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2017 GCSE Results
24th August 2017

 

All the latest GCSE results news from BSA schools below. Check back throughout the day as we update your stories...


Wychwood School

Wychwood staff and governors congratulate this year’s Shell (Year 11) on another very successful year’s GCSE results. There are individual triumphs which are easily obvious by the number of A* and 8/9 grades achieved, but there are also less obvious individual triumphs over subject matter that has challenged and forced some girls to mastery.  In general we congratulate the girls on their effort and resilience in achieving these results and they now move on well prepared for the next phase.  The girls aimed high and all of them have gained the results that they deserved.  With 27% A* grades, 30% Grade 9 and 60% Grades 8 and 9, 45% A*A and 80% Grades 7,8, and 9, and two thirds of girls achieving a 9 in English Literature, we are immensely proud of what you have done and we wish you every success as we take on A-levels! 


Stamford Endowed Schools

Students of the Stamford Endowed Schools are celebrating their GCSE results with a quarter of every examination taken being graded at the very highest A* grade and over half of examinations taken being awarded A* or 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 incredibly proud of our Stamfordians and staff. 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, their determination, careful preparation, parental support and the Schools’ outstanding and experienced teachers. When considered alongside the engagement of our students and their huge contribution and representation in so many other areas of school life, this shining success is even brighter. This has given our students the perfect springboard to thrive in the Sixth Form and I look forward to further success at A-Level.”

Mrs Vicky Buckman, Head of Stamford High School stated:

“The girls worked very hard in preparation for their examinations and deserve these tremendous results.  In addition to their studies they find time to contribute to the School, and the wider community, in so many different ways and I am so proud of all they have achieved.”

A quarter of the cohort from Stamford High School achieved 5 A* or more. They were:

Amber Anderson, India Anderson, Eleanor Bingham, Ellie Bolsover, Lily Borley, Hei Tung Cheung, Emma Couchman, Eloise Dickerson, Joely Evans, Holly Farrow, Aragon Greenway, Georgina Hiorns, Hali Plant, Sasha Pollock, Nathalie Reuss, Georgie Richardson, Georgina Talukdar, Maria Van Der Matt, Emma Vergette, Lucinda Wellman-Smith and Annabelle Wells.

Head of Stamford School, Mr Nick Gallop noted:

As a year group the boys have performed extremely well and we are all very proud of their achievements.  There have been many outstanding individual performances and, as ever, there is as much delight in the many boys who have outperformed their own predicted grades and personal targets.  Well done to all.”  

The following 21 boys from Stamford School achieved 5 A* or better, 7 of whom scored 9A* or higher:

Samuel Brunswick, Finn Corbett, Rory Edens, Ben Edwards, Edward Gallacher, Tim Gossel,  Thomas Harvey, Charles Kidd, Alexander Kroese, Cameron MacBeth, Andrew Martin, Jonathan Mason, Joshua Menck, Oskar Paget, Joshua Phipps, Thomas Richardson, Alessio Rossetti, William Smye, Oliver Wilson, Jonathan Winfrey and Jacob Worthington.

Data:

Stamford High School (girls)

Entered: 80 students

% A* grades: 31%

% A*/A grades: 59%

% A* to C grades: 93.2%

% of students gaining 5 or more C grades: 97.5%

Stamford School (boys):

Entered 91 students

% A* grades: 23.4%

% A*/A grades: 42.7%

% A* to C grades: 89.7%

% of students gaining 5 or more C grades: 93.5%


Burgess Hill Girls

With a massive 64% of all entries graded A*/A (new grades 9-7) and nearly half the cohort gaining at least seven or more A*/A (new grades 9-7), top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating another year of success.

Burgess Hill Girls again achieved highly across a wide range of subjects.  In STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), 70% of all entries were graded A*/A (new grades 9-7) while an impressive 96% achieved A*-B or new grades 9-6.

In Art and Latin, all students gained A*/A grades and in Religious Studies the figure was 96%.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said she was delighted with the results: ‘Our girls have again achieved superb results across a range of subjects, from Art to STEM, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the education we provide. We believe that an all-girl environment is particularly conducive to success in STEM subjects.’

She added: ‘Our students have taken the new, harder GCSEs in English and maths – introduced this year - in their stride.’

Individual students with exceptionally good results include:

  •        Amy, who gained 10 straight A* and Grade 9s, together with a Distinction in Level 2 Further Mathematics and an A in the Level 2 Project Qualification.
  •        Jasmine achieved a highly impressive 10 A*/A (Grades 9/8).
  •        Isabelle, Susannah, Cara, Jessica, Niamh and Isobel also gained 9A*/A or 9-7 grades apiece.

 


Rendcomb College

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

This year, pupils attained a clean sweep in Biology, Physics, French, German, History, Drama and Further Maths with 100% of pupils achieving A* to C grades.

Rendcomb College, known for its wide-ranging and inclusive approach to education, builds on last week’s superb A Level results where the average set of grades was ABB with 90% heading on to their chosen universities later this year including Oxford and Durham.                  

Headmaster Rob Jones said: “Today’s results reflect the pride our teachers take in their subjects and their students. Pupils can truly thrive at Rendcomb and today’s grades are the result of excellent support and guidance given by our teaching staff and by our outstanding pastoral team.

“Exams were more difficult this year across the board so I am incredibly proud of our results. With the majority of pupils going on to join our Sixth Form, this year’s cohort is set to be stronger than ever and I am looking forward to following their progress during their final two years at Rendcomb College.” 


Headington School

Girls at Headington are celebrating the end of two years’ hard work today as they receive an impressive set of GCSE results.

Of the 120 girls sitting exams, 11 achieved 10 or more A*s, while an impressive 47 girls, nearly 40 per cent of the yeargroup, achieved at least 10 A*s or As. A total of 49.3 per cent of all grades were A*s, while 81.7 per cent were at A* or A.

There were also some exceptional results in individual subject areas. An incredible 83 per cent of girls taking History achieved an A* with 98.1 per cent securing an A or A*. Spanish results also soared, with a rise of more than 35 percentage points in those achieving the top grade since last year, with 53.4 per cent of girls sitting the subject achieving an A* this year. Physics and Chemistry results were again strong, with 55.7 per cent of entrants achieving an A* in Physics and 60.4 per cent in Chemistry, while there was a clean A/A* sweep for our Latin students, with 64.3 per cent of those securing the top grade.

Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “I am absolutely delighted for each of our girls, who have worked incredibly hard to secure these impressive results.

“As in last week’s A Level results, we are seeing really impressive results in the key STEM subjects. Many of these talented and ambitious girls will be continuing their STEM studies with us and, we hope, following them into Higher Education and ultimately seeking careers in these challenging and rewarding fields.”

GCSE results at a glance:

 

2017 (provisional)

No of candidates

120

% passes at A*

49.3

% passes at A* - A

81.7

% passes at A* -C

99.3

% pupils entering English Baccalaureate qualifying subjects

78

% achieving English Baccalaureate

77

Results include IGCSEs


Bede's School

Congratulations Bede’s GCSE candidates on achieving yet another set of impressive results, with almost 20% of all grades at A*, 92% of grades at A*-C, and 82% of pupils earning at least one A or A*.

Following Bede’s record A Level results last week, which saw 53% of grades at A*-A and 80* at A*-B, this year’s GCSE cohort achieved particularly strong results in their core subjects, with 59% A*-A in Modern Languages, 56% A*-A in Separate Sciences, 53% A*-A in Maths and 95% A*-C in English.

It was also another successful year for those studying visual and performing arts disciplines, with pupils earning 100% A*-A in Dance, 78% A*-A in Music, 77% A*-A in Art (including Art and Design, Ceramics and Photography) and 50% A*-A in Drama.

Particularly high-achieving individuals in the cohort include Tom McGovern, who earned 10A*s, Jacob Liebenberg, who earned 9A*s and 3As, Molly Fisher-Newton, who earned 9A*s and 1A, and Imogen Lock, who earned 8A*s and 3As.

Straight A*-A grades were also earned by Evie Taylor, Hope Ball, Freddy Clemo, Amber Gott, Angus Bartlett and Charles Manning, and over 8 A*-A grades were earned by Alex Targett, Owen Maitland-Shadwell, Grace Stannard, Ben Peppard, Kozma Prevelic, and Darcy Bartlett.

Bede’s Academic Deputy Head John Tuson said of the results, “This is an impressive set of grades from a year group of many talents, and these children should be justifiably pleased by their accomplishments.

“Moreover,” he continued, “for every gifted academic earning a tranche of A*s, we must not undervalue those hard-earned C grades from an ISFA England footballer or that clutch of B’s from an international-standard cricketer. It is, after all, Bede’s diversity that gives it its strength.”

Bede’s Headmaster Peter Goodyer added, “To achieve these outcomes with a pupil body so diverse is nothing short of exceptional.

“In particular, I could not be prouder of the fact that Bede’s continues to refuse to top-slice its intake while at the same time delivering results improvements, particularly at the top end. It is a testament to the hard work of our pupils and their teachers. Well done to them all.”


King's Ely

STUDENTS and staff at King’s Ely Senior are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results this year – with more than half of grades achieved being A*s or As.

53 per cent of all GCSE grades achieved this year were A* or A (Grades 9-7) and 26 per cent were A*s (Grades 9-8). 77 per cent of students achieved A*-B results (Grades 9-6) and the percentage of students who achieved A*-C results (Grades 9-5) was 93 per cent.

Under the reformed Maths GCSE marking scheme, 100 per cent of students achieved at least a Grade 4 pass, with 96 per cent achieving at least a Grade 5 ‘strong pass’. 33 per cent of Maths results were at Grade 9-8 with 58 per cent at Grade 9-7.

In English Language, 99 per cent of students achieved at least a Grade 4 pass with 88 per cent achieving at least a Grade 5 ‘strong pass’. 27 per cent of English results were at Grade 9-8 with 40 per cent at Grade 9-7. Similar results were achieved in English Literature.

Triple Award Science results were once again strong with 91 per cent of students achieving A* and A grades in Chemistry, 84 per cent in Biology and 75 per cent in Physics.

Vice Principal Academic at King’s Ely Senior, Jane Thomas, said: “This year group has been the first to contend with the challenges of the reformed GCSEs in Maths, English Language and English Literature. They have worked incredibly hard across all their subjects and many have surpassed their expectations. We are very proud of all their achievements.”

Among the star performers who achieved all A* or 8/9 grades were Abigail Hickman, who achieved seven A*s, one grade 9 and two grade 8s; Timi Abioye, who achieved six A*s, one grade 9 and two grade 8s; Maria Campbell who achieved six A*s, one grade 9 and two grade 8s and Elliott Johnson Hall who received six A*s and three grade 8s.

Many students also achieved all A*/As or 7-9 grades, those being Sophia Ahmed, Angus Beetham, Sarah Bluck, Jasmine Choudhry, Rebecca Garrett, Eloise George, Natalie Gerighty, Abigail Hickman, Fred Hughes, Manon Lachmann, Holly Lancaster, Ben Topping, Zoe Wheelwright and Kirsten Young. A further five students achieved all A*/As and just one B grade, or equivalent. Holly and Manon also achieved A grades in their Additional Maths.

As well as many pupils achieving full marks in many modules, the following students achieved full marks in all modules taken in a subject: Emily Oldham and Theo Taylor in French, Eloise George in English Literature, Timi Abioye in Religious Studies, Rebecca Garrett in Biology, Manon Lachmann in Biology and Chemistry, Abigail Hammond, Abigail Stubbs and Abigail Hickman in Chemistry, and Holly Lancaster in Physics and Chemistry.

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, said: “We are celebrating some really strong individual performances and an increase, again, at the highest level of attainment. Many congratulations to the students and to the teachers who have guided them so deftly through the process.”

A total of 33 students from 12 different countries also studied the one-year GCSE programme at King’s Ely, which sees them studying in their non-native speaking language.

As ever, the results were excellent. The A*-C pass rate was 97 per cent and 94 per cent of all international students achieved five or more A*-C grades. 83 per cent of grades were A*-B and 54 per cent were grades A*-A. Three students, Anna Abramova, Iana Kozymir and Julie Liu, achieved all A* and A grades.

Academic Director of King’s Ely International, Matthew Norbury, said: “Once again we are delighted to celebrate the achievements, determination and dedication of our international student community and the school staff who have supported them.”


Old Swinford Hospital

Pupils at Old Swinford Hospital have cause for celebration following some outstanding performances in their GCSE examinations.

The number of English and Maths A* equivalent grades has doubled. Over one third of the new grades in GCSE Maths were at the top levels of 8 or 9. In Maths and English combined one quarter of grades were at 8 or 9.

Over 90% of pupils secured five or more C grades and grades 4 or above in English and Maths.  Indications are that pupil progress (Progress 8) this year has been very positive indeed. 

Headmaster Paul Kilbride commented:   “We are absolutely delighted for our pupils.  This year has been one of considerable change as a new grading system for Maths and English, together with some very late calls on specifications from examination boards have caused no small anxiety for pupils and teachers alike, and so I would like to congratulate them on their superb achievements. 

“As Head, it has been a real privilege to get to know these pupils.  They have not only secured excellent grades, but they have managed to do this whilst bringing back national trophies in engineering and rugby, participating in Model United Nation’s competition and Duke of Edinburgh.  I hope they enjoy their well-deserved achievements and we look forward to welcoming them back to our Sixth Form.”

Congratulations to our highest achieving students Max Worrall from Stourbridge and Harry Moseley from Bobbington who both obtained 9 A*s and 1 A.

Hockey player and chairman of Engage, the School’s inter-faith forum, Daniel Lonergan (Stourbridge) achieved 8 A*s plus 3 As.

Daniel Aliwell and Philip Taylor, also from Stourbridge, were part of the winning Bloodhound SSC Fin Challenge team.  Daniel achieved 8 A*s and 3 As.  Philip achieved 6 A*s and 5 As. 

Stourbridge student Haider Hussain achieved 7 A*s, 2 As, 1 B and won this year’s subject prizes for Maths and Business Studies.  Whilst Tom Penn was awarded 6 A*s, 3 As, 1 B.  This year Tom was a boarding house prefect and lifted the Inter-house Foley Trophy. 

Musician Gareth Owen who led the brass section in the School’s orchestras obtained 7 A*s, 1 A, 2 Bs whilst organist George Nicholls, who plays with the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, achieved 2 A*s, 1 A, 4 Bs.

Ethan Dunbar-Baker achieved 3 A*s, 8 As and was part of the team that won the UK Young Engineer of the Year 2016 and represented the UK as flag bearer at the international STEM finals in Brussels.

Thomas Pottrill, 1 A*, 6 As, 1 B, campaigned to improve the clarity of GCSE English examinations by writing to his MP and the DfE.

