A Level.

Synchronised swimmer, Sophie Wulfinghoff from Caversham Heights in Caversham, is delighted to be awarded six A* grades and four A grades in her GCSEs. Sophie, who has achieved numerous synchronised swimming successes, including participating in trials for England, will go on to study A Level Biology, Physical Education, Chemistry and Core Mathematics in September.

The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s GCSE results is as follows:
A*    28%    
A*/A    64%            
A*-B    88%     
A*-C    98%        
Pass     100%


Westonbrit School

Westonbirt Pupils Celebrate GCSE Success!

Pupils at Westonbirt School are celebrating success in their GCSE’s this morning where 14% of papers were graded A* and 44% A*-A grades. 
Among the happy students were Ella Morrison from Chippenham achieved 3 A*s, 6A’s & 1 B; Gemma Gibbs from Tetbury achieved 3A*s and 7A’s; Gabby Israel Bolarinwa achieved 7 A*’s, 2 A’s and a B and Katherine Willey achieved 6 A*s and 3 A’s. 
There were many other personal success stories and Headmistress Natasha Dangerfield said

“We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work and dedication of our pupils and teaching staff over the last two years and we look forward to beginning the A level courses with our pupils when they return in September”  

Subject highlights include:
100% A*-A for Latin; 
100% A*-B grades for Music and Latin and RE
75% A*-A grades for French
60% A*-A grades for both Chemistry and Physics
67% A*-A grades for English Literature

Results Breakdown:
GCSE Results 2016
14%     A*
 44%     A*-A
 69%     A*-B


Gresham's School

Gresham’s GCSE pupils celebrate exam success

Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt are celebrating their GCSE results today (Thursday 25 August), with an impressive increase in the pass rate (A*-C) up to 93.5% from 90.6% last year.

More than half of the pupils gained A* - A, an increase on 2015 and 76% gained A*-B grades, another increase on 2015 results.  A* grades remained strong at 21%.

The GCSE results follow the School’s outstanding International Baccalaureate results which were released in July and last week’s excellent A-level achievements.  They also follow an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which saw Gresham’s graded as ‘excellent’ in all nine of its categories.  The ISI noted that: “Gresham’s fully meets its aims in that the day and boarding pupils should realise their full potential and achieve the highest standards possible in their learning.”

Headmaster, Douglas Robb, said, “This is a great day for our GCSE pupils, they have achieved a fantastic set of results and they can be very proud of themselves.  These results reflect a great deal of hard work and determination and I’m delighted to be able to celebrate their success with them today.  Together with strong A-level and IB results, this year has been a very successful one and demonstrates Gresham’s commitment to helping pupils reach their full potential and achieve the highest standards possible in their learning.”

Many pupils are now making preparations to join Gresham’s Sixth Form including Billy Buckingham, from Holt.  Billy achieved 6 A*s and 4 As and will study History, Geography and Maths at A-level.  Visibly delighted, Billy did admit to being nervous on arrival at school and said: “I am so pleased and am really looking forward to starting in Sixth Form.  I am heading to Norwich today to get everything I need for September.”

Academic and Music scholar, Sam Aldersey-Williams, from Aylsham, arrived at Gresham’s to collect his results.  After learning that he had been awarded 12 A*s, Sam said: “My parents think it’s amazing but I am really finding it hard to find the words to describe how I am feeling, I am really happy!”  Sam also gained an A in Polish, a subject he taught himself with support from Gresham’s Prep Modern Languages teacher, Mrs Alannah Nash.  Sam added: “I would like to give a special thanks to Mrs Nash; she really did help with my language learning.” Sam will join Gresham’s Sixth Form to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Daisy Quick, from Holt was first to arrive at school and was rewarded with 6 A*s and 4 As.  Daisy, who is currently learning lines for the School’s production of Guys and Dolls, offered advice to future GCSE pupils: “Focus equally on each subject, even the ones you’re not so keen on. Think that everything will be useful and always write clear notes you can read over and over again.”  Daisy is joining Gresham’s Sixth Form to study A-levels in English, History and Theatre Studies. 

After achieving 9 A*s and an A, Academic scholar, Bill Carter, from Cley, admitted to being “pretty happy”.  Bill, who passed a Level 2 Powerboating course during the summer, is now planning on studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Gresham’s Sixth Form. 


Giggleswick School

More than great grades at Giggleswick

Following on from record-breaking A level results last week, Giggleswick School is celebrating further exam success with over half of its GCSE pupils achieving A* grades and more than a quarter of them awarded six or more A*/A grades. Even more impressive this year are the value added scores of the pupils with many achieving over two grades higher than their target GCSE scores.

The School was particularly proud and delighted to see Freddie Morse from Addingham Moorside, Ilkley, rewarded with seven A*s among his nine GCSE’s having battled treatment for Leukaemia throughout his GCSE studies, including a full year away from school to manage his chemotherapy, immunotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

Freddie, who was at school to pick up his results today said

I am so pleased and I can’t quite believe it. What I’ve learned from this is to never say never, never give up. I’d like to thank every one of my teachers, all nine of them, who came out to my house to teach me when I couldn’t be at school.

His mother, Sarah, said

We are so proud of Freddie and the School has been phenomenal. The level of support and pastoral care has been exceptional. We are so grateful.

Overall results this year included almost 40% A*/A grades, which compares with a national average of 21%. As a school that accepts students with a wide range of ability these are impressive results and the excellent value added scores are of particular importance.

Anna Wood, Assistant Head (Academic), explained

Value added is a really important measure of the school’s ability to support and enhance a pupil’s academic progress whatever their level of ability. It’s great to see so many of our pupils achieving significantly higher grades than originally predicted at the start of their GCSE programme.

Over the past 10 years Giggleswick has achieved a value added score at GCSE which would place them in the top 5% of schools nationally.  

But it’s not just about exam success at Giggleswick. The school’s renowned co-curricular programme has helped students like Richard Lloyd and Miles Taylor to not only achieve 10 A*/A GCSE’s each but excel as film makers too.

Richard and Miles have been the driving force behind ‘Giggleswick Student Media’, producing a series of highly acclaimed films, and winning awards including the recent Malala Youth Voice Competition.

Celebrating their results together Miles said

We made a lot of YouTube films in our spare time and our English teacher, Mrs Peacock, saw them and suggested we set up ‘Gigg Media’ – she has definitely encouraged us to develop our passion and because of that we have also developed a lot of new skills.

Richard added

Working on something that I enjoy encouraged me to work hard academically too – my experience at Giggleswick has inspired me towards a career in the creative industries.


Roedean School

Roedean celebrates its best ever GCSE and A Level results in the same year!
Roedean girls have achieved the best ever GCSE results only a week after the school recorded its best ever A Level grades.  Over 45% of all GCSE grades have been awarded A*, and 75% at A*-A is the highest ever number of grades achieved at this level on results’ day.  The school is delighted to have these two remarkable sets of results both at GCSE and A Level.  This underlines the points made in Roedean’s outstanding ISI Inspection report in May about the girls’ positive and pro-active approach to their learning and the high quality teaching.  

Roedean congratulates in particular two girls on the exceptional achievement of 11 A* grades.  We are also pleased that over one fifth of the cohort achieved 8 A* grades or more, and 41% were awarded only A*-A grades, showing great strength in depth.  We are very proud of all those who worked extremely hard for their GCSEs, and now have a string of very good grades as they move into the Sixth Form.  These girls will be joined by talented girls from different schools, including a number from local schools in the state sector who have won our successful Brighthelm Awards.

This year’s excellent GCSE results are the product of a concerted effort on the school’s part to empower the girls to strive for the very best, by developing their self-confidence and challenging them to realise their fullest potential.  It is no coincidence that many of the girls in the GCSE cohort have strong talents in other fields:  nearly 10% are post-Grade 8 musicians, one plays football for the county, another has just achieved exceptional success in her RAD Advanced 2 ballet exam, another performed at Glyndebourne this year, and one spent a week volunteering in a hospital in Ethiopia over the summer.  We believe strongly in our ethos of a holistic approach to education, and we are confident that the girls’ engagement with a whole variety of other activities beyond their academic work only serves to improve their grades.  Mr Blond, Headmaster, congratulates all the girls on their GCSE results:  

‘I am absolutely delighted that this group of girls stuck together through thick and thin, and worked hard to achieve these fantastic results.  Whilst we celebrate academics, what is truly remarkable are the strong friendships they have developed, and I know that they will be just as delighted with each other’s successes as their own.’

