LIVE: GCSE results from BSA member schools
20th August 2015

A message from BSA Honorary President, Tony Little:

Good luck to all students receiving GCSE results today.  Whatever your grades my advice is to make the most of the next step in your educational career. Grades are one thing but the right attitude, a readiness to work and an open mind will set you on a course for success.

Tudor Hall’s Exceptional GCSE Results 2015

Girls at Tudor Hall independent full boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 are celebrating a set of exceptional GCSE results.

Headmistress, Wendy Griffiths, and Chair of the Boarding Schools’ Association said "We are very proud of the achievements of all our girls and are thrilled with the outstanding results they have received. The results speak for themselves with 67% of all grades being A*-A, 88% A*-B and 99% A*-C. Over 33% of the grades achieved were A* and 25% of our girls achieved all A*s and As. The girls and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past two years and it is wonderful to see them rewarded with such a wonderful set of results. We look forward to seeing them flourish further in the sixth form.”

Rugby - 80% of all grades A* or A

Rugby School’s pupils have achieved record-breaking GCSE results. Half of all grades were A*s, the best results in the School’s history, and a 10% increase on last year. Nearly 80% of all grades at Rugby were A* or A.

Results were strong across the School’s departments, with particular highlights coming from English in which over 90% of pupils were awarded an A* or A, Drama where from a cohort of 28, 20 pupils received A*s and 8 As, and the Sciences where Physics led the way with 63% of pupils receiving A*s, closely followed by Biology (60% A*) and Chemistry (58% A*).

There were many outstanding individual results with 19 pupils securing 10A*s or more, and 43 pupils scoring 8 A*s or more. Over half the year (78 out of 145) secured at least 9As and A*s. Among the leading performers were Zengani Nyirenda from Fife, Stefano Antoci from Milan, and Emily Warwick from Rugby, all of whom achieved 11 A*s in their core subjects, and an additional A* in their Independent Research Projects, which counts for half a GCSE.

The Head Master, Peter Green, said, “This is an excellent set of results, reflecting the hard work and drive of pupils and teachers alike. To have half of all entries graded at A* is an outstanding achievement.’


Warwick School 

Warwick School is celebrating outstanding GCSE results with 46% of grades being awarded at A*. This broke the record set last year and is the fourth summer in succession that A* grades have exceeded 41%.

William Button, Lewis Days, Harry Jenkins, Oliver Layzell and Anson Lei achieved 11 A*s, with 17 students scoring 10 or more A* grades.

46 pupils achieved a clean sweep of only A* and A grades with nearly 78% of this year’s cohort achieving A*/A, which is the second best year ever.

Science and Maths results were again outstanding: Chemistry results were exceptional with over 99% A*A grades and Physics an incredible 100% A*A grades.

Head Master, Mr Lock said, “Our students, their parents and teachers deserve very wholehearted congratulations this morning. These are exceptional results by any standards and are, by some way, our best ever in terms of A* grades. This is a real testament to incredible hard work and commitment from our pupils over the last two years. I am especially delighted that this year group has been able to excel - at a national level - in such a wide range of fields, as well as achieving so impressively in their GCSEs.”


  • 46% A* - broke record set last year with an exceptional set of results. Fourth year in succession that A* grades have exceeded 41%.
  • 77.8% (close to 78%?) - A*/A – second best ever.
  • 46 boys achieved a clean sweep of only A* and A grades
  • 24 achieved 9 or more A* grades.
  • 5 boys - William Button, Lewis Days, Harry Jenkins, Oliver Layzell and Anson Lei achieved 11 A*s
  • 17 achieved 10 or more A*s
  • Science and Maths results were again outstanding: Chemistry results were exceptional with over 99% A*A grades and Physics an incredible 100% A*A.

Breaking news – A Level results

  • 3 Cambridge Maths applicants (Peter Lau, Isaac Mond, Hamish Scott) – this has never happened before!
  • All 12 Oxbridge offers have been confirmed


Monkton School

Records tumbled at Monkton Senior School today with the publication of GCSE results. This year’s proportion of grades at A* is over 40% - a record; the percentage of grades at A* and A is over 70% - a record; the proportion of grades at A*, A or B is over 90% - a record. 98.8% of all our GCSE grades this year are A*-C and all Y11 students gained at least 5 grades at A*-C including Maths and English.

In the context of such outstanding results, it is hard to pick particular hotspots, but in Maths more than half the candidates gained an A*, and in English Language results were more than 80% A*/A.

Three pupils gained a clean sweep of A* grades in 11 subjects, William Backhouse, Caitlin Brickley, and Tess Hovil. 21 out of 69 pupils gained more A* grades than any other,15 out of 69 gained all A* and A grades, 53 out of 69 pupils gained at least one A* grade.

Richard Backhouse, Principal, commented “These pupils have gained outstanding results with a combination of hard work, excellent mutual support  and outstanding teaching. We are delighted to see their capability so well rewarded by the examiners, and so many families celebrating today. We expected this year group to challenge the School’s record performance at GCSE, but they haven’t just broken our school records - they’ve smashed them!”



Liverpool College International

General GCSE School Results for Liverpool College International:

  • 100% Pass rate
  • 77% A* - C
  • 100% A* - C in Biology
  • 100% A* - C in Chemistry
  • 100% A* - C in English Language
  • 83% A* - C in Maths
  • 75% A*- B in Economics
  • 75% A* - B in Business Studies

Alexandra Cazacu is a 16 year old Student from Romania. She completed the 1 year GCSE diploma programme at Liverpool College International in June and achieved all A*’s in the following subjects: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Global Perspectives and French. These are exceptional results especially considering she achieved them after just one year of studying in a new Country and in English. Alexandra has shown exceptional academic ability and I know she is capable of great things. She will stay in Liverpool to Study A-levels at Liverpool College and intends to pursue a career in Medicine.


Adcote School

Adcote School are delighted to be announcing another year of very strong results at GCSE, following on from last week’s stunning A Level results. 

With a 99.6% pass rate, 88% of all grades were at A*-C and almost 40% of all grades achieved were at A*/A. In addition nearly 90% of Adcote pupils have achieved the equivalent of at least 5 passes at grades A*-C in their GCSE and iGCSE results.

At Adcote School many subjects have been examined at IGCSE, which is widely considered more academically rigorous than GCSE.

Headmaster Gary Wright commented “These are more excellent results for our pupils. Well done to Year 11, who have worked hard to achieve their success. In addition to their academic success, they have taken up all the opportunities and extra-curricular activities available to them at Adcote. These include the CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Rotary Interact Club."

“We are delighted with all of our public examination results this summer, reflecting the commitment and hard work of our pupils and their teachers.” 

“Nationally Adcote School has built on its past achievements and is consistently in the top tier for both A level and GCSE results.”


Nigel Lashbrook, Headmaster, Oakham School.

“The ‘on-rails’ nature of GCSE is remarkably restrictive. The requirements of the qualification mean that it can stand in the way of an outstanding education, rather than facilitating it as it should. The recent review of GCSEs should have been far more fundamental and asked the question why do we need to formally assess students through 16+ examinations – a missed opportunity!”

Top GCSE marks for 48 Oakhamians!

Oakham is celebrating another set of excellent GCSE results today, with almost a third of all students, 48 in total, achieving the top grades of A* or A in all of the subjects they studied.

These impressive results follow on from last year, with over 30% of all grades again being awarded the top A* mark.  Overall, 91% of all exams taken were awarded A*- B grade.

Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook is delighted with the results: “My congratulations go to the students and staff who have worked so very hard to achieve such a great set of results, alongside taking part in everything else that Oakham has to offer.  Amongst the 48 Oakhamians who have gained top marks there are students who have been a part of the National Youth Theatre, won national music prizes and been crowned national sporting champions - all part of a genuinely holistic education.”

Oakhamians excelled across the wide range of subjects on offer at the School, including Spanish where an impressive 95% of students were awarded A* or A grades.  For the second year running over 90% of students taking Music GCSE also achieved these top marks.  Additionally, those students who took Classical Studies excelled; 82% achieved top GCSE grades (A*/A) in Latin, 91% in Classical Civilisation, and 100% in Greek.

Mr Lashbrook adds that “these results are a fitting end to a summer of academic success for Oakham – which started back in July with IB results that position us as one of the leading IB schools in the world. Indeed, our GCSE students, as well as those who join us in the Sixth Form, can now relax and enjoy the rest of their summer break before embarking on the next step of their academic career – be it A Levels or the IB.”  ​


Westonbirt School

Seven girls who performed Alice in Wonderland at the Edinburgh Fringe will collect their GCSE results today - good luck girls!

A 16-year-old teenager who missed every physics class due to illness is celebrating her A in GCSE double science.  Molly Smith, who goes to Westonbirt School, missed five months of classes - from January to May - due to glandular fever.  Today the teenager who also has dyslexia, received three A*s, three As, one B and one C.

Helen Rogerson, head of science at Westonbirt, visited Molly at her home in Wotton-under-Edge, and went through the complete module four physics in a morning.  "We spent a few hours on the module and Molly just got it. She's a natural scientist," said Miss Rogerson.

"I am so pleased with my marks. I tried to do a bit of school work every day when I was off ill," said Molly, "I have had so much support from staff at Westonbirt. I don't think I have done anything amazing. I just worked hard."

For her mother Anna it has been an emotional morning. She paid tribute to her daughter.  "I am so very proud of Molly. She is so focused and so determined," said Mrs Smith. "She had so much support from Westonbirt. Staff came to our house in the holidays to help Molly with her studies and her revision schedule. I can't thank them enough."

Westonbirt School had 100% GCSE pass rate with 52% with an A*-A grade. In English the Tetbury school achieved nearly a full set of A*-B grades validating their decision to move to the iGCSE.

Headmistress, Natasha Dangerfield said: “We are delighted with the year group and the work they have put into their revision. Their results are testament to this and will hold them in good stead to progress with their A-levels.”


Stellar GCSE results for Loretto pupils

Following on from the excellent A level results achieved on 13th August, Loretto School pupils have also excelled in this year’s GCSE examinations.

The percentage of A* - C was 91.6% with an impressive 49.7% at A* or A, the highest percentage in seven years.

Two-thirds of pupils passed every examination at A*-C and 11 pupils achieved all results at A*-A. One particularly noteworthy achievement was that of 9 year old James Griffith from Musselburgh who sat his GCSE Mathematics six years early and was awarded an A*.

Headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley, said: “I am delighted that, once again, our pupils have done very well indeed in their GCSE exams. My warmest congratulations go to all our pupils who have got such good results, and also to their teachers who have supported them”.



Pupils at Dauntsey’s are celebrating outstanding GCSE results this morning, with a splendid 46.8% of nearly 1200 entries awarded an A * grade. A fabulous 76.6% of all entries, from the 121 candidates, were at A* or A grade - a new School record.

Leading the field with 11 A* grades were Alexandra Beteeva, Atlanta Hatch, Tom McGrath and Alice Walton-Knight, closely followed by James Bruges, Meirian Evans, Isobel McKellar, Tom Middleton, Fergus O’Keefe and Elvira Parr with ten top grades. Congratulations to Miranda Bardsley who also achieved A* grades in all nine of her subjects. In addition, 40 of the 121 candidates achieved all A* or A grades and 69 pupils achieved eight or more A* or A grades.

The Head Master, Mark Lascelles, expressed his delight with such excellent grades and was particularly pleased that the results recognised the top performers as well as a good number of pupils who exceeded their own expectations. The results across the year group were a just reward for the strong work ethic of the pupils and the dedication of the staff.

The GCSE results this year continue Dauntsey’s tradition of high academic achievement and the School looks forward to welcoming over 40 new pupils to join this marvellous year group in the Lower Sixth in September.


Lancing College - Another year of academic successes at GCSE

Head Master, Dominic Oliver, is delighted with this year’s results:

“Bravo to all those who took GCSEs at Lancing College this year and to the teachers who so capably guided them. When I joined Lancing in September 2014 I was hugely impressed with the range and quality of GCSEs gained by our pupils. It gives me great pleasure to see that in 2015 our young people have surpassed themselves - last year’s cohort were an extremely accomplished bunch but this group have done better still, with buckets of top grades across the board. This achievement is all the greater coming as it does at a point of increasing downward pressure and volatility at GCSE level. Some serious celebrating will be in order before they get stuck in to their Sixth Form studies and the next set of exciting opportunities here at Lancing.”

Key statistics for Lancing College this year are:

  • 27% of GCSEs were awarded at A* grade
  • 55% of GCSEs were graded A* to A
  • Over 80% of GCSEs taken were awarded at A* to B grade
  • 20% of our candidates achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades


Significant rise in the number of top A* and A grades at the Royal Hospital School

There have been some outstanding GCSE results at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, this year with 100% pass rate and one third of the year group achieving at least six A*/A grades. Over 95 pupils have qualified to go on to the sixth form at the School with 90% gaining a minimum of 5 A*to C grades including Maths and English and the number of pupils gaining A*s, As and B grades is up substantially.

Headmaster, James Lockwood, said, “I am absolutely delighted with the number of pupils for whom sheer hard work and commitment has paid off and with the wide range of abilities accepted into the School it reflects how well we are able to realise the individual potential of every pupil.”

“This year’s A*/A pass rate is 40% and there has been an increase on the number of top A* grades awarded to RHS pupils compared to last year which, in the current environment of grade deflation, represents a significant achievement. I am particularly pleased with the results gained in the separate sciences with 70% of all Chemistry, Biology and Physics papers gaining an A* or A grade. The support and guidance given by our dedicated teaching staff has contributed to these successes“.

The achievements of the following pupils must be highly commended as each of them secured  outstanding results:-

  • Guy Cranfield 11 A* s
  • Sophie Atkinson 10 A*s
  • Rose Arbuthnot 9 A*s and 1 A
  • Sammi Chiu 9 A*s and 1A plus a top grade in Additional Maths
  • Lexine Lee 8A*s and 2 As


St George’s in Ascot gain outstanding GCSE results today

51% of all exams were graded A* and A, 80% were A*, A and B and 95% were graded A*-C.  In addition, the school has added 7.2 grades per pupil in terms of value added since last year (2014) and on average St George’s adds 6.2 grades above their predictions.

Imogen Sandford (16) from Taplow has achieved some outstanding GCSE results gaining 9 A*s and 2 As – a total of 86 points.  Imogen is a keen rider and is competing at Pony Club Open Level 5, the highest standard in the UK.  She has come fifth in the country for Eventing and eighth for Dressage and also qualified in Show Jumping in the Pony Club National Championships.  Imogen has also passed her Pony Club B Test Examination with her examiner commenting that she was one of the strongest candidates they have ever examined.  She aims to qualify or the Open Novice U18 Championships this season and is qualified to event at FEI 1* (international level) with 1.20m show jumping and 1.10m cross country. Imogen volunteers teaching and working in stable management at her Pony Club and is running 10km to raise money for Brooke, an African charity which sends vets out from the UK to help care for donkeys used for transport and farming in Africa.  Imogen has just completed her work experience with Simon Knapp, veterinary surgeon to the Queen, at Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic. 

Imogen also has completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, plays in the St George’s netball team and was Widow Corney in the School’s recent production of Oliver.  Imogen will play Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables in the autumn and has played Maria, a kitchen maid, at Eton College.  She has also been devising a GCSE drama piece about mothers losing their children in which she played a teenage mother who had to undergo an abortion.

Alannah Horswell (16) from Ascot achieved 9 A*s and 3 As – a total of 93 points in her GCSE exams.  Alannah, who is a keen polo player and recently won the Bettina Bahlsen Cup on 18 July 2015, also plays for the St George’s school polo team, as well as in a local team with her cousins and sister.  Alannah teaches polo every Sunday and goes to Spain for the whole of August, where she plays most days at Sotogrande.  Alannah is both an academic and a music scholar at St George’s, has grade 6 singing, is studying for grade 5 piano and is a grade 4 clarinettist.  She sings in the school’s Chapel Choir and will be playing Jean Val Jean – the lead in Les Miserables - this autumn.  Alannah has also performed as Mr Bumble in Oliver, as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and as Mrs Milcoat in Eton College’s production of Coram Boy.  She wants to be a music lawyer and is aiming to become fluent in Spanish this summer.  Alannah was the also one of the first pairs of students at St George’s to go on the Australian exchange, spending three months at St Catherine’s School, Toorak in Melbourne.

Commenting on the impressive results St George’s School Headmistress, Rachel Owens said:  “We are fortunate here at St George’s that we have some inspirational staff who excite intellectual curiosity and provide a stimulating and happy environment which is ideal for learning.  Coupled with small class sizes and attention for individual needs, it is not surprising that students here are able to achieve some pretty impressive results and can take advantage of the exceptional range of co-curricular activities on offer.

“Students like Alannah and Imogen who input greatly into all the activities on offer and really give back to the community deserve to do really well.  Sometimes challenges in life bring out the best in our students and motivate them to succeed and these girls become a real inspiration to the younger pupils.”