Sportsmen Joshua Francis and Jolby Beech had a successful season this year.  Joshua led the School’s hockey team before going on to achieve 2 A*s, 4 As, 2 Bs.  Jolby Beech not only won a NatWest rugby winner’s medal, but was also selected for an England U15s rugby development camp and obtained 2 As, 2 Bs.

The School will host its next opening morning on 16 September for parents and pupils that are considering their 2018 secondary and sixth form options.  

Note:  all A* grades include new 8 & 9 grades for Maths and English


Queen Margaret's

Queen Margaret’s is celebrating its best GCSE results in recent years after revealing that an impressive 64% of all entries received grade A/7 and above, more than three times the national average. This shows that girls at the independent School near York are truly benefitting from their all girls education.

At a time when there is an emphasis on girls succeeding in the all-important Science subjects, Queen Margaret’s is leading the way, with 96% of girls achieving A*- A grades in Chemistry and Biology, and 100% of all Science entries gaining an A*- B grade.

Girls at the School engage in Science well beyond the normal curriculum; they recently welcomed world leading scientist Professor Sir Anthony Coates, in one of only two dates confirmed nationally, for a lecture on antimicrobial resistance. Teacher of Physics, Sian Thomas, believes that getting girls involved in challenging projects is also vital when it comes to the Sciences: “The Raspberry Pi project at Queen Margaret’s (part of which involved girls sending a teddy into space) is fantastic and can make a dramatic difference. It gives girls the confidence to see that they can solve problems in a very practical and exciting way.”

Overall, today’s outstanding results demonstrate that a Queen Margaret’s holistic education prepares girls for the future, whatever their aspirations might be. The Music results hit a high note with 100% of girls being awarded an A* or A grade. Other highlights include A* grades across the board for every girl taking a GCSE examination a year early and full marks for four girls in their Art and Design GCSE.

Queen Margaret’s Head, Jessica Miles says: “We are delighted with this year's GCSE results. The girls worked exceptionally hard and I am really proud of them for successfully combining this with a wide range of extra-curricular achievements. The excellent results in a broad variety of subjects, particularly in Biology, Chemistry and Music, show the breadth of a QM education. My thanks to the wonderful QM staff who know the girls so well and inspire them to achieve. The mutual respect that exists within the entire QM community means that these girls will continue to thrive as they embark upon their A Level studies at QM.”

Having received their exceptional results, the Year V girls will continue their journey to independence as they go on to study A Levels within the School’s Sixth Form. A Sixth Form Open Evening will be held at QM on Thursday 16 November for girls wishing to join in September 2018.


More House School

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

With an incredible 73% A*-C equivalent pass rate in their GCSE and BTEC-equivalent courses, which surpasses the reported national average of 66% More House pupils have achieved what so many of them thought impossible before joining the school.

Diagnosed with Dyslexia, Speech and Language processing disorders, social communication difficulties or other associated conditions, More House pupils travel a unique journey which must start with their learning to believe in themselves. 

Despite nearly half of the Year Eleven pupils having a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a new Education, Health and Care plan, that belief has been proved well-placed by the school’s GCSE and BTEC results this summer.

99% of GCSE and equivalent BTEC courses taken by More House Year Eleven pupils were awarded passes, and 54% of pupils secured at least five GCSE and equivalent passes at grade C or higher, and including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics. 

Headmaster, Jonathan Hetherington, expressed his congratulations to his pupils and staff, commenting “what our pupils have achieved, and the challenges each has overcome, are extraordinary, and reflect the tenacity of our students and the incredible commitment and expertise of our teachers and wider staff”.

He noted that 47% of those pupils at More House whose level of special needs is represented by a Statement, or an Education, Health and Care plan, achieved five A*-C passes including English and Mathematics – an incredible success for such students.

He also noted that 39% of certificates awarded to More House pupils were at grade B equivalent or higher, and that 17% of grades achieved by More House pupils were the highest A* and A grades or BTEC equivalent of Distinction * and Distinction.

A majority of pupils will now enter the Sixth Form at More House to study A Level and equivalent courses, and many are expected to progress to university in two years’ time.

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 school inspection last year.


Bromsgrove School

Against a backdrop of ongoing uncertainty about national examination reforms, Bromsgrove School’s Fifth Form has achieved a superb set of GCSE results which are amongst the School’s best. 36% of the total grades achieved were graded A*, representing Bromsgrove’s highest ever top end result. 60% of results were graded A*/A, also amongst the best results a Fifth Form cohort has achieved.  The overall grade spread continues to be on a par with the strong performances the School has come to expect in recent years.

There will be many happy students and families in Bromsgrove and around the world as they log on to get their results and anticipate the next exciting step in their lives. Particular congratulations go to Alia Derriey who achieved a full house of A*s or 9s, and to local pupil Sam Osborne who achieved 8 A*s and 3 As whilst also attending daily swimming training.  Sam represented Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival.  Well done to the six students who dropped only a single grade in one of their subjects.

Headmaster Peter Clague said, “These grades represent a significant personal achievement for each student as their first experience of national public examinations.  They are the culmination of hard work and perseverance, an encouragement of the potential that lies inside each of them. Collectively, the results do not merely reflect well on our student body, but also showcase the dedication and quality of staff at Bromsgrove School, outstanding educators who are the architects of aspiration and success.” 


Shebbear College

Shebbear College’s Year 11s are the first group to have taken the new GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths, and a record number of UK pupils have achieved five passes including Maths and English Language (a Grade 4 would have achieved a C last year).

The new top grade at GCSE is a score of 9 and this was achieved in each of the new exams. 

Antonia Aliberti now proudly possesses the school’s best ever set of GCSE results including the equivalent of 13 A*s and a 9 in Maths.  Other superb performances came from Tara Twomey with 7 A*s and 5 As, and Alex Yiu with 8 A*s.  Alex achieved an A* in Computer Science in the first year that the school has offered the subject at GCSE. 

Headmaster Simon Weale commented ‘Our pupils cannot be compared against their predecessors because these new exams are fundamentally more testing.  I am delighted that they have collectively risen to the challenge.  GCSEs seem to induce the highest stress levels and the process helps everyone to find out about themselves and learn lessons for the future. These pupils are now well set to perform well at A Level and Btec’ 


Saint Felix School, Southwold

Saint Felix, Southwold is pleased to report that 97% of GCSE students achieved a 9-4 grade in Mathematics, and 88% achieved a 9-4 grade in English Language. 

Headmaster James Harrison comments “It’s particularly pleasing to see exceptional Maths grades again; Saint Felix received an award for the best A Level Maths results in the UK two years ago, and so we remain one of the country’s most outstanding Maths departments.

“I am immensely proud of the exceptional grades this year”, comments Mr Harrison. “Constant tinkering with exams by the government has led to teachers and pupils being unsure about the intricacies of the new grading system, but at Saint Felix we always have and always will rely on good quality teaching across all of our subjects. The teachers are committed, the pupils are enthusiastic and they deserve all of their success.”

Notable successes are the results of GCSE Spanish and Drama students with two thirds of Spanish and 60% of Drama GCSE students being awarded an A* grade.

There was also success from the school's youngest pupils: 15% of Year 7 students from Saint Felix sat their Entry Level Latin qualification, two years early, after only one term of teaching. 100% of these students were awarded a pass, and one third of the cohort received the highest grade possible a Level 3.


Godolphin

Following on from their excellent A-level results, Godolphin in Salisbury has returned an impressive set of GCSE results with the highest % of A* - C grades for three years.  One in five girls achieved straight A*- A grades and almost half were awarded straight A*- B grades.

“These results really show what can be achieved with self-belief, sheer determination and a consistent work ethic; I am so very proud of all the girls.  My thanks to the teaching staff for going the extra mile for their students and to our parents for all their support behind the scenes” said Mrs Emma Hattersley, Head.  “Good GCSE grades are so crucial for future university applications and will enable our new Lower Sixth to start the academic year full of confidence.”

The full set of results at Godolphin were as follows:

A*                    36%                            

A* - A              60%                            

A* - B              83%                            

A* - C              97%                            

Some girls did exceptionally well, with Emily Horsfield achieving 11 A*s and 2 As, Polly Blythe with 11 A*s, Natasha Mundell with 10 A*s and 2 As, Lara van der Horst with 9 A*s and 2 As and both Emma Simon and Sophie du Ry achieving 9 A*s and 1 A.  Particular congratulations this year go to two sets of twins Abigail and Samantha Willis and Helen and Samantha Eggleton, who between them have an impressive 17 A*s and 17 As.

Many of the girls made strong progress since the beginning of the Fourth Year, in particular Theodora Whittaker, Minna Dubois, Olivia Forge, Martha Lawrence, Sophie du Ry and Deya Shergill.

Art, DT, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Further Maths all returned particularly good GCSE results, showing Godolphin’s continuing strength in STEM as well as creative subjects.

These results are all the more impressive when considered alongside the girls’ achievements in co-curricular activities such as the CCF, Ten Tors Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme as well as in Godolphin’s wide range of drama, music, art and sporting events.

After achieving such excellent results, students can now look ahead with confidence as they embark upon their A-level studies in Godolphin’s newly re-developed Sixth Form centre.  In September, a state-of-the-art, extensively provisioned Sixth Form study centre will open its doors for the first time, providing all the support necessary for girls to achieve their ambitions, from Oxbridge entry through to the world of work and apprenticeships.  With 25 subjects to choose from, popular A-level choices look to be Art, Maths, the Sciences and Business.


Scarborough College

Scarborough College Year 11 pupils had much to celebrate on the release of their GCSE results.  Over 20% of all entries were graded at A* and a 100% A* to C outcome across all pupils was achieved in no less than 12 separate subjects.  

The College's 'Value-Added' score also demonstrated that on average almost an entire grade was added to every GCSE subject for ever pupil beyond their external prediction. 

The Headmaster, Charles Ellison, commented: "We are simply delighted by this year's tremendous results.  They are testimony to a great deal of determined hard work by the pupils and staff over a number of years.  As a genuinely mixed ability school, we are especially pleased by our continued capacity to bring about such a significant level of academic 'added value' which reflects our strong commitment to small class sizes, a broad curriculum, expert teaching and exposure to confidence-building opportunities outside of the classroom.  The year group is very well prepared to succeed within the rigorous IB Diploma course that awaits them."


Giggleswick School

Following on from the School’s impressive A level results last week, pupils at Giggleswick are celebrating further GCSE success this week, including an incredible haul of top grades across the sciences with over 90% of candidates in Physics and 80% in Biology and Chemistry achieving A*/A grades. Three girls were awarded straight A*s across all three sciences.

Overall GCSE results also remained strong for the School and its pupils with 92% achieving A*-C grades, showing an increase on 2016 results, and over 40% achieving A*A grades which compares with a national average of 21%. As a non-selective school that accepts students with a wide range of ability these are impressive results.

George Collins, who achieved 10 A*/A grades, was one of the first to pick up his results today before heading off to perform at CarFest the same afternoon. He said: “I’m shell-shocked, really happy and delighted with my Sciences. I worked extremely hard, kept my focus and my teachers were so supportive.”

George is also a keen musician, winning Young Musician of the year at Giggleswick this year and now has aspirations to work in the music industry. He added: “I really love the music department and being part of the school band at Giggleswick. These results top off what has been a great summer, I’ve been lucky enough to play at Harrogate Fake Festival and now I’m off to perform at CarFest with my brother.” 

Alice Stephens achieved 10 A*/A grades too and, alongside her straight As in sciences, she was extremely proud of her A* in Latin and A in Maths. She said: “Wow! I’m really shocked but so pleased. Science is great at Giggleswick but they also have real strength in the Arts, History, Politics and English and I’d be silly not to take the opportunity to study these at A level at Gigg. The best thing for me has been the Debating Society. I’m not a naturally confident person and it has really help me to build confidence and improve my speech writing skills.”

Euan Brennan and Tom Humphries decided to celebrate their results by going on a run in preparation for their England Fell Running Trials event in two weeks’ time. Euan was another top achieving scientist at Giggleswick, awarded 8A*/A grades and now looking to take his Biology through to A level. He said: The teachers are great; they make it exciting, give you so much extra information around the subject and have also helped me get connected with an engineering company who are going to help me with my research project next year in the sixth form.

Headmaster, Mark Turnbull commented: “This is a great day for our scientists and we are delighted for them. These results reflect the hard work of our pupils and the inspirational work of our teaching staff in the department who take their subject way beyond the classroom, connecting with industry and the real world of science, university trips, visiting professors, science and astronomy clubs. They are also launching a new observatory at the School later this year. We have a strong track record of pupils going on to study science at university, including yet another pupil off to Oxford this year to study Physics. But it’s not just about exam success at Giggleswick. We place just as much importance on personal development outside the classroom and it’s great to see pupils like George, Euan and Tom, finding the time to achieve real success in their passions of music and running alongside their studies.”


Harrogate Ladies' College Pupils

Harrogate Ladies’ College today announced record breaking GCSE results which saw the number of A*-A grades, or the equivalent 9, 8 or 7 in the new grading system, increase to 61%.

On top of this, 62% of all pupils achieved at least 5 A*-A grades or the equivalent 9-7 in the new grading system, and 96% of all grades were A*-C or 9-4 under the new system.  Pupils performed particularly well in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with a third of all pupils achieving the highest possible Grade 9 in Maths, compared to the 3% predicted by Ofqal (the Government’s regulatory body for examinations).

There were also exceptionally strong results in Languages with 100% A*-A in German, 100% A*-B in French and 100% A*-B in Spanish; and in the Arts where 100% of all grades in Music, Drama and Art were A*-B. 

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College said, “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, their resilience and their determination to succeed.”

“The new English and Maths GCSEs were specifically designed to stretch and challenge pupils further.  I’ve been so impressed by how our pupils and teachers have risen to this new challenge and I’m absolutely delighted that they’ve been rewarded with such fabulous results.”

“We’re a relatively 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 to be pushed and challenged.  I’m sure that this is a really important factor in today’s record breaking results.”

Among those celebrating today was Emma Stanley who achieved a clean sweep of 9 A*-A grades.  Emma said, “I’m so pleased.  It’s been such a 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 really helped 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.”


Felsted

Felsted pupils have recorded more outstanding results in their GCSE exams, following on from excellent results in A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma earlier this summer.

Headmaster, Mr Chris Townsend, comments; “There are some exceptional results this year, with 23 pupils achieving 7 or more A* and A grades, and 40% of all GCSE exams being graded at A or A*.  English and Maths again excelled, with pass rates of 97 and 98% respectively, and 55 A* grades shared across these subjects. English Language, English Literature, Greek, Latin, Maths, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies all achieved more than 85% A*-B.  Achieving these results requires a team effort from all the teaching staff, pastoral support, parental commitment, and, of course, the hard work and determination of the students in achieving these results.”