Roedean is preparing the girls to make their mark in the world, and this is just the first stage for these GCSE girls, who will no doubt also perform well in the Sixth Form.  Of those who received their A2 grades last week, 66% are going on to Russell Group universities, all 4 applicants for highly competitive courses in Medicine will begin their courses in October, and 3 girls will be taking up their places at Oxbridge.  Every single girl benefits greatly from the exceptional provision at Roedean.  With a £½ million refurbishment of the Sixth Form facilities over the summer, and a flood-lit astroturf in the near future, the school combines excellent academic achievement with opportunities to excel in a range of co-curricular activities, as well as wonderful facilities and buildings – a Roedean education truly is a unique experience.


Bishop's Stortford College 

Another outstanding set of results


Fifth Form pupils at Bishop’s Stortford College are celebrating another outstanding year with 37% of GCSE grades at A* (against a national average of 6.5%*) and 68% at A*/A. 100% of pupils gained 5 or more passes at A*/C.  

The College is justifiably renowned for its provision in the Arts and 21 pupils took Music and 18 Drama.  Every single pupil gained at least an A grade in these subjects.  The English Department had a record year with none of the 115 pupil entry gaining less than a B grade, and 86% gaining A*/A.  

The Headmaster said,

“My congratulations to all our pupils on exceeding their expectations by working so very hard and responding so well to the excellent teaching of our dedicated team of professionals.  I am so proud of your achievements.”

35 pupils achieved ten or more grades A*/A and 27 pupils gained 7 or more A* grades.  The top performers with 10A* were Katie Champion, Henry Hunt, Katie Kerr, Simrhan Khetani and Ailsa Munro.  Megan Brown, Henrietta Cane, Francesca Heath-Clark, Scott Hextall, Joe Minichiello, Bradley Moon, Anna Pilcher, Alex Portas, Aastha Singh, Cameron Tooke and Nicholas Zeolla all achieved 9A*. Talented twins and music scholars, Joe and Lucy Minichello achieved a stunning 17A* between them.


Prior Park College

Prior Park College is thrilled to be celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE success hot on the heels of impressive A Level results. Prior Park students achieved a remarkable 26% of grades at coveted A*, bucking the national trend, testament to the industry and dedication of pupils at the College as they strive achieve and indeed exceed their goals and ambitions.

100% of Prior Park students pupils met the standard of five plus GCSE grades at C or above, including English and Maths, and around 70% of grades awarded to our students were at the highest A*/A grade: outstanding results by any comparative measure.

Most notably, we warmly congratulate our six students who achieved at least ten A* grades. These top performers were Edmund Mortimer, Grace Fry and Rhiannon Harris who each secured no less than 11 passes or better at A* grade. Twins Henry and Rupert Carr each recorded 10 passes at A* grade, matched also grade for grade by Felix Robertson.

Headmaster, Mr James Murphy-O’Connor comments

“With almost 25% of pupils securing at least 5 passes at A*, Prior Park is once again celebrating an outstanding year. Our entire school community is immensely proud to see our boys and girls do so well and, even more importantly, achieve the potential that we see in each of them. As the educational climate continues to shift beneath our feet, GCSE grades will take on even greater significance in years to come. It is reassuring that our students have put themselves in prime position for future academic success and recognition. Well done indeed to all of them”.


Kingham Hill School

GCSE PUPILS CONTINUE EXAM SUCCESS AT KINGHAM HILL SCHOOL

Kingham Hill School’s GCSE pupils have added to the amazing results gained by A level pupils last week by delivering their own record high results today.

The school saw 36 per cent of pupils achieving the highest marks, A*-A, an increase on last year’s results and well above the national average. A vast majority of pupils were awarded at least one A*-A.  

The smiles continued for pupils as they achieved a school best of 63 per cent A*-B grades and 84% A*-C.

A number of subjects saw fantastic results, demonstrating Kingham’s high standard of teaching across the curriculum. French and Latin both saw 100 per cent  A*-C grades and 100 per cent of pupils taking English Literature gained A*- Bs, bucking the national trend.

Results day saw a number of pupils gaining impressive grades with Amy Liao achieving 6 A*s and 4 As, George Morris receiving 3A*s, 5As and 1B and Danika Quick, who gained 3A*s, 2As, 1B and 1C.

Also a big congratulations to Issy Tucker who received full marks for her A* grade in Art and Design, along with 3 A*s, 4 As and 1 B and will be returning next year for her A levels. 

Headmaster, Nick Seward, commented:

"I'm thrilled to see so many of our pupils achieving above expectations, and delivering such a fine set of results. Alongside those achieving strings of A*s and As, many pupils in this year group have faced big academic challenges, and I know they will now feel the hard work was worth it, with well-deserved success to celebrate."


Campbell College 

NORTHERN IRELAND BEST IN CLASS FOR GCSE

 Belfast Boarding School Campbell College celebrated the news that once again Northern Ireland has outperformed the rest of the UK at GCSE. 79.1% of entries were awarded A*-C in Northern Ireland versus 66.9% in England and Wales. Sitting well above the Northern Ireland average was Campbell College with 85% of entries achieving A*-C.

 Of the 140 pupils who opened their results today at Campbell College the art students were a particularly happy crew with 92% of the class achieving A* or A. In fact 18 of the 25 strong cohort achieved the highest mark - A*.  Art was followed closely by GCSE German where 2 out of every 3 pupils achieved A*/A grade. History pupils also celebrated with 98% of the pupils achieving the A*-C grade, well above the national average.

 Commenting on the success, Headmaster Mr Robert Robinson, MBE stated,

“Our strong performance in art, languages and the humanities demonstrates one of the many benefits of an all-boys school. Typically, boys do not enjoy the same success in these subjects as girls but a single sex environment for boys at GCSE stage can really make a difference. Congratulations to all the boys for their achievements and to all the parents and teachers whose hard work ensured the pupils fulfilled their potential. “

 The strong performance in core subjects was coupled with impressive individual performances with 17 boys achieving 7 or more A*/A’s. Top of the year was John Harrison with 11 A*/A’s followed closely by Sam Buckley and Rory Dennis who each achieved 10A*/A’s and a B.

 Oliver McDowell, Henry Wilson, Adam Catherall, Dominic Clear, Alex Hardacre, Matthew Kane and Caleb McElnay  are all congratulated for achieving 9 A*/A’s. Callum Jones, Caomhan Rodgers, Michael Sullivan, Chris Baker and Sam Beattie celebrated 8 A*/A’s followed closely by Jonathan Horner and Oliver Milligan who each achieved 7A*/A’s.


Camford School

Stellar performances again at GCSE


With over a third of the cohort gaining at least 9A*/A grades out of their 10 subjects, nearly 40% of all grades A* - compared to 6.5% nationally - and over 90% of all papers graded A*/B, Canford is celebrating another very strong set of GCSE and IGCSE results.  

Seven pupils gained a clean sweep of 10A*s, 15 at least 9A*s and 22 at least 8A* grades.  Among these were Sam Hopkins who combined studying for his 10A*s with playing Double Bass with the National Youth Orchestra; Madeleine Kearns who, in addition to gaining 10A*s, won one of only 15 places in the UK as a stage manager with the National Youth Theatre this year; Clarinettist Bea Fairbairn is currently part of the National Youth Wind Orchestra to add to her 10A*/As; Will Butt represented the Bath Rugby U16 Academy at the Wellington Festival while studying for his 10A*/A grades; Luke Bannister became World Drone Flying Champion and achieved 9A*/As, and Jack Taylor and Emily Balls were among Canfordians chosen for England Hockey Junior Regional Performance squads in addition to gaining 9A*/As and 8A*/As respectively.

Departmentally, in ten subjects across both Arts and Sciences over 40% of all grades were A*.  Four out of five of all subjects were graded over 90% A*/B, with English 98%, Art and Latin both 97%, History 96%, Geography and Religious Studies both 95% and Maths and Music both 94%.  These results are all the more impressive given Canfordians take nine subjects in the widely acknowledged more rigorous IGCSE.
Pupils generally take ten subjects at GCSE/IGCSE as the school believes this is the right number to offer sufficient breadth of study, while also allowing time to develop all important skills through the extensive co-curricular programme.
Commenting on this year’s results, Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“It never ceases to amaze me how our pupils manage to connect and combine the skills and qualities they learn both within and beyond the classroom to achieve such high levels of excellence in external examinations.  At the top end at GCSE there were some outstanding grades, and across the ability range pupils exceeded expectations.  To achieve results at such high levels requires a strong work ethic and a great deal of dedication by both pupils and teachers.”


Box Hill School

Box Hill School GSCE results buck the national trend

Against the national backdrop of a fall in the A*- C pass rate, Box Hill School students and teachers were delighted with the school’s GCSE results going in the opposite direction. 