Wellington College Year 11 results break all records

Wellington College’s Year 11 pupils have achieved the highest ever results in the school’s history in their GCSE and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) exams, with 57.9 per cent receiving A* or grade 7.

Over 88 per cent of grades were at A*/A or 7/6 and over half the year group attained A* or A grades in all their GCSE exams.

25 pupils secured 10 A* grades or more at GCSE and 60 pupils scored straight A*/A GCSE grades. 54 per cent of the GCSE results were graded A*.

Amongst the top performers were Hugh Grindon who scored 13 straight A* grades, and three pupils who scored 12 straight A* grades: Robert Cootes, Kirstin Gordon and Flo Rooney.  Of particular note is the achievement by Josh Basham, who was selected for the England U16 rugby team whilst revising over the Easter holidays, and still managed to secure nine A*grades and one A grade. 

Including the IB MYP candidates, who all took Maths and English GCSE as well as completing the IB MYP curriculum, 31 pupils achieved nothing lower than an A* in any of the GCSE exams they took and 102 pupils, over half the year group, achieved A* and A grades in all the GCSE exams they took.

These outstanding results come as Sir Anthony Seldon steps down to take up the post of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony said: “I’m so pleased that we’ve had the best ever results as I leave the College and I wish these wonderful students and Julian Thomas all the best for the future.”

Julian Thomas, the new Master, praised students for their hard work and thanked staff for all they have done to make 2015 an historic year academically. "I’m delighted for our students; having such outstanding results gives them an excellent foundation for the next exciting stage of their education.  I very much look forward to working with the students, staff and the whole Wellington community to build further on the outstanding reputation the College has built under Sir Anthony’s inspirational leadership, " he said. 

Saint Felix School, Southwold GCSE statistics

  • Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades 85%
  • Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths 70%
  • Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English, Maths and Science 70%
  • 14.3% achieving A*

Head's statement: "I am delighted that our percentage of A* grades has continued to rise despite the slightly higher grade boundaries in some subjects this year. I congratulate our students and teachers on yet another set of excellent results which will enable the students to access their chosen Sixth Form courses".

We celebrate the success of some of our pupils such as Anna Harrod from Carlton Colville and Rosy Kelvey from Reydon who have both achieved 11 A/A* grades. 

Millfield School

Millfield pupil and accomplished musician Alex Dawkins (left in attached photograph), who gained a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain earlier this year, has received 10 A*s and an A in his GCSEs with an A for Additional Maths (a freestanding maths qualification where A is the top grade). This is fantastic results for the accomplished violinist, who is a member of many of the Millfield ensembles and also currently leads Berkshire Youth Orchestra. 








Stellar results for Mayfield’s scientists and artists at GCSE as girls maintain excellent standards

Another set of outstanding science results confirms that Mayfield is the best place to be if you are interested in science, with almost 90% of Chemistry, Biology and Physics papers graded as A*/A, matching the success enjoyed by A level candidates. Reassuringly, similarly impressive results in a range of subjects from Geography (90%) and Music (100% A*/A) with French, Ceramics, History, Drama, Maths and Further Maths all achieving well over 80% A*/A confirm the benefits of a balanced, holistic approach to education. All girls are expected to study 3 sciences, at least one language and RS as well as Maths and English, with the choice of an additional 3 subjects.

As usual, those Mathematicians who sat their GCSE early took the Further Maths GCSE level course. One third were graded at A* with Distinction (A^), indicating exceptional achievement at a level higher than A*. 

Twins Naomi and Rebecca Snow achieved 22 A* and 2As grades between them, while Naomi gained more A*, Rebecca achieved A* with Distinction in Further Maths. Martha Gabriel justly deserved her 11 A*s as did Regina Lai her 8 A* grades with an A* with Distinction for Further Maths and 2 further As. Also to be congratulated are Funmi Ademuwagun [9A* 2A, B] Alice Sikorski [9 A* 2A] Darcie Gomer and Ella Holroyd [8A* 4A] Caitlyn Stone [7A* 4A] Emily Cantwell-Kelly and Perdita Knight [7A* 3A, B] Sammi Cheuk and Temi Fagbemi [6A* 5A, B]. In addition Alex Bowen, Emily Lao and Coral Man achieved straight A*/A and over one third of all girls achieved 9+ A*/A and two thirds of the year achieving 5+ A*/A.

Mrs Sharon Rothero, Mayfield’s Head of Middle School, comments:

“We are delighted that the hard work the girls have put into their studies over the course of the last two years has been rewarded by excellent results. This year group has had an excellent work ethic and have also been great fun to work with. It is particularly pleasing that so many girls have exceeded themselves in subjects that they have previously found difficult - and they should be thrilled.”

 Miss Antonia Beary, Mayfield’s Headmistress, comments:

“We are delighted by another year of outstanding GCSE results in all subjects at Mayfield: for the year group and also for specific individuals. These results prove that in the right atmosphere, with appropriate challenge and support, girls can be as successful at science and maths as they are at languages, or creative arts. These girls have an outstanding academic foundation on which to build, and are able to choose from a wide range of subjectsc to make the right choices for A level. Mayfield has a proud history of producing scientists, innovators and artists: young women who are able to respond positively and cheerfully to the challenges of a global community. We are all looking forward to them making their mark on the Sixth Form and we have high hopes for them in the future.”


  • Number sitting GCSEs: 187          
  • % of passes at grade A*                      60.0%   
  • % of passes at grades A* and A          86.9%
  • % of passes at grades A* to B             97.9%
  • % of passes at grades A* to C             99.6%
  • % of passes at grades A* to G             100%
  • % of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C     100%                                                      
  • % of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A*to C including English and Maths       98.9%
  • % of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to G     100%                                                      
  • Number of boys with 11 A*s                   3                                             
  • Number of boys with 10 A*s or more    32
  • Number of boys with 9 A*s or more     55
  • Number of boys with 8 A*s or more     73
  • Number of boys with 7 A*s or more     93
  • 95 boys gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said: “These results are truly exceptional.  60% of passes were awarded the top A* grade, which is the best result the School has ever had.  A stunning 32 boys gained 10 or more A* grades and 95 boys, over half of the year group, gained all their GCSE passes at A* or A.  What a superb achievement.  Many congratulations to boys, staff and their families.

The results are tremendous across all subjects.  In many, including Chemistry, Physics and Spanish iGCSEs, over two thirds of boys were awarded the top grade.  Students taking Physics did particularly well with 99% of passes at A* or A and Spanish 98%.  All boys take English and Maths and the results were excellent with 120 and 116 A* grades respectively and of the 187 boys taking Maths iGCSE all received grades A* to B.

Abingdon achieves an impressive balance, not only in terms of these excellent results across all departments but also between academic and extra-curricular activities where the same high standards prevail.”

St John’s College

Students at St John’s College in Southsea were in full celebratory mode after collecting their results earlier this morning – and rightly so.  78% of students achieved the gold standard of five A* - C including English and Maths (a rise of 3%), while 78% achieved five A* - C grades (75% in 2014).

Results at the top end were also impressive, with 30% of students achieving A* - A grades, and 61% A* - B.  The strongest subjects were Biology (71% A* - A); History (58% A* - A), and Music (56% A* - A).

There were once again many individual successes amongst the cohort of 83 students.  Olivia Gough, age 16 and from Havant, has been at St John’s since Year 5 and achieved 5A* and 5As. 

Olivia said, “I set myself a target, which I met, so am delighted with my results today.  I was most surprised with an A* for History!  In September I will join St John’s College Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Art, Music and Physics.  I love Maths – it is my favourite subject and I would like to study a Masters in Maths in the future.” 

Olivia’s friend Emily Bird, age 16 and from Southsea, also received impressive results and said.  “I got 3A*, 4As and 2Bs. I didn’t think I was going to achieve so highly so I feel over the moon – it’s amazing!”  Emily joins St John’s Sixth Form in September to study A Level Spanish, Philosophy, Geography and the College’s new Art and Photography course.

Muhammad Uddin, aged 16 and from Southsea, received 1A*, 8As and a B.  He said, “I felt so nervous today – I have been working towards these exams since Year 7 really.  I am pleased with my results.  I am glad they are finally over and am now looking forward to the next two years.”  Mohammed will study A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Economics at St John’s.

James Porteous, age 16 and from Southsea, joined St John’s in Year 5 and is now preparing for his Rugby Scholarship which starts in September.  “I didn’t think I would do as well as I have done, I am really pleased.  I have enjoyed my time here and have lots of great memories – one being our Rugby Tour to Edinburgh. Playing Rugby for the 1st team meant I had to really up my game.”

Imogen Garrett, age 16 and from Southsea, achieved 5A*, 3As and 2B. Imogen has recently returned from a two-week trip to Sri Lanka where she volunteered with the College.  Imogen said, “I did a lot of work although I didn’t think I did enough so am really proud of my results today.  The most surprising result for me was History – I got an A*.

Katherine Waterfield, age 16 and a boarding student at St John’s, achieved 2A*, 7As, 1B said “I’m very happy with my results. I got an A* in Biology which is my favourite subject.  I think being a boarder at St John’s has helped because we have organised study sessions which have helped me focus.”

Yuki Yamada, age 17 and currently living in Portsmouth, joined the College two years ago from Japan – and spoke little English. Today he is celebrating having achieved 5A*, 3Bs and a C.  Yuki said, “I want to go to a good university so am relived with my results today.  I have decided to stay at St John’s College for my A Levels as the teachers know me, and they know the progress I have made.”

Headmaster of the Senior School Mr Tim Bayley congratulated students as they collected their results this morning.  Mr Bayley commented, “I am very pleased with today’s results.  Students have worked hard and the dedication to their studies has paid off.  Staff should also be proud of the results today – as a wide-ability school it’s not all about the high achievers.  Staff work hard to support all our students of varying ability and I am delighted that so many have achieved their own personal potential.”  

Maggie joined St John’s College in Year 6 as a boarding student, starting in Linnholm and moving to in Woodlands for her Senior School years – experiencing both of our Girls’ Boarding Houses. Maggie has just finished her GCSE exams, where she studied the core subjects as well as PE, Graphics, Art and Geography. Maggie will return to the College Sixth Form in September to study A Levels in Biology, Psychology and, Government and Politics.

“I was very stressed at the start of Year 11 but my GCSE exams went so much better than I thought they would.  Because of the amount of coursework, Art GCSE has been tough.  I’ve done a lot of it in my boarding house and during my lunchtimes. I’ve enjoyed working on my projects with the theme of ‘Apart and/or Together’ focusing specifically on building.  I’ve made artwork using many different styles before but never textiles, so for my final piece I created a pillow with two contrasting buildings – one old and one new.

I’m happy with my results, especially English Literature and English Language which were both Bs.  I also got a B in my favourite subject Graphics.  The organised study times in boarding definitely helped me become more disciplined with my time; I did a lot of past papers and made my own revision cards.

I’m coming back to St John’s in September for the Sixth Form because I like the small class sizes; it means my teachers know who I am.  When I’ve gone through difficulties I’ve felt supported by my teachers. In particular Mr Hooper, Head of Year 11, has really made me feel supported throughout the year.

I’m excited to study for my A Levels at St John’s.  I have a bit of an attachment to the school – it’s the atmosphere, I feel safe here, I like it.”

After her A Levels Maggie hopes to go to university to study either Radiography or Physiotherapy. 

Elena joined St John’s College from her home country China. Although it was a very different school to Elena’s school in China, she soon settled into life at St John’s and made the most of the opportunities available.  After receiving an impressive set of GCSE results Elena will return to the College’s Sixth Form in September.

“The biggest improvement I have made since joining St John’s is in my spoken English. When I started I couldn’t speak English very well – but by Year 10 I was moved to set three in English and to the top set in Maths, which for me was a big achievement.  The subjects I enjoyed the most are Chemistry, Maths and Graphics – and I am really pleased to have won the Subject Prize for my work in Graphics this year. It was such a nice surprise as I wasn’t very good at art before I joined St John’s – my teachers have helped me a lot, and they gave me ideas.

I have enjoyed learning at St John’s College – and this is why I want to stay for my A Levels.  The staff here are really friendly, and they help us.  I know that if I have any problems I can go to a member of staff – teaching or boarding staff, and they will help me solve my problem.   Learning here in the UK is very different to learning in China – during my GCSEs I would be in a class with a maximum of 20 other students, but in China classes are often double that number. The education structure is different too and the days are longer, but I found having shorter teaching days in England enabled me to take up sports – like badminton, table tennis and Rounders.  I joined the Rounders Team in Year 10 – it was so much fun, and I made lots of friends from playing sport.  I also found the time to play the flute – and am a member of the Boaders’ Band, playing flute during our weekly chapel service.  I know quite a few traditional British hymns now!

In terms of my GCSE I worked hard. Being a boarder helps with revision as you have a structured timetable for studying – it helps to keep focussed.  House parents always make sure you are revising, which is good – and they are around if you need help too.  I keep in regular contact with my mother back home in China and she is always asking how I am getting on – so there are lots of people around to make sure you are working hard enough!”

Elena received 2A*, 2As, 1B and 3Cs at GCSE and will study A Level Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology at St John’s College Sixth Form. In the future Elena would like to study to become a veterinarian. 


Cundall Manor School - It's As all the way for Ross and Charlotte

Two pupils from Cundall Manor School are celebrating a clean sweep of As and A*s in their GCSE results today. Charlotte Saxby, 16, of Ripon achieved total of 8A*s and 3As whilst her classmate Ross Sullivan, also 16, of Beningbrough, is celebrating no less than 11A*s and 2 As. Ross’s celebrations were further heightened by learning that he is one of three pupils of the school to achieve a rare and highly coveted A* with Distinction in his favourite subject of Further Maths.

Ross’s delight is evident: “I’m pleased. They are all pretty much what I expected but there were one or two subjects where I’m thinking – Really? How did that happen!”

Charlotte is the second of four siblings to sit her GCSEs. She jokes that the pressure is now on for her younger brother and sister: “I’m so pleased. And so relieved. When my brother (who also went to Cundall ) did his GCSEs he set the bar really high. But I’ve just set it higher!”

Ross and Charlotte joined fellow Cundall Manor pupils in celebrating a particularly strong set of GCSE results this year, as Head Master John Sample explains:

“We are delighted to report that 100% of our Year 11s achieved at least 5 GCSEs at the all important A*-C level. In doing so, they have all secured places at their chosen Sixth Form destinations. With no less than 80% of their grades being B and above, and a staggering 53% off all grades being either A or A*, they leave Cundall secure in the knowledge that they have a very solid foundation for their A level studies. We congratulate all our students who have done themselves and Cundall Manor proud this summer.”

This year’s GCSE cohort is the largest Cundall Manor has seen since it developed from a prep school to a senior school ten years ago.  As John Sample added: “The growth of the school reflects not only the calibre of the teaching provision but also the demand amongst parents to secure places for their children at the region’s top sixth form schools and colleges. Star pupil Charlotte can now look forward to taking up her place at Queen Margaret’s School whilst Ross will be building up his academic at Ripon Grammar School, whilst other destinations include St Peter’s School, St Aiden’s, Harrogate Grammar School, Bootham School and Ampleforth College.”

St Mary’s School - Cambridgeshire’s only all-girls’ school celebrates outstanding results – in and out of the classroom

St Mary’s School, Cambridge is delighted to report another impressive year of GCSE results, with over half of the year group achieving seven or more A* - A grades, with 84% of all GCSE examinations taken awarded A* - B grades. The school prides itself on offering an holistic education experience and the excellent academic results achieved illustrate only half of the story – those excelling academically have done so in combination with great achievements outside of the classroom too.

The school is committed to encouraging students to select, and excel in, subjects which nationally girls shy away from. Consequently the school is delighted to continue bucking national trends and defying myths about girls not being able to achieve in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, reporting that 83% of girls achieved an A* - A grade in Statistics and 77% A* - A grades in Physics.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, said: “I am thrilled for all of our girls receiving results today, of which they should be proud. I wish them the very best for their next steps; as some students move on to A Level courses, others will pursue a professional sporting career! The girls’ impressive results will stand them in good stead, equipping them for a range of paths to success.”

In addition to superb STEM results, St Mary’s School, Cambridge students were rightfully proud of their high achievements across a wide range of subjects today, with excellent results in Creative Arts, Languages and Humanities: 100% of Music students and 96% of Drama students achieved A* - A grades, while 89% of Latin students and 85% of History students also achieved A* - A grades.

Details of students who have performed exceptionally well in their GCSEs:

  • Kerri H-T. achieved 10 A*s and one B
  • Alice L. achieved seven A*s and 5 As.
  • Ellen C. achieved 10 A*s.
  • Celeste C-C. achieved three A*s and seven As.

The school is pleased to share news of two students’ GCSE results which were gained alongside significant extra-curricular achievements.