Among the standout performers were Shola Akindayini, Chloe Green, Peter Hipkin, James Austin, Matthew Hudson-Lund, Barnaby Stoner, Bertie Webster, Siosi Tameifuna, George Harvey, Amber Aitken, Harry Sturge, Bram Emsley and Silas Turner Jones. Many others also outperformed their predictions.

Summary Highlights

  • 98 students took GCSEs this summer
  • 40% A* or A grades
  • 71% A* to B grades
  • 93% A* to C grades
  • 96% achieved five A* to C grades
  • 95% gained 5 A*-C including Maths and English
  • The following departments gained over 85% A* to B grades: English Language, English Literature, Greek, Latin, Maths, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies

Felsted’s top performer was Shola Akindayini who gained ten A*s and two As. Shola, a day pupil from Braintree, has aspirations to study Medicine and will be studying A Levels at Felsted in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Latin. She balances her studies with a keen love of dance, performing in the Felsted Dance show earlier this year. Shola commented; “ I am so happy that my hard work has paid off, I couldn’t have done it without the support of all my teachers”.

Close behind were Chloe Green and Peter Hipkin, who gained 9 A*s and 2 A grades respectively. Chloe, a day pupil from Felsted, is also a keen musician and cricketer, playing Clarinet in the Felsted orchestra and reaching the national indoor cricket final at Lord’s with the Felsted U15s in 2016. Chloe also has aspirations to study medicine and will be joining best friend Shola at Felsted Sixth Form to take A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Latin. Peter Hipkin, from Flitch Green, gained a Felsted record in his Latin result; achieving a perfect 400/400 UMS score. Peter aims to study History, Economics and Spanish at A Level, with a view to studying History at university. Peter particularly enjoys getting involved in Model United Nations at Felsted and balances his studies with playing hockey and cricket for the school.

James Austin, from Flitch Green, gained 8 A*s, 1 A and 1 B grade. James, an academic scholar, balances his studies teaching junior cadets and playing 2nd team cricket for Felsted. He is also a member of the academic society and CCF. He will be staying at Felsted next year to study 4 A Levels in Economics, Government & Politics, French and Maths.

Matt Hudson-Lund, a contemporary boarder from Wickham Bishops, achieved a clean sweep of A grades (7 A*s, and 3 As) and will be going on to study 4 A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Geography at Felsted. Matt balances his academic work with playing rugby and hockey for the school.

Barnaby Stoner, from Felsted, achieved an awesome 7 A*s, 3 As and 1 B grade, a superb achievement whilst being a member of the England U17 Hockey Performance Squad. Barnaby, a sports scholar, will be studying Maths, Economics and Geography A Levels from September.

Bertie Webster secured a whopping 7 A*s, 3 As and 1 B grade and will be staying on at Felsted Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Design Technology.  He has high aspirations to study either Engineering or Architecture at Cambridge and has been spending the summer setting up 'Aquaponics' (crayfish farming) on his family farm.

Siosi Tameifuna, gained an impressive 6 A*s, 4 As and 1 B grade and will be spending her sixth form years studying in Hong Kong, where her family have just moved. Both Siosi and Shola studied Greek GCSE off timetable, securing an additional A* grade each for their academic portfolios. Siosi fully involved herself in Felsted School life, particularly in the music department where her beautiful voice was able to shine in many concerts throughout the year.

George Harvey, from Felsted, secured 5 A*s, 4 As and 1 B grade. An academic scholar, George has a particular passion for Science and Design Technology, which he will be studying at Felsted from September (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design Technology A Levels).

Amber Aitken, from Flitch Green, gained 5 A*s, 3 As and a B grade. A sport scholar and natural linguist she is particularly happy to have secured A*s in French, Latin, Spanish and English. Amber is currently on Hockey Tour in South Africa, returning next week to start studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Felsted, majoring in Economics, Spanish and Sports Science whilst studying Maths, French and English at standard level.

Harry Sturge, a sports scholar from High Easter, gained 4 A*s, 5 As and 1 B grade, a fantastic achievement considering his commitment to top level sport. Harry is a sports scholar at Felsted, playing for the 1st teams in rugby, cricket and hockey. However, it is at rugby that he particularly excels, as an England Development Player and member of the Saracens U18 squad.

Bram Emsley, from South Woodford, achieved a clean sweep of As (4 A*s and 4As). Bram particularly enjoys playing bass guitar in the Felsted Funk Band and will be staying at Felsted to take A Levels in History, Maths and English Literature. He also enjoys cricket and rugby and is a member of the Felsted Academic society and CCF.

Silas Turner- Jones, from Felsted, gained 3 A*s, 7 As and 1 B grade. Silas is on track to achieve his ambitions to study engineering at university as he has just secured a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. He will be taking A Levels in Maths, Physics and Design Technology.


Kent College

Kent College is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results following this summer’s examinations. The courses have changed, the grading has changed for some subjects, the nature of assessments has changed with much less emphasis on coursework - but the personalised approach at Kent College has ensured that student success is the same as ever.

The overall pass rate was 100% and most students achieved 5 grades at the equivalent of A*-C. Around 70% of all grades achieved were equivalent to A* - B grades. These statistics follow on from the best ever results at A level and IB already announced.

Students who did particularly well include the following top performers:  Carla Barwick, Harry Blake, Sophie Blummers, Ethan Brien, Emily Brown, Olivia Clarke, Lucia Cortajarena Isasi, Abby Cox, Amanda Cufley, Anousca de Moubray, Jana Dinger, Alistair Figgis, Annabel Jones, Daisy Lee-Browne, Garima Limbu, Juliette Packard, Theo Pilkington, Noah Radcliffe-Adams, Eloise Rondhout, Yoshinobu Saji, Kieran Shave, Shreyashi Thapa, Phoebe Watton.

Executive Head Master Dr David Lamper said,

“The pupils have achieved an excellent set of results in spite of the changes to courses and assessments, and so have secured sound foundations for the next stage in their educational career. On top of wonderful A level and IB results, our students can be very proud of their achievements. Congratulations to them and to all of my colleagues for the hard work which makes excellent results like these possible”

 


King Edward's Witley

Overall Pass rate (A*-G):  100%

Subjects graded A*-C:  87%

% Pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades:  96.8%

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

 

24th August 2017: Pupils at King Edward’s Witley have celebrated excellent GCSE results.

Bucking the national trend, the mixed-ability day and boarding School, which was graded as Excellent in every area by inspectors in 2015, saw virtually all its Year 11 pupils gain at least 5 A*-C grades, with almost 90% of subjects taken achieving the A*-C benchmark, and its haul of the top grades A & A* well above the national average.

Among many personal triumphs, Shannon White, from Witley, celebrated an outstanding 10 A*s and two As in the exams, which included several IGCSEs, often regarded as more rigorous than the national GCSE.  Shannon will study the IB Diploma at King Edward’s in the Sixth Form.  Holly Standish, whose sister Amber gained a place at Cambridge last month after studying at King Edward’s, looks to be following in her sister’s footsteps having gained 6A*s and 4 As.

Also celebrating with 6 A*s and 5 As was another local student, Bronnie Challinor from Witley, while Chobham’s Jacob Trevor gained 5 A*s, 3 As and 4 Bs, and Afrida Khan, from Guildford, was celebrating 5A*s, 3 As and 2 Bs.  All will continue their studies at King Edward’s outstanding Sixth Form following either the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A-levels.

Commenting on the results, the Headmaster, John Attwater, said:  “I am so delighted that our GCSE results are continuing to reflect the hard work of our pupils and their teachers.  In particular, this year’s cohort deserve every success:  as a group they worked and played hard and got a good balance between all-round learning and preparing for the exams. They can be very proud and I look forward to welcoming them back into the Sixth Form in a couple of weeks!”


LVS Ascot

LVS Ascot achieved the impressive milestone of over 30% A* and A grades for the first time, up from 26% in 2016, as the independent all-ability school celebrated an excellent set of results showing rises in all areas.

The success was shared by all students, with 85.5% of all papers achieving A* - C grades (83.8% last year) and 93.2% of students recording five or more A* - C grades, up from 90.1% in 2016. 13% of all students received at least three A* grades.

Headline figures:

  • Grade A* exam papers –  8.1% (up from 4.9% in 2016)      
  • Grade A exam papers –   22.2% (up from 21.1% in 2016)
  • Grade A* and A exam papers –  30.3% (up from 26% in 2016)
  • Grade A* - B exam papers – 61% (up from 58% in 2016)
  • Grade A* - C exam papers – 85.5% (up from 83.8% in 2016)
  • Students with 5 or more A* - C grades – 93.2% (up from 90.1% in 2016)        
  • Students with 5 or more A* - C grades inc. Maths & English – 88% (up from 87.4% in 2016)  

Tom Reid had more reason than most to celebrate after sitting a number of exams in hospital whilst paralysed by an infection. In April he fell ill with a bacterial disease that attacked his spine and brain. He was told at John Radcliffe hospital to forget his exams this year as he wouldn’t be able to sit them, and may end up wheelchair-bound for life. LVS Ascot supported Tom’s determination to focus on and still sit his exams, and worked with the hospital and exam board to make it happen, resulting in an A, five Bs and three Cs. During his initial exams he required a scribe to write for him and someone to read the exam questions due to his paralysis. As he improved he worked on his handwriting and was able to take some exams independently. His mother Melanie said: “I’m hugely proud of Tom. The school has been amazingly supportive and nurtured Tom to the position he is in today. LVS Ascot has offered unfaltering attention to Tom even when Tom had no motivation. Teachers from the school visited him in hospital regularly, helped him revise and worked with Tom on achievable goals. The support he has had from the school has been incredible. So much so Tom is now going to stay here for A-Levels rather than go to Henley College where he was going to attend. Tom has exceeded my expectations; I am bursting with pride”.

It has been an incredible month for Darshan Solanki who celebrated achieving an amazing nine A*s and two As having been at the school since Year 7 on an academic scholarship. He will now stay on to study biology, chemistry and maths A-levels at LVS Ascot sixth form. This time last month, Darshan was part of the LVS Ascot Duke of Edinburgh trip to Nepal which saw students feed elephants, dance with tribesmen, teach pupils at a local school and take on a six-day trek through monsoon rains. His mother Rina said: “I’m ecstatic with his results as he has put in so much hard work. We owe thanks to the school and teachers who have provided him with so many opportunities in music, sport and trips as well as academic support. The school is not just about academic achievement, they have offered Darshan the chance to be involved in so many other things and it has brought the best out of him”

Another student whose exam success has added to amazing additional experiences at LVS Ascot is Bryn Parry-Jones who achieved six A*s, three Bs and two Cs. He will now study physics, maths and computing at LVS Ascot’s new sixth form centre which opens in September and will provide a modern and welcoming environment for existing and new students. In March Bryn was able to meet and gain advice from a leading world technology expert for his Extended Project Qualification as the school welcomed Mark Silis to the school. Mark, Associate Vice President at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offered Bryn advice on his project around cloud-based storage solutions and praised the level of LVS Ascot’s IT and computing teaching.

Daniel Walker returned from Reading Festival in his pyjamas to collect his results – a trip that was richly rewarded with three As and six Bs before he returned back to Reading Festival where he is looking forward to seeing Eminem. Daniel will now study biology, chemistry and maths A-levels at LVS Ascot, emulating his brother Jake, on hand to support Daniel today, who collected impressive A-level results from the school last week which have sent him to his first choice of Loughborough University.

The Barnes twins – Christina and Harriet – were also delighted after both achieved multiple A*s and will now go on to study A-Levels together. Other students celebrating included A’isha Usman-Mu’Azu and Irvine Mviti who received five A*s, four As and oneB, and four A*s, five As and one B respectively.

Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “I am extremely proud of all of our GCSE students who have shown that hard work produces excellent results, and of our teaching staff for inspiring them to exceed their expectations. To be over 30% for A* and A grades is an amazing achievement and was the high point of a really good set of results. I am delighted that the majority of students will be staying on to LVS Ascot’s new sixth form centre which opens in September”. 


The Park School

In a year that has been a real challenge for students throughout the country, with tougher exams in Maths and English, The Park School is delighted to celebrate with students who have achieved excellent results. 

Park School students have achieved 16% above the national average in Maths as well as achieving above the national average in English.

Nationally girls have achieved the top grades and our top students this year are Melissa Tucker with 5 A* and 5 A grades (Going to Richard Huish in Taunton to do A levels) and Catherine Maggs who achieved 2 A* grades, 8 A grades and a Grade B in A Level French! (Moving to Taunton to study for the International Baccalaureate)

Traditionally the individual sciences are regarded as harder subjects, but our students achieved 100% A* - C grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as in Design Technology and Geography and in Business Studies, which we have been offering for the first time this year.

The Head - Jane Huntington said:  “We are delighted that our students have achieved such excellent results in this uncertain year with several having joined us only a year ago after the closure of Chilton Cantelo School."


Royal High School Bath

Year 11 girls at the Royal High School Bath beamed with delight today after learning of their hugely impressive results in this year’s GCSE examinations.

Overall, an incredible 72% of all examinations taken were scored at A* or A grades, and 89% were scored at A* to B, continuing the school’s record of remarkable results. A staggering 53% of girls achieved a run of 8 or more A*-A grades and three girls scored a perfect run of 10 A*s each.

Strong grades were achieved across all subjects, most notably in English Language, English Literature and Biology; in all three subjects 83% of pupils achieved an A* or A grade. In Mathematics, 37% of girls achieved an A* grade. This flies high above the national average for this subject, both in relation to the national results for the IGCSE course, as studied at the Royal High, and the new standard GCSE course, which has changed to a new grading system this year.

Amongst the top performers were Anna Krysztopik, Tamar David and Alice Bedford who scored 21 A* and 9 A grades between them. The girls were thrilled with their achievements and through tears of joy Alice said,

“I’m so happy! I didn’t think I would do as well as this and I’m just so pleased!”

The whole spread of results reflects the hard work and commitment of the students, of whom the staff and leadership of the school are immensely proud. The girls are looking forward to celebrating their results and moving into the Sixth Form, where they will begin their A Level or International Baccalaureate courses in September.

Mrs Jo Duncan, Head at The Royal High School commented:

“I am absolutely delighted with the GCSE results again this year and I congratulate the girls and staff on maintaining our excellent standards. Behind the statistics lie many inspirational stories of individual success, hard work and determination. We are now thoroughly looking forward to welcoming these girls back, as well as over 30 new girls, in September into our vibrant Sixth Form. They will continue their studies with their choice of A level or IB and I am confident that they will make the most of all of the fantastic opportunities that the School and the GDST have to offer”.