Exceeding the national figure by over 15%, students were celebrating some excellent results today (Thursday 25th August) with an A*- C pass rate of 82%. Up 8% on last year and with an overall pass rate at 99.5% there were many examples of students with personal success stories.

Among some of the best results was Toby Edison who achieved 6 A*, 2 A and 2 B grades and Justus Rinne, one of our international boarders who was awarded 2 A*, 6 A and 4 B grades.   

Kayleigh Elias, at Box Hill School for the last 5 years was ecstatic with her 2 A*, 7 A and 1 B scores. Kayleigh said

“I am so happy with my results, I couldn’t have done it without my teachers and how they really supported me. I am looking forward to coming back to school in September to start the IB.”  

This tops off a really pleasing set of results, with increased success across the board at IB, A Level and now GCSE. It is particularly rewarding in the context of a non-selective approach to education which also puts holistic learning at the core of school life.
Headmaster Mr Cory Lowde said

"We have worked tremendously hard over the last year to ensure, as always, that we provide extraordinary value added for every student. To see so many positive results, exceeding our own internal targets, and bettering not just last year but also the UK average by such a large margin, is a testament to everybody's hard work. I am thrilled."


Brentwood School

Ten or more A*s for ten talented students

 
Ten exceptional students from Brentwood School are celebrating receiving ten or more A* Grades in their GCSE examinations in another magnificent year of results for the School.

They include 16 year-olds Nicole Guo, who took 14 GCSEs and achieved 12 A*s, and Grace Duke, Mary Hirst, Joseph Defries, Rodi Donhue-Hibberd and Antonia Stratford, each with 11 A*s.

A jet-lagged Nicole is looking forward to a career in Finance after securing an incredible set of results.

“The revision sessions gave me so much confidence,” she explained. Nicole, who did ‘better than expected’, will now turn her attention to her A Level studies where she will concentrate on Latin, History, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. 

Grace is one step closer to her dream of becoming a lawyer. Clutching her results letter, she said:

“I was worried about a few of my results and was really nervous and shaking.” She also put her success down to the School’s revision sessions and the support and teaching she has received. “There is always someone you can go to,” she added. Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation and Mathematics will be her A Level subjects.

Mary is hoping to study Veterinary Science at university and has been spending the summer at a Veterinary Clinic in Blackmore to get some experience. She will be studying Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Greek at A Level. 

Joseph is looking to pursue a career in investment banking and will be studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form, with History, Latin and Philosophy as Higher Level subjects. He gave particular mention to Head of RE Mr Clements, who gave him valuable guidance on his future direction.

Boarding student Rodi said:

“The teaching and support at Brentwood has been brilliant and I have built a good relationship with the teachers.”  He will now take Classical Civilisation, Greek, Latin and Further Mathematics A Levels with a view to studying Classics at University.

Antonia will be following in her sister’s footsteps into the Sixth form to study Biology, History, Psychology and Spanish.

In total 23 students received all A*s or As in their examinations, resulting in a three year average of A*-As for the School of 60.4%, compared to the national average of 20.3%, and bucking the national downward trend for these grades.
 
Fifteen-year-old star mathematician Andrew Ejemai, who achieved 10 A*s and 4As at GCSE, and has already taken two A Levels, for which he received an A*, is hoping to study at Cambridge University a year early. His sister, 12 year-old Zipporah, took GCSE Mathematics in the First Year and achieved an astonishing A*. 

It was a case of sweet sixteen for Joanne Oke who celebrated her GCSE results and 16th birthday today. A very happy and very tired Joanne was especially delighted about her A* in Physics which will be invaluable for a future in Medicine. Joanne, who will also study the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form, said:

“The revision days were really useful.”

For the fourth year running, students at Brentwood sat the more difficult International GCSE in Science subjects (Chemistry, Physics and Biology), English, Mathematics, Computing and some Modern Languages. 

Headmaster Ian Davies, who was at School to greet students and their proud parents, commented:

“My sincere congratulations to all of our students achieving these exceptional results. I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work that they and their teachers have put in over the past year. We are delighted that they, and many others from outside, will be studying A Levels and the IB Diploma in our superb Sixth Form, which has today become significantly stronger.”

In total 25% of all GCSE grades were A*, 59% were A*-A, 84% A*-B and 95% A*-C. Today’s statistics perfectly complemented last week’s A Level results, and the School’s best ever International Baccalaureate Diploma success. Among the 2016 Upper Sixth cohort, two students have taken up offers at Cambridge University and another seven were awarded places to study Medicine, which remains one of the most highly competitive of courses.


Oakham School

Top GCSE marks after another top year!

Oakham’s excellent GCSE results reflect yet another incredibly successful year for the School.  As well as an impressive 42 students achieving straight A*/A grades, the School saw almost a third of all exams taken gaining the top A* grade.

 “The results are tremendous – to have such an impressive number of exams taken resulting in either an A* or A grade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and their teachers,” says Nigel Lashbrook, Headmaster.

 For the second year running, seven Oakhamians achieved the top A* grades in all of their 10 or 11 GCSE exams. They are: Sachin Black, George Figgis, Matthew Jennings, Zak Myers, Morgan Overton, Rebecca Sale and Lizzy Sanders.  Another 21 students achieved at least 8 A*s.

 “GCSE results day heralds the end of the academic year – and what a year it has been for Oakham!” continues Mr Lashbrook.  “On top of our outstanding Upper School results, which saw 54% of all exams taken being awarded A*-A grades, there has been a catalogue of individual, team and school successes.  Numerous national finals were reached – including the Chamber Choir earning the title of one of the top three choirs in the country in the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition, and the senior boys hockey team, who now rank 2nd in the country following the national playoff.”

 “Oakham is focused on the Total Curriculum and nothing sums this up more than Morgan Overton’s success. In the same week that his winning composition for the BBC Inspire Young Composers' Competition featured on BBC Radio 3, he learnt he had a clean sweep of A*s in his GCSE results!”


Wellington School

Pupils at Wellington School have recorded the School’s best set of results for more than five years with an impressive 26% of grades at A*, 53% at A*-A, and approaching 80% at A*-B.  A special mention should go to the four pupils who achieved 10 A* grades; Edward Peachey, Iona Perry, Ollie Rowe and Freddie Renyard.

Headmaster, Henry Price commented,

‘I often talk about the power of positive peer pressure and what struck me about this year group was the way they worked together and encouraged each other in the run up to the examinations in particular. Both the pupils and their teachers can be justifiably proud of these results, which are a tribute not only to the hard work, but also the teamwork and positive relationships among the staff and pupils at Wellington.’ 

In each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, more than 50% of grades were at A*; in Mathematics, nearly 70% of grades were at A*-A, and the School continued its strong tradition in Latin and Greek with outstanding results.  At Wellington, the pupils study the more rigorous IGCSE (International GCSE) in Mathematics, English, Sciences and Modern Languages so their success is truly deserved.

“There are fabulous results across the full range of our departments and I am particularly pleased to see the improvement in Religious Studies and the strong performance in Modern Languages where we offer French, German and Spanish. Our curriculum caters for a range of interests and abilities and whilst it is easy to trumpet the A* and A grades, it is often the B and C grades where the achievement has been greatest.  All of these results sit alongside the huge contribution that pupils make to the co-curricular life of the School, which I believe is a key part of a Wellington School education.”

“I would like to congratulate all the pupils for their hard work and say that I am looking forward to seeing them back next week in record numbers for Year 12. I would also urge them to remember to thank their parents who have done so much to support them during the examination period, as well as everything else! Finally my thanks to the excellent staff at Wellington who have inspired, encouraged and cajoled the pupils to do their best,” concluded Henry Price.

 


St Swithun School

Excellent GCSE results at St Swithun’s School buck the national trend

Girls at St Swithun’s School, Winchester are celebrating excellent GCSE results this year, with 57.5% of all entries awarded an A* (compared to 6.5% nationally), the highest since 2012. 85% of all entries were awarded an A* or A, an increase on last year. These results come against backdrop of a decline in top grades nationally.

Girls were awarded the top grade in an impressive range of subjects with 92% of girls achieving an A* in further maths, 83% in German, 82% in Latin, 75% in music, 73% in French, 69% in Spanish, 63% in chemistry and 62% in English language. 
1 in 6 girls achieved A* in all of their subjects, and 45% of St Swithun’s pupils were awarded all A* or A grades.

 “I am delighted this year that the girls have excelled in so many areas.” said headmistress Jane Gandee. “Their embracing of academic challenge has resulted in a significant increase in A* grades giving them confidence as they move into the sixth form. We have also spent a lot of time laughing with them over the past two years and want to congratulate them on being so adept at keeping everything in perspective.”