Henrietta M. joined the school in Year 9 and, at the time having not decided what career to pursue, chose to study French, History and Music alongside Triple Science as her optional subjects, intentionally selecting subjects she would enjoy and would leave her options open in the future. Now determined to pursue a career in Nutrition, Henrietta plans to take Biology and Chemistry A Levels after achieving six A*s and four As in her GCSEs. Alongside studying for her GCSEs Henrietta achieved distinction in her Grade 8 violin examination and plays in the Britten Sinfonia Academy, which at times has demanded 14 hours’ rehearsal over a weekend prior to a performance. Henrietta has also run in the district, county and regional schools’ teams for cross country, requiring regular running practice.

Henrietta said: “I don’t struggle with balancing study and my other pursuits because I feel like one provides a good break from the other. If I need a break from revision I can do my normal daily 45 minutes practising the violin, or go for a run. I think when your time is filled, you ensure you’re making the most of the time you have!”

Alice B., a student at the school since Year 2, has achieved nine GCSEs, including optional subjects History, Classical Civilisation, PE and Textiles, which were all awarded at grade A – C grades. Alice has been accepted on to a nine week course at the British Racing School which commences this summer. The school looks forward to hearing news from Alice as she pursues her ambition of becoming a professional jockey; after the initial nine week course the racing school will help Alice to find a trainer to undertake an 18 month apprenticeship with, before she attempts her jockey licence.  Alice is deservingly proud of both her academic and sporting success.

Alice said: “The best thing about St Mary’s School, Cambridge is the friendly atmosphere – teachers are always friendly and encouraging.”

St Peter’s School, York

A*/A pass rate reaches 73% at St Peter’s School, York

Pupils at St Peter’s School in York have passed 72.7% of their GCSE exams at A* or A – an increase from 65% a year ago.

40% of exams were passed at the highest grade, in comparison to 35% in 2014.

The rise at A*/A is in contrast to a national drop of 0.1%.

Straight A* grades were secured by Fleur Booth, Isabella Cotter, Helen Ford, Rose Gabbertas, Steven Jones, Emily Kelly, Gabrielle Richardson and Jessica Webster.

Eve Bracken, Eleanor Brierley, Robbie Brown, Cassie Bythell, Eleanor Caley, Edward Coidan, Luke Dunsmore, Sam Elliot, Louise Gould, James Hanly, Lucy Leedham, Sam Lightwing, Polly Moss, George O’Neill, Phoebe Phillips, Helena Reeds, Ellie Richardson, Iva Sharp, Katherine Spencer, Rowan Tait, James Taylor, Anna van Harwegen den Breems, Maya Wordsworth and Esme Wright passed all their exams at A* or A.

Leo Winkley, Head Master of St Peter’s said: “We are all delighted for the pupils who worked very hard to achieve this superb set of results. They have responded to the inspiration offered by their teachers and managed to deliver in the tough conditions of the exam hall, as well as enjoying the learning journey.  They can now look forward to specialising in their A Level choices with a firm platform of excellent GCSE results.

“The teaching staff have done a wonderful job. For the fifth year running our Mathematics department managed to achieve a 100% pass rate, with only one C grade.  Many will be continuing with the subject to A Level.  There were also strong results in Science, Art, English, Modern Languages, Latin and Greek.  The fact that this examination success has been achieved in the context of a genuine, all-round educational environment that values learning outside the classroom as much as preparation for exams, is an endorsement of the school's approach.  It is possible to get good exam results without turning out spoon-fed automata.  I'm very proud of what the staff and pupils do.

“To see a broad range of girls and boys achieve these great results is very heartening. Many of the pupils have exceeded their own expectations and, whilst it's great to see strings of A* grades, it's also remarkable how many pupils have turned Cs into Bs and Bs into As.  It shows what youngsters can accomplish when they apply themselves wholeheartedly and capitalise on the benefits of a positive peer culture.

“Our commitment to pursuing the International GCSEs remains firm. Amidst the uncertainty over the arrival of the new GCSE courses, these more challenging qualifications allow us to teach and learn more expansively as well as delivering strong exam results.”


U18 England goalkeeper shows off his passing skills with GCSE results

Will Huffer, a pupil at St Peter’s School in York and a member of the U18 England football squad, has proved he is an expert in passes on and off the field in today’s GCSE results.

Will secured ten GCSEs, eight of them at grades A and B, despite sitting several of his exams whilst playing in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Bulgaria.

“I sat all sciences, French and both English exams over there,” explained Will.  “There were a couple of times we had to rearrange exams because of matches – and after we beat Spain I had to sit my Physics exam the morning after, which was pretty demanding!”

Will is celebrating his GCSE results with an afternoon’s training at Leeds Utd, ahead of a match against Huddersfield on Saturday. 

Will currently plays for the Leeds Utd U18 side and makes regular appearances as part of the England U18 squad. He is hoping to be selected to play for the national side against Holland in September.

St Peter’s School, founded in 627AD, is one of the oldest schools in the world, and one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding schools.

Sibling success at St Peter’s

Two families from St Peter’s School, York, are celebrating after achieving double success in the 2015 A-Level and GCSE results.

Isabella Cotter has today achieved a clean sweep at GCSE, achieving 10 passes at A* - just a week after brother Edward passed all three of his A Levels at the highest grade.

And Robbie Brown, who achieved 11 passes at A* and a further pass at grade A, is following in the footsteps of sister Libby’s three A* passes last week.


Adcote School 

Adcote School  are delighted to be announcing another year of very strong results at GCSE, following on from last week’s stunning A Level results. 

With a 99.6% pass rate, 88% of all grades were at A*-C and almost 40% of all grades achieved were at A*/A. In addition nearly 90% of Adcote pupils have achieved the equivalent of at least 5 passes at grades A*-C in their GCSE and iGCSE results.

At Adcote School many subjects have been examined at IGCSE, which is widely considered more academically rigorous than GCSE.

Headmaster Gary Wright commented “These are more excellent results for our pupils. Well done to Year 11, who have worked hard to achieve their success. In addition to their academic success, they have taken up all the opportunities and extra-curricular activities available to them at Adcote. These include the CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Rotary Interact Club."

“We are delighted with all of our public examination results this summer, reflecting the commitment and hard work of our pupils and their teachers.” 

“Nationally Adcote School has built on its past achievements and is consistently in the top tier for both A level and GCSE results.”

Plymouth College increases top grades at GCSE

Plymouth College is celebrating its GCSE results this morning after seeing a 9% increase of grades at A*/A, up 19% in the last two years to 49%.  A third of students have achieved seven or more A*/A grades with 12% gaining ten or more.

Luiza Farache Trajano, has walked away with an outstanding 10A*s.  Other top performers include Jonas Ellerington and Eva Trost, both with 9A*s and 2 As, while Fred Aniyi and Emily Graham have achieved an impressive 8A*s and 2 As each.

The overall A* to C pass rate has increased by 4% to 92%.

“Well done to all our students receiving their results today,” said Headmaster Jonathan Standen.  “I am delighted to see the year-on-year increase in top grades.  The hard work and commitment of both students and teachers is clear to see in such a strong set of results, particularly as we are a non-selective school with a number of students for whom English is not their first language.”

Top Grades for Queen Margaret’s Girls

Queen Margaret’s is proud to announce another year of exceptional GCSE results with 58% of all entries receiving A* or A and 20% of the girls taking GCSEs achieving all A* - A grades. The results include nine girls who have achieved 10 or more A*- A grades. QM has exceeded the national average for A*- C by a considerable margin gaining 95% of A*- C grades.

Jessica Miles, Head at Queen Margaret’s is delighted: “Congratulations must go to the girls and staff for their hard work and dedication which has gone in to achieving these results. These girls now progress to the challenge of A Levels in a plethora of subjects including Philosophy and Ethics, Government and Politics, and Mandarin alongside mainstream subjects. We look forward to helping them to fulfil their potential and grow in independence in the Sixth Form.”




The Royal School’s GCSE results have once again brought delight to pupils and their families and to Royal School staff. The individual sciences and the creative arts all enjoyed 100% A* - C with English and Maths A* - C grades around 50% higher than the national average.

Mrs Lynne Taylor-Gooby, outgoing Principal, said: Congratulations to all our pupils, especially Leaona Hammonds and Polly Maiklem who achieved 100% A*/A grades. We look forward to welcoming them and many others into our Sixth Form next month.

  • 11% of GCSEs taken at The Royal School were awarded the A* grade, compared to a national average of 6.6%
  • 47.4% were graded A*-A compared to a national average of 21.2%
  • 71.9% were graded A*-B compared to a national average of 43.3%
  • 89.6% were graded A*-C compared to a national average of 69%
  • Pass rate was 100%.

The Royal School is a non-selective school attracting pupils of wide ranging abilities and interests, all of which are valued and celebrated.


Great 2015 GCSE Results for Royal Students, Wolverhampton

GCSE students at The Royal School continue to achieve excellent results across a broad and challenging range of subjects, with Royal performance in the important national measure of five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, up again on last year’s outcomes by a healthy 16 %.

Across the board, 81% of all grades were at A*-C , with 47% of our students achieving A*/A in English Literature. Furthermore, the School’s on-going emphasis on STEM and the more challenging facilitating subjects, which are favoured by top universities, is reflected in 50% of pupils achieving A*/A in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and many stellar performances in a range of modern languages, in direct contrast to the national trend, as well as a further upward trend in mathematics. This reinforces The Royal School’s excellent performance across these key areas of study at both GCSE and A Level.

The majority of students will be staying on at The Royal to continue their A-Level studies in September. Some student highlights include Gregor Reid with eight A* grades and two Bs, Tom Morgan with two A*s, four As, one B and two Cs and Karun Saini with an A*, six As, two Bs, and two Cs.  Kiret Hothi is also to be celebrated with her A*, four As, and four Bs while Billy Tran achieved an A*, four As, B and C.  The School is proud of all its students.

This success follows on from last year and continues the upward trend the School has seen over the last few years.  The Royal prides itself on its students’ progress as well as attainment, as demonstrated through its value-added grades and The Royal can celebrate the fact that its students attain at least one grade above their predicted score in each subject.  These results attest to the fact that The Royal School continues to go from strength to strength. 

The Royal School was founded in 1850 originally as an orphanage, and is now a fully co-educational independent day and boarding school with a provisional opening as a Free School in September, 2016


Clifton College GCSE results are sky high

Clifton College’s year of academic success continues with outstanding GCSE results. 91% of exams taken scored an A* to B grade. An impressive 74% of grades were A* to As.

81% of A* to A grades were for STEM subjects (Maths and Sciences). Indeed, 96% of Physics, 97% Chemistry and 93% of Biology results were A* to A. Latin and Ancient Greek scored 83% A* to A grades.

2015 A Level results were also the best ever achieved by the school, with 83% hitting the top A* to B grades. Girls did especially well, scoring 88% of grades A* to B.

Head of College Mark Moore says: ‘My personal congratulations go to all our GCSE pupils. The results reflect a great deal of hard work and are very well deserved.’

He continues: ‘From September 2016, we’re delighted to be offering even more scholarships and bursaries to children from the age of 11.’

Clifton College in Bristol is one of England's leading public schools, offering continuity of day and boarding education for girls and boys from 2 to 18.


Outstanding GCSE results for Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupils

Congratulations to the pupils of Lancaster Royal Grammar School who have gained outstanding GCSE results in their exams this summer. 

141 students sat a total of 1527 examinations.  62% of all GCSEs were graded A or A*, and almost a third of all GCSEs received A* grades. 

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said:  “This is an excellent set of results, and I am delighted with the work that our pupils have put in to achieving them.  Well done to each and every one of them on their achievements.  These results are also a tribute to the outstanding commitment and teaching of our fantastic staff at LRGS.” 

Amongst the exceptional individual results, 25 students gained seven or more A* grades.  Three students gained ten A* grades - Michael Padfield, Prakash Thanikachalam and Adam Long - and three students gained an outstanding eleven A* grades:  Dominic Brown, Zachary Harper and Joseph Pritchard. 

Many boarders were among the high achievers, including Kyle Weston (nine A*, A, B), Oliver Helme and Jimmy Yu who both gained seven A* grades and four As, Riordan de Vries (seven A*, three As, B), Alistair Grunshaw (six A*, five As) and Tom Atherton who achieved six A* grades and three As and two Bs.


A* GCSE Grades Increase Again at Harrogate Ladies’ College

Harrogate Ladies’ College has today announced outstanding GCSE results which saw the number of A* grades increase for the third year running to 28%.

This year’s results represent a 38% increase in A* grades and come on the back of increases in the previous 2 years.  Pupils achieved an overall pass rate of 100% and 54% of all grades were A*to A. 

Seventeen percent of pupils achieved a clean sweep of A* to A grades in all of their subjects.

Thirteen subjects achieved 65% or more A* to A grades across the board including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English Literature, History, French and Religious Studies. 

Principal, Sylvia Brett said, “This is the third year running that our GCSE grades have increased.  Today’s results are a real testament to the hard work of our girls and the quality of our teaching.

“The size of our school means that we can work closely with individual students to support them and I’m sure that this personal attention is evident in our results”.

“The girls have achieved amazing results and they should be really proud of themselves, as I am of them.  Their results will provide them with a solid foundation as they move forward to more specialised A level studies and I’m sure that they will be equally as successful in these.”

Among those celebrating today were Nicole Brocksom who achieved an extraordinary 10 A*s and 1 A; Nancy Song with 9 A*s and Jess Ashcroft who achieved 8 A*s and 2 As. 

Nicole said, “I’m so pleased, it’s been such a nerve racking wait!  I’ve had amazing support and encouragement from my teachers and I can’t wait to move up to Sixth Form”. 


Oundle School

Oundle School pupils have one again been awarded a brilliant set of GCSE results, maintaining the School’s reputation as one of the foremost academic co-educational schools in the country.

53.3% of grades were A*, beating the previous year’s performance by 0.1%.  It is the fifth year in a row that the A* percentage has topped 50.  84.5% of grades were A* or A.

The number of pupils achieving exceptional grades is a School record, with 25 pupils achieving at least ten A* grades and 49 pupils (over 25% of the cohort) scoring at least nine A* grades.

Performance was strong across all subjects with Mandarin (94%), Greek (90%), Chemistry (70%), Physics (64%), Latin and German (both 61%) and Mathematics (60%) all scoring at least 60% A* grades.

The School is delighted that its pupils have performed so well in all public examinations. 

New Head Sarah Kerr-Dineen said, “The pupils deserve to feel proud of what they have achieved and can now embark on Sixth Form study with justified ambition.”


Top GCSE results at King’s Rochester – and so much more…

There were smiles all round again at King’s Rochester when pupils collected their GCSE results this morning! And Principal, Jeremy Walker and his staff shared the joy as another increase was recorded in the number of top grades A*, A and B. With almost half of all grades received being A* or A, and just under 70% A* to B, there was, indeed, much to celebrate.

Amongst the top performers were Sophie Guillemot (9 A*s and 2 As), Alex Barnes (7 A*s and 3 As), Rebecca Titmuss (6 A*s and 4 As), Amelia Chambers (6 A*s and 3 As), Cordelia Heath (5 A*s and 4 As), Neve Hinton (4 A*s and 5 As) and George Harrington (4 A*s and 5 As) who deserve particular mention for the hard work which has earned them these top grades.

Mr Walker said, “If proof were needed that young people can achieve amazing things, then we have it this morning at King’s. Sophie joined us from France in Year 9 so has realised these excellent results in her second language. Rebecca is a talented Regional Hockey player, having recently also been awarded her England shirt. Amelia has an outstanding voice and frequently wins top local, regional and national music competitions and George’s exceptional tuba playing has, this year, won him the title of Maidstone Young Musician of the Year. When you consider that these major successes have been achieved alongside their academic work, this is impressive stuff! Such outstanding results show what is possible when hard-working pupils are supported by dedicated staff and parents in a real team effort. We could not be more proud of them – and all our pupils for having done so well today”.

High-flying friends, Rebecca Titmuss, Amelia Chambers, Cordelia Heath and Claudia Carnell are celebrating today after picking up outstanding GCSE results from King’s Rochester. With 19A*s and 16As amongst the results in their envelopes, they are over the moon that their hard work has paid off so well.

Classmate, Lydia Bradley’s last public performance was on the stage in School Hall as the feisty Mme Thénardier in “Les Misérables”, but today, she deserved another standing ovation for a great set of results which included 4A*s, 3As and 1C! 

Sportsman Sonny Nash, just back from competing in the Javelin section of the English School National Athletics Championships in Gateshead, was equally thrilled with the 3A*s, 5As and 1C amongst his results.