Ratcliffe College

Ratcliffe College students have achieved another superb set of GCSE results.  Following on from the College’s outstanding A Level results, which placed them in the top 10% nationally by value added, these splendid GCSE results reflect the excellent standards of teaching and learning at Ratcliffe, underpinned by the College’s inclusive ethos.

The College is delighted with the increase in this year’s overall pass rate, with 92% of all grades C/4 or better and 44% of all grades were A*/A or 7/8/9 on the new grading system.  The Mathematics Department achieved a 100% pass rate in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, whilst there was a 100% pass rate in English Literature, which included 64% achieving the new grade 7 or above and 16% achieving the new top grade 9, five times the national average.

Headmaster, Mr Jon Reddin commented: “Following the government’s changes to Mathematics and English syllabuses and the grading system, our superb GCSE examination results have,
yet again, proven that we stretch our most able students while at the same time supporting every individual, nurturing their God-given talents.  We are incredibly proud of the students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of our teachers and support staff, and we look forward to the year group’s continued success as they begin their next phase of education in the Sixth Form.”

Krishan Gupta achieved 8 grades at A* or A and grade 9 in English Literature, and will study Mathematics, Economics, German and Physics at A Level.  Krishan also expressed shock, “I didn’t think I would do so well and was nervous about the way some of my exams went.  I’m so pleased!”

Sarah Astill and Nicole Spencer achieved 8 grades at A* or A, in addition to the top new grades in Mathematics, English Language and Literature.  Sarah said, “I’m quite shocked and glad the wait is over.  All the teachers have made time for us when we needed it, including bringing in chocolate at exam time!”

Head of English, Dr Luanda Stannard, commented, “I’m immensely proud of all our hardworking students and staff, especially considering the increased difficulty of the examination.  These are an incredible set of results.”


Kingham Hill School

There were plenty of happy reactions as Kingham Hill School pupils collected their GCSE results this morning. Building on the record A level results of last week the GCSE pupils made it a double celebration as they achieved a school record for the second year running.

The school saw 48 per cent of pupils gaining A* to A grades, an increase on last year’s results. A vast majority of pupils were awarded at least one A* to A. Stellar results continued as a school best of 71 per cent A* to B and 91% A* to C grades were achieved. With the new grading system in Mathematics coming into force this year our pupils impressed with 90 per cent gaining 4 or above and a third of entrants achieving an 8 or 9 grade.

A number of subjects saw fantastic results, demonstrating Kingham Hill’s high standard of teaching across the curriculum. Spanish and Latin both saw 100 per cent A* to B grades and 100 per cent of pupils taking English Literature and Language attaining A* to Bs.

Kingham Hill saw a number of brilliant performances from our pupils including Lochie Main who secured 8 A*s and 1 A in his chosen subjects.

The run of wonderful results continued with impressive performances from American pupils Lydia Terry who achieved 7 A*s and 2 As and Ethan Reid who received 3 A*s and 3 As after studying for their GCSEs in only one year. For A level Ethan has the unique opportunity to study the School’s American Program and work towards gaining his High School Diploma alongside three A level qualifications.

The Art department saw 100 per cent A* to C results with one pupil not dropping a single mark for their A* grade.

Headmaster, Nick Seward, commented: “It is a tremendous testament to the quality of teaching at KHS, and the ethos amongst our pupils, that we have achieved record results at both GCSE and A Level for the second year running. This comes against the backdrop of more demanding qualifications nationally; I'm proud to lead a school which is committed to providing a liberal education in a non-selective environment, and which achieves such fantastic success for the girls and boys who make up our community."


St David's College

St David’s College is delighted with the GCSE results with A*- C grades well above the national average in Wales.

Many subjects produced results close to a grade higher than pupils were predicted by MidYIS.  English results were outstanding and Geography produced results of almost 2 grades above prediction.

Acting Headmaster, Andrew Russell said, “I am overjoyed at the results obtained by our Year 11 pupils.  It is a real testament to the hard work by pupils and staff and the faith placed in us by the parents.” Poppy Maguire produced 7 A*s and AA in Science. Germaine Maguire, Poppy’s mother said, ”Poppy worked so hard, we are overwhelmed, her results are so well deserved.” 

St David’s College offers a combination of BTECs and GCSEs which, when calculated together, give St David’s an outstanding 0.72 value added.

 


St Mary's School, Cambridge

The first St Mary’s School, Cambridge cohort to take GCSEs under the new 9 to 1 grading scheme has today received excellent results – including Daisy M., who achieved nine A* grades and three grade 9s. In those subjects graded under the new scheme – English Language, English Literature, and Mathematics –13% of English Language papers were awarded the new top grade, against 2% nationally, and 9% of Mathematics papers were also awarded grade 9, against 3% nationally.  

Lydia S. is delighted today to have achieved 11 A* and 2 A grades (or equivalent) across 13 GCSE subjects – Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, History, Latin, German, Computer Science and Japanese – and will now go on to study Double Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at A Level. Lydia joined the school in Reception and although she is passionate about Latin, Japanese and History (for which she achieved A* grades), her favourite subject is Physics and she is considering a career in Computing, and so opted for science-based subjects to suit her university and career aspirations.

Lydia said: “The school has really helped me with its recent push for women in science and gave me many opportunities to go on trips and hear talks from some inspiring women. It has developed me as an individual because I have made lots of close friends and I’ve always been supported in pursuing what I wanted to do. I’ve also had a chance to try everything.”

With uptake in foreign language qualifications in a state of decline nationally, St Mary’s School, Cambridge students’ interest and performance in a range of foreign languages tells a different story. 86% of Latin results and 83% of German results were awarded the top A* grade, and 81% of Spanish papers were awarded at A*/A grade. Students taking humanities and arts subjects also achieved exceptional grades, showing the school’s success across the board, with  92% of History students achieving A*/A grades, and 91% of Art and 89% of Music students respectively achieving  A*/A grades. 

One student also celebrating today is Gigi D., who joined the school in Year 7. Having achieved 100% A*/A (or equivalent), Gigi will take Drama, Music and History at St Mary’s Sixth Form, Cambridge starting in September. Gigi has enjoyed taking LAMDA classes at school achieving grade 6, playing the saxophone in the school’s jazz band and singing in the choirs, and has performed in a number of concerts and whole school productions, including playing the title role in Annie in Year 9. Outside of school she has also performed as Macy in Lazy Ace in the West End, and will be auditioning for The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Youth Company in September, and once she has completed her A Levels hopes to attend RADA, or AMDA in New York.

Gigi said: “Playing the lead in Annie was probably one of my favourite moments – it was my first experience of being known for singing and dancing. The school definitely encouraged me to pursue my interests. Without my Drama and Music teachers – Ms Roberts, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Gears – I’d never have pursued performance subjects beyond GCSE. But they said I was talented and should go for it, and join as many clubs and take all the opportunities that I could – and I did!”

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “All of us in the St Mary’s School, Cambridge community are incredibly proud of what our students have been able to achieve this year. The girls have developed as individuals during their time with us – some of them for 12 years – into the confident young adults who we see today collecting their GCSE results. They have discovered new talents and interests, and have worked incredibly hard. Congratulations to all.”


Bedford School

Bedford School is delighted to announce another set of impressive exam results this week. Over 60% of GCSE papers were marked at A*-A (or equivalent). For over a quarter of the year group, A* was a boy’s dominant grade. 11 boys achieved an impressive 9 or 10 A* grades.

‘These are excellent results’, said Head Master, James Hodgson, ‘and the culmination of much hard work: we are all proud of the boys. I congratulate them on their achievements and look forward to their Sixth Form years with great keenness.’


Brentwood School

Brentwood School students collected their GCSE results today and for many it was a clean sweep of A* grades. No fewer than 17 students received ten or more A*s, (up from 10 last year) and 33 students received all A*s or As, bucking the national trend for top grades.

The eight straight A* students are Tallulah Allen, Henry Batty, Jonty McConnaughie, Lucy Patchett, Max Fewster, Emily Ridgwell, Shwetha Sivaraman and Lily Spencer-Smith.

A delighted Lucy was particularly happy with her Physics and Greek results, and paid tribute to her Classics teacher, Miss Fleming, who helped her achieve the top mark. She will be studying Greek, Latin and Psychology at A Level and hopes to continue her love of Classics at Cambridge University.

All-rounder Max Fewster said he was speechless, and seeing his results was ‘such a good feeling’. He didn’t expect to do so well in French, and particularly mentioned Miss Allen who helped him with a lot of out of hours of support. He will be studying Further Mathematics, Economics and Geography at A Level and will be celebrating with family tonight before embarking on a football tour with his friends tomorrow.

Emily Ridgwell was looking to a possible career in journalism or anthropology after securing 10 straight A*s. “It was a lot of hard work and the teachers gave us so much extra help,” she said. Emily will now study English Literature, Geography and History at A Level.

Lily Spencer-Smith said the School could not have done more to help and the extra exam sessions contributed towards her 11A*s. She would be celebrating in style by catching a flight to Budapest before returning to Brentwood to study History, Maths, German and French in the Sixth Form.

Tallulah Allen’s hard work certainly paid off. Tallulah, who had revised non-stop for the past three months, achieved a clean sweep of 11A*s. “I am really happy and relieved. The support sessions during the holidays really helped.” She thanked her teachers for all their support. “They wanted to do as much as they could to help.”

Twins Dewi and Jonty McConnaughie were celebrating a staggering cumulative total of 22 A*s and 2 As. Sixteen-year-old Jonty said results day was the end of ‘three months of heavy butterflies,’ but taking the exams with his twin was helpful. “We could motivate each other and it made for good competition”, he explained. The talented duo were off to a festival and then celebrating with a family meal when they would be joined by older brother Caolán who following last week’s A Level results secured a place to study Geography at Fitzwilliam College (Cambridge).

A staggering 33 students received all A*s or As in their examinations, (nearly 40% increase on last year) and the percentage of A* grades rose 4% on last year.

For the fifth 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 was at School to greet students and their proud parents and commented:

“Our students have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these results and we’re extremely proud of them. It’s very encouraging to see that, as was the case with our A Level and IB results, the top grades have increased, and I’m delighted that our Sixth Form will continue to benefit from this strong work ethic and committed attitude to studies. Congratulations to all of our students and staff.”

In total nearly a third of all GCSE grades were A*, 57% were A*-A and 81% A*-B. Today’s statistics perfectly complement last week’s A Level results, and the School’s equal best ever International Baccalaureate Diploma success. Among the 2017 Upper Sixth cohort, five students have taken up offers at Cambridge University and one at Oxford, and another five were awarded places to study Medicine or Veterinary Studies, which remain the most highly competitive of courses.


Ryde School

Ryde School is celebrating some excellent GCSE results this year: 24% of entries were awarded A* whilst 91% of our pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English. 90% of all entries were awarded a C grade or above whilst 63% secured the requirements for the EBacc (in 2016 24.5% of pupils nationally managed this.)

Twelve Ryde School pupils achieved seven or more grades at A* including Pip Andrews (7) of Seaview, Lauren Bromley (8) from Freshwater, Maeve Hawthorn (8) from Sandown, Rose Hosein (7) from Binstead, Joey Hughes (9) from Gurnard, Annabel Luke (8) from Ryde, Cowes residents Salar Bettum (7), Luke Margham (7) and Sophie Ward (8) and Joanna Orlik (10) of East Cowes.

Over a quarter of Ryde School pupils achieved an average score of 10 A grades or better. In addition to those mentioned above they include:
Hannah Brown, Marcus Cheung, Finlay Edmonds, Harry Hughes, Veronika Kuenkel, Scarlett Lord, Mykyta Misiiuk, Vinnie Murphy, Sapphire Prust, Sophie Seiger, Ethan Tucker, Ben Woodford and Hudson Yearsley. Gurnard twins Harry and Joey Hughes secured nineteen A* and A grades between them.

Headmaster Mark Waldron commented, ‘These are excellent results that pupils, parents and teachers alike can be proud of. There has been a lot of change to manage over recent years so to have our best results for over a decade at A* is fantastic and behind these excellent top grades are lots of individual stories of personal success. I am especially pleased with our pupils’ success in the core subjects with over half the grades in Maths and close to two thirds in English being either A* or A and some outstanding results in the sciences – over half the grades in Physics were A* for example.’


Duke of York's Royal Military School

Staff and students at the non-selective Duke of York’s Royal Military School are celebrating great results at GCSE with 79% of students in English and 67% of students in Mathematics, gaining Grade 4 and above. In addition, 62% of students gained a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.

Outstanding success include: Jack Boswell 10 A / A* including a grade 9 in English Literature; Liza Bulhakova 8 at A / A*; Mendy Bala-Tonglele 7 at A / A*; Olivia Banks 7 at A / A*; Saskia De Giles 7 at A /A *; Christabel Membere 7 at A/A*; Tammy Ogaji 7 at A / A*; Ben Park 7 at A / A*; Lewis Parry 5 at A / A*; Sam Russell 7 at A / A*; Nancy Sigani 7 at A / A*. The excellent results mean 11 students have been offered academic scholarships to study A Levels at the school.  Furthermore, additional scholarships have been offered to external applicants as the school grows its Sixth Form.

Alex Foreman, the School’s Principal, said: “Congratulations to our extraordinary students who really did take on the mantra of ‘No Regrets’. This year introduced new GCSE assessment and curriculum changes, making comparisons to previous grades unrealistic. We want to simply focus on the achievements of our wonderful students, many of whom will now go on to study at A Level with us.

“We take a rounded view of education and develop our students to achieve their personal academic goals while instilling our six core values of respect, loyalty, courage, integrity, self-discipline and commitment. The mixture of sport, Combined Cadet Force, Ceremonial, Duke of Edinburgh, adventure training and the Arts continue to form an integral part of our school ethos; an all-round education with an academic focus.”

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School offers 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 grades A*, A or equivalent. Please contact Caroline Cant on 01304 245073 for more details. For more information, visit www.doyrms.com.


Rydal Penrhos School

Year 11 pupils were not the only ones with cause for celebration as Rydal Penrhos School announced its GCSE results.

Mathematics GCSE candidates from Year 10 produced an extraordinary set of results, with all 15 pupils managing to attain A* grades.

Abhishek Bathula, Tallulah Batley, Holly Battersby, Amelia Collins, Eddie Farrell, Matthias Fiorita, Arend Franssens, James Lavery, Edward Patrick, Ioan Peake-Jones, Eric Poon, Bijou Rajagopal, Williams Stewart, Prompt Utenpattanun and Amy Yue all secured top grades, and they will now move on to their Additional Mathematics studies in the hope of obtaining a further GCSE qualification next summer.

The incredible achievements continued in the languages results, with all five pupils that sat either Chinese, Italian or Welsh Second Language achieving A*s.