Harrogate Ladies' College 

Harrogate Ladies’ College Pupils Celebrate Top GCSE Grades  

Harrogate Ladies’ College today announced an outstanding set of GCSE results which saw a third of pupils achieve a clean sweep of all A*-A grades.

The overall number of A*-C grades increased to 92%, 52% of all grades were A*-A and the number of A* grades was 4 times that of base line data predictions calculated by Durham University.  

There were excellent results in subjects such as Physics, Statistics, French, Spanish, Latin and Music where more than 70% of all grades were A*-A and English Literature where 93% of all grades were A*-B.

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College said,

“The girls have achieved an excellent set of GCSE results and I am so delighted for them and for the teachers who have worked so hard to support, encourage and inspire them.”

“We’re a small school and that means that we really get to know all of the girls as individuals.  We get to know their strengths and we understand when they need supporting and conversely, when they need push.  I’m sure that this is really important factor in today’s results.”

“I hope that the girls are really proud of what they’ve achieved.  I’ve seen how hard they’ve worked and I’ve seen their bravery and resilience in overcoming challenges.  I hope that alongside their excellent GCSE results, these are qualities that they will take with them into the next stages of their lives”.

Among those celebrating today were Jenny Claridge who was awarded 10 A*s and 1 A.  Jenny, who joined Harrogate Ladies’ College in Year 7 from St Peter’s Primary School in Harrogate said,

“I’m so pleased.  It’s been a really long wait to get the results but now I’ve got them I know all the hard work was worthwhile.  I’ve had amazing support from the teachers at Harrogate Ladies’ College.  They’ve enabled me to get the best possible results I could and I’m looking forward to seeing them all again soon when I start Sixth Form in September.”

Also celebrating were Anna Rimmer who achieved an impressive 12 A*s including a perfect score of 100% in both History and Latin, and Molly Brown and Becky Hill who were both awarded 7 A*s and 3 As.


Stonyhurst School

Stonyhurst’s excellent GCSE results 

Following on from some exceptionally strong IB results in July, and equally pleasing A Level results last week, staff and pupils at Stonyhurst have had a busy but happy morning, as GCSE results were published.  90% of all results were at C grade or above, with a pleasing 49% being A* or A grades.  These are Stonyhurst’s second best GCSE results ever, and not far off the impressive record of 51% A*- A achieved last year.

Amongst the top performers were Celina Guzkowska with 8 A*s and 3 As, and Jack Reynolds, Vincent Ng and Paloma Garcia Morgan, all three of whom achieved 8 A*s and 2 As.

Headmaster John Browne commented: ‘these tremendous GCSE results reflect years of hard work and determination from our pupils, supported with such dedication by their families and by our talented teaching staff.  We are very proud of their achievements.’
 
Schools across the UK are today reporting a significant decline in GCSE results, with this morning’s results being the lowest since 2008, so it is gratifying that Stonyhurst has once again bucked the national trend.  


Bedales School

BEDALES IMPRESSIVE GCSE PERFORMANCE AT TOP A* GRADE 

Bedales students are celebrating this year’s GCSE results, with an impressive 30% awarded at the highest A* grade. 55% of grades were A*- A and 94% were A*- C. As Bedales students study a combination of three different qualifications, these pass rates are a combined statistic for GCSE, IGCSE and Bedales Assessed Courses. No other school studies this unique combination of qualifications. 

Exceptional performances included Tom Bradford who achieved 11 A*s, and Rachel Forsyth, Sebastian Wiener and U19 British sailor, George Ford, who all achieved 10 A*s at GCSE, IGCSE or Bedales alternative to the GCSE – the Bedales Assessed Course (BAC).
While revising hard, George was also training hard and was selected to be one of five sailors who represented Great Britain in the U19 single-handed sailing team for the European championships in Estonia this summer.
Headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith Budge, said:

“Congratulations to Bedales students for these excellent results, all the more impressive as they are mainly the more challenging IGCSEs and Bedales Assessed Courses. We introduced our own courses 10 years ago as we were dissatisfied with the quality and challenge with most GCSEs. Developing our own UCAS-recognised Bedales Assessed courses, we are able to adapt and shape our curriculum to suit the needs of students. By focussing on the development of independent learning skills, Bedalians hit the ground running with their Sixth Form A level studies and are well prepared for university education.”

16 of the 21 students achieving a minimum of nine A grades attended Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst prior to Bedales (indicated below by an * in front of their name).


The following students achieved a minimum nine A* grades:
•    *Tom Bradford achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature, Geography and History; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish; and GCSE in Computing.
•    *George Ford achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature, History and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; IGCSEs in English, German, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; and GCSE in Latin.
•    *Rachel Forsyth achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Dance, English Literature, History and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; IGCSEs in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry Physics and Spanish.
•    Sebastian Wiener achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature, History and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; IGCSEs in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish.
•    *Ed Adams achieved 9 A*s and 1 A: A*s in Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, Geography, Outdoor Work; IGCSEs in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish; and 1 A in BAC Philosophy, Religion & Ethics.
•    *Cressie Burnell achieved 9 A*s and 1 A: A*s in Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature and History; IGCSEs in English, French, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; GCSE in Latin; and A in IGCSE Maths.
•    *Toria Compton achieved 9 A*s and 1 A: A*s in Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, Dance and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; and A in BAC Classical Music.
•    *Pippa Lock achieved 9 A*s and 1 A: A*s in Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature, History and Theatre; IGCSEs in English, French, Double-Award Science and Spanish; GCSE in Music; and an A in Maths.
•    Lily Samarine achieved 9 A*s and 1 A : A*s in Bedales Assessed Courses in English Lieterature, History and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Maths, Double-Award Science; GCSE in Russian and an A in BAC Art.
•    Tristan Farran 9 A*s: in Bedales Assessed Course in Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; IGCSEs in English, Maths, Spanish, Italian, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and GSCE in Computing.

Other Bedales students achieving a minimum of nine A grades included:

•    *Molly Graham achieved 8 A*s, 1 A and 2 Bs 
•    Rosie Golledge achieved 8 A*s and 1 A
•    *Tallula MacIlwaine achieved 7 A*s and 2 As
•    *Josh Woolford achieved 5 A*s, 4 As and 2 Bs
•    *Joe Murray achieved 5 A*s, 4 As and 1 C
•    *Ritchie Sweet achieved 4 A*s and 6 As
•    Maisie McGregor achieved 4 A*s and 6 As
•    *Bart Hill-Reid achieved 4 A*s, 5 As and 1 B
•    *Amber Cecil achieved 3 A*s, 6 As, and 1 B
•    *Tom Harris achieved 2 A*s and 7 As
•    *Amelia Pike achieved 1 A* and 8 As

 

Bedales retains a compulsory core of five IGCSEs (English, Maths, double or triple award Science and a Modern Language) and uniquely, offers the BAC as a GCSE alternative which offers increased depth, more stimulating material, more active learning, less prescriptive syllabuses, and a wider range of assessment methods. The same grading system applies to BACs and students can choose from the following subjects: Ancient Civilisations; Art; Classical Music; Dance; Design; English Literature; Geography; Global Awareness (new in 2016); History; Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; Outdoor Work; and Theatre. BACs are internally assessed and moderated externally by experts in each field.


Haileybury School

GCSE joy as Haileybury pupils achieve best ever results and record A*s

There was plenty to celebrate at Haileybury this morning as pupils racked up record-breaking GCSE and International GCSE (IGCSE) results.

Pupils achieved the school’s best ever set of grades and several new records were set, including the highest percentage of A* or A grades (66.3%). Pupils also raised the bar for the number of A* grades, with a new record of 449 A*s overall.

Nine pupils scored straight A* grades and 38 achieved all As and A*s - almost a third of the year group.

For the second year running, a top set of Year 10 pupils sat their Maths IGCSE a year early and all obtained A*s.

Hugh Reid achieved nine A*s and one A, and will now study Philosophy, Chemistry, Maths and Music A Levels. He is also a Music Scholar at Haileybury and plays the violin, organ and piano. He said:

“I feel fantastic. Just like the Olympians have been saying, it really does feel like a dream come true! I was a bit worried about Latin and couldn’t believe it when I saw that it was an A*. Thank you to all of the teachers for their help.”

Josie Tyers also achieved nine A*s and one A. She said:

“I was very surprised; I wasn’t expecting A*s in my subjects! I feel really happy.” Josie will now study History, English, Psychology and Biology A Levels and is considering reading History at university in the future.

Master, Joe Davies said:

“I would like to congratulate our pupils for achieving some truly remarkable grades. They have worked their socks off and achieved the best ever set of GCSE results in our school’s history. We are extremely proud.”