Principal of King’s, Jeremy Walker said, “Today has been a great day for our hard-working pupils and they all thoroughly deserve our wholehearted congratulations. Top grades at King’s were up again this year, many gained alongside local, regional and national accolades in sport, music and drama – but, in a broad-ability school like King’s, outstanding academic grades are not the whole story. Not everyone can be a straight A student and we are delighted with the achievements and results of the entire year group who have contributed so much to the positive, mutually supportive atmosphere of which we are so proud at King’s. Well done to all!”

“Félicitations” to star GCSE performer, Sophie.

Sophie Guillemot only came to King’s Rochester for a term in 2010 to improve her English – but she liked boarding so much that she stayed!

This morning, Sophie, who is back at home in Montpellier for the holidays, will be celebrating her decision to study at King’s as she achieved 9A*s and 2As in her GCSEs. And she can add these to the A in French and B in German AS results she collected last week and which she took a year early!

Unsurprisingly, Sophie joined King’s Senior School as a Full Academic Scholar but, as well as her studies, she also participates fully in all school activities and earned herself a reputation as a bit of sharpshooter in the CCF when she fired a 1mm group in poor light from a single shot No.8 rifle.

Sophie is also a talented artist and swims for King’s.  Felicitations Sophie! Résultats excellents! 


It all adds up! Academic Excellence at Kent College

Kent College is celebrating its best ever GCSE results following this summer’s examinations. The overall pass rate was 100% with 76% of all grades achieved at A* - B grades.  The Maths department were in early to celebrate their 100% success with all students attaining A* - C in this key subject. These statistics follow on from the excellent results at A level and IB already announced.

Students who did particularly well include the following top performers: Elizabeth Brown, Bill Cain, Ira Akbas, Charlotte Woods, Hanna Catrysse, Vlad Demyanyuk, Alvaro Diez-Aja, Luke Franks, Francesca Godden, Tamia Griffith, Amber de Moubray, Duncan Rondhout, Rita Khabirova, Frieda Liu, Jim Lyu, Sophie Wilson, Daniel Marsik, Gareth Owens, Sophie Parker, Huan Qu, Finn Quealy, Clio Rudgard-Redsell, Maddalena Rupnik, Michika Saji, Christy Siu, Anya Sochacka, Robert Sotillo, William Stratton, Min Baek, Georgia Timpson, Melody Triumph, Alena Vakulich, Johanna Van Gent Gonzalez, Luke Vincent, Jack Waddell, Hannah Watton, Olivia Whiting, Robbie Whittaker , Rhiannon Woodhams, Lilly Wren.

Head Master Dr David Lamper said, “The pupils have achieved an excellent set of results 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’s College, Taunton

King’s pupils are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results this week. The school has improved significantly on its previous results, and will once again be one of the top schools in the county at this level. A new record has been set with three pupils gaining eleven A* grades each.  Nearly half of exams entered attracted A* or A grades, and three-quarters gained A* to B grades.

Fourteen pupils gained straight As and A*s, with pupils Charlie Collins, Tessa Counsell and India Greenland sweeping the board with straight A*s.

Other top-flight performances, with eight  or more A*s,  came from Grace Albery, William Cashmore, Ellie Chilcott, Matthew Thorne and Marcello Visco, who moved to Somerset from Italy only three years ago.

Marcello achieved one of the school’s highest marks in English, while English pupil Lydia Smith, having picked up Italian from scratch at GCSE level, achieved a grade A in that language – these are outstanding achievements for both pupils. Marcello will be going on to take maths, further maths, chemistry, design technology and physics at A level in the sixth form.

Departments which performed particularly well include biology and chemistry (over 50% at A* and A) and history (60% at A* and A). Modern and Ancient languages remain strong subjects for the school: of the 26 Latin exams entered, 16 were graded A*. In Spanish 71% of pupils gained A*s or As, almost one third of pupils achieved A*s in French and 63% achieved A*s or As in German. In music, 61% of pupils gained A*s or As.

Headmaster, Richard Biggs, has commented: “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. The three pupils who achieved eleven A*s each have set a new benchmark for the future, and I congratulate them warmly on that extraordinary achievement. But I am equally proud of those pupils who have grafted away to get their pass grades. A diet of ten GCSEs is a slog – probably the toughest challenge these pupils will face – and a relentless round (especially in year 11) of controlled assessment and exam practice. Our fifth form took it all in their stride and managed, at the same time, to contribute with their usual enthusiasm to the wider life at King’s. They will thrive at A level and we are delighted that we will be welcoming the great majority of them back into the sixth form in September.”

Mr Biggs went on to say “I am particularly proud of the numbers of our pupils taking tough, academically challenging subjects. Of a year group of 98, 61 took history, 74 geography and 76 took three separate sciences. Latin remains popular and the results are excellent.  Almost every pupil took a modern foreign language, with a third achieving A* grades.  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.”

Bedford School 

Bedford School is celebrating excellent GCSE results once again.  Over 60% of exams were awarded A* or A Grades, with 27 boys achieving eight A* grades or more.  Of these, 12 achieved 10 or more A* grades: the Lamb twins, Christopher and Edward, managed 20 between them!

Head Master, James Hodgson, said “I am delighted for the boys.  They have worked hard and thoroughly deserve these excellent results.”









Top Grades Awarded to Malvern St James Girls in Record GCSE Performance

Malvern St James Girls’ School is celebrating record GCSE performances hot on the tail of last week’s A Level and University destinations success.

A record 35% of A* grades have been awarded with the number of girls achieving at least one A*-A grade increasing to 60%. This year has also seen a rise in the number of girls achieving 5 or more A*-C grades to 99% (including IGCSE) and 77% gained 5 or more A*-C grades including Maths, English Language, Science and a Modern Foreign Language.

11 girls have achieved A*-A in all of their subjects with 3 girls gaining A* in all subjects, one of whom attained A* in 12 different subjects. 7 girls have achieved A*-A in 9 or more subjects and 1 girl was awarded A*-A in 4 different Modern Foreign Languages.

This impressively strong performance across the board reflects the remarkable breadth of subjects offered by the School.

  • 100% A* grades in all extra-curricular languages
  • 100% A*-A in Music
  • 100% A*-B grades in ICT and Latin
  • 76% A*-A in Physics
  • 100% A*-A in the recently introduced Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) at Level 2
  • 100% A*-C in Art, Biology, Food Technology, Geography, German, Greek

The School’s continued success in STEM subjects is also showcased by 82% A*-B grades in those subjects.

Star golfer Lucy Walton, from Hanley Swan, who having yesterday won the U18 Hereford and Worcester Junior Golf Championships having, has today picked up 4 A* and 5 A grades. Her mother Di Walton said, “Everyone always assumes it’s all about the sport with Lucy, but MSJ has always without question provided so much academic support alongside, giving her the flexibility to pursue her sporting career. Yesterday she retained the championship and today a set of results like this!” Lucy said “I’m shocked and thrilled. It just shows how the hard work has paid off. I’m very excited to be going into the Sixth Form at MSJ.”

Twins Lucinda and Georgina Hobden from Ledbury both achieved high grades with Lucinda receiving 12 A* and Georgina 9 A*. Their mother Helen said “We’re delighted with these results. They’ve achieved what they both worked so hard for. Georgina scored 100% in 8 of her papers! An A* isn’t the be all and end all though; it is so important to have wider skills not just brilliant academic results. MSJ has always encouraged the girls both to study and to pursue extra-curricular interests. It has been a place where they are very comfortable being bright.”

Emily Walker from Birtsmorton gained 6A* and 4A grades. Her father Chris Walker said “It’s a fantastic achievement. We’re so pleased with the school. They realised that she had the potential and MSJ is the just the place for Emily to achieve all that she is capable of.”

Patricia Woodhouse, Headmistress, commented, “There is so much to be proud of today; the girls’ achievements are further testament to our aspirational culture where each and every student is allowed to pursue her personal best. We wish these young women ongoing success as they continue into our Sixth Form, following in the footsteps of this year’s Upper Sixth leavers and, before they know it, on to their own spectacular University destinations.”



Focus and determination paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.  Records were broken at HMSG, where 94.8% of girls achieved A* to B grades and 40% of candidates gained 10 A* to A grades.  The A* to A rate was 74.3% and 30% of girls were awarded seven or more A* grades.

Two girls, Katie Davies and Amelia Livingstone, both achieved 11 A*s and a distinction in additional maths.  

Amina Arif, who gained 10 A*s, is well on her way to realising her dream of becoming a psychiatrist.

She said: “I’m over the moon.  “My brother Anse, who is at Monmouth School, got 11 A*s last year so the pressure was really on!  I’m a kinesthetic (or active) learner, so I used whiteboards to quiz myself.  I know teaching a subject is the best way of learning something yourself, so that’s what I did.”

And five Welsh rowers at the School, who took part in this year’s home internationals for Wales, national schools and Henley for HMSG, gained 29 A*s and 17 As between them, highlighting the connection between sport and academic success.  One of the team, Josephine Frankel, achieved 10 A*s.

“Rowing teaches you what it means to work hard,” she said.  “It teaches you time management, commitment and those skills really help when it comes to exams.”

Mrs Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress at HMSG, said: “We were delighted for the girls and so proud of them for getting the School’s best ever A* to B rate.  The commitment and hard work of pupils and staff certainly paid off this year! The results were excellent across the board including the more challenging IGCSE papers which we now undertake in science, history and Chinese.  I was particularly pleased to see the strong correlation between the dedication required to compete at a national level in rowing and achieving excellent exam results.  Fitness of body equals fitness of mind.”

At Monmouth School, 30% of boys achieved 10 or more A* to A grades and there were 14 pupils, in the cohort of 89, with eight or more A* grades.

Matthew Crane, who was pivotal in a project to recreate a true-scale version of Monmouth School in online game Minecraft, was awarded 11 A*s.  He said: “I haven’t been this excited for a while – I’d prepared myself for worse results but this is the best possible outcome by a mile.  There is honestly no substitute for revision and hard work. I studied for up to six hours a day at Christmas time and then upped it over Easter leading to exams.  If you get your head down, you can do it.”  Matthew hopes to study computer science at university in the future.

Another four boys, James Baker, Will Hall, Calum McIntosh and Henry Morgan were awarded at least 10 A*s.  Budding football star Dan Taylor, who plays for the School’s 1st team, is celebrating nine A*s and an A grade.

At Monmouth School 36.2% of all grades were A*s, with 84.4% of pupils gaining A* to Bs.

Headmaster Andrew Daniel said: “Following our outstanding A level and AS level results last week, today we can celebrate the very strong GCSE results achieved by Monmouth School. No less than 27 boys were awarded 10 or more A* or A grades. The GCSE results are a great reward for these pupils, given their diligent work to prepare for the examinations.

“With almost two thirds of all grades awarded at A* or A, our boys are very well prepared indeed for success in their future studies. I would particularly like to commend this year group for the impressive academic progress that they have made, under the careful guidance of our expert teaching staff.”


Strength in breadth at GCSE for girls at St Swithun’s

An impressive number of girls at St Swithun’s School, Winchester were awarded the top grade in an equally impressive range of subjects at GCSE this year. 83% of girls achieved an A* in further maths, with 71% achieving the top grade in Spanish, 70% in German, 69% in Latin, 67% in religious studies and music, 63% in English language, 61% in English literature and 60% in Greek.  In addition, 50% or more girls studying French, biology and design and technology were also awarded the top grade.

Overall, 50.4% of entries were awarded A* (compared to the national average of 6.6%) and 82.8% of entries were awarded A* or A. 30% of the year group achieved 7 or more A* grades with five girls achieving 10 and one girl 12.

“I am delighted for the girls and our staff with these results, and in particular to see success in such a wide range of subjects” said headmistress Jane Gandee. “St Swithun’s is an unashamedly academic school, but it is the manner of our success, achieved in a supportive and unpressured environment, that is so important to us. The fact that our GCSE students contribute so much to school life outside the classroom is a testament to this.”


Sherborne Girls

Sherborne Girls is celebrating a third set of outstanding results

Following the announcement of record results at A level and IB of 62% of grades at A* and A, Sherborne Girls is pleased to announce an equally impressive performance at GCSE.

This year, two-thirds of all GCSE papers have achieved an A* or A grade, with 33% of papers achieving an A*. These are compared to the national average of passes at A* – A as 21.2% and at A* as 6.6%.

45% of girls achieved 8 or more A*/A grades. 93% of candidates achieved A* or A in at least one subject.

Special mentions go to Rosanna Miller who achieved an outstanding 12 A* grades, scoring full marks in a number of her subjects including Greek and all three sciences, and Blanca Rivero who achieved 12 A* grades and 1 A. They were followed closely by Emily Pope with 11 A* grades and Frances Budd, Mary Butler and Ella Penton-Voak, whose results each included 10 A* grades, and Dawnee Kanjanapas who achieved 9 A* and 2 A grades. Congratulations also go to Eloise Newman, Grace Palmer, Lara Taylor, Valerie Tsoi and Maya Whitman, whose results included 8 A*s.

Commenting on the results, Headmistress Jenny Dwyer said, “Congratulations to all the girls who worked so hard to achieve these excellent results. We are delighted that our strength in STEM subjects is demonstrated, as it was with our A level results, with girls achieving 46% at A* and 76% at A*/A in separate sciences and maths, including 100% A* for Further Maths GCSE. There are some amazing individual achievements and we are extremely proud of all our students, especially as so many of them are involved in activities such as Music, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh at a very high level.”

Jessica Soanes is a full boarder at Sherborne Girls, who today received 2 A*, 6As and a C grade in her GCSEs.

Not especially unusual, however Jess has Arnold Chiari Malformation, a condition which means she is wheelchair bound and frequently in a lot of pain, resulting in a lot of time out of school, this year in particular.

Jess is a remarkable young lady, participating in boarding life to the full. She is regularly leading fundraising projects in school, competing in a range of wheelchair athletic events including the London mini-marathon, and last year she took the John Muir outdoor award and went camping, canoeing and on an environmental project with a number of other girls.

This September, as she goes into Year 12, she has been nominated to be the Head of House in her boarding home.

“She really is a true inspiration to others”, says Headmistress Jenny Dwyer.



Today, pupils and staff at Lord Wandsworth College celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results, recording a rise of 10% in A*-B grades and setting a new standard for the school.

LWC pupils have once again outperformed the national average, with 53% of all grades being A*-A, 80% at A*-B and 96% A*-C.  

New headmaster, Adam Williams, who will take over at the beginning of the academic year, commented “Hard work, commitment and fine teaching have been at the heart of these results; we are incredibly proud of the efforts of our pupils. We always have a significant number who achieve all A* or A grades – 13 this year -  but we are well-known for helping pupils across a wide range of abilities and adding value to subjects.  We have really enjoyed the sheer number of happy individual stories that have come from this year’s results.  The doors are now wide open for the next stage of their LWC careers and beyond.”


Record Top Grade Achievement for Felsted pupils

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

Headmaster, Mr Chris Townsend, comments; “I am hugely proud of the efforts of this group of students and their teachers, as they have become the first ever year group from Felsted to top 50% A and A* grades at GCSE.  This means that more than one in two of every GCSE exams taken achieved at least an A grade. 

A remarkable twenty students have achieved at least 8 A/A* grades, and eleven students achieved a full set of A/A* grades. There is no secret formula to this success - it is based on the hard work of students and teachers, supported by parents and pastoral teams at Felsted.  It is particularly pleasing to see this level of academic performance alongside all the many other things that the School continues to do to such a high level, including Music, Drama, Sport and Service.”

Among the stand out performers were Hannah Barratt (11 A*s, 2A), Lara Peck (10 A*), Tom Carrington (10 A*), Angus Muir (9 A*, 1 A), Georgina Stevens (8 A*, 2A) and Matthew Morley-Jacob (8 A*, 2A).  Many others have also outperformed their predictions.

Summary Highlights

  • 97 students took GCSEs this summer
  • 50% A* or A grades
  • 74% A* to B grades
  • 92% A* to C grades (national average of 69%)
  • 98% achieved five A* to C grades
  • 93% gained 5 A*-C including Maths and English
  • The following departments gained over 90% A* to B grades: English, German, Latin, Music and Theatre Studies. Science was also particularly strong, with Biology gaining 100% A* to C grades (83% A* to B grades), Physics 97% A* to C and Chemistry 85% A* to C. Maths reported 96% A* to C grades (national 63.3%), with 76% gaining A* to B grades.

Hannah Barratt was Felsted’s top performer, with a grand tally of 11 A*s and 2 A grades. As an Academic and Drama Scholar, Hannah will be studying A Levels in German, French, History, English and Latin, with a view to studying Modern Foreign Languages at university. Hannah also fully immerses herself in music, and is a member of the school choir and orchestra.

Triplets, Tom, Ben and Elicia Carrington amassed 18 A* and 6 A grades between them! Tom and Ben, both academic scholars balance their studies with playing1st team hockey, while Elicia, as an Art Scholar, wishes to pursue her talent in fine art. Mum to the three, Ann, is delighted that they have all achieved their best; “I am so proud of them – they are three very different children with distinct strengths. Felsted has been the perfect environment for them to pursue their individual talents.” All three will be studying A Levels at Felsted.