In addition, of the Year 10 candidates that sat modules in iGCSE exam papers, 48.8 per cent Biology, 44.19% Chemistry and 39.5% Physics managed to attain A* grades.

These achievements complemented the Year 11 results where over 20% of grades were at A* or equivalent with a number of pupils awarded 9s in English which puts them in the top 2% nationwide.

Headmaster Simon Smith, said: “To have achieved these results a year early is tremendous. 

“I hope gives it gives them the confidence to aim for and achieve an outstanding set of grades next summer.

“Rydal Penrhos' reputation as an academically ambitious school is in very safe hands."


Badminton School

With the imminent building of their new sports centre in sight, girls at Badminton School broke new ground today with 100% of the first GCSE PE cohort being awarded A* - A. Overall, results at Badminton hit a three year high with 49% of girls achieving straight A*-A grades and 82.2% of all grades awarded were A*-A (excluding the newly reformed English Language which is now graded 9-1).

Miss Gomersall, Director of Sport at Badminton School, commented: “this fantastic set of results for our first GCSE PE group comes at an exciting time for sport at Badminton as preparations begin onsite to start the build of our new sports centre”. Alongside the GCSE PE success, 100% of girls studying German and Music were awarded A*-A, and 95% achieved the top grades in Latin and Geography whilst English Literature also secured a 92% A*/A rate.

Mr Dalley, Director of Studies at Badminton comments: “It has been a difficult year for pupils, staff and parents as schools across the country navigated their way through constant press reports on the toughening up of the GCSE exams and the new 9-1 grades but, once again, the spirit of the girls here comes through with this excellent set of results”.

Henrietta from Bristol achieved 8 ‘A*’s and 2 ‘A’s and is taking Maths, Biology and Economics and A Level: “I am ecstatic! I’m so pleased all the hard work and revision paid off and I’m really excited to start the Sixth Form in September”. Polly, also from Bristol, received straight A*s and a 9 in English Language and has her sights firmly set on being a Politician. She commented: “I’m very happy, surprised and relieved!”.

Mrs Tear, Headmistress at Badminton praised the individual successes of the students commenting: “each and every one of our GCSE cohort this year should be proud of their individual achievements. Their fantastic GCSE grades are only one piece of the puzzle however, as their triumphs outside of the classroom in their extra-curricular activities shine alongside them. I am excited for them all as they embark upon the next step of their educational journey and look forward to seeing them thrive.” 


Epsom College

After achieving unparalleled A level results last week, the College is, once again, celebrating record GCSE results with over half of all examinations graded A* and 78% of grades awarded in the A*-A range, an increase of 8% on 2016.

The number of A* grades attained rose to 51%; 94% of grades fell within the A*-B grade range, thus representing an increase of 2% on the previous year's record performance. 

There were outstanding results in all areas of the curriculum notably in Maths and Science where over 60% of grades were A*s and in the Creative Arts where over 90% of Music and Photography outcomes were graded A*. Languages were equally strong with Mandarin Chinese and German achieving over 90% A* and A grades. Other academic departments achieved excellent results; namely, Art, Biology, Computer Science, Geography, History, Maths, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Studies with over 80% of students receiving A* or A grades. 

The top individual performers this year were Amy Taylor and Cara Robinson who achieved ten and nine A* grades respectively and a 9, the challenging top grade, in the new English Language IGCSE.  Hot on their heels were Theodore Alexis, Luke Dupenois, Adahna Ekoku, Cameron Ewins, Chrissie Hancock, Charles Hodgson and Mackenzie Mully who achieved 9 A*s and a grade 8 in English Language.  Yeun Ting (Sharon) Chan achieved nine A* grades, plus a Grade 9 in English Language and a further A grade.

In addition, 8 pupils achieved 9 A*s plus top grades of 9 and 8 in English Language.  Overall, 46 pupils - 34% of entrants - achieved a commendable clean sweep of A* and A grades.

"These excellent results provide sure foundations for this talented cohort of pupils as they embark upon their A level studies and prepare for university application.

"Over the past seven years, the College has witnessed our GCSE grades improve from 63% to 78% within the A*-A grade range. This remarkable advancement of learning and outcomes stands as a monument to the hard work invested by both pupils and staff," said Headmaster, Jay Piggot.


Trent College

Trent College Head, Mr Bill Penty, has congratulated the school’s students for maintaining the percentage of GCSE grades at A*-A and passes at A*-C as results were announced today (Thursday 24 August). 

In the subjects receiving the established letter grading, 71% of students’ results were graded at A*-B, with 43% in the top A*-A grade bands. Meanwhile, in the new number graded subjects of Maths, English Language and English Literature, designed to introduce a greater level of stretch and challenge, 94% of students’ grades have been marked at 9-4 (the equivalent of A*-C).

Trent College students especially excelled in Maths, with 50% of all grades scored at 7 and above (the equivalent of A*-A), and 95% at 4 and above (the equivalent of A*-C). Of those students who sat Further Maths, 91% achieved the ultimate A ‘power' (unique to this subject) or A*-A.

In addition, the top Year 10 Maths set, who have taken their GCSE a year early, sealed 100% of grades at 9-7 (the equivalent of A*-A), with an impressive 43% securing a 9, a grade now more difficult to attain than a previously awarded A*.

Music scholar, Daniel Fawcett, was the school’s top performer, collecting 7A*s, A power and 2 x 8s. The talented oboe player and pianist is a member of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra and the school wind band and symphony orchestra.

Daniel, who will now stay at Trent College to study A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Music, said: “I'm pleasantly surprised. I was hoping to do well but I've done better than I thought I would. 

“English especially surprised me, I wasn't expecting an 8. We knew 8s would roughly be equivalent to an A* so to open the envelope and see that I was very happy. The music definitely gives me a release from the study, it's a nice break from the work.”

Millie Haslam, who is also staying at Trent College for A Levels, was one student to claim a new 9 in Maths, alongside 2 x 8s in the English subjects, 5A*s and an A. 

She said: “To get a 9 in Maths was really good because all three of those subjects were so much harder. Because the Maths exam was so different to the past GCSE, in that it's more problem solving, we did loads of made up papers to prepare, as there are no past papers to give you an idea of what to expect. All that practice paid off. 

“I didn't sleep much last night but I've been blocking it out because we're going to the Leeds Festival this afternoon so I've been putting all my attention on preparing for that to try to forget results day was coming!”

When it comes to the English subjects, Ellis Cullen, who has been at Nottingham Forest Ladies FC since she was eight and made her reserve team debut against Mansfield last weekend, scored a 9 for Literature amongst 2 x 7s, 1A*, 1A and 4Bs.

She said: “I was made up with the 9, it was quite a moment seeing that in the first year they have ever been awarded, I didn't expect it. I think it was the poetry aspect that pulled me through on that exam. I worked really hard on trying to learn all the poetry quotations, which helped me to pick up those last few marks.

“It has been hard to balance all the study with my football but I’ve used my time well. I planned my time after I got home carefully, being organised and ready for the work I needed to do.”

Alongside Daniel, Alex Nathaniel was one of three Trent College students to pick up 7A*s this year, the other being international boarding student, Lucy Ge. Alex has been heavily involved in the school’s extra curricular computing programmes. With an additional A power in Further Maths and 2 x 6s in English, he is looking forward to being able to carry this on by studying for A Levels in Computing, Maths, Further Maths and Physics in Sixth Form.

He said: “The last two years have been a whirlwind; I was surprised and very, very happy with my results. I wasn't 100% sure I was going to do as well as I did. I want to work in computer science when I'm older. Since I was about 11 I started being interested in computing and the subjects I want to study at A Level complement that. Maths is core to working out the logic and Physics is useful to go into how computers work at a base level with logic gates too.” 

As well as Maths, the school’s creativity has also shone through this year with 64% of Art grades at A*-A. Meanwhile, amongst some of Trent College’s other individual standout performers were Harry Finney (6A*s, 2As, 2 x 7s), Katie Hill (6A*s, 1A, 1 x 8, 2 x 7) and Cameron Hammond (6A*s, A power, 2As, 6, 5). 

Mr Penty concluded: “There was expected volatility across the exam system this year with both the new style A Levels and GCSE number gradings coming in. It is very pleasing, therefore, that both our A Level and GCSE students have demonstrated their robustness in the face of uncertainty and performed at the levels they have. 

“The majority of GCSE students are now coming back to Trent College Sixth Form in September and we look forward to supporting them in all their academic and extra-curricular endeavours over the next two years.”

Trent College and its junior school, The Elms, are flourishing, forward-thinking co-educational schools that strive to prepare students for futures that lie in their imaginations. Pupils are integrated into vibrant communities and develop the skills, confidence and resilience to thrive as exceptional young people and into adulthood. For more information visit www.trentcollege.net

 


Haileybury

There was plenty to celebrate for Haileybury pupils this morning as 63.7% of pupils achieved A* or A grades in their GCSE and International GCSE (IGCSE) exam results. This is the second best set of GCSE results ever achieved at the College.

Thirty-five percent of all grades awarded to the class of 2017 were A*s. Five pupils achieved a perfect score of A* grades in every subject they sat, and 26 pupils notched up all A*s or As.

Pupils performed particularly well in English Language, with over 80% securing an A* or A grade.

Not to be outdone, Haileybury’s budding scientists performed impressively in Triple Science: 83% achieved A*/A in Physics, 79.7% A*/A in Biology and 68% A*/A in Chemistry. Haileybury has a long-standing reputation for Sciences, including developing the Double Science Award which is now the most popular Science award in the UK. The College is currently creating a new STEM Centre that will bring Science, Technology, ICT and Maths together into one dynamic space.

For the third year in a row, a top set of Year 10 pupils sat their Maths IGCSE a year early and all obtained A*s. These talented mathematicians will now study for an Additional Maths qualification over the coming school year.

There were also some brilliant individual achievements, including Bethan Davies, who achieved ten A*s and will now study Geography, Maths, French and PE at A Level. Outside of the classroom Bethan is a skilled hockey player and plays for Haileybury’s girls’ 1st team and St Albans Hockey Club. She said: “I was very surprised when I saw my results. It was what I hoped I would get but I didn’t think I would.”

Harriet Cornwell secured nine A*s as well as an A and a B and an Additional Maths qualification and said she was “very happy” with her results. She will now study Latin, Ancient Greek, Maths, French and English Literature at A Level. 

Edward Davies achieved eight A*s, two As and a B. Edward, who is a talented musician and sings in the choir as well as playing a variety of instruments including the guitar, will take Music at A Level along with Chemistry, Maths and Early Modern History.

Haileybury’s new Master, Martin Collier said: “Congratulations to all our pupils on their well-earned GCSE and IGCSE results. This year group has worked extremely hard and contributed to all parts of Haileybury life, from the classroom to the sports field and on the stage. This will stand them in good stead as they commence the next part of their education and life in the Sixth Form.”

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

As Haileybury offers IGCSE courses in Maths and English, pupils have not been affected by the new 9-1 grading system which has been introduced nationally in Maths and English GCSE subjects this year. 

 


Wellington School

It has been another good year of GCSE results at Wellington School with nearly a quarter of grades at A* and nearly half at A*-A.

In a time of national change and evolution of the GCSE examination, Wellington School continues to offer a challenging mixture of GCSE and IGCSE qualifications and has not therefore been affected by the introduction of the new 9-1 grading system this year.

Headmaster, Henry Price commented, “after our record results last year, I am pleased to see another strong performance from this year’s cohort. As ever, there are some outstanding pupils scoring numerous A* grades, but there are successes across the board and I would like to congratulate all the girls and boys on their efforts and thank all the staff and families who have supported them along the way.”

Star performers at Wellington include Alex Richardson-Jones with 10A*, Michelle Jacob and Morwenna Maunder with 9A*, and a dozen others scoring 5A* or more.

“As well as our habitual strengths in Mathematics, Latin, Greek and the Sciences, which have all recorded a minimum of 40% A* grades, the strength of the other departments is clear with some excellent performances in subjects from English Literature to German and Geography. In the latter, we saw 100% of entrants achieve A*-C, with a third at A* and almost two thirds A*-A.”

As ever, however, headline figures do not tell the whole story and some of the greatest achievements are amongst the B and C grades where pupils have pushed hard to attain really worthy grades, even when the going has not been easy for them; well done everyone.”

“I would also like to congratulate pupils on the outstanding contribution they have made to the life of the School in many areas including sport, music, drama, CCF and Outdoor Education.”

“Next year will see a greater embedding of the new grading system with Wellington pupils receiving a mixture of numbered and lettered grades. Although this will appear a little confusing to some, we are well-prepared at Wellington and will continue to offer the best and most rewarding courses for our pupils,” concluded Henry Price.


Stover School

Stover School has bucked the national trend by producing another year of improved GCSE performance. This year, 80% of the cohort achieved 5 A* to C grades (or equivalent 4 and above scores) including English and Mathematics. Results have improved year on year from 45% in 2012 and the school is delighted for its pupils and the staff.

Mr Notman, Headmaster said, “the pupils and staff thoroughly deserve their successes. They have worked with dedication, focus and enthusiasm to secure some stunning grades in a time of uncertainty and change in the national GCSE provision. At the same time, this group of pupils have enjoyed a broad range of non-examination successes from international sporting commitments, to school drama and music performances and a whole lot more. They are to be complimented for balancing these commitments with their academic work so successfully.”

Particularly impressive were Rose Smith who secured 8 A* (or Level 9 and 8) grades and 2 A grades, and twin brother Jack who recorded 5 A*, 4 A grades and 1 B grade.


Brighton College

Brighton College pupils achieved 82 of the new GCSE grade 9s in their English GCSEs today alongside 900A*s in the traditional GCSE exams.

The Eastern Rd school’s results reveal that four boys and four girls achieved a perfect score of 99 A*s between them.

In total, the pupils achieved 900 A* grades, 553 A grades, 131 B grades, 9 C grades and no D or E grades.

Headmaster Richard Cairns: “With 900 A* grades and 82 grade 9s in English, Brighton College’s youngsters have so much reason to celebrate. These are likely to be the best results in Sussex for the 10th year in succession”.

Individual success stories include Jessica Olliver, who was born profoundly deaf. Jessica achieved an impressive eight A*s and one A. The Hove schoolgirl says her results show deaf children can overcome the stereotype of underachieving.

The 16-year-old, who had cochlear implants at aged two and eight, said: “I’m quite pleased with my results, I didn’t expect that at all, when I opened the paper I was really shocked.”

She added her disability had made her more determined and added: “Because I hear significantly less than others then it’s like I have to work more to be able to hear what the teacher says, so I have to strain more in classes so sometimes I get more tired than others.”

“There is this stereotype that deaf people can’t do as well as others so I wanted to prove that was wrong.”

Jessica said her ambition was to become a lawyer and will go on to study history, politics, maths and geography at A-level.