Deputy Head (Academic) Simon Smith said:

“Well done to everyone. It is great to see such excellent grades across all of the departments and subjects. These best ever results are of course testament to our pupil’s hard work and talent, but thank you also to our staff, parents and families for their support and encouragement.”

Along with many other schools, Haileybury offers both GCSEs and IGCSEs. IGCSEs are the international version of GCSEs - they are independent of Government changes and seen by many as more rigorous.


New Hall School

New Hall Boys Excel With Single-Sex Teaching

Record A* grades at New Hall – over 21%

Fifteen 11-year olds at New Hall celebrate being the youngest candidates nationally achieving a GCSE politics qualification, with 87% A*/A grades

100% GCSE success rate

Over 21% of grades at A*

20% of year group achieve at least 9A*s

48% of grades at A*-A

78% of grades at A*-B

Diamond model proves a success as equal boys and girl achieve at least 10 A* grades

143 modules awarded 100%

 

Students from New Hall School, a leading Catholic independent boarding and day school, are celebrating record GCSE success today, with over 21% of grades at A*, an increase that bucks the national trend. Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said:

“Students from both our Boys’ and our Girls’ Divisions have achieved excellent grades, with 143 modules awarded 100%.  24 students have been awarded 9 or more A*/A grades, with an equal number of top performers from both the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions, proving once again the success of single-sex teaching for this age group.”

Top performing student and former New Hall Preparatory pupil Lucy Greenwood is delighted with her perfect 15 A*s, which included 100% scores awarded in Ancient Greek, Mathematics, Latin, English Literature and Religious Studies. Lucy managed her workload while competing in National and European Sailing championships, collecting three bronze medals along the way. Lucy was also invited to join the National Mathematics Summer School, for a second year running, following an excellent performance in the Intermediate Mathematics challenge.

Among those celebrating are Chelmsford twins Jake and Silas Powell, who achieved 22A*s and 1 A grade between them.

Outstanding achievers include many boarding students: Elizabeth Skells (13 A*s, 1 A), Constance Day (11 A*s), Fiona Xia (10 A*s, 2As), Aidan Lee (10 A*s, 1A), Wendy Li (8A*s, 2As) and James Beagley (7A*s, 3As).

Top marks in the country were achieved by Fiona Xia, Jake Powell, James Beagley and Connie Day, who all achieved 100% in every module of Religious Studies. Connie Day also achieved full marks overall in English Literature. 

New Hall also celebrates the success of its ‘diamond model’, which sees boys and girls taught in single-sex classes from Year 7 to the end of their GCSEs, whilst still enjoying the benefits of a co-educational campus.  The top 10 performers, all with a string of A* grades, includes 5 boys and 5 girls. Overall, 20% of the year group achieved at least 9 A*s.

For the first time nationally a group of Year 6 students has been entered for a GCSE politics qualification.  Fifteen 11-year olds at New Hall are celebrating top grades in a GCSE Level 1 qualification in politics, with 6A*s, 7As and 2Bs.

Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said

“We are delighted to celebrate excellent results with our students and their families.  The students have worked incredibly hard and it is wonderful to share in their joy today.” 


Tudor Hall School 

Tudor Hall School students are celebrating outstanding GCSE results today. The students achieved 100% A*-C grades including maths and English. However, more impressive is the average of 9 passes at Grade A*-C achieved by the girls of which 63.2% were grades A*-A and 88.4% grades A*-B.

Wendy Griffiths, Headmistress, said,

"We never cease to be amazed by what our girls achieve through hard work and the support of a committed team of teachers. This year is no exception. Tudor Hall champions the individual strengths of our pupils and therefore today we are equally proud of all our girls as we know they have shown the tenacity and determination to succeed sometimes when they have found a subject challenging. We have a number of girls who have a string of A*’s such as Greta Scott who lives locally. Greta has achieved 10 A*’s in a broad range of subjects but we also have girls who have worked hard to achieve what seems like a less impressive set of grades but for them the achievement is stellar.”

Greta Scott, (in photograph) said,

“I was very relieved and excited to see my results. I am so pleased with them and feel so confident to start my A Levels in Politics, Latin, History and French come September.”

We want to congratulate all our girls and wish them well in the next stage of their education. 

Tudor Hall School is an independent girls boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds near Banbury in Oxfordshire. 


Lancaster Ryal Grammar School 

Bumper year for GCSE examination results!  

Year 11 students at Lancaster Royal Grammar School have achieved an exceptional set of GCSE results.  

Seventeen students gained at least eight A* grades, and almost 100 students achieved six or more A and A* grades.  

Particular congratulations to William Burrow, Jonathan Carter, Adam Leech, David Eastham and Thomas Bowe who each gained ten or eleven A* grades.  

Overall, our 147 day and boarding students gained A* grades in over 30% of all examinations, and 63% of all results were graded A or A*.  

Headmaster Dr Pyle said,

“These are really impressive results.  I am delighted for our students who have worked so hard to achieve them.  I am particularly proud of some individuals who have come through significant illness and difficulty to achieve successful results.”

“Well done to every single one of our students – and thank you to all our teachers as well.  It is ‘cool to succeed’ at LRGS, and these brilliant results are testament to our pupils’ excellent attitude.  I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength in the Sixth Form.”  


Wymondham College 

Wymondham College is delighted to announce an outstanding set of GCSE results.

  • 89% of students gained Grades A* - C including English and maths.
  • 44% EBACC
  • Attainment 8: B
  • 33% of all grades were A*/A

College Principal Jonathan Taylor remarked -

"This is an exceptional set of results. Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students who have worked so hard to achieve such fantastic outcomes and to staff and parents for their amazing support. 32.4 % of all grades awarded are A*/A and the overall average grade is a B. Our progress 8 score is +.73, which is likely to be one of the very highest nationally. These results confirm Wymondham College as one of the of the very highest achieving schools nationally." 


Prior Park College 

Prior Park College is thrilled to be celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE success hot on the heels of impressive A Level results. Prior Park students achieved a remarkable 26% of grades at coveted A*, bucking the national trend, testament to the industry and dedication of pupils at the College as they strive achieve and indeed exceed their goals and ambitions.

100% of Prior Park students pupils met the standard of five plus GCSE grades at C or above, including English and Maths, and around 70% of grades awarded to our students were at the highest A*/A grade: outstanding results by any comparative measure.

Most notably, we warmly congratulate our six students who achieved at least ten A* grades. These top performers were Edmund Mortimer, Grace Fry and Rhiannon Harris who each secured no less than 11 passes or better at A* grade. Twins Henry and Rupert Carr each recorded 10 passes at A* grade, matched also grade for grade by Felix Robertson.

Headmaster, Mr James Murphy-O’Connor comments

“With almost 25% of pupils securing at least 5 passes at A*, Prior Park is once again celebrating an outstanding year. Our entire school community is immensely proud to see our boys and girls do so well and, even more importantly, achieve the potential that we see in each of them. As the educational climate continues to shift beneath our feet, GCSE grades will take on even greater significance in years to come. It is reassuring that our students have put themselves in prime position for future academic success and recognition. Well done indeed to all of them”.


Clayesmore School 

More examination success at Clayesmore

Following last week’s strong A Level and BTEC results, Clayesmore’s staff and pupils are once again celebrating success with this year’s GCSE and IGCSE results, with many outstanding individual performances. Particular congratulations go to Theo, who joined Clayesmore in the Nursery and gained a magnificent 11 A* grades; Amelia, with 9A*s and 2As; Jack with 9A*s, 1 A and 1 B and Ash with 9A*s and 1A. 

A majority of the cohort sat the more academically challenging International GCSE (IGCSE), a qualification which requires a more in-depth understanding of a subject, testing pupils in how they think and apply their learning, rather than just their knowledge of individual subjects. Parents of a pupil who received his results today were quick to thank the school for their part in their son’s success, adding:

‘we truly feel that he could not have done so well anywhere else.”

Clayesmore’s new Head, Mrs Jo Thomson, was on hand to offer her congratulations to pupils as they collected their results, adding:

“Today’s results are a well-deserved outcome after months of focused dedication. I am really looking forward to welcoming these students back in September and watching them continue to flourish as they embark on the next phase of their education in our Sixth Form."

These results come at the end of another fantastic year which saw pupils achieving success, not just academically, but also on the stage, the sporting field and in their many extra-curricular endeavours. 


St John's College 

GCSE Students from St John’s College, Southsea, collected their results today achieving an overall pass rate of 80% (A* - C) while 67% achieved the gold standard of five A* - C grades, including English and Maths. 

Results at the top end were good, with 28% of students achieving A* - A grades, and 53% A* - B.  The strongest subjects were Chemistry, Physics and English.