Lara Peck gained a superb full sweep of 10 A* grades and will be studying A Levels in Economics, Maths, Chemistry and Latin, with a view to a possible career in Law. As an academic and sports scholar at Felsted, Lara also plays 1st team hockey and netball.

Matthew Morley-Jacob and Angus Muir are delighted with their top sweep of A grade results! They are currently on holiday in Norfolk together, playing in Hunstanton Tennis Tournament. Both keen sportsmen at Felsted, they will be going on to study A Levels; Matthew in Physics, Maths, Geography and Economics with a view to studying Geography at University, and Angus in Philosophy, Spanish, Business Studies and Theatre Studies with a view to reading Law at university.

Georgie Stevens is also thrilled to have balanced her sporting talents with academic excellence. Having just returned from an exciting school netball tour to New Zealand, Georgie has topped her summer with a full sweep of A grades (8 A* and 2 A). As a sports scholar, Georgie plays first team hockey, netball and tennis, but will be combining this with A Levels in English, Maths, Economics and Psychology in September.


Another Year of GCSE Exam Success at Badminton

Badminton School is once again delighted to announce another year of GCSE exam success with 79% of all grades awarded being A*-A with just over half of all grades awarded being A*. In the face of an increasingly rigorous assessment system, the School was also extremely pleased that the percentage of Year 11 pupils with straight A* grades had increased from last year.

Headmistress at Badminton, Mrs Rebecca Tear, said; “I am proud of our girls’ achievements and of their individual successes. It is by understanding each girl’s route to this point, often balanced by an impressive range of extracurricular commitments and other such challenges, that one can really appreciate the significance of these GCSE awards.”

Director of Studies, Mr Stuart Dalley, said; “With ongoing press coverage about the tightening of exam marking, it is wonderful to see so many top grades being awarded. We are delighted with such outcomes as the 96% A*/A achieved in English Literature. This is testament to the dedication of the pupils here and the high standard of teaching throughout the School.”







Impressive performance at Bedales on GCSE results day

Bedales celebrated impressive exam results on GCSE results day with over a quarter of its students - 26 from a cohort of 102 - achieving a minimum of nine grades A*-A; 16 of them were educated at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst prior to progressing to Bedales senior school. 56.5% of the total grades awarded were at A*-A, and 94.1% at A*-C.

Unlike any other school, Bedales students tailor their studies by taking core subjects in the more challenging IGCSE qualification and the majority of other subjects in the school’s unique GCSE alternative, Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs). Only a small number of subjects use GCSE. All three qualifications use the same A*-G grading system.

The content of BACs is broad and stimulating offering cross curricular opportunities that are suited to a wide variety of teaching and active learning styles. Internal assessment includes a mixture of written assignments, presentations, projects and performances, together with terminal examinations as appropriate. Results are moderated by external examiners. Bedales is the first school to be recognised by UCAS as offering its own GCSE-replacement qualification.

Ten Bedales students achieved a minimum of nine A* grades, with three of those achieving 11A*s and three gaining 10A*s (see below). Six of the ten students were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales senior school and sixth form.

  • Josh Mazas from Liss achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Dance, Design, Drama, Geography and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Double Award Science and Spanish; and 1 B in GCSE Chinese. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Noah Clarke Hall from London achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Design, History and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish; and a GCSE in Latin. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Zeyno Yurddas from London achieved 11 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, and Outdoor Work; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics and Double Award Science; and a GCSE in Turkish.
  • Anna Baring from Winchester achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish; and a GCSE in Latin. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Phoebe Devonshire from Fareham achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish; and a GCSE in Latin.
  • Michael Paterson from Midhurst achieved 10 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Ancient Civilisations, Design and Geography; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Spanish. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Godelieve de Bree from Hindhead achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, and Outdoor Work; IGCSEs in English, French, Biology and Physics; and 2 As in IGCSE Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • Kit Mosely from Hambledon achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Ancient Civilisations, English Literature and History; IGSCEs in English, French, Mathematics and Double Award Science; and a GCSE in Music. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Julia Newlands from Steep achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in Art, English Literature and History; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.
  • Cy Worthington from Richmond, North Yorkshire achieved 9 A*s: Bedales Assessed Courses in English Literature and History; IGCSEs in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology; a GCSE in Latin; and an A in Bedales Assessed Course in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics.

Commenting on the students’ achievements, Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools said: “Congratulations to our students on their excellent results. As the Bedales curriculum is mainly a combination of the more demanding IGCSEs and Bedales Assessed Courses, our students’ performance is even more impressive, particularly as over a quarter of them achieved a clean sweep of nine A*s or As. Bedales Assessed Courses offer more stretch, challenge, collaboration, independent working and choice, which we believe encourages higher degrees of motivation and learning in our students. This unique approach provides a better platform for A Level success and thereby access to the more demanding universities, as well as preparing our students for the world of work.”

Other Bedales successes include:

  •          Molly Brooks from Chichester achieved 8 A*s and 2 As. 
  •          *Ollo Catton from Petersfield achieved 8 A*s and 2 As.
  •          *Ben Allez from Petersfield achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  •          *Polly Caines from Petersfield achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  •          Harry Green from Liss achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  •          Megan Harley from Walton on Thames achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
  •          *Milo Howes from Ropley achieved 6 A*s and 4 As.
  •          *Kitty Kennedy from Petersfield achieved 6 A*s and 4 As.
  •          *Rose Voorhees from Petersfield achieved 6 A*s, 3 As and 1 B.
  •          Stella Green from Hove achieved 6 A*s and 3 As.
  •          *Sam Harding from Steep achieved 6 A*s and 3 As.
  •          *Eloise Anderson from London achieved 5 A*s and 4 As.
  •          Elmo Meath Baker from London achieved 4 A*s and 6 As.
  •          Ottoline MacIlwaine from Alderney, Channel Islands achieved 3 A*s, 6 As and 1 B.
  •          *Quito Clothier from Petersfield achieved 3 A*s and 6 As.
  •          *Imi Gibbon from Froxfield achieved 2 A*s and 7 As.

* Attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst prior to Bedales senior school.

Bedales’ unique curriculum is built around a group of five compulsory subjects: IGCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, Science (Double or Triple Award) and a Modern Foreign Language. This ensures both that the full range of core skills is covered and also that the minimum requirement for much of higher education is met. Students then choose from other options, which include up to five BACs from a total of 11 courses on offer that include subjects such as Ancient Civilisations, History (the 2015 cohort was the first to take the BAC rather than GCSE) and Classical Music, an additional IGCSE Modern Foreign Language or GCSE (eg. Latin).

The overall combined GCSE/IGCSE /BAC results in 2015 were:

  •          A* - A: 56.5%
  •          A* - C: 94.1%

As Bedales students study a combination of three different qualifications, the figure quoted is a combined statistic for GCSE, IGCSE and Bedales Assessed Courses. No other school studies this unique combination of qualifications. Please note data is provisional.


Queen Anne’s Birthday Girl & Top Mathematician Celebrates

Queen Anne’s school is proud to announce another year of exceptional GCSE results with 28% of all entries receiving A*s, as compared to the national average of 6.8% for A* grades, and 50% of girls achieving 7 or more A*/A grades in their results. 

Headmistress Mrs Julia Harrington said “Congratulations to the girls and staff for the hard work and dedication which has gone into achieving these results. These girls now go on to the challenge of A-Levels and we look forward to helping them fulfil their potential in the Sixth Form as well as continuing to enjoy impressive standards in our music, drama, art and sport departments.”

Charlotte Leaver, who turned 16 today is celebrating her birthday with eight A*s and two A grades. Charlotte, a keen mathematician, has also been awarded a Distinction in Further Mathematics which puts her in the top 5% in the country. Charlotte will further her interest as she is studying Maths at A Level as well as Physics, French and English with a view to a career in Structural Engineering. 

Queen Anne’s results also demonstrated the school’s commitment and excellence in Science. In Biology 88% of all grades were A*/A, in Physics 85% A*/A, and in Chemistry 67%. In History 79% of all grades were A*/A and 90% of all grades were A*/B in English Literature.

Having introduced Mandarin into the curriculum just 6 years ago, all 8 girls studying this subject achieved an incredible 100% pass at A* grade, all of whom are non-native Mandarin speakers. Our thriving music department has also excelled with 8 girls aged 15 taking their IGCSE music qualification a year early and all achieving the top A* grade, as well holding excellent instrumental grades including grade 8 with distinction, five Grades 7s and three Grade 6s, demonstrating that Queen Anne’s promotes academic excellence alongside individual talent.

Congratulations go to Olivia Dunning, aged 16 from Henley-on-Thames, who has achieved top grades in her GCSEs. Olivia, who was awarded the U5 (Year 11) Achievement prize at Speech Day, received ten A* grades, including an A grade in Spanish. Olivia spent the summer working in Spain as an au pair and will be studying Mathematics, English Literature, Mandarin, Chemistry and Economics at A Level next year.

18% of girls achieved straight A* and A’s, scoring a grand total of 123 A* to A grades between them. Felix Manocha, as founding Editor of the school magazine, and now with eight A* and two A grades, will have plenty to write about! Antonia Sheppard, who sat her AS Music this year after only studying for 6 weeks, also achieved an incredible three A* and seven A grades. Antonia attended the World Scout Jamboree trip to Japan in July and returns to study Music Technology, English Literature, History and Psychology next year.

16-year-old Olivia Dunseath from Wokingham has been awarded nine A*s and one A grade in her GCSEs. Olivia will go on to study Mathematics, Biology, History and Chemistry at A Level next year.

Olawaseun Olukoko (Lulu), 16, from Nigeria, has achieved an excellent set of results including six A*s and three A grades. Lulu hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps and go on to study Chemical Engineering. Lulu will be studying Maths, English Literature, Physics and Chemistry at A Level.

Lacrosse player, Britta Anderson, aged 16 from Henley-on-Thames is celebrating after receiving 8 A* and 2 A grades in her GCSEs. Britta, who was awarded the Calliope prize for consistent effort in the U5 (Year 11) at the school’s Speech Day, will go on to study Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish at A Level.

16-year-old Rose Angel-Clark from Reading has achieved excellent results, including seven A* grades and two A grades. Rose, who was awarded the Challis Cup for English at Speech Day, will go on to study Philosophy and Ethics, History, Latin and English Literature at A Level.

Year 11 pupils Susie Liddell and Rosie Griffin, who led a Gender Debate discussion at the school’s BrainCanDo Conference in March, have both achieved top grades in their GCSEs. Inspired by the ‘Lean In’ project and actress Emma Watson’s United Nations speech, Susie and Rosie explored the concept of Feminism at the conference, describing how they want to “earn what we are worth” and that the word Feminism indicates “a strong, independent woman.”

16-year-old Susie, from Henley-on-Thames, achieved 10 GCSEs, including six A* grades and three A grades while Rosie, aged 16 from Caversham and a Berkshire County Champion runner in the 1500m, achieved 11 GCSEs, including two A* grades and seven A grades.  Rosie, who elected to study Ancient History off timetable to follow her love of this subject was delighted with her A* in this subject. 

Sporting star Kate Hillas, aged 16 from Henley-on-Thames, is celebrating after achieving eight A* and three A grades in her GCSEs. Kate, who represents Queen Anne’s in tennis and lacrosse, will now go on to study Mathematics, Biology, Economics and Geography in at A Level.

Kathryn Tremayne, 16 from Crowmarsh, has achieved 11 GCSEs, including three A* grades and five A grades. Kate will know go on to study Maths, English Literature, Economics and Geography in the Sixth Form at Queen Anne’s.

Zara Amjid, aged 16 from Maidenhead, has achieved 10 GCSEs, including four A* grades and five A grades.

County Hockey player, Jessica Roberts, aged 16 from Henley-on-Thames, has achieved 9 GCSEs, including one A* grade and six A grades. Jessica, who was recently invited to join the Junior Regional Performance Centre for Hockey, will go on to study Psychology, Economics, Biology, Music Technology and Core Mathematics at A Level this September.

The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s GCSE results is as follows:

  • A*        28%
  • A*/A     63%                
  • A*-B    88%
  • A*-C    97%                
  • Pass    100%


Superb GCSE Results for Queen’s College

Year 11 students from Queen’s College are celebrating an impressive set of GCSE results achieving 45% A* - A grades. 

Headmaster, Chris Alcock said, “These are exceptionally good results and are testament to some incredibly hard work and commitment by our students and staff. 

“The value added results are particularly impressive and show clearly that students studying at Queen’s are five times more likely to achieve an A*than would otherwise might be expected.  Eight of our students achieved eight or more A*s and students of all abilities surpassed all expectation.  We are very proud of the achievements of all them.” 

Amongst the Queen’s students celebrating their results is Jacob Greenow who achieved 10 A*s and an A. As well as excellent academic results Jacob has recently returned from the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi where he swam for Great Britain. Jacob will continue to swim for the county and Great Britain whilst studying for his A-Levels at Queen’s College in September.


Bruton School for Girls’ GCSE results announced

With 94% of students gaining five or more GCSEs at A*-C and with just under half of all grades being the top A* and A awards, Bruton School for Girls continues to build its reputation for consistently high achievements year on year.

Among the crop of A* and A grades were Li-Yun Kuo who gained 10A* and 1A, and both Eliza Robertson from Frome and Ellie Rickards from Holton who received 7A* and 3As each. A special mention goes to 14 year old Genevieve Baker, from Thornford near Sherborne, who took GCSE Latin early and received an A* with full marks in two of the papers.

Headmistress Nicola Botterill congratulated all the girls on their results: 

“People often don’t realise we are an academically non-selective school and take students from a wide ability range, so I am especially pleased with our results and the personal successes our girls have achieved.

“They have proved that hard work and dedication has paid off with a fantastic set of results across a wide range of subjects with some outstanding results in certain subject areas including Biology, Music and Art.”

In Science, 93% of the Biology students gained a B grade or higher whilst in both Chemistry and Physics 87% of grades were A*-B confirming the school’s growing reputation for encouraging ‘girls in science’.

The school’s art department has for some time been recognised as particularly strong and this year three girls: Lily Piper, Alex Chadfield and Estelle Spinner, all gained full marks in their exams which is a super reflection on the teaching and creativity.

In Music 100% of candidates gained A* or A grade with 75% of the students gaining the top A* grade.

Full A* and A grade results:

  • Alex Chadfield, from London, was awarded a total of 5A* and 4A grades
  • Sabrina Lui from Hong Kong received 5A* and 4As
  • Sophia Dugdale from North Cadbury gained 2A* and 7 A grades
  • Megan Hotson from Frome gained 7As and 1 A*
  • Sade Oram from Mere also gained 7As and 1A*

Mrs Botterill was looking forward to welcoming many of the girls back to begin their A Level studies at the school’s Sixth Form, which last week announced an excellent set of A Level results where 40% of A Level grades were A or A* - far above the national average of 25.9%.


Sparkling set of GCSE results for St Mary’s Calne girls        

Girls at leading independent girls’ school St Mary’s Calne are celebrating following their outstanding GCSE Level results, with over three quarters of all entries graded A*-A and 95% A*-B.

25 girls achieved A*-A grades across all of their subjects, with 100% A*s in Italian and Russian.  Other subjects which saw some very strong results include German and Greek with 100%.  A*-A, Latin 96% A*-A, Spanish 93% A*-A, Religious Studies 92% A*-A and over 80% A*-As in Art, Biology, English Literature, French, Geography and History.

Among the girls with exceptional grades were Academic Scholars Hannah McLintock and local girl Yasmin Watling (from Lacock, Wiltshire) – both achieving a full sweep of 11A*s. Hannah was awarded two of her A*s last year (in French and Maths) and Yasmin also gained A*s in Maths and Spanish in 2014. Eliza Perry from Pewsey, Wiltshire (Academic Exhibition holder) is also to be congratulated on receiving a stunning 11 A*s and 1A.

Kitty Bevan (who scored full marks across all her Geography papers), Lily Innes and Academic Scholar Verity Page all scooped top grades, each being awarded 10A*s and 1A (Verity being awarded full marks in 3 out of 4 papers in both of her Greek and Latin exams). Academic Scholars Joyce Lam and Bethany Spinks (who received full marks in RS), along with Rosie Leng (all-round Bodinnar Scholar, who was also awarded full marks in RS) and Alexis Purdy, are all to be congratulated on 9 straight A*s, and additional A grades. Congratulations also to Academic Scholar Iona Westwood, from Bath, who was awarded 8A*s and 1A.