Twins Dan and Ben Pluck achieved an astonishing 18 A*s. Dan got 10 A*s and two sevens in English literature and language, while Ben gained eight A*s, an A and nine and eight in English.

Ben said: "I was quite happy with it and surprised because it was difficult.

"The new style of exam did affect me as you are not sure what you have to do to achieve top grades, you are not certain like other exams."

Dan added: "It's a lot more demanding on the student but we have a lot of teaching support here."

Triplets Alice, James and Tom Heap from Hove were also celebrating after together achieving 17A*s and 6 As.

The 16-year-olds said they are happy with their results and are now planning to carry on their studies at A-level.

As well as achieving seven A*s and two As, Alice gained two 9s in the revamped English GCSE subjects.

Speaking of the new marking system, Alice said: "It was a bit stressful because it was unknown but I am happy with what I got and it gives a bigger spectrum of results as well which is good."


Kingsley School, Bideford

Students nervously arrived at Kingsley School this morning to be given their exam results.  The nervousness quickly turned into squeals of delight as pupils opened their results, collectively celebrating another outstanding set of exam results.

Kingsley’s language department achieved the top results with 85% achieving an A* or A in Spanish and 83% achieving an A* or A in French.  The science departments were also celebrating a year of record GCSE results.  78% of our Biology and Chemistry students opened their results envelopes to see an A or A* grade. Overall, 84% of pupils achieved 5 GCSEs graded A*-C and 30% of all results were graded at A or A*, the highest figure in the last 5 years. Three pupils, Jonathan Dimelow, Molly Gardner and Katie Morgan all achieved 9 or more A and A* grades and a further three pupils, Becky Kemp, Lucy Ustorf and Ignatius Yuen achieved 6 or more A and A* grades.

GCSE student Ryan Hoskins was one of the first pupils in school this morning to collect his results.  Beaming with smiles, Ryan said: “When I started Kingsley in Year 7 I predicted that I would achieve D’s in my GCSE’s! But I have just opened my results and I just cannot believe that I have an A in English.  I think this is down to all the support I have been given in the Learning Development Centre to help me with my dyslexia.  All the teachers have been on side with me and have always wanted me to achieve the best results.”

GCSE student Harry Cunliffe added: “I have done so much better than I thought, I cannot believe I have got an A in my English Literature.  Thank you Dr Cousins and Ms Bateman for getting me ready for the exams and for all your help.”

Harry’s parents, Mr and Mrs Cunliffe said: “It has been a really emotional morning!! We would like to thank all of the teachers for helping Harry over the last few years.  His results today are a massive success for him.  Sending Harry to Kingsley was absolutely the right decision, he actually buckled down to work, Kingsley cracked it!”

GCSE student Bebe Malek was joined by her Mum this morning, Mrs Malek, who was delighted with her daughter’s results: “Bebe’s scoop of A*, A’s and B’s today far exceed what I was told she was capable of before she joined Kingsley.  All of the teachers, and most especially Dr Cousins have boosted her confidence.”

Kingsley’s Headmaster, Mr Pete Last, was delighted with the results: “After the long wait, GCSE results day is here!  I was proud to see the students open their results this morning in the school library.  Congratulations to each and every one of them. The students deserve enormous credit for two years of consistent hard work to produce such a fine set of results.  I was also touched this morning to see the appreciation from our pupils and their families today to the staff at Kingsley School, and their reciprocal care and keen interest in all our pupils’ futures. As a mainstream school with a particular specialism for educating pupils with dyslexia, we are really delighted with the results our pupils have obtained. 50% of this year’s cohort have had the support of our Learning Development Centre as they have prepared for their exams and we are delighted that so many of their results make it crystal clear that there is absolutely no limit to the successes that pupils with dyslexia can achieve. We look forward to the start of term and seeing our GCSE students enjoying Sixth Form life.”


Reed's School

Reed’s School is celebrating record-breaking results at GCSE and IGCSE this year. With an outstanding 43% A* grades and 74% A*/A overall, Reed’s pupils have exceeded previous records by more than 9%. 60% of the whole year group received at least 7 A* or A grades and 25% achieved straight A*/A grades. The School had already opted for the more academically rigorous IGCSEs in English and Maths, so the new numerical grading system does not affect them this year.

Thrilled Headmaster, Mark Hoskins, commented, “These are our best ever GCSE results. I would like to offer my congratulations to both the pupils, who worked with great determination, and our excellent teaching staff who have motivated and inspired them. Our pupils consistently achieve grades far beyond those predicted by national data and this year is no exception.”

The results for Mathematics were exceptional with 93% of grades at A*/A. Other subjects that achieved results of higher than 80% A*/A grades were Biology, Geography, History, Music, Drama and Latin. English results were also outstanding, continuing the upward trend with A*/A grades of 77% and 75% in Language and Literature respectively.

Leading the way was 16 year old Sam Hunt who scored eleven A* grades (including a distinction in Further Maths) closely followed by Tommy Tenenbaum, Matthew Ferguson and Pierce Gaut who all achieved ten A* grades.

Sam Hunt told us “I’m extremely happy & relived; it was a nerve-racking couple of days beforehand. I was especially pleased to get 100% in English Language & Greek. I’m going to do History, Latin & French A Levels and hope to study History or History & Politics at Oxford after that.”

After achieving eight A*s and two A grades, Tom Hancock, “I feel on top of the world, its amazing…so good. I’m really pleased that these were the grades Reed’s predicted for me. I’m going to do Biology, Chemistry and Geography A Levels. Not sure yet what I’ll do after that, I’m just so pleased with these results!”

Overall results were:

A*            43%

A* / A      74%

A* / C     98%

A / E     100%

 


Woldingham School

Girls at Woldingham School have smashed the national average with their GCSE results in the newly reformed English and Maths qualifications.

Whilst nationally 3% of the newly reformed GCSE exams were predicted to be graded 9, Woldingham School has achieved 19% of the highest grade.  Seven girls achieved two grade 9s. 

The national prediction was that 18% of all grades would be 7 and above; Woldingham’s total is three times the predicted average at 58%. 

Woldingham School celebrates its 175th anniversary this year – appropriately 175 of the grades achieved in the new GCSEs were at the top 9-6 level. 

Woldingham girls notched up over 500 A*-A and 9-7 grades at GCSE.

In the separate GCSE sciences, 70% of results were A* grades.  Approaching half of A Level choices for this cohort will be in science, technology and maths subjects: a great achievement in a girls’ school that takes its commitment to STEM subjects very seriously.

Headmistress, Mrs Alex Hutchinson, said:

“Woldingham girls have been unfazed by the new GCSE grading system and have delivered yet another outstanding set of GCSE results; I am immensely proud of them. It is clear from comparisons between the existing and new grading system that it has, as predicted, been harder to achieve the top grades, and yet our girls have used their intelligence, endeavour and confidence to scoop up the elusive 9 grades. Their ability to manage change, whilst maintaining busy schedules in their full extra-curricular programmes, stands them in great stead for their Sixth Form studies and beyond. ”  

Mrs Alex Hutchinson, Headmistress, is an advocate of an education that encourages all pupils to balance endeavour with wider passions and she ensures that Woldingham provides the opportunity and support for them to do so.  The achievements of this year’s GCSE cohort reflect this ethos.

Olivia Foster, from Leatherhead, has six A*-As in her nine GCSEs - with a full set of A*s in the three sciences – which she has achieved whilst competing for Team GB.  Finishing as the top Giant Slalom skier in the country for her age group, Olivia looks forward to the 2017 season with a place in the Under-21 British Alpine Ski Team.  Last season at Trofeu, of 12 medals won by Team GB, Olivia and her sister won five and Team GB was awarded 2nd place in the competition overall, its best ever performance at an international junior race.

Olivia’s mother, Juliet Foster, said:

“It is difficult combining sport and academic commitments.  The teachers are hugely supportive and give their time freely and readily. Woldingham makes Olivia feel special: she knows that the school is proud of her and that she is encouraged and supported.”

Achieving two 9s and nine A*s, drama scholar, Gabriella Gilliat, from Reigate, combined her studies with performing for West End Kids and Youth Music Theatre UK - alumni include Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Call the Midwife's Charlotte Ritchie.  Gabriella has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the ExCel Centre and at Windsor for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

Winifred Wright from Purley was thrilled with her 11 A*-A/ 9-7 tally and can express her delight in a multitude of languages, having gained A* in French, Spanish and Latin and an A in Greek, which she studied as an extra GCSE in addition to the timetabled lessons. For the last couple of years Winifred has made time to volunteer at the Purley Food Hub, a local charity which helps people in crisis who are without food. Winifred raised £4,000 for this worthy cause by organising a swimathon earlier this year and has arranged for it to receive the school’s Harvest Festival produce for the last two years.

Winifred said:

“I was really relaxed about getting my results because I’ve had such a great experience at school.   I’m thrilled with these grades and so excited about moving into the Sixth Form at Woldingham.”

Annabel Wright, Winifred’s mother, said:

“I’m delighted with how Winifred has done and so proud of her calm approach to GCSEs – particularly with all the uncertainty surrounding the new exams.  The school were very clear about preparation and expectation and that made the GCSE year stress-free for both Winifred and her family.”

Double celebrations are in abundance this year with two sets of Woldingham twins sitting public exams.  Evelyn and Aileen Pickles, from Woldingham, have 15 A*-A and 9-7s at GCSE between them.  The O’Dell twins, from Caterham, are just as jubilant with their A Level results and university destinations: Lucy has a much coveted place at the Royal Veterinary College and Sophie secured her first choice of Southampton University to study Spanish.


Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Lancaster Royal Grammar School students were celebrating receiving their outstanding GCSE results today.  

Students achieved excellent results and more than two-thirds of all results (68%) were graded A or A*, or the new equivalents, and almost 40% of all results (39.7%) were graded A*, 8 or 9.

Ten students achieved A*, 8 or 9 grades in ten or more GCSE subjects: well done to Callum Bell, Chris White, Matthew Jackson, Lachlan Rurlander, Martin Kwok, Daniel Gibson, Paul Gellerson, Jaidan Reeder, Lewis Gillin and Joshua Fowler. 

More than 100 of the 152 day and boarding students achieved A or A* grades in at least half of their subjects.

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said: “Congratulations to our Year 11 students on these fantastic results which they have worked so hard for. We know that GCSEs are getting harder, and I am delighted to see how they have risen to the challenge! I am very grateful to all our staff as well."

"Well done to every single one of our students. Some of them have been through difficult times on the way to these results, and they all should be hugely proud of their achievements."


St Swithun's School

Girls at St Swithun’s School, Winchester are celebrating excellent GCSE results this year, with 56% of all entries awarded an A* (the highest since 2012) and 85% of all entries awarded an A* or A.  These results come against the backdrop of a decline in GCSE grades nationally and in the first year of a numerical grading system for some subjects.

Over two thirds of entries were awarded the top grade in nine subjects including all three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) as well as English language, French, German, Greek, Latin and Spanish.

Nine girls achieved A* in all of their subjects, and over half of St Swithun’s pupils were awarded all A* or A grades. Overall, 97% of results were A* to B.

“I am delighted with the achievements of the girls this year.” said headmistress Jane Gandee. “They have excelled academically whilst still enjoying notable successes outside the classroom. This year group can boast national level sporting representation, county champions and outstanding performance in academic competitions. They have also excelled in supporting each other and have made us all laugh with their light-hearted approach. We are looking forward to seeing them flourish in the sixth form.”

   


Clayesmore School

Following on from last week’s best ever set of A-Level and BTEC results, pupils and staff at Clayesmore were delighted to receive this year’s GCSE grades.

82% of results were at A*-C level, well over the national average, with some notable achievements in the new, tougher, Maths, English Language and English Literature examinations. Ofqual’s prediction for students sitting Maths was that only 3% would achieve the top result of a Grade 9, and again Clayesmore bucked the trend with 6% awarded this level.

Among this year’s top performers were: Arthur with 6As, 2As, 1x9, 1x8 and 1x7; Olivia with 5As, 1x9 and 2x6; Findlay with 5As, 1A, 2Bs, 1x8 and 2x7; Katie with 6As, 1B, 1x9, 1x8 and 1x7; Phoebe with 5As, 3As and 3x7s; Igor with 7As, 1A, 1x9 and 2x6 and Olivia with 5A*s, 1A and 3x8s.

Speaking today the Head, Mrs Jo Thomson, said that she was delighted with this set of results which were testament to the hard work of students, coupled with the excellent teaching and individual attention which they received.

With the vast majority of the cohort returning to study in Clayesmore’s Sixth Form in September, the school is confident of some great results from their A-Levels and BTECs in due course.


Westonbirt School

Westonbirt school are celebrating this morning having received an outstanding set of GCSE results. Improving on last year’s performance, Westonbirt students have this year achieved 22% A* grades, 48% A*-A grades and 77% A*-B grades.

100% A*-B grades were achieved in – German, RS, Music, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The new grade 9 was also achieved in the revised Maths curriculum.

Natasha Dangerfield, Headmistress says “I am very proud of all of the efforts put into gaining this set of outstanding grades. We are particularly delighted that the elusive 9 has featured in our Maths grades from the new curriculum. Our message at Westonbirt is to face new challenges head on and not be afraid of change and this has clearly come across in today’s results. I am heartened by the way in which students and staff have approached these new curriculum changes”


Box Hill School

The celebrations started early on Thursday 24th August when Box Hill School students and teachers came together to share the 2017 GCSE results. Despite the changes in the grading system this year, we are thrilled with our 80% A*- C pass rate which is nearly 15% higher than the national average. This is particularly rewarding in the context of a non-selective approach to education which also puts holistic learning at the core of school life.

We always celebrate individual success stories at Box Hill and of particular note this year was the performance of Ruby Wyles, Annabel Whitehouse and Jason Leung who between them were awarded 20 A*s, 8 As, 3 Bs and 2 Cs.

Annabel Whitehouse, who has been a day girl at Box Hill for 5 years said “I couldn’t have done it without my teachers' support and encouragement, and I'm over the moon to have got such great results”

Jason, one of our international boarders, also commented “I am very happy with my results, I hoped that the revision would pay off and it has. I am really looking forward to coming back to school in September to start my A Levels.” 

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, is a testament to everybody's hard work and it rounds off a splendid summer of achievement.”


Harrogate Ladies College

Harrogate Ladies’ College today announced record breaking GCSE results which saw the number of A*-A grades, or the equivalent 9, 8 or 7 in the new grading system, increase to 61%.

On top of this, 62% of all pupils achieved at least 5 A*-A grades or the equivalent 9-7 in the new grading system, and 96% of all grades were A*-C or 9-4 under the new system.  Pupils performed particularly well in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with a third of all pupils achieving the highest possible Grade 9 in Maths, compared to the 3% predicted by Ofqal (the Government’s regulatory body for examinations).