There were many individual successes amongst the cohort of 75 students.  Anya Stuart, 16 from Portsmouth, joined the College in Year 7 and was delighted with her set of results: 8A*, 1A, 1B, 1C.  She said

“I am so relieved and happy!  To get an A* in Maths was a real surprise – the extra classes paid off. I am most surprised with the results I got for the Science subjects as I was really worried after the exams, but I got an A* in both Biology and Chemistry.”  

Alexander Charters, 16 from Drayton, received 6As, 4Bs and 1C, and will carry on his studies at St John’s, taking Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Computing at A Level. Alex commented,

“I was really pleased with my overall results, especially in Science with 4As. I’m really looking forward to my A Level, especially Chemistry, as I’ve always found it an interesting subject”. 

Myrto Katsoulidou, 16 originally from Greece, moved to England with her family in 2011. Today she received 3A*s, 5As, 1B and 1C. Mytro commented,

“I was really pleased with my overall grades. When I started there was a strong language barrier, but my time at St John’s has allowed me to develop my spoken and written English, building my confidence over the years. I really enjoyed taking Art GCSE as I was able to express myself independently”.

Now Myrto plans to study Fine Art, Spanish, French and a BTEC in Performing Art. 

Joseph Goodlad, 16 from Portchester, said

“I was so pleased with my double A* in Science, I put a lot of hard work in, and it really paid off. I feel extremely rewarded for all the time I put into my revision sessions”.

Joseph, who has been at St John’s since Reception, received 3A*s, 3As and 3Bs. 

Seren Hawkes, 16 from Portsmouth, who stars in the new Studio Canal Film Swallows and Amazons, received her results today after a summer of film promotions and premieres!  Seren said,

“I am over the moon with my results. PE was my favourite subject so I am pleased that I was awarded an A.”  

Seren represented the College in Hockey, Netball and Rounders during her six years at St John’s.

Zac Clow, 16 from Southsea, received 2A*, 5As and 2C grades, said.

 “I am very happy – I was surprised with some of my results and have definitely over achieved.  Now I am looking forward to taking my A Levels here at St John’s. I plan to study French, Spanish, PE and Phycology.”

Angus McIntosh, 16 from Petersfield, who just last night returned from the College’s Chapel Choir tour in Cornwall, received 4A* and 6 A grades. Angus said.  

“I got back from Cornwall at midnight last night as I was keen to collect my results from the College this morning.  I am very happy with my results and I received A*s in all the subjects I plan to study at A Level next year.”  

Angus joins the St John’s College Sixth Form in September to study A Level Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths.

Members of the College’s Boarding School did particularly well too including, Precious Olanihun, 5A*s, 3As and 2Bs, Dane Hughes, 4As, 2Bs and 3C’s and Phoebe Van Eker, 4As, 3Bs and 2Cs. 

Mr Tim Bayley, Head of St John’s College was delighted with the results and said,  

“The students that we have seen today have overall been very pleased with their results, and quite rightly so. We have recently introduced a programme of revision classes, and it’s evident that the students who have made the most of these sessions have benefited. Although grades were down slightly on previous years, our value-added continues to rise, demonstrating how much students’ progress and improve during their time with us.”


Steyning Grammar School 

Steyning Grammar School – GCSE Results 2016

Another hugely successful year for SGS students

•    Progress continues to be excellent (+0.4 Progress 8 measure). Schools are now being measured on the progress students make from all their starting points, and we are delighted that our progress this year is again exceptional
•    67.5% of students achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths.
•    This is one of our best sets of results in a year of huge changes in the ways students are examined. GCSEs are getting tougher and our results have improved by nearly 4% compared to last year
•    75% of students gained 5 A*– C in their subjects
•    22% of all grades achieved by SGS students were graded A*-A
•    Almost 50% of all grades achieved by SGS students were graded A* - B
•    21% of students achieved 5 or more A* - A grades

We would like to congratulate all of our students, many of whom have out-performed expectations and displayed their academic skills, as well as the achievement characteristics of self-control, growth mindset and grit. In an educationally turbulent year, with massive national change, increased rigour and uncertain grade boundaries, our students have shown their resilience and commitment to learning.
The impact of our focus on Learning Characteristics is clearly showing results and will be key to maintaining this excellent progress profile.

Charlotte Veale led our cohort with a clean sweep of A* GCSE grades across the board. Every student in Year 11 left with at least one qualification. Our Progress 8 and value added data highlights that students at SGS make significantly more progress from their starting points compared to similar students nationally.

We are proud of all our students at Steyning Grammar School – our inclusive curriculum has enabled them all to ‘be the best they can be’ regardless of their starting point and personal circumstances. This, combined with the support and guidance offered by our outstanding staff, has resulted in another great year of results.

Across our broad and excellent curriculum offer of over 30 subjects, particularly impressive results include:

•    Biology - 98% of students achieved an A* - C grade
•    Chemistry – 98% of students achieved an A* - C grade
•    Physics – 96% of students achieved an A* - C grade
•    Drama – 91% of students achieved an A* – C
•    Music – 96% of students achieved an A* – C
•    French – 84% of students achieved an A* – C
•    Maths – 77% of students achieved an A* - C grade

Nick Wergan - Headteacher 

“Congratulations to our students for their hard work and grit – they deserved to be successful and I am delighted we increased results in a year where grade boundaries seem to have again got more difficult. In a changing educational world these are an excellent set of results, and I am hugely grateful to staff and to home for their dedicated support. We are moving now into a system that values the progress every student makes from their own starting points, rather than whether they get a particular benchmark grade, and our early estimation of the progress all our GCSE students made is exceptional. Every group of students, whatever educational challenges they faced, made superb progress compared to similar students nationally. We are determined at Steyning Grammar to support every student in being ‘the best they can be’ and I thank our students for rising admirably again to this expectation.”

Nat Nicol – Deputy Head Teacher (Students)

“I couldn’t be prouder of all students in year 11 and their achievements, both academically and personally, throughout their time at SGS. Their school experience is about much more than just results, but to see the tears of joy and the huge smiles on their faces when receiving their grades this morning makes all of their academic commitment worthwhile. I’m delighted that many of them will continue to be part of the SGS family by attending Steyning Grammar School Sixth Form college and wish each and every student success and happiness in their chosen next steps."


Shebbear College 

Shebbear College’s GCSE results have struck the right note with the school’s overall GCSE pass rate (A*-C) once again comprehensively outperforming the national average by almost 20%.  Already rated in the top 100 schools in the country for Music GCSE, and with a brand new music building (pictured) about to be opened,  it was no surprise that all of the Music results were graded from A*-B.  If anything, the overall performance of the creative artists was even more impressive than the performing artists with nine out of thirteen candidates being awarded A*s in Art and Design. Once again there was a 100% pass rate in separate sciences with all but four of the grades being A* or A.

There were several exceptional individual performances with seven of the relatively small cohort achieving at least ten A*-A grades.  Rob Temple gained nine A*s and is now well placed to follow a career in Medicine whilst Theo Crookes and Dara Tuncel were both awarded seven A*s. Ten Tor challengers and county hockey players Heather Mathews and Helen Dalton added to their already impressive CVs by gaining thirteen A*/A grades between them whilst Devon County Jazz Orchestra player Ben Parker achieved six A*s and six As. Kate Wray was the top performing girl with eleven A*/A grades and Oliver Ryder-Green also kept a clean sheet of A*s and As.

Headmaster Simon Weale commented

‘Having watched my own son cope with GCSE courses this year I am well aware that Year 11 is a time of enormous pressure on our pupils and they have all had to mature to meet the demands of the courses. We are essentially an academically non-selective school so in some cases the triumph is to gain the grades that allow pupils to begin vocational courses at College or to begin apprenticeships.  Other students have shown by their results that they will be able to apply with confidence to world class universities in two years’ time.  However, during their time at Shebbear I can safely say that all of our pupils have been exposed to both an ethos and a range of challenges and opportunities that will equip them for success in the outside world when that time eventually comes’.


Oundle School 

Record-breaking GCSE Results

Oundle School pupils have this year secured an unprecedented set of excellent GCSE results, further enhancing the School’s reputation as one of the foremost academic co-educational schools in the country.

60% of all grades awarded were A*, a record for the School, and the sixth year in a row where the majority of results were at the highest level. An impressive 89% of grades were A* or A.

The number of pupils achieving outstanding grades again set a new record, with twenty eight pupils achieving at least ten A* grades.  Chingis Idrissov and Yatlong Tse commendably topped the ranking with 11 A* grades apiece.

Performance was strong across all subjects with Biology (81% A*), Chemistry (73%), Chinese (77%), Greek (86%), Italian (75%), Latin (70%), Physics (83%), Religious Studies (71%) and Russian (100%) being the stand-out subjects this year.