Music Scholars and twins, Jess and Sassie Patel, achieved a fantastic 22 A* and A grades between them!  Both were awarded the highest A* marks in the school in Music – coincidentally achieving the same overall mark in this subject.  The girls are extremely talented musicians who have played in the National Children's Orchestra of GB (NCO) for six years, from the age of 9-15. This year, they successfully auditioned for the National Children's Chamber Orchestra of GB (NCCO).The organisation has three separate Chamber Orchestras, which each have only two oboe places available, so gaining oboe places was an excellent feat. Jess and Sassie both have Grade 8 oboe, in addition, this year Sassie passed Grade 8 cello and Jess achieved Grade 7 in piano and singing.

One of the top performing girls came to St Mary’s on a Foundation Scholarship – offered to gifted and talented pupils from the state sector. Eve Webster, from Swindon, Wiltshire, is to be congratulated on achieving 10A*/A grades.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented, “I am overjoyed for all the girls; they have worked incredibly hard and deserve these outstanding GCSE results.  Each girl has performed to their very best and they have really shone; each and every one of them should feel proud of what they have achieved.  This success is testament to the dedication of all of the teachers here, who encourage and inspire the girls to do their best and of course to the girls themselves, who motivate and support one another so well.” 

Music Scholars and twins, Jess and Sassie Patel, achieved a fantastic 22 A* and A grades between them!  Both were awarded the highest A* marks in the school in Music – coincidentally achieving the same overall mark in this subject.  The girls are extremely talented musicians who have played in the National Children's Orchestra of GB (NCO) for six years, from the age of 9-15. This year, they successfully auditioned for the National Children's Chamber Orchestra of GB (NCCO).The organisation has three separate Chamber Orchestras, which each have only two oboe places available, so gaining oboe places was an excellent feat. Jess and Sassie both have Grade 8 oboe, in addition, this year Sassie passed Grade 8 cello and Jess achieved Grade 7 in piano and singing.


Students at Bedstone College are celebrating the school’s best ever GCSE results

The boarding school in South Shropshire prides itself on getting the best out of all students whatever their ability and is a great supporter of the ‘holistic’ education that ensures that every young person is able to experience success and, from that, grow in confidence.

The Headmaster, David Gajadharsingh said: “While academic results are only one measure of the success of a school, they are an important one. This year, the Year 11 cohort has outperformed all others previously, returning a staggering statistic: 96% of all students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at
A*-C. This is the best on record by some margin. In the measure of 5 A*-C (including English and Mathematics), we are also delighted to report another record at 81%. At Bedstone, we teach the traditional subjects that are highly regarded by universities and employers alike. Most of our students take three separate sciences and all of our students must take at least one modern foreign language.”

There was a 91% pass rate at grade C or above across all the sciences; 92% in both French and Spanish and a 100% pass rate in German. There were 100% pass rates in Mathematics, Geography, Music, Sports Science and Double Award Science. These scores would not look out of place in many
academically selective schools. Not only were the raw results very pleasing, but the Value Added scores are also very impressive with the cohort as a whole far exceeding what was predicted by their baseline ability tests.

Mr Gajadharsingh continues: “I am incredibly proud of the students and I must congratulate them and their teachers on achieving such marvellous results. The majority of them will be staying on in the VI Form and they will certainly be well-placed to start their A-levels with great confidence. Some might hold the view that independent schools’ results are ‘propped-up’ by very talented non-UK students. Actually, our best performers continue to be local children. The top performer this year was Emily Kindermann from Bucknell who achieved 7A* and 4 A grades. Heather Wylie, another UK student was rewarded with 1A* and 8A grades. Local students Imogen Lee from Knighton, and Lewys Phillips from Craven Arms, were each awarded seven A grades. Keeping it the family, Emily’s sister Annika took her GCSE German two years early and scored a remarkable 299/300 (A*). It just goes to show what local children can achieve given the right environment.”


Bromsgrove School 

Bromsgrove School is delighted to announce excellent GCSE and IGCSE results, following on from its best ever IB results and its outstanding A level results.

201 pupils sat 1,978  GCSE and IGCSE examinations with a number of pupils also taking AS levels and the Extended Project.

Overall, 30% of all results were at grades A*, 61% at A*/A and  85% at A* to B.  In the core subjects of English, Mathematics and the Sciences, all pupils sat the more challenging IGCSE and in IGCSE Maths, 70% of 200 candidates gained A* and A grades.  In the subjects of Biology, Latin and Music more than 80% of candidates gained an A* or A grade and in Textiles 100% of entries were graded A* or A.

There were outstanding performances by pupils Olivia Bond and William Draper-Barr who both gained 11 A* grades.  Oliver Hall, Isabel James and Oliver Rogers achieved 10 A* and an A grade and a further nine pupils gained at least 9 A* grades.  

Headmaster, Peter Clague, said, “These are exceptional results which complement the School’s recent successes in A Levels, IB Diploma and Btec.  To be so consistent over the years and across qualifications is testimony to the calibre of committed educators and motivated pupils that Bromsgrove enjoys.”


Scarborough College 

On the back of a very impressive set of IB results for the Upper Sixth leavers in July, Scarborough College is delighted with the outstanding GCSE results achieved by its Year 11 students.  52% of all the UK pupils’ results were graded A* or A with two pupils, Niall Collinson and Boti Pinter, bagging straight A*s and As across the board.  Such extraordinary grades were supported by a remarkable full 100% A*-C pass rate across 14 separate GCSE subjects.  94% of all results were graded A* to C, with 96% of students achieving a minimum of 5 subjects at grades A* to C, including English and maths.

The new Headmaster at the College, Charles Ellison, commented: “Today’s results are truly breath-taking and my warm congratulations go not only to the hard-working pupils but also to the dedicated staff whose desire to go above-and-beyond make it possible for every child to meet their academic potential over a number of years.  The fact that more than half of all the GCSEs sat resulted in an A* or A grade in a mixed ability institution goes to show what can actually be achieved if the right ‘can-do’ atmosphere is created.  I’m sure many other schools will be keen to know the secret of Scarborough College’s success and I am quite happy to share the crucial ingredients: aspirational pupils, supportive parents, inspiring and passionate teachers, and an environment where every individual matters.  Scarborough College firmly believes in providing opportunities and challenges for all pupils on a daily basis in order to build the self-awareness and confidence to succeed not just in exams, but in life more widely.  I am immensely proud to be taking over at the helm of such a high-performing school.”


Ratcliffe College

Ratcliffe College is delighted with its very impressive 2015 GCSE results, which reinforced the comments from the School’s recent Inspection, that the attainment of the students across all external examinations is excellent. 

Headmaster, Mr Gareth Lloyd commented: “Teaching a wide spectrum of abilities, our examination results have yet again proven that we stretch the most able and support those with additional needs.  I am immensely proud of my students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of my colleagues to each and every child.”

Highest achieving students scored 11 A*s; one such student, Charlie Nicholson, said “I am overwhelmed with my results.  The teaching has been fantastic and I am thrilled for all my friends, too.  I am now really looking forward to Sixth Form studies, and hopefully in time going to Cambridge.”  

Emilia Lawden, who only started at Ratcliffe College two years ago in Year 10, also achieved 11 A*s.  She said, “I’m quite in shock, really.  I thought I’d done alright, but over the summer you start to think that you’ve done worse.  The Further Maths first paper was really hard but the second paper went better.  I’m going on to take the three Sciences and Maths at ‘A’ Level and hopefully read Medicine at Cambridge to go on to be a Geneticist.  The teachers are amazing – when you get stuck, there is always someone there to help.”  Mrs Bridget Lawden, Emilia’s mother, said, “The teachers are wonderful, they always go the extra mile”.

One of the loveliest comments came from another top performer, Kate Scarborough, who said, “My only complaint is that my cheeks are hurting because I can’t stop smiling!!

In the very difficult Further Mathematics examination, which is far more challenging than GCSE Mathematics, 22% of the entire cohort achieved A or above (including A**), significantly bucking the national trend.  Along with 40% of all grades being A/A* and with 90% of grades being A*- C, Ratcliffe College is delighted with the value added performance evidenced by its excellent teaching and learning. 



MORE than one in five Year 11 students at leading girls’ school Heathfield in Ascot have achieved at least 6 A*-A grades each in their GCSE examinations.

Two girls were awarded a string of 11 A*-A grades each – with 17 A* grades between them - in a series of outstanding individual GCSE performances for the Berkshire school. Three others recorded at least 9 A*-A grades each.

Two-thirds of all the GCSE exams taken by Heathfield pupils, including GCSEs sat early, were awarded the highest A*-B grades (68%) with 40% achieving all A*-A grades.

In the core STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, all the girls performed strongly with 100% achieving all A*-C grades in Mathematics and Biology and nine in ten (92%) achieving all A*-C in Chemistry and Physics.

Girls also scored impressively in modern foreign languages with all A*-A grades in Chinese and Russian, 85% scoring A*-B grades in Spanish and seven in ten scoring A*-B grades in French. One Year 8 British student sat GCSE French three years early and achieved an outstanding A* grade.

Other top-performing subjects include History (100% A*-B), Music (100% A*-B) and Latin (100% A*-B).

Head of Heathfield School, Mrs Jo Heywood, said: ‘This year’s set of results have been marked by many individual outstanding performances and by a strong performance in the key academic subjects. I look forward to welcoming the girls back in September as many of them begin their A Level studies.’

Next month, the school, headed by Chemistry graduate Mrs Jo Heywood, will open a new state-of-the-art STEM block.



Pupils at Barnard Castle School in County Durham celebrated today after 80% of the 83 pupils who sat their GCSEs this year achieved at least one top grade (A or A*), over half picked up an A*, and 12 gained all As and A*s in their exams.

In the list of impressive results were two sets of twins, all four of whom wowed their parents and teachers with the strings of A and A* grades they received across all subjects.

The majority of pupils at Barnard Castle School and elsewhere undertake an average of 10 GCSEs, but Lexy Dalton, from Wolsingham, sat a total of 12 GCSEs this summer. She rose to the challenge, going above and beyond, by gaining extraordinary final results with 10 A*s and two As. 

Lexy plans to study Biology, Maths, Latin and Chemistry at A Level at Barnard Castle School, in the new multi-million-pound sixth form building which will open alongside other new school facilities this autumn.

Lexy’s twin brother Max kept the family celebrations going when he opened his letter to find six As and three A*s in English, Maths, Biology Chemistry*, Physics*, Geography, History*, German and Latin. He is also staying on at the school to study Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics at A Level.

Lexy and Max put their success at school down to having a balance of activities. They recently returned from Peru after completing charity work during the school’s summer trip and Lexy is also in the orchestra and sings in the choir.

When asked what she thought of her results and if Max helped her during the revision process, Lexy said: “I’m really pleased with my results today, it’s a relief.  Max and I did test each other out a bit in the build up to the exams but I think it’s more the friendly competition which helps, as well as the hard work.”

On her next steps, she continued: “I’m looking forward to the new responsibilities we’re given in sixth form, controlling our own time table, the chance of becoming a monitor, and also developing a deeper understanding of my chosen subjects.”

The Daltons weren’t the only family with more than one reason to celebrate, the summer-born Carter twins, Will and Tom from Laithkirk near Middleton-in-Teesdale will be celebrating in the Outer Hebrides where they are currently on holiday, after receiving their results via email, both brothers got a string of A*s and As in their GCSEs.

Tom achieved four A*s in Geography, History, Maths and Physics and six As in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, German and Latin, while Will received As in Biology, English Language, History and Latin and A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Literature and Geography.

Will and Tom are the youngest of five, and among three older brothers, who also attended Barnard Castle School, one has gone on to study Medicine in Aberdeen, another is reading Classics in Oxford, while the other is completing his A Level studies.  They are currently holidaying with their friend Dan Roberts, also from Barnard Castle School, who got an impressive seven A*s, two As and a B.

Another musically talented star student, Sam Farquhar, despite being one of the youngest with his birthday falling on 26th June achieved seven A*s and four As.  The boarding school pupil from Durham came to Barnard Castle School on a music scholarship and is a high-achiever in areas outside academia, like many of Barney’s pupils who are encouraged to develop as all-rounders.  As well as regularly winning musical awards, Sam sings in the chapel choir and recently performed in St Paul’s Cathedral, he is also a talented piano and trumpet player.

Sam’s mum, Amy, a member of the chapel choir and church administrator at St Nicholas Church in Durham, said: “I was expecting Sam to do well but I’m still so pleased at the good news and very proud of him.  He has been very nervous over the last few days and he has worked hard to get his results.”

On what helped him overcome challenges, Amy said: “The teaching at Barnard Castle School is outstanding. With the subjects Sam wasn’t sure about, teachers helped him by giving extra tutorials during activity time which every student has at the end of each day. 

“The teachers go the extra mile as it’s a way of life for them.  He is given so many opportunities and being a boarding school pupil means he has 250 brothers and sisters as well as a music room in which to practice every morning.”

Sam is continuing his studies in September at Barnard Castle School in Music, History, English Language and Maths.

Barnard Castle School bucks the trend for a decline of Modern Foreign Languages being studied in school this summer, with 98% of its pupils taking at least one of French, German or Spanish at GCSE.  Two of the girls who proved their linguistic ability when the GCSE results came out were Salma Ali, from Bishop Auckland and Sophie Barns, a boarder from King’s Lynn in Norfolk who both gained A*s in French and Spanish.

Commenting on her results and why she chose languages, Sophie said; “I am so relieved now I know what I’ve got and I’m really pleased with the results.  I love learning new languages and have friends in Paris and Spain who I met at school when they came over to learn English. We stay in touch on social media and I went to stay with them recently so I’ve had the chance to use the languages I’m learning in the countries they’re spoken in.”

After seeing 83 of his students receive praise for their hard-work and success in their GCSEs, Barnard Castle School headmaster Alan Stevens commented on the value of the GCSE examinations, a qualification which the government is discussing scrapping now that the majority of 16-year-olds go onto higher education.

He said: “GCSEs and IGCSEs provide children with a very real and valuable experience of external examination, something that no amount of internal termly or trial exams can do. They are vehicles for both developing resilience, coping with volume, organisation and pressure as well as providing a quality-assured preparation for much more demanding studies in the Sixth Form.

“At Barnard Castle School, where our curriculum is based on robust traditional subjects, this preparation is important. Moreover, a traditional academic Sixth Form education is not for everyone and GCSE provides a pause for reflection for young people who can pursue other valuable paths at 16+, having had a secure education and gained an understanding of themselves and the world in which they live and an ability to communicate effectively.”

Barnard Castle offers IGCSEs (The International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in Physics, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature and History as well as the standard GCSE.

The alternative qualification offers an academically rigorous, internationally used curriculum which is offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate, A Level and BTEC Level 3, it was also developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations.


Another outstanding year for Sexey’s GCSE results

Thursday 20 August 2015, Bruton: Sexey’s School is celebrating another outstanding year of GCSE results, marking the best grades attained at the school for over a generation. The Sexeians achieved 81% 5+ A*-C grades including English and Maths: a 5% increase on 2014 (which was also a strong year), illustrating that the School continues to go from strength to strength in its core subjects, as well as across the broader curriculum.

Value-Added scores are also particularly notable in 2015, showing a 30 point increase compared to last year, at 1062. This demonstrates that students of any level of academic ability are significantly supported at Sexey’s School, with 96% of students making expected, or better than expected, progress in English, and 85% achieving the same feat in Mathematics. The increase in results was even more pleasing as the prior attainment of Year 11 this year was lower than in the previous year.

Head Master of Sexey’s School, Mr. Irfan Latif commented on the recent exam success, “Nationally, the number of students achieving the very top grades continue to fall. In this context, our students’ continually improving grades are exceptionally impressive and I congratulate every one of them on their success. Sexey’s continues to maintain high academic expectations and standards for all our students and we are all delighted with these outstanding results - a testament to all of the hard work and dedication involved in school, in the boarding houses, and at home. I look forward to working with many of them in the next part of their academic journey into our successful Sixth Form.”

Deputy Headteacher Mr. Paul Reddick added, "GCSEs can be incredibly motivating and I am delighted for all of our students and colleagues who have worked so hard to achieve another year of excellent GCSE results. While the headline figures are gratifyingly strong, there are also numerous individual successes; students who have worked really hard to meet, and often exceed, their targets. The percentage of our students who have succeeded in achieving better-than-expected results in core subjects like English and Maths are well above the national average and they should be extremely proud. The year group was a delight to work with and the students will go on to do very well at Sixth Form and beyond.”

Particularly noteworthy pupils include a roster of high-achievers:

  •        Oliver Marsh, 12 A*-A (9 A*, 3 A)
  •        Jacob Trimnell 11 A*-A (6 A*, 5 A)
  •        Rob Clackson 10 A*-A (5 A*, 5 A)
  •        Ed Deacon 9 A*-A (4 A*, 5 A)
  •        Jack Terry 8 A*-A (4 A*, 4 A)
  •        Annabel Stainer, 7 A*-A (4 A*, 3 A)

Congratulations also go to the following students who met, or exceeded, their targets in all subject areas, including Gwen Patch, Charlotte Pottow, Charlie Johns, Mide Adebowale, Georgina Chapman and Josiah Berkeley.