There were also exceptionally strong results in Languages with 100% A*-A in German, 100% A*-B in French and 100% A*-B in Spanish; and in the Arts where 100% of all grades in Music, Drama and Art were A*-B. 

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College said, “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, their resilience and their determination to succeed.”

“The new English and Maths GCSEs were specifically designed to stretch and challenge pupils further.  I’ve been so impressed by how our pupils and teachers have risen to this new challenge and I’m absolutely delighted that they’ve been rewarded with such fabulous results.”

“We’re a relatively 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 to be pushed and challenged.  I’m sure that this is a really important factor in today’s record breaking results.”

Among those celebrating today was Emma Stanley who achieved a clean sweep of 9 A*-A grades.  Emma said, “I’m so pleased.  It’s been such a long wait to get the results bu

t 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 really helped 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosall School

Staff and students at Rossall School are celebrating after the school saw a growth in A*-C grades achieved by its students. Despite the national GCSE pass rate falling to its lowest rate in a decade, Rossall’s grades are on the rise.

90 per cent of students were awarded A*-C grades and almost 95 per cent of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths – the best results at A*-C since 2010.

Head Teacher, Ms Elaine Purves said: “The results are tribute to the tremendous amount of work our students and staff have put in over the last two years. It is wonderful to see their efforts rewarded, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to continue their studies in the Sixth Form at Rossall.”

100 per cent of students were awarded A* - C grades in Art, English Literature, Additional Maths, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies and Spanish whilst 98 per cent gained the same top grades in Maths.

A number of students achieved 5 or more A* or A grades, including Will Gair from Fleetwood who plans to stay at Rossall to study for A levels in Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

16 year old Will who gained 2 A*s 7 As and 1 B grade said: “I’m really happy with my results – I achieved the grades I wanted – the hard work was definitely worth it.”

Alfie Ellis from Fleetwood was awarded 3 A*s, 4 As, a B and a C grade and said he was relieved to finally get his results. “I feel very relieved that the hard work has finally paid off and I came out with a good set of results.” 

16 year old Alfie Ellis, paid tribute to staff at Rossall for helping him through his exams.

“The teachers at Rossall are always willing to help and they offer their full support, no matter what. They are willing to give up their time to ensure you get the best results possible.” said Alfie.

Alfie is staying at Rossall for Sixth Form to study A levels in English, History and Philosophy, and hopes to go on to university to study Law.

Aimee Barker from Lytham was thrilled with her results and credited the teaching at Rossall for her success.

Aimee, who gained 2 As, 5 Bs and 2 C grades said, “The teaching at Rossall really helped me through my exams.”

“My maths teacher, Miss Coutinho was absolutely incredible. I didn’t think I was going to pass at all and she helped me to get a C grade. I was so relieved!”

Casey Smith from Poulton-le-Fylde gained 1 A*, 3 As and 6 B grades and also plans to stay on at the school to study for A levels in Maths, Economics and Design Technology.

“I am absolutely ecstatic - I did a lot better than I expected!” said Casey. “I am so relieved to finally have my results and cannot wait to celebrate with my family.”

Max Heywood from Kirkham plans to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps with a career in finance, after gaining 2 A*s, 6 As, a B and a C grade. Max said, “I was really nervous to get my results.”

“I was sat at my computer, refreshing my emails for an hour this morning before my results came through.  I was really happy to see that I had gained A* grades in English and Geography, as I am going to be studying these at Rossall Sixth Form, along with Economics.”

16 year old Max hopes to repeat his GCSE success in his A levels before going to university to study Finance. “My Grandfather lives in London and works in the stock markets and hopefully that will be me one day.” said Max. 

 


Westonbirt School

Westonbirt school are celebrating this morning having received an outstanding set of GCSE results. Improving on last year’s performance, Westonbirt students have this year achieved 22% A* grades, 48% A*-A grades and 77% A*-B grades.

100% A*-B grades were achieved in – German, RS, Music, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The new grade 9 was also achieved in the revised Maths curriculum.

Natasha Dangerfield, Headmistress says “I am very proud of all of the efforts put into gaining this set of outstanding grades. We are particularly delighted that the elusive 9 has featured in our Maths grades from the new curriculum. Our message at Westonbirt is to face new challenges head on and not be afraid of change and this has clearly come across in today’s results. I am heartened by the way in which students and staff have approached these new curriculum changes”. 

 


 

St Mary's School, Cambridge

The first St Mary’s School, Cambridge cohort to take GCSEs under the new 9 to 1 grading scheme has today received excellent results – including Daisy M., who achieved nine A* grades and three grade 9s. In those subjects graded under the new scheme – English Language, English Literature, and Mathematics –13% of English Language papers were awarded the new top grade, against 2% nationally, and 9% of Mathematics papers were also awarded grade 9, against 3% nationally. 

Lydia S. is delighted today to have achieved 11 A* and 2 A grades (or equivalent) across 13 GCSE subjects – Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, History, Latin, German, Computer Science and Japanese – and will now go on to study Double Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at A Level. Lydia joined the school in Reception and although she is passionate about Latin, Japanese and History (for which she achieved A* grades), her favourite subject is Physics and she is considering a career in Computing, and so opted for science-based subjects to suit her university and career aspirations.

Lydia said: “The school has really helped me with its recent push for women in science and gave me many opportunities to go on trips and hear talks from some inspiring women. It has developed me as an individual because I have made lots of close friends and I’ve always been supported in pursuing what I wanted to do. I’ve also had a chance to try everything.”

With uptake in foreign language qualifications in a state of decline nationally, St Mary’s School, Cambridge students’ interest and performance in a range of foreign languages tells a different story. 86% of Latin results and 83% of German results were awarded the top A* grade, and 81% of Spanish papers were awarded at A*/A grade. Students taking humanities and arts subjects also achieved exceptional grades, showing the school’s success across the board, with  92% of History students achieving A*/A grades, and 91% of Art and 89% of Music students respectively achieving  A*/A grades. 

One student also celebrating today is Gigi D., who joined the school in Year 7. Having achieved 100% A*/A (or equivalent), Gigi will take Drama, Music and History at St Mary’s Sixth Form, Cambridge starting in September. Gigi has enjoyed taking LAMDA classes at school achieving grade 6, playing the saxophone in the school’s jazz band and singing in the choirs, and has performed in a number of concerts and whole school productions, including playing the title role in Annie in Year 9. Outside of school she has also performed as Macy in Lazy Ace in the West End, and will be auditioning for The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Youth Company in September, and once she has completed her A Levels hopes to attend RADA, or AMDA in New York.

Gigi said: “Playing the lead in Annie was probably one of my favourite moments – it was my first experience of being known for singing and dancing. The school definitely encouraged me to pursue my interests. Without my Drama and Music teachers – Ms Roberts, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Gears – I’d never have pursued performance subjects beyond GCSE. But they said I was talented and should go for it, and join as many clubs and take all the opportunities that I could – and I did!”

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “All of us in the St Mary’s School, Cambridge community are incredibly proud of what our students have been able to achieve this year. The girls have developed as individuals during their time with us – some of them for 12 years – into the confident young adults who we see today collecting their GCSE results. They have discovered new talents and interests, and have worked incredibly hard. Congratulations to all.”


King Edward's Witley

Bucking the national trend, the mixed-ability day and boarding School, which was graded as Excellent in every area by inspectors in 2015, saw virtually all its Year 11 pupils gain at least 5 A*-C grades, with almost 90% of subjects taken achieving the A*-C benchmark, and its haul of the top grades A & A* well above the national average.

Among many personal triumphs, Shannon White, from Witley, celebrated an outstanding 10 A*s and two As in the exams, which included several IGCSEs, often regarded as more rigorous than the national GCSE.  Shannon will study the IB Diploma at King Edward’s in the Sixth Form.  Holly Standish, whose sister Amber gained a place at Cambridge last month after studying at King Edward’s, looks to be following in her sister’s footsteps having gained 6A*s and 4 As.

Also celebrating with 6 A*s and 5 As was another local student, Bronnie Challinor from Witley, while Chobham’s Jacob Trevor gained 5 A*s, 3 As and 4 Bs, and Afrida Khan, from Guildford, was celebrating 5A*s, 3 As and 2 Bs.  All will continue their studies at King Edward’s outstanding Sixth Form following either the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A-levels.

Commenting on the results, the Headmaster, John Attwater, said:  “I am so delighted that our GCSE results are continuing to reflect the hard work of our pupils and their teachers.  In particular, this year’s cohort deserve every success:  as a group they worked and played hard and got a good balance between all-round learning and preparing for the exams. They can be very proud and I look forward to welcoming them back into the Sixth Form in a couple of weeks!”


Ratcliffe College

Ratcliffe College students have achieved another superb set of GCSE results.  Following on from the College’s outstanding A Level results, which placed them in the top 10% nationally by value added, these splendid GCSE results reflect the excellent standards of teaching and learning at Ratcliffe, underpinned by the College’s inclusive ethos.

The College is delighted with the increase in this year’s overall pass rate, with 92% of all grades C/4 or better and 44% of all grades were A*/A or 7/8/9 on the new grading system.  The Mathematics Department achieved a 100% pass rate in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, whilst there was a 100% pass rate in English Literature, which included 64% achieving the new grade 7 or above and 16% achieving the new top grade 9, five times the national average.

Headmaster, Mr Jon Reddin commented: “Following the government’s changes to Mathematics and English syllabuses and the grading system, our superb GCSE examination results have, yet again, proven that we stretch our most able students while at the same time supporting every individual, nurturing their God-given talents.  We are incredibly proud of the students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of our teachers and support staff, and we look forward to the year group’s continued success as they begin their next phase of education in the Sixth Form.”

Krishan Gupta achieved 8 grades at A* or A and grade 9 in English Literature, and will study Mathematics, Economics, German and Physics at A Level.  Krishan also expressed shock, “I didn’t think I would do so well and was nervous about the way some of my exams went.  I’m so pleased!”

Sarah Astill and Nicole Spencer achieved 8 grades at A* or A, in addition to the top new grades in Mathematics, English Language and Literature.  Sarah said, “I’m quite shocked and glad the wait is over.  All the teachers have made time for us when we needed it, including bringing in chocolate at exam time!”

Head of English, Dr Luanda Stannard, commented, “I’m immensely proud of all our hardworking students and staff, especially considering the increased difficulty of the examination.  These are an incredible set of results.”

 


Kings College, Taunton

King’s pupils are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results this week. The school has improved significantly on last year's results, with the A*/A grade rate up 10%, and will once again be one of the leading schools in the county at this level.

 Bailey Cameron tops this year’s GCSE table with an impressive clean sweep of ten A* grades and a score of 9 in Maths (the highest possible score in the new syllabus). Bailey has just returned from a one-month school exchange programme in South Africa in time to hear the wonderful news of her achievement. She will join the King’s College Sixth Form in September to study Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Latin.

Other outstanding performances came from Eliza Chapple, who achieved nine A*s, one A and an 8 in Maths; and Emily Knill, Zac Stickland and Edward Hayden-Briffett all gained eight A*s and one A grade each and 8s or 9s in Maths. Edward and his twin brother, Andrew, accumulated a total of twelve A*s, six As and an 8 and a 9 between them.

A further seven pupils achieved straight A*s and As and the equivalent of A*s and As in Maths (grades 7-9): Mikhail Vtornikov, Thomas Clark, Molly Smith, Freddy Thornhill, Henry Adcock, Harriet Fox and Flora Keeling.

A number of these pupils’ achievements are made all the more impressive by the fact they have been heavily involved in the wider life of the school: Zac Stickland completed the Ten Tors 35-mile Challenge and was part of last year’s winning Royal Marines Pringle Trophy team. Molly Smith, Harriet Fox and Flora Keeling also took part in the Ten Tors Challenge, and compete at a high level in a number of sports, including athletics, with Flora also enjoying taking part in a number of school musicals. Eliza Chapple, an outstanding rider, competes in eventing at a national level, managing effectively to juggle her sport and her academic life. Henry Adcock, an excellent trumpeter, is also deeply involved in the musical life of the school.

Departments which performed particularly well in their the A*/A rates included Music, which achieved a stellar 100%, as did Chinese. Chemistry, German and Latin all achieved above 70% in this measure. Maths was one to watch this year, with changes to the syllabus and grading system. King's pupils did well, with 47% getting A* or A grades. 

In total 13 departments have achieved an A* to B pass rate of over 75%: Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Design Technology, Drama, English Literature, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, PE and Physics.

 Headmaster, Richard Biggs, was delighted with the results. “These are very strong results from our Fifth Form pupils, representing two years of solid academic effort and, just as importantly, real interest in their studies. The academic high-fliers have, as usual, covered themselves in A*s and a great deal of glory, and deserve our highest praise, but so do those who have worked extremely hard to gain good, solid passes at this level and go on to join our Sixth Form with some real success under their belts. I congratulate all our pupils whole-heartedly. I am proud of the fact that they managed to sustain an extraordinary level of commitment to the wider life of 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.  In light of the new, more rigorous syllabus we are pleased with our Maths results. At a time when schools are facing huge changes to curriculums and examinations it is enormously heartening to see an undiminished appetite in our pupils for the challenge of real, exciting, difficult academic work. They, like this school, will take whatever changes come their way in their stride.” 


Stonyhurst College 

Students from Stonyhurst College are celebrating GCSE level exam success. Mathematics results for the College were excellent, with half of the cohort earning grades 7-9 under the new system, equivalent to  A* or A grades.  Chemistry and Religious Studies results were also very good, with 64% and 60% respectively being awarded A* or A grades.  Overall, 88% of all subject results were grades A* to C.

Head Master John Browne said, “The GCSE years are very challenging for students. They are required to demonstrate a depth of knowledge across a wide breadth of subject areas. At Stonyhurst, we encourage students to be the best they can be, and I am delighted that this year, our students have excelled. I am very proud of their achievements and of the teaching staff who have encouraged them to realise their potential.”

Megan Murphy, this year’s top performing pupil, earned 10 A* grades (includes grade 8 in Mathematics) and will continue at Stonyhurst to study A levels in Mathematics, Sciences and Latin.

Martin Diamond earned 7 A*’s (includes grade 8 in Mathematics) and 3 A’s, as well as an A in additional Mathematics, and will continue at Stonyhurst to study Sciences and Mathematics at A Level.

Director of Studies Lorraine Wright said, “This is the first year of the new Mathematics grade system, and we are really pleased that Stonyhurst pupils have done so well. It is especially good news that so many of our year 11 pupils have decided to stay at Stonyhurst to continue their studies. We are delighted for them all.”   