The School is naturally delighted that its pupils have performed so well in all public examinations.  Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School, said,

“These are exceptional results, testament to the mature commitment of the pupils to doing themselves justice, and the inspiration of their teachers.”

Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus. 

The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.   

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11. 


Ratcliffe College 

Ratcliffe College celebrates all-around excellence

 


 
Ratcliffe College is delighted with another impressive set of GCSE results. Following the College’s outstanding inspection, these excellent results reinforce this message.

Ratcliffe College saw a significant increase in A* grades, with 48% of all grades A*/A. The College takes pride in supporting all students, teaching a wide spectrum of abilities; with 87% of all grades being C or better, there is clearly significant value added to all our students regardless of their ability.
 
Headmaster, Mr Gareth Lloyd commented:

“Our examination results have, yet again, proven that we stretch the most able while at the same time supporting every individual, nurturing their own personal strengths.  I am immensely proud of my students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of my colleagues to each and every child.”

In the very difficult Further Mathematics examination, which is far more challenging than GCSE Mathematics, there was an increase in the A/A*; 23% of the Year group achieved grade A or above (including A**), significantly bucking the national trend. 

Top students are Philip Gyesi-Appiah (11A*s, including A* with Distinction in Further Maths), Joseph Smith (10 A*s and 1 A), Tom Cusack and Nathalie Dawe (both with A* with Distinction, 8 A*s and 2 As), Esme Kelly (8 A*s and 3 As) and David Hippisley-Cox (A* with Distinction, 7A*s and 2 As).

Olivia Back achieved 5 A*s and 5 As.  A scholar athlete, Olivia is an exceptionally talented hockey player, having successfully earned her place in the Under-16 England Team.  Concurrent with her studies at Ratcliffe College, she plays for the Leicester Ladies’ First Team Hockey Club, a National Premiership team. Olivia is currently trialling for England’s Under-18 National Team. 

Olivia said,

“I’m really happy!  My dad says never to fail through lack of effort, and I try to embody that.  I tend to do my work as soon as I get in, and then relax.  It’s good that I have friends who understand.”
 

Congratulations are also extended to Jack Nightingale who has achieved 6A*s and 5As.  A hardworking and enormously talented young man, Jack is a member of the Leicestershire County Cricket Club Academy and has also been nominated for the England Cricket Board (ECB) Under-19 Long List, for which he will be scouted over the next few years.

Jack said,

“It was challenging to balance cricket with my school work..  There is no magic formula, just hard work.  I couldn’t have done it without the support of School, the Cricket Club and my parents.”
Congratulations, one and all!


Badminton School

A Tale of GCSE Success Unfolds at Badminton

The unfolding story of Iris Murdoch’s legacy continued at Badminton School today with an outstanding 100% of girls achieving A*- B and 91% A*- A grades in the English Literature GCSE exam this summer.  Overall, 76% of the girls’ grades were A*- A, with 90% of candidates achieving A*- B grades.  In addition, 45% of the girls achieved 6 or more A* grades with 15 pupils awarded 9 or more A* grades.
Bristol pupils Lauren and Laura achieved outstanding results. Lauren, who received 10 A* grades said:

“I am ecstatic with my results and I am particularly pleased with my Latin and History grades.”    Laura, who achieved a fantastic 9 A*s and an A grade said: “I am really happy with my results and delighted that all my hard work over the last two years has paid off.”

Mrs Lucy Griffith, Head of English and Creative Arts, commented,

“We are really proud of the girls’ achievements which demonstrate clearly their love of English. Their creative writing pieces were fantastic as was their engagement with the classic texts of Pride & Prejudice and Romeo & Juliet.”

Mrs Rebecca Tear, Headmistress at Badminton School, said:

“I am pleased for all of our girls with their individual achievements, which are all the more impressive in the context of their extra -curricular contributions. These girls are more than ready to take on the next steps of their education and I look forward to seeing them thrive!”


Durham School

Another record breaking year!

Durham School is delighted to announce its best ever headline A*-A% pass rate. With 48% of all entries graded either A* or A, the class of 2016 have surpassed the previous record set in 2012. 

Nearly 20% of the cohort also gained straight A* or A grades and overall just under 90% of pupils secured 5 or more good passes at GCSE. Strong performances were recorded in many of the key academic subjects. Mathematics posted an impressive A*-A rate at just under 50% while History and Physics for example had A*-A rates of 71%, 62% respectively. 

As a result there were many delighted faces this morning as students came to collect their results and congratulate each other's achievements. After all the hard work over the past few years it was just rewards for all concerned. 

Cameron Fyfe from Durham was celebrating after gaining 8 A*s and 2 As to go with his A* in Mathematics which he took last year. He will now study Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Geography at A Level in Durham School Sixth Form.

Georgina Brown from Bishop Auckland was particularly happy with her results, after beating older brother and former Durham School pupil Alex. Georgia was awarded 1 A*, 4 As, 2 Bs and 3 Cs, compared to her big brother’s 5 As, 4Bs and 1 C. She will now go on to study Art, English Literature and Psychology at Durham School Sixth Form.

Alex is now a second year student at the University of Edinburgh studying Sports Management but made the trip into his old school with mum Julie to see Georgina open the envelope.

He said: “We are all really proud of Georgina – although I can’t believe she beat me.”


Danny Patterson of Spennymoor achieved a fantastic 5 A*S and 5 As and will study Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Psychology at A Level

Deputy Head, Jonathan Webb said:

“Having made great strides at A Level in the last few years, I am really pleased that we have continued to make sustained improvement in our teaching and learning at GCSE also. “
 
“We have worked extremely closely with pupils in terms of their academic monitoring, providing extra revision sessions and giving good tutor support. I know for a fact that teachers and house staff have worked extremely hard, ably supported by Diccon Tyreman, Head of Middle School, in communicating progress to parents.”

The excellent results follow this year’s impressive A Level results which saw 100% pass rate for the third year running and 61% of grades A*- B.

Headmaster Kieran McLaughlin said: “I am delighted with the success that our students, of all abilities, have achieved this year. These results are a testament to their hard work and the dedicated support of the staff at Durham School.”

Parents who would like to learn more about the inspirational teaching at Durham School are invited to attend a whole school Open Day on 15th October from 9.30am and 12.30pm. There is also a special Sixth Form Information Evening on Wednesday 5th October from 6pm – 7.30pm.



Wymondham College

Wymondham College is delighted to announce excellent GCSE and ‘A’ Level  results. These results, once again, cement Wymondham College’s place as one the highest performing non-selective state schools nationally.

Principal Jonathan Taylor said

“' This is an exceptional set of results. Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students who have worked so hard to achieve such fantastic outcomes and to staff and parents for their amazing support. 89% secured at least C grades in both  English and mathematics, 32.4 % of all grades awarded are A*/A and the overall average grade is a 'B.'  These results confirm Wymondham College as one of the of the very highest achieving schools nationally.'

GCSE

89% English and mathematics

44% EBACC

Attainment 8: B

33% of all grades were A*/A

27 students achieved 10 or more A*/As and two students 13 A* grades

A Level

A*-B: 60%

A*-E: 98.8%

A*/A: 33%

Average points score/entry: 228.9 = ‘B’ grade

7 students secured Oxbridge places.


Truro School 

82% of Grades A*-B at Truro School

It has been another outstanding year of GCSE results for boys and girls at Truro School with 82% of grades between A*-B.
This year the girls stole a march on the boys with over 30% of all their exams graded at A*, over four times higher than the national average.
Overall, the 113-strong cohort of pupils excelled themselves with well over half of all grades at either A* or A.
The sciences continue to thrive at Truro School with Biology scoring 93% A*-B, Chemistry 86% A*-B, Physics 88% A*-B and Geology 94% A*-B.

In the other core subjects, 86% of students scored A*-B in Maths with 75% of grades A*-B across English Language and English Literature.
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown was there to congratulate his students as they collected results and said:

“I am thrilled with our students’ outstanding achievements with this year’s GCSE results. They have been an impressive group of boys and girls and their hard work, perseverance and passion has certainly come across in the subject results, with twelve subjects having 50% or more of their students graded at A* or A.”

He continued:

“It is especially good to see our ‘beyond the classroom’ subjects, such as Music and Drama, doing so well. These subjects play an essential role in enriching school life for our students, letting them work together, pursue their passions and talents, all whilst preparing them for the real world. The school’s co-educational approach to learning both in and outside of the classroom has certainly been reflected in today’s results.”

Amongst many happy faces this morning was Elodie Lawry, who came away with 8 A* GCSEs, she said:

“I’m very happy with the results, everything I expected not to happen happened, in a good way! I was so nervous coming today, I was late as I didn’t want to come in.”