Commenting, Ollie Marsh (9 A*, 3 A) said, “Thank you to all of the amazing staff at Sexey’s.” Marie Patch, a mother, added, “The students worked so hard but their achievements would not have been possible without the support and teamwork from all the staff at Sexey’s.”

Sexey’s GCSE results success builds on that of its A Level students last week, which saw 34% of students achieving A*-A grades, 65% achieving A*-B and 86% achieving A*-C: well above the national average and marking the highest A*-A grades achieved at Sexey’s School in the last three years. For more, please visit the online news story here.

To read about changes to GCSEs from September 2015, you can visit the Day’s Diatribe column from the first edition of the school magazine, The Sexeian, page 7, available to read online here.


The sky’s the limit as Ripon’s top GCSE performers are showered with stars

A student who chose to have his leg amputated just six months before vital exams is walking tall again after scooping ten top GCSEs.  Monty Merchie, a student at Ripon Grammar School, was born with a congenital malformation in the bones in his left leg.

He under went more than 25 operations, including having the malformation removed, but people with his condition are predisposed to non-union in bones so the surgery was not completely successful and he was still only able to walk using crutches.

Last year he took the momentous decision to opt to have the leg amputated and be fitted with a prosthesis after infection went through more bone.

"It was quite an easy decision to make in the end; I was just ready to get on with life," said Monty, 16, of Boroughbridge.

His mum Fiona added: "He's at an important stage of his life. Amputation was something we wouldn't have even thought about before but he reached an age where he wanted a leg he could use, that wouldn't hold him back any more."

Despite having a pump fitted to draw out the infection and the two-stage amputation at hospital in Sheffield, which meant missing most of the first term of his GCSE exam year last autumn, Monty achieved two A*s, three As, four Bs and a C grade.

He was fitted with his prosthetic leg in January. This summer he cycled 250km around France and has started running, helped by his physiotherapist.

"It's fantastic. I'm standing here now without crutches, which I had for ten years. I feel much better now," said Monty, who recently won an overcoming adversity through sport award in Harrogate after being nominated by Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman.

Mr Pearman said: "Monty is an extremely courageous young man and an inspiration to everyone here. We are delighted for him and full of admiration that he was able to achieve a great set of GCSEs despite the school time he missed and the experience he has been through."

Monty, who plays piano and guitar, is staying on at Ripon Grammar School to study A levels in physics, maths, Spanish and music, with a long term plan to be a music producer or sound engineer.

Overall results at the grammar school saw 61.4 per cent of all grades being A* or A. There were particular successes in chemistry where 62 per cent of grades were A*, in art and design where 53 per cent were A*s and French, which saw 40 per cent of students gain an A*.

In further maths, four gained a rare ‘A hat’, a grade higher than A*, while a further 18 students achieved an A* and 13 gained an A in the subject.

Among the departmental successes are 15 stargazers who gained a rare GCSE in astronomy, seven achieving A*s, six getting As and two achieving a B. Ripon Grammar School is one of the few schools to offer the subject and has its own observatory.

Roscoe Savage, 16, of Galphay, who got an A in astronomy, said: "I chose it because it was different and something I'd never done before. We covered some of it in physics and the teachers made it sound really interesting, but it was hard with some A level maths and physics within the course.

"Twenty five per cent of it was practical which meant going out in the dark, which was good fun, and we have great astronomy facilities here with the observatory."

In geography, new head of department Rachael Kirkman was delighted with 27 students out of 39 gaining an A* or A.

The results were music to the ears of singer-songwriter and musician , Billy Tweddle, who is signed to independent label Chess Club, a division of Sony Music, and performs under the stage name Billie Marten. She has performed her acoustic folk-inspired songs on BBC Radio 1 and at Leeds Fest.

Billy, 16, of Ripon, achieved three A*s, five As and two Bs. She said: "I started playing guitar and singing a bit when I was eight. We're a musical family and had David Bowie playing in the car instead of nursery rhymes when I was little.

"My mum recorded a video of me to put on YouTube for my grandparents in France. We thought nothing more of it, but then something happened and it went crazy. I started writing more songs and did small, local gigs.

"I don't want to be famous or anything like that. I just love music because it makes me happy. The attention has been accidental. My teachers have been really supportive and my school work comes first, but it's nice to be able to keep writing songs."

Billy's next EP is due out in November, soon after she starts her A level courses in English literature, art and French.

Katie Veitch, 16, of Ripon, was one of the top performers with a clean sweep of ten A*s. Now ready to start A levels in history, art, RE and English, she said: "I'm really happy. I thought I had done a lot worse in some subjects so it's a great relief."

A further eight students achieved a string of top grades:

  • Emma Wilkinson - ten A*s and an A
  • Lucy Wicks – nine A*s and one A
  • Will Stobbs – one A hat, eight A*s and three As
  • Emily Evans – one A hat, nine A*s and two As
  • Lorna Aspinall – one A hat, eight A*s, two As
  • Susie Dinning – nine A*s, three As
  • Lydia Poole and Ben Wayne – nine A*s, two As

Headmaster Martin Pearman said: “I’m delighted for this year’s GCSE students who have worked extremely hard to gain such an excellent set of results. I’m also very pleased with some strong departmental performances which is just reward for the commitment and dedication of our staff team.”



With the national press reporting that top GCSE grades showed a decline this year, pupils at Stonar near Atworth achieved quite the opposite. The number of A* grades awarded rose by almost 4% on last year’s results to 18%

Over half pupils’ grades in English Language and Literature were A* and As. Well over half of all Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs were awarded A* - A grades, as were French and Spanish results.

High flyers include:

  • Rainbow Cheng of Hong Kong, who gained 11 x A*s and 2 x A grades;
  • Leila Gilding, of Bakewell, Derbyshire, who gained 8 x A*s and 3 x A grades;
  • Alice Sheppard of Whitley, Melksham, who achieved 7 x A*s and 6 x A grades;
  • Olivia Crouch of Holt, Trowbridge, who gained 6 x A*s, 4 x As and a B grade;
  • Natasha Webster of Staverton, Trowbridge, who gained 5 x A*s and 8 x A grades

Professor Welham, Alice Sheppard’s mother said “We are absolutely delighted. Alice has worked really hard and has gained excellent results”. Alice plans to take Sciences and Maths at A Level, with a view to studying Engineering at university.

Lydia Shayler of Bath, confounded her previous school’s predictions, gaining an A in English Language. Lydia’s mother was overjoyed and said “Lydia’s previous school were very negative about her ability; she has exceeded her own expectations and we are absolutely delighted. Stonar and these results have given her so much confidence; it’s hard to keep the tears away.”

With 18% of the grades across all subjects at Stonar awarded A* grade (three times the national average) it’s easy to forget that Stonar admits pupils with a wide range of academic ability.  However, every pupil takes the more challenging IGCSE in Maths, English and the Sciences.

“I am delighted to see so many pupils achieving highly and exceeding their own expectations. Stonar excels at helping pupils do this, both academically and personally,” said Head, Dr Sally Divall.  


Bishop’s Stortford College celebrates their best ever GCSE results!

Bishop’s Stortford College students have surpassed all previous GCSE results and this morning are celebrating 70% A*-A. 40% of results achieved A* (up from 34% in 2014). These results are a long way ahead of the reported national average** of 21% A*-A and against the national trend of a reduction in the number of A* grades.

38 pupils will be joining the College’s prestigious ’Ten Club’ and will receive a tie as a reward for 10 or more A*/A grades. The College’s stand-out pupils were Anna Calder and Nicholas Cowles who achieved 11A* and a further 10 pupils achieved a stunning 10A*; Ruman Basra, Ben Brierley, Nicole Buckingham, John Crump, James Gregory, Sam Hopkinson, Caitlin Mahoney, Eleanor McSweeney, Maya Nurbhai and Rebecca Withers. Another 10 pupils achieved 9A* or above. 

Three sets of twins enjoy a stellar performance; Lucy and Nicole Buckingham have 19A* and an A between them, Ben and Emily Brierley also have 19A* and an A, and Katherine and WiIliam Watson have 14A* and 6A grades collectively.

Bishop’s Stortford College pupils have once again excelled in subjects across the board but Geography, History, Latin, Music, Religious Studies, Music and Drama have all gained at least 80% A*-A.

Headmaster Jeremy Gladwin said, “It’s been an incredible year. Our Fifth Formers have worked so hard and thoroughly deserve all they have achieved. I am very proud of them. They have been supported by dedicated and skilled teachers to whom I give heartfelt thanks. Congratulations to everyone.”

Reading School boarding students celebrate great GCSE results

Boarding pupils were amongst the Reading School students celebrating great GCSE results today.

Overall 100% of students gained five A* to C and 96% gained at least five A* to A.  99.6% of all grades were A* to C, and 100% gained A* to E.  85.5% of all examinations were graded A* to A.  50% of entries gained A* and 50.8% of students gained 11 A* to A.  92.1% achieved the English Baccalaureate.

East Wing boarding student William Taylor was amongst eight boys in the School who achieved 11 A*s.  He gained A*s in Biology, Chemistry, English, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics, Drama, Physics, Religious Studies and Physical Education.  William also gained As in Additional Maths (the highest achievable grade) and in German.    

South House boarder, Luca Moffat got A*s in Biology, Chemistry, English, French, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, Religious Studies and Physical Education, as well as As in Additional Maths and Drama, and a B in English Literature.

Other boarding students who did particularly well included Albert Joseph who got five A*s and six As; Daniel Shao who gained six A*s and five As; and Justin Oh who gained two A*s and nine As.

South House Boarding Master Chris Evans says: “We are very proud of our GCSE candidates.  It was great to see the way boarders bounced off each other in the run up to exams and lovely to see their hard work rewarded."



Buckswood Students from Guestling, Hastings are celebrating this week after another year of great A Level and GCSE results, bucking the national downward trend with the number of students achieving A* - A grades rising to 26%, which is also a rise of 2% on the School’s 2014 performance.

Buckswood Upper Sixth Form, comprising of  64 students, are now off to University with the graduates all accepting places in the UK top 50 establishments. Notable results include Salem Shammakh A*AAB, going on to Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation at Bath University,

Konstantin Korsun A*AAB, going on to Economics and Management  at Kings College London, Alex Ashton - AABB - In Maths, Accounting, Business and Spanish, Victoria Kovalenko - A*BB, going on to Politics and International Relations  at the University of Kent and Agatha Kempf - AAB - in her AS examinations.

This year has also seen GCSE results in line with the national average for A* - C passes, but as with many other independent schools, Buckswood sit some of their core subjects at the harder IGCSEs and the A* - C pass mark was 80%. “We are pleased with this year’s results” commented the Headteacher Mark Redsell “Buckswood offers more than just GCSEs, and this year’s results are a credit to the hard work of our students and teachers. From next year even more of our core subjects will be sat in the harder IGCSE system and judging by out IGCSE results over the last few years, this qualification better suits our students”.

As you would expect in an International School the number of Modern Foreign Languages being offered and sat far exceeds the national average, but the number of UK students taking these subjects is also higher with notably lots of A results in Chinese, which Buckswood students learn alongside Spanish and French in the Junior School. Also bucking the national trend was the School’s maths results, which were 10% higher than the national average at 73% and a 100% pass rate in the newly introduced GCSE in Statistics.

“Buckswood has always believed in offering a wide curriculum, giving students many opportunities to gain experiences and qualifications that make them stand out from the crowd” added Mr Redsell “This summer has seen the School double in size with the acquisition of a new Woodlands Activity Centre, Farm and Stables, more land and a 26ft Yacht to broaden our students education both inside and outside the classroom across land and sea!”.


Queen Mary’s Girls Delighted with another set of Outstanding Results!

The girls at Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, have once again been jumping for joy over their GCSE results. With 84% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades, this was nearly 20% higher than the national average. A number of girls were particularly pleased with their results, as 51% of the  After predictions that GCSE results may plummet for 2015, Queen Mary’s has definitely bucked the trend with particular success seen in German, Additional Maths and Music. Lois Wright achieved 9 A*’s and 2 A’s, of which one was an A* Distinction in Further Maths. She will go on to Fettes in September with the view to studying Medicine at University.

Queen Mary’s Headmaster, Robert McKenzie Johnston, commented: “With one fifth of the girls achieving straight A*’s and A’s, it really is an outstanding achievement for a non-selective school. The less academic girls also obtained grades well above those they were predicted due to their good hard work and determination. The girls here at Queen Mary’s have worked exceptionally hard and the school is very proud of their achievements.”



Bradfield College pupils achieve best ever results

Bradfield’s pupils have secured the College’s best ever GCSE results with over 60% of grades being either A* or A. Nearly half the candidates gained seven or more A*/A grades in their GCSE and IGCSEs. Other records have also been beaten with 89% A* - B and 98% A* - C grades testifying to hard work across the academic spectrum.

Congratulations go to all pupils with special mentions for Nick McDonald who secured 10A*s and for Louie Hemmings, Sam Newall, Tiff Hurren, Joshua Baxter, Alex Jones, Patrick Davies, Antonia Fane, Amy Knowles and Julia Merican who all scored A*s in at least six subjects. Their achievements are all the more impressive against a national backdrop of fewer top grades once more this year.

The College’s incoming Headmaster, Dr Christopher Stevens, said: “I am delighted that the College has seen such a strong performance in GCSEs this year following good A-Level and excellent IB Diploma results. I know the pupils have worked especially hard over the past two years as the College has embarked on a number of new initiatives encouraging them to take more responsibility for their own learning. These results are a testament to all that young people can achieve within a climate of high expectations and with the support of a dedicated and skilful team of teachers. This group of pupils can now build on their success in the Sixth Form having set a high standard for their successors. I am confident that we can do better still in future as we continue to innovate and to put our pupils at the centre of their education, both in and out of the classroom.”


Our best GCSE results…EVER!

“Fresh from the success of last week’s record A-level results, we’re back celebrating more fantastic achievements this week at Giggleswick with our best ever GCSE results.

As well as increasing our GCSE pass rate to over 95%, nearly half of our entries achieved A*/A grades and more than 78% secured A*to B grades.

Amongst our many top performers is Alison Wong, who opened up her results this morning in Hong Kong to find that she had achieved 11 straight A*’s. An exceptional result.

The achievements of our students are all the more impressive considering the continued talk in government and media about “toughening up” on GCSE results. We’re delighted to be bucking national trends and that includes our boys who have successfully outperformed the girls at the higher grades this year with 50% of them achieving A*/A grades.

We are also nurturing some impressive female scientists, with 83% of them achieving A*/A’s in Physics and 73% in Chemistry. They could soon be following in the footsteps of our Year 13 leavers, Catherine Mills from Giggleswick, and Miriam Lord from Settle, who are both off to study Science at Oxford next month.

Sharing in the success of our students today are the parents, teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly to support them all. These results are testimony to our incredibly supportive and positive community that nurtures the ambitions and skills of all these talented individuals.”


Magnificent 7 achieve all A*s in GCSEs at Brentwood School

Seven exceptional students from Brentwood School are celebrating a clean sweep of A* Grades in their GCSE examinations in what was another impressive year of results for the School.

Straight 11 A* students Hannah Allan, Daniel Blockley, James Elms, Georgina Henwood, Caolán McConnaughie, Henry Mead and Lloyd Richards picked up their results on Thursday morning to open their envelopes and were left with well-deserved beaming smiles on their faces.

Another stand-out performer was Anjali Jayasekera who took two additional subjects (Classical Civilisation and Additional Maths) achieving a staggering 13 GCSEs - 11A*s and 2 As.

Anjali’s proud mother, Dr Manori Jayasekera, was delighted to see her daughter’s hard work rewarded by such exceptional results. Anjali will now put her enviable talents to good use in the Sixth Form where she will study Biology, Chemistry, Further Maths and Greek.

James Elms, who is now going to be tackling Greek, Latin, English and Philosophy at A Level in the Sixth Form, with a view to studying Classics at university, was keen to pay tribute to Miss Athey who helped him achieve the highest grade possible in Geography.

With a wry smile, characteristically modest Caolán McConnaughie, who was also celebrating 11 A*s, put his success down to his ‘excellent’ Chemistry teacher – (Caolán’s proud father is the School’s Chaplain and new Head of Chemistry, Revd Dr Adrian McConnaughie). Caolán will now study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Geography, with the aim of one day moving into Vulcan Geology.

High-flier Henry Mead, who is looking forward to a future in Medicine or Finance, credited his 11 A*s to ‘having friends to study with and teachers who were always available’. He had also put in ‘a lot of effort’.  Henry said he was surprised to see straight A*s on his results letter as he had a couple of comparatively weaker subjects. He will now study Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Biology in the Sixth Form.

His very proud mum, Mrs Archie Mead, said: “I am over the moon. The teaching here has been excellent. Henry’s success is down to the teachers and his efforts.”

Lloyd Richards, who was also part of the magnificent seven who secured 11 straight A*s, said he prepared really well for the exams and felt he had been in with a good chance of performing well. He will now study Spanish, French, Economics and Maths at A Level with a view to studying Economics or Business Management in the future – maybe even at Oxbridge. He was off to phone anxious grandparents and enjoy a celebratory meal with his family.

This year’s results, which rank in the school’s top 5 performances of all time, saw no less than 31 students receive all A* or A Grades, and 11 students receiving 10 or more A*s.

School Bass Guitarist Peter Scott, who hopes to follow a path in Engineering in later life, was delighted with his 10 A*s and 1 A and will now be studying Physics, Chemistry, Further Maths and Music at A Level. He said “I was doing really badly in RE and Mr Clements helped me get through the exam with lots of extra tips.”

Keen artist Lucy Pryor achieved 5 A* and 6As and is hoping that her A Level subjects Biology, PE, Geography and Art will enable her to go on to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. “The whole Art department were fantastic and encouraged me to pursue the subject”

For the third 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.

With particularly strong performances in Mathematics (with 67% of all grades at A* or A), Biology, Music and Modern Languages, the School is also proud of the way it has guided students, who have struggled to reach their potential, to exceed expectations. One such student was a clearly emotional Talia Ware, who was met with a D for English Language in her mock exams but soared to an A in the final exam. She praised the support she received from English teacher Miss Browett.

Chris Hall, who joined the School in the Fourth Year to take his GCSEs is delighted that he’ll now be continuing through to the Sixth Form. He said: “I got a C and D for my Double Science mocks and ended up with an A and a B. Along with Miss Holding and Mrs Khush (Head and Deputy Head of Year), my mentor Mr Barnett, who was also my Maths teacher, helped me through the exam period with revision timetables and lots of encouragement.” With an eye on the legal profession, Chris will now go on to study Politics, Economics, Photography and Psychology at A Level.

Headmaster Ian Davies commented “Our pupils have worked extremely hard and these results show outstanding performances of which they should all be very proud. Praise must also go to our wonderful teaching staff who educate and support them throughout their school life. Although we have high expectations, our students often exceed them, and the opportunity to help them achieve their potential is what continues to motivate us year after year.”

In total 26% of all GCSE grades were A*, 59% were A*-A, 86% A*-B and 97% A*-C. Today’s statistics perfectly complemented last week’s fantastic A Level results, and the School’s earlier International Baccalaureate Diploma successes. Among the 2015 Upper Sixth cohort, four students have taken up offers at either Oxford of Cambridge and another five were awarded places to study Medicine, which remains one of the most highly competitive of courses.


Pupils celebrate GCSE results at Chilton Cantelo School

Chilton Cantelo School pupils and staff celebrated a 99% GCSE pass rate today with 80% of grades achieved in the A* to C range (12% above the national attainment level) and 78% of pupils achieving 5 or more A* to C grades.  25% of grades were A*/A.

100% pass rates were achieved by pupils in Biology, Physics, French, Spanish and Religious Studies.

Particularly successful students were Adam Dickinson with 6A*s and 5As, Catherine More with 4A*s, 4As and 2Bs, Will Marriott with 4A*s, 2As and 4Bs, Shannon Watts and Jessica Cracknell both gaining 8As and 2Bs and Maddy Willliams achieving 2A*s, 6As and 1B.

Verity White, Headmistress, said:  ‘I am very pleased with these results.  Our pupils worked hard to achieve these grades and I thank them for their dedication. Well done to you all.’







GCSE Results from Woldingham School

Students and staff at Woldingham School are delighted with this year’s GCSE results, with 75.6% (including WJEC Latin) of all grades achieved being A*/A and a stunning 41% of the grades at A*.  The A*/A results are the second best ever for the School. We are thrilled with the pass rate of 99.3% of grades at A* - C.

Special congratulations to Tilly Ramsden-Board who achieved a stunning 12 A* grades and to Alannah Coakley, Rebecca Goldsmith and Emma Norman who each achieved 10 A*s. Ten girls attained at least nine A* grades in total with 23 girls managing a string of straight A* and A ratings.

The outstanding results from the Biology, Chinese, English IGCSE, French, German, Latin Language, Music, PE, Russian and Spanish departments, having gained an A*/A percentage greater than 90%, are a real source of pride for the School. All five students who took Music achieved A* grades and 29 out of the 35 girls who sat French were awarded an A*.

The Headmistress, Jayne Triffitt, commented: “I am proud of both the A level and GCSE results this year. The staff and the students work so hard to beat expectations time and time again. They do this while managing a very full extra-curricular programme in this busy boarding and day school.” 


Exceptional results for Rossall GCSE students

Rossall School staff and students are celebrating after gaining exceptional results in this year’s GCSE exams.

Rossall achieved a 100 percent overall pass rate, with all students awarded grades  A*to C in English, Biology, Physics and Coordinated Science and 89 percent gaining A* to C in Maths.  There was also a rise in the number of pupils achieving grades A* to C overall, with 89 percent securing the top marks.

Head Teacher Elaine Purves said: “We are extremely happy with the results. We’ve seen an improvement right across the board, in the number of overall passes and the number of students achieving A* to C grades.

“It is particularly pleasing to see the rise in our A* and A grades where nationally there has been a fall.

“Our students and staff have put in a great deal of work over the last two years and it is wonderful to see their efforts rewarded.

“The continued high standard of GCSE results at Rossall is testament to the commitment of our staff and the dedication of our students. We wish all our Year 11 pupils every success for the future.”

A number of students secured five or more A* or A grades in their results, including 16 year old Lauren Brook from Thornton-Cleveleys, who plans to stay at Rossall to study Maths, Biology, PE and Geography in her A Levels. 

Lauren, who was awarded 5 A* and 5 A grades said: “I’m really happy with my results. It’s been a really long wait to get to today! I’ve received so much help and support over the last two years and I really don’t think I would have got these results if I hadn’t come to Rossall.”

Sophia Brooks from Cleveleys, who achieved 3 A*, 4 A and 3 B grades in her GCSEs said she felt happy and relieved to finally get her results. “It’s been a tough two years,” said Sophia, who hopes to stay at Rossall to study English, History, Chemistry and Geography A Levels.

“I’ve been at Rossall for 11 years, and the one on one help I’ve received with my studies really helped me get through my exams.”

Oliver Hockings, from Little Thornton, who’s been at Rossall since he was 6 years old gained 6 A*, 3A and 1 B grade also plans to stay on at the school to study for A Levels including English and History.

“It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of effort, but it’s been worth it,” said Oliver. “The support I’ve had from my teachers has been excellent, and I’d really like to thank Miss Clark, my English teacher, for all her help.”

Oliver, whose father, uncles and cousins all attended Rossall says his sister and cousins who are still students at the school have a lot to live up to: “My cousin Ben Hockings did really well in last week’s A Level results, and his sister Sophie got really good grades in her A Levels last year, so I guess we’re a bit of a tough act to follow!”


Sevenoaks School

Over 93% of the examinations taken by the 152 candidates were awarded A* or A grades. 54 students - over a third of the year group - gained ten A*s or more each, and 131 students gained 9 or more A* or A grades. All but seventeen results out of 1580 examinations were awarded grade B or above.

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

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

  • 74.9% of all examinations were graded A* 93.7% of all examinations were graded A or A*
  • 54 students gained 10 or more A* grades

Adrian Del Ser achieved 14 A*’s in Greek, Latin, Russian, Spanish, French, Geography, Italian, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Eng Lit, Additional Maths and English Lang. Currently climbing a mountain in France, Adrian said of his results:

“I am very pleased with my results but am equally delighted by the outstanding result of my year group!"


Celebrations after another set of outstanding GCSE results at Headington 

Girls at Headington are celebrating after achieving record results in this year’s GCSE examinations. A record 56.7 per cent of all grades were A*s, while 86.6 per cent were at A* or A, a five year high for the School. Of the 116 girls sitting exams, 19 achieved 10 or more A*s, and just over half the year achieved all A*s or As.

There were also some exceptional results in individual subject areas. It was another excellent year for the Sciences, with 93.4 per cent of Biology papers receiving A*s or As, 94.5 per cent in Chemistry and 89 per cent in Physics. All three sciences saw significant increases in the top grades – notably 18.4 percentage points more A*s in Chemistry.

Geography, History and Religious Studies all saw over 90 per cent of girls achieving A*s or As with more than 70 per cent achieving the top grade. There was a clean sweep of A*s in Classical Greek and Chinese, while there was an 100 % A*/A rate for Astronomy, Food and Music.

Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “We are absolutely delighted by this year’s GCSE results. The girls have worked so hard and it has really paid off. It is also the result of inspirational teaching and a belief that every girl can achieve to the very best of her ability.  More than 70 per cent of the grades were higher than the girls’ baseline predictions in Year 10 – a fantastic achievement.”

Top Grades for Christ’s Hospital GCSE Pupils

An amazing array of A* grades has been achieved by Christ’s Hospital’s 2015 GCSE pupils. 70.1% of all grades were at A* or A, 91.0% gained A* - B and the overall pass rate was 99.9%.

There have been some excellent individual performances. Two pupils gained 12 A* grades, three gained 11 A* grades, three gained 10 A* grades and 35 gained 10 A*/A grades or more.

Other highlights include:

  • 52% of Chemistry pupils gained A* grades;
  • 81% of the Biology grades and 86% of the Chemistry grades were A* or A grades;
  • 87% of the pupils taking Latin achieved A* or A grades; 
  • All eight of the Mandarin pupils gained A* grade;
  • The sciences have all done exceptionally well at IGCSE, with pupils taking Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively achieving 96%, 97% and 97% of their grades at A*-B;
  • 98% of Theology and Philosophy pupils gained A*-B grades. 

Individual Highlights:

  • Rafaela Alford                           12 A*
  • Phoebe Thornhill                       12 A*
  • India Hogan                              11 A*
  • Grace Owen-Ellis Clark               11 A*
  • Katrina Troth                             11 A*
  • Isaac Hayden                            10 A*
  • Jeffrey King                              10 A*

Sol Deller, aged 16, who attended Southwater Junior Academy before joining Christ’s Hospital in Year 7, achieved 10 A*/A grades. Sol said: “I have little words to describe how I feel, it’s like everything coming together at the right place and at the right time and also balancing my athletics career, having achieved the English Schools’ Standard in long jump. It’s all quite overwhelming!”

India Hogan, aged 16 who lives in Bethnal Green achieved 11* grades. She said: “When I first looked at the results on-line I was so shocked and surprised that I had to keep refreshing the page to make sure that they were real! I am so pleased!”

Head Master, John Franklin, said: “I am absolutely delighted. I fully recognise the hard work that lies behind these superb results both on the part of the pupils and their teachers, and I congratulate them on their achievements.  The ethos at Christ’s Hospital is to ensure that each pupil achieves his or her very best. Focusing on academic accomplishments is vital, but equally important is enjoying a wide programme of co-curricular activities.

We know that our approach to education helps our pupils to develop their individual abilities, such as initiative, creativity, reasoning, problem solving and team work. Such skills are essential for all future learning and we wish our pupils continued success as they embark on their A level or International Baccalaureate (IB) studies.”


A bumper set of results for Gresham’s GCSE pupils

Gresham’s announced another successful year of GCSE exam results with a rise in the number of pupils achieving either A* or A grades compared to the national average of 21.2%.

Overall, pupils achieved the following results:

  • A*- 20.9%
  • A*-A - 47.2%
  • A*-B -71.4%
  • A*-C- 90.6%

Headmaster, Douglas Robb, said “This is a very impressive set of results. I would like to congratulate all of our pupils and thank their parents and teachers for their support.  It is wonderful to see that all their hard work has been rewarded.  I look forward to welcoming them back to Gresham’s Sixth Form to study for the IB Diploma or A levels.”

Congratulations to all pupils who received their results, in particular: Tom Scott - 12 A*s, Charlotte Carratu - 10A*s and 1A, Zoë Smith - 9A*s and 2As, Henry Coleman - 9A*s and who also achieved in his AS exams, an A in Classical Civilisation and a B in Philosophy .Henry, has also achieved at the age of 10, A*s in both History and Law IGCSEs. By the age of 13, he had gained a further six GCSEs and two A levels. He hopes to take A levels in Latin, English Literature, History and History of Art and his ambition is to go to the University of Cambridge to read History. 


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

Staff and students at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School have again been celebrating success at GCSE, with the A*-C pass rate exceeding the national average and a rising percentage of A* grades.

Student Joanes Ijebor was thrilled with her 10 GCSE grades, with 6 A*s and 4 As. Sophie Noble and Beatrice Gray also had a clean sweep of A* and A grades.

Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal, said: “Staff at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School are extremely pleased with these results. Our students have worked hard and risen to meet the challenges of the changing GCSE examinations.”

Head of Sixth Form Patrick Barber said “I am delighted with our students’ achievements. These results, combined with our A Level performance, demonstrate our continued focus on making sure that each individual student achieves of their best.”

The school accepts students of all abilities and backgrounds. As well as academic work, students are given the opportunity to participate in competitive and recreational sports, the Combined Cadet Force, ceremonial parades and a range of social activities, so developing the key qualities of character and resilience necessary for success in the modern world.


Record Top GCSE Grades for both New Hall’s

Students from New Hall School, a leading Catholic independent boarding and day school, are celebrating their GCSE results today. Both the A*/A grades and the A*-B grades have surpassed last year’s results.  Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: “Students from both our Boys’ and our Girls’ Divisions have record top grades, with an impressive 26 students achieving 9 or more A*/A grades this summer.”

51% of GCSE grades, this year, are at A*/A.  This is the highest percentage at New Hall since 2010 and the second highest percentage since 1998.

Hannah Rothmann is delighted with her perfect 10 A*s.  Oliver Ledwith achieved 12 A*/A grades and Ethan Barber, Bronte Huckett, Antonia Kitchiner and Rebecca Kimberlin all achieved 11 A*/A grades.  Jemima Walker achieved 9 A* and 1 A grades, with a remarkable 100% in 5 GCSE modules.  Those celebrating 10 A*/A include Justin Law, Eloise Boyd, Gabrielle Clarke, Ben Coxon, Tom Denham, Will Evans, Gianni Fennings, Felix Fardell, Elena Holt and Alice Talbut. 

Among the happy students celebrating today were Oliver Morris, Toby Shay, Emily Snow, Hollie Edmeades, Gregory Spires, Alice Locker, Emily Church, Jeremy Chao, and Sindhu Kugan, all of whom achieved at least 9 A*/A grades.

In Chelmsford, there is a double celebration in the Rothmann household, as twins Hannah and Danielle have achieved 18 A*/A grades between them.

On the site of a former palace of King Henry VIII and at a school that recently celebrated its 370th anniversary, it seems particularly fitting that History at New Hall has seen the whole cohort achieving A*/A grades.  Head of History, Dr Shaw, was delighted to be celebrating with the students today: “This is a record for New Hall History results, with a stunning 66% of grades at A* and 100% of grades at A*/A.  This follows outstanding History results at A Level last week, which included Alex Harker, Year 13, securing three A* and one A grades and his place at the University of Cambridge to read History.”

New Hall also celebrates the success of its ‘diamond model’, which sees boys and girls taught in single-sex classes from Year 7 to the end of their GCSEs, whilst still enjoying the benefits of a co-educational campus.  This year, both boys and girls have secured their best results in the past five years for A*/A grades.

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


Gordon's School, Surrey

  • A* - A = 39.5%
  • A* - B = 73.1%
  • A* - C = 92.3%

The picture also shows Eloise Young (far right) who achieved 10 A* and one A.

“Many congratulations to all our talented staff and students for their hard work and application, over several years, in achieving another set of excellent GCSE results.” Deputy Head Curriculum






GCSE Press release - 20 August 2015


The Park School

Results Day is always exciting but it has been extra special at The Park School.   95% of GCSE candidates attained the government’s benchmark of A*- C grades in five or more GCSEs including English and Maths - and Science too.  

Nationally girls have always done significantly better than boys but at The Park three of the six most successful candidates at The Park were boys.   James Bridge achieved an astonishing nine A*s and two As, Grace Busby and Rebecca Cartwright each achieved seven A*s-As, and Indigo Burt,

Tim Howes and Alex Murphy each achieved six A*s-As.   The Head, Mrs Jane Huntington, said:

"The performance of our students this year is simply outstanding.  These results reflect a huge increase in pupil achievement, which is particularly striking since we are a non-selective school.  I am delighted that such a high proportion of our students has gained these excellent grades.  This is the culmination of much hard work and focus over the last few years by pupils and their teachers and they all deserve to be extremely proud of what they have achieved."

Cheltenham Ladies’ College girls celebrate GCSE results

Year 11 girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating after achieving outstanding GCSE results, with a 100% pass rate and an overall A*-A rate of