 

Ryde School

Ryde School is celebrating some excellent GCSE results this year: 24% of entries were awarded A* whilst 91% of our pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English. 90% of all entries were awarded a C grade or above whilst 63% secured the requirements for the EBacc (in 2016 24.5% of pupils nationally managed this.)

Twelve Ryde School pupils achieved seven or more grades at A* including Pip Andrews (7) of Seaview, Lauren Bromley (8) from Freshwater, Maeve Hawthorn (8) from Sandown, Rose Hosein (7) from Binstead, Joey Hughes (9) from Gurnard, Annabel Luke (8) from Ryde, Cowes residents Salar Bettum (7), Luke Margham (7) and Sophie Ward (8) and Joanna Orlik (10) of East Cowes.
Over a quarter of Ryde School pupils achieved an average score of 10 A grades or better. In addition to those mentioned above they include:
Hannah Brown, Marcus Cheung, Finlay Edmonds, Harry Hughes, Veronika Kuenkel, Scarlett Lord, Mykyta Misiiuk, Vinnie Murphy, Sapphire Prust, Sophie Seiger, Ethan Tucker, Ben Woodford and Hudson Yearsley. Gurnard twins Harry and Joey Hughes secured nineteen A* and A grades between them.

Headmaster Mark Waldron commented, ‘These are excellent results that pupils, parents and teachers alike can be proud of. There has been a lot of change to manage over recent years so to have our best results for over a decade at A* is fantastic and behind these excellent top grades are lots of individual stories of personal success. I am especially pleased with our pupils’ success in the core subjects with over half the grades in Maths and close to two thirds in English being either A* or A and some outstanding results in the sciences – over half the grades in Physics were A* for example.’


Brentwood School

Brentwood School students collected their GCSE results today and for many it was a clean sweep of A* grades. No fewer than 17 students received ten or more A*s, (up from 10 last year) and 33 students received all A*s or As, bucking the national trend for top grades.

The eight straight A* students are Tallulah Allen, Henry Batty, Jonty McConnaughie, Lucy Patchett, Max Fewster, Emily Ridgwell, Shwetha Sivaraman and Lily Spencer-Smith.

A delighted Lucy was particularly happy with her Physics and Greek results, and paid tribute to her Classics teacher, Miss Fleming, who helped her achieve the top mark. She will be studying Greek, Latin and Psychology at A Level and hopes to continue her love of Classics at Cambridge University.


Epsom College

After achieving unparalleled A level results last week, the College is, once again, celebrating record GCSE results with over half of all examinations graded A* and 78% of grades awarded in the A*-A range, an increase of 8% on 2016.

The number of A* grades attained rose to 51%; 94% of grades fell within the A*-B grade range, thus representing an increase of 2% on the previous year's record performance. 

There were outstanding results in all areas of the curriculum notably in Maths and Science where over 60% of grades were A*s and in the Creative Arts where over 90% of Music and Photography outcomes were graded A*. Languages were equally strong with Mandarin Chinese and German achieving over 90% A* and A grades. Other academic departments achieved excellent results; namely, Art, Biology, Computer Science, Geography, History, Maths, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Studies with over 80% of students receiving A* or A grades. 

The top individual performers this year were Amy Taylor and Cara Robinson who achieved ten and nine A* grades respectively and a 9, the challenging top grade, in the new English Language IGCSE.  Hot on their heels were Theodore Alexis, Luke Dupenois, Adahna Ekoku, Cameron Ewins, Chrissie Hancock, Charles Hodgson and Mackenzie Mully who achieved 9 A*s and a grade 8 in English Language.  Yeun Ting (Sharon) Chan achieved nine A* grades, plus a Grade 9 in English Language and a further A grade.

In addition, 8 pupils achieved 9 A*s plus top grades of 9 and 8 in English Language.  Overall, 46 pupils - 34% of entrants - achieved a commendable clean sweep of A* and A grades.

"These excellent results provide sure foundations for this talented cohort of pupils as they embark upon their A level studies and prepare for university application.

"Over the past seven years, the College has witnessed our GCSE grades improve from 63% to 78% within the A*-A grade range. This remarkable advancement of learning and outcomes stands as a monument to the hard work invested by both pupils and staff," said Headmaster, Jay Piggot.


The Royal School, Haslemere

Year 11 students at The Royal School in Haslemere are celebrating today, as despite the introduction of the harder GCSE examinations in Mathematics and English, the  percentage of passes at A*(including 9 and 8) was at 15.5% - its highest for 3 years.

Top performers included Lizzie who achieved A*-A grades (including 9 and 8) in all her 10 subjects plus an A grade in the Free Standing Maths Qualification; Anna, who achieved 10 A* -A (including 9 and 7) plus an A* in A Level French and Charlie who achieved A*-A grades (including 9 and 8) in all her 10 subjects.

Results in Modern Languages and Music were outstanding with 100% of candidates awarded A*-A. Languages studied included French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Drama results were also very strong with all candidates achieving A*-B.

There was a 100% A*-C  pass rate in Art, Drama, French, German, Music, Photography, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and a 100% 9-4 pass rate in English.

Anne Lynch, Principal, said: ‘We are delighted with these results and very pleased for our students. They and their teachers have worked very hard and it is excellent to see them rise to the challenge of the new GCSE examinations and achieve some very strong scores. It is also excellent to see them perform admirably in so many subjects across the curriculum. Well done to one and all!’


Trent College

Trent College Head, Mr Bill Penty, has congratulated the school’s students for maintaining the percentage of GCSE grades at A*-A and passes at A*-C as results were announced today (Thursday 24 August). 

In the subjects receiving the established letter grading, 71% of students’ results were graded at A*-B, with 43% in the top A*-A grade bands. Meanwhile, in the new number graded subjects of Maths, English Language and English Literature, designed to introduce a greater level of stretch and challenge, 94% of students’ grades have been marked at 9-4 (the equivalent of A*-C).

Trent College students especially excelled in Maths, with 50% of all grades scored at 7 and above (the equivalent of A*-A), and 95% at 4 and above (the equivalent of A*-C). Of those students who sat Further Maths, 91% achieved the ultimate A ‘power' (unique to this subject) or A*-A.

In addition, the top Year 10 Maths set, who have taken their GCSE a year early, sealed 100% of grades at 9-7 (the equivalent of A*-A), with an impressive 43% securing a 9, a grade now more difficult to attain than a previously awarded A*.

Music scholar, Daniel Fawcett, was the school’s top performer, collecting 7A*s, A power and 2 x 8s. The talented oboe player and pianist is a member of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra and the school wind band and symphony orchestra.

Daniel, who will now stay at Trent College to study A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Music, said: “I'm pleasantly surprised. I was hoping to do well but I've done better than I thought I would. 

“English especially surprised me, I wasn't expecting an 8. We knew 8s would roughly be equivalent to an A* so to open the envelope and see that I was very happy. The music definitely gives me a release from the study, it's a nice break from the work.”

Millie Haslam, who is also staying at Trent College for A Levels, was one student to claim a new 9 in Maths, alongside 2 x 8s in the English subjects, 5A*s and an A. 

She said: “To get a 9 in Maths was really good because all three of those subjects were so much harder. Because the Maths exam was so different to the past GCSE, in that it's more problem solving, we did loads of made up papers to prepare, as there are no past papers to give you an idea of what to expect. All that practice paid off. 

“I didn't sleep much last night but I've been blocking it out because we're going to the Leeds Festival this afternoon so I've been putting all my attention on preparing for that to try to forget results day was coming!”

When it comes to the English subjects, Ellis Cullen, who has been at Nottingham Forest Ladies FC since she was eight and made her reserve team debut against Mansfield last weekend, scored a 9 for Literature amongst 2 x 7s, 1A*, 1A and 4Bs.

She said: “I was made up with the 9, it was quite a moment seeing that in the first year they have ever been awarded, I didn't expect it. I think it was the poetry aspect that pulled me through on that exam. I worked really hard on trying to learn all the poetry quotations, which helped me to pick up those last few marks.

“It has been hard to balance all the study with my football but I’ve used my time well. I planned my time after I got home carefully, being organised and ready for the work I needed to do.”

Alongside Daniel, Alex Nathaniel was one of three Trent College students to pick up 7A*s this year, the other being international boarding student, Lucy Ge. Alex has been heavily involved in the school’s extra curricular computing programmes. With an additional A power in Further Maths and 2 x 6s in English, he is looking forward to being able to carry this on by studying for A Levels in Computing, Maths, Further Maths and Physics in Sixth Form.

He said: “The last two years have been a whirlwind; I was surprised and very, very happy with my results. I wasn't 100% sure I was going to do as well as I did. I want to work in computer science when I'm older. Since I was about 11 I started being interested in computing and the subjects I want to study at A Level complement that. Maths is core to working out the logic and Physics is useful to go into how computers work at a base level with logic gates too.” 

As well as Maths, the school’s creativity has also shone through this year with 64% of Art grades at A*-A. Meanwhile, amongst some of Trent College’s other individual standout performers were Harry Finney (6A*s, 2As, 2 x 7s), Katie Hill (6A*s, 1A, 1 x 8, 2 x 7) and Cameron Hammond (6A*s, A power, 2As, 6, 5). 

Mr Penty concluded: “There was expected volatility across the exam system this year with both the new style A Levels and GCSE number gradings coming in. It is very pleasing, therefore, that both our A Level and GCSE students have demonstrated their robustness in the face of uncertainty and performed at the levels they have. 

“The majority of GCSE students are now coming back to Trent College Sixth Form in September and we look forward to supporting them in all their academic and extra-curricular endeavours over the next two years.”


Lancing College

Following a strong performance in A Level results last week, pupils at Lancing College can celebrate a successful achievement in their GCSEs with 81% of exams taken scoring A* to B. Other highlights include:

  • 57% of GSCEs taken scored A* to A and nearly 1/3 of grades were achieved at A*
  • 72% of pupils scored A* or A in Maths, an increase of 6% on 2016
  • Other strong performances were achieved across the Sciences with 82% achieving A* or A in Physics
  • Nine pupils achieved a clean sweep of A* and As across all the subjects they took with eight gaining an A* in ten or more subjects
  • 15 pupils achieved eight A*s or more

These results further reinforce Lancing’s strong reputation for consistently high academic achievement. Commenting on the results, Dominic Oliver, Head Master, said:

“Our pupils have performed exceptionally well this year, improving on results in 2016 in many areas and they should feel proud of the results that they have achieved. We are especially delighted to see further evidence of our strengths in Maths and the Sciences and this follows our excellent performance at A Level last week. Lancing’s pupils enjoy academic success  whilst also experiencing the pleasures of participation and achievement  across music, drama, sport and a whole host of other activities, making an amazing contribution to the wider life of both the College and the broader community. Our Senior School teaches pupils to think for themselves, to explore ideas beyond the curriculum and collaborate as rounded young men and women; these are all vital skills to enable them to thrive and flourish in the Sixth Form. Pupils, parents and staff alike have a great deal to celebrate today."


Wellington School

It has been another good year of GCSE results at Wellington School with nearly a quarter of grades at A* and nearly half at A*-A.

In a time of national change and evolution of the GCSE examination, Wellington School continues to offer a challenging mixture of GCSE and IGCSE qualifications and has not therefore been affected by the introduction of the new 9-1 grading system this year.

Headmaster, Henry Price commented, “after our record results last year, I am pleased to see another strong performance from this year’s cohort. As ever, there are some outstanding pupils scoring numerous A* grades, but there are successes across the board and I would like to congratulate all the girls and boys on their efforts and thank all the staff and families who have supported them along the way.”

Star performers at Wellington include Alex Richardson-Jones with 10A*, Michelle Jacob and Morwenna Maunder with 9A*, and a dozen others scoring 5A* or more.

“As well as our habitual strengths in Mathematics, Latin, Greek and the Sciences, which have all recorded a minimum of 40% A* grades, the strength of the other departments is clear with some excellent performances in subjects from English Literature to German and Geography. In the latter, we saw 100% of entrants achieve A*-C, with a third at A* and almost two thirds A*-A.”

As ever, however, headline figures do not tell the whole story and some of the greatest achievements are amongst the B and C grades where pupils have pushed hard to attain really worthy grades, even when the going has not been easy for them; well done everyone.”

“I would also like to congratulate pupils on the outstanding contribution they have made to the life of the School in many areas including sport, music, drama, CCF and Outdoor Education.”

“Next year will see a greater embedding of the new grading system with Wellington pupils receiving a mixture of numbered and lettered grades. Although this will appear a little confusing to some, we are well-prepared at Wellington and will continue to offer the best and most rewarding courses for our pupils,” concluded Henry Price.


Tring Park

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce another year of outstanding GCSE results for their year 11 students.

The class of 2017 have worked extremely hard, which is reflected in their results today. Across the 18 subjects offered at GCSE and IGCSE, the school's A* percentage has risen to 18.6% with its A*/A percentage increased to 42.6%.

Many Tring Park students performed exceptionally, most notably: Olivia Foskett, who achieved eight A*s and an 8 in Maths; Emily Robins secured eight A*s, one A and an 8 in Maths; Samuel Doyle got six A*s, one A and a 7 in Maths; Micaela Infante received two A*s, five As and an 8 in Maths; Julia Lazarus secured five A*s and three As; Mia Rose received five A*s, three As and an 8 in Maths; Hannah Pearce got three A*s and five As; and Joeley Gibson achieved five A*s and three As.

Principal Stefan Anderson said: "I am thrilled at these GCSE results, the class of 2017 have done extremely well and I am so proud of their achievements.

"The students have worked extremely hard with the constant support of the outstanding teachers at Tring Park, who have helped the pupils to achieve these fantastic results. Our Biology, English and Drama departments will be very proud of their students who are celebrating one of their highest-ever A* percentages.

"As the school is non-selective academically, this is a real accomplishment for our students, who have achieved these excellent results while managing a dual curriculum with the Performing Arts."


St Swithun's School

Girls at St Swithun’s School, Winchester are celebrating excellent GCSE results this year, with 56% of all entries awarded an A* (the highest since 2012) and 85% of all entries awarded an A* or A.  These results come against the backdrop of a decline in GCSE grades nationally and in the first year of a numerical grading system for some subjects.

Over two thirds of entries were awarded the top grade in nine subjects including all three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) as well as English language, French, German, Greek, Latin and Spanish.

Nine girls achieved A* in all of their subjects, and over half of St Swithun’s pupils were awarded all A* or A grades. Overall, 97% of results were A* to B.

“I am delighted with the achievements of the girls this year.” said headmistress Jane Gandee. “They have excelled academically whilst still enjoying notable successes outside the classroom. This year group can boast national level sporting representation, county champions and outstanding performance in academic competitions. They have also excelled in supporting each other and have made us all laugh with their light-hearted approach. We are looking forward to seeing them flourish in the sixth form.”  

 

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