Elodie, who is also one of our cathedral choristers, was selected for a Rank Foundation Leadership Award earlier this year, an award offered to young people who show excellent Leadership potential.

Christopher Hardman also achieved fantastic results, with 6 A*s in all the subjects he wishes to continue at A Level. Christopher, who said he was “absolutely delighted” with his results, spent his summer doing a week long Mission to Mars course, programming robots and working with professionals across Cornwall and from the European Space Agency. He is planning on doing an IT Computer Programming project as an Extended Project Qualification alongside his A Levels. 

Milly Mitchell breathed a sigh of relief after opening her results today to find 8 A*s and 2 As, she said: “I did better than I expected! I was extremely nervous today, I didn’t think I’d done too well as I found the exams quite tricky but it was hard to tell what to expect.” 
The Headmaster finished by saying:

“Truro School is a place where it’s cool to work hard. It was a pleasure to celebrate with our students and their proud families this morning. This bodes well for the next couple of years with so many of them returning to start their A Levels and to serve the school as student leaders.”


Ripon Grammar School

Double success three times over at North Yorkshire’s top state school

Three sets of twins with 58 A* and A grades between them are among the outstanding GCSE performances of pupils at Ripon Grammar School.

Louisa Chatterton and her sister Katharine achieved 22 A* and A grades, closely followed by brother and sister Lorcan and Molly Gallagher with 21 top grades and boarding twin brothers Harry and George Stratford with 15.

Maddie Charvill with 13 A*s and Ben Pimley with 12 A*s led the field in a year that produced 60% A*/A grades for the fifth year in a row. 

Over 86% of the grades were A*-B and 97% were C or better. Over 99% of students secured at least five A*-C grades and 97.5% achieved the benchmark including mathematics and English. 

The GCSEs follow a successful set of A level results last week which placed RGS as the highest performing state school in Yorkshire. 

Delighted headmaster Martin Pearman said: “These results provide an outstanding foundation for success at A level for the year group and I would like to congratulate both staff and students on their success. 

“They should be very proud of what they have achieved and the results are just reward for all their hard work. The day produced many smiling faces and it was wonderful to share in the success of the students.”

Almost a third of Ripon Grammar School pupils – or 32 out of 119 students – achieved at least ten A* or A grades. 

Nine gained ten or more A*: Maddie Charvill, Louisa Chatterton, Ella Durkin, Lorcan Gallagher, Molly Morrell, Rebecca Payling, Ben Pimley, Georgie Taylor and Freya Whiteside.
 
Thirty-two students achieved ten ore more A* and A grades: Lucie Algret, Alys Arnold, Maddie Charvill, Kate Charlton, Louisa Chatterton, Annissa Cook, Tim Coppack, Cobey Cutmore, Katherine Dale, Ella Durkin, Mhairi Ellis, Helen Elsworth, Dan Evans, Lorcan Gallagher, Poppie Hercock-Walker, Ella Jones, Isobel Lawson, Alicia McCormick Roddis, Lily Millington, Molly Morrell, Rebecca Payling, Will Penny, Ben Pimley, Alice Robinson, Jake Robinson, Phoebe Senior, Jacob Sharp, Ellie Simmerson, Rebecca Smith, Georgie Taylor, Freya Whiteside, James Willis. 

Elder Stratford twin by two minutes, Harry, who is staying on to do A levels in maths, physics, chemistry and PE, said:

"We work together and help each other out when we can. The boarding house is like one big family and we can always ask the sixth formers for help if we can need it because they've already been through it."

George, who is doing economics, geography, physics and maths at A level, added:

"We always to try to beat each other at everything we do, but it's good because it pushes you on to do better all the time."

The Chatterton twins are regular performers in school productions. Katharine, who is considering drama school after A levels in maths, French, English literature and RE, said:

"We're very independent and have different ways of working but when we got sick of being inside revising we started going on walks and taking flash cards and reciting facts to each other. We ended up going out every day, for hours at a time."

Louisa, who will take A levels in maths, English, chemistry and biology, added:

"Sometimes the twins rivalry thing is difficult but we know each other so well and know our own strengths and weaknesses and we're just very supportive of each other so we were both very happy when we opened our envelopes."

The twins are all heading off to Leeds Festival to celebrate their results along with other friends from Ripon Grammar School.

 


St Mary's School, Cambridge

From STEM scholars to sports stars, students at the only all-girls school in Cambridge are confidently set for Sixth Form with 90% of GCSEs awarded A* - B

The only all-girls school in Cambridgeshire, St Mary’s School, Cambridge, continues to prove that girls can succeed at whatever they set out to do, with 29% of students achieving straight A* - A grades

Over a third of all examinations taken were awarded an A*, and over two thirds at  A* - A; increases of 8% and 6% respectively on last year – bucking the national trend that has seen a dip in grades awarded at the highest levels. The number of A* - B grades also rose, to 90%, from 84% last year.  

The all-girls school prides itself on its students’ interest and ability in STEM subjects and has once again gone against the grain of national trends, excelling across subjects often perceived to be ‘boys’ subjects’: 89% of grades achieved in Physics were A* - A, and 85% of both Chemistry and Biology grades were equally high, demonstrating the value and impact of the school’s investment in state-of-the-art Science facilities, opened last September by Dame Mary Archer.

The school’s reputation for creativity continues to impress, with a remarkable 92% of A* - A grades awarded in Art, Textiles and Music, and its humanities subjects continue to be popular areas of strength, with almost all students achieving grade A* - B in History (98%) and Geography (97%).

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress and President Elect of the GSA (Girls’ Schools Association), said: “We are delighted that our girls have achieved so highly and have been so thoroughly equipped to embark on their programmes of A Level study. The school has a wide ability intake and is determined to provide every girl with a unique learning experience that enables her to achieve excellence, and to reach her potential, in the areas about which she is most passionate. It is clear that our ethos of cherishing individuality and embracing diversity works! These super results happily build on last week’s excellent A Level results.”

Students celebrating today include Ella B., a Creative Writing, academic and Art scholar, who achieved nine A*s and an A grade. Ella enters St Mary’s Sixth Form taking Physics, Mathematics, English Literature and Art from September, and hopes to become a science journalist. Natasha C-C., STEM and Mary Ward scholar, is celebrating eight A*s, an A and a B grade; she will be studying STEM subjects at the school’s Sixth Form with an ambition to read Veterinary Science at university. 

The school has two sets of twins who are staying for A Level studies. Alice and Elizabeth (or Isby) S. are both looking forward to taking Biology and Chemistry next year, Alice (STEM and sport scholar) also taking on Mathematics and Physics, and Isby (Textiles and dance scholar) opting for Textiles – for which she achieved one of her two A* grades, the other being for Chemistry.

Madeline and Katie B.’s favourite subjects are Geography, for which they achieved A and B grades respectively, and Art, for which they are both scholars and achieved A* and A grades respectively. Both subjects they have “enjoyed so much because of the teachers” and will continue at A Level, with Katie selecting Business Studies and Madeline taking History – for which she also achieved an A* today. They claim each other as their reason for success, as the girls were able to test each other during study leave – having covered much of the same ground in their studies. Both girls enjoy sports a great deal and are valued members of the hockey A team, netball A team and the cross country team at school, and also play a lot of golf outside of school.

Annabel Q., one of the school’s high-achieving sports stars (and a sports and Textiles scholar), studied for her GCSEs alongside athletics training six or seven times per week and competing in races which she often won, including: the 800m at the Cambridgeshire County Championships in Peterborough; the Eastern Young Athletics league 300m races in Sandy and Cambridge; the Sweatshop Southern Athletics League 400m in Cambridge and 800m in Luton. Annabel is now looking forward to studying Textiles, Geography, Mathematics (for which she achieved ABB grades today) and Business Studies at A Level. Coming to St Mary’s School, Cambridge in Year 9 from a co-educational school, Annabel found it much easier to answer questions in class without having to do so in front of boys. She is looking forward to continuing her studies, and her athletics training, at the school’s Sixth Form, saying: “I now feel a lot more confident”.  

Charlotte Avery concluded: “Students who received their GCSE results this morning deserve to be incredibly proud of their achievements. The results are also a tribute to the school’s wonderful teachers and support staff, who inspire, challenge and encourage our girls wholeheartedly as well as to the support offered by the girls’ families and the excellent relationships we have with our parent body.”

Additional information

 

Percentage of students gaining five or more A* to C passes, including English Language and Mathematics:  89%

Percentage of grades at A*: 35%

Percentage of grades at A to A*: 68%

Percentage of grades at A* to B: 90%

Percentage of grades at A* to C: 98%

Percentage of grades at A* to E: 100%

Percentage of grades at A* to G: 100%

 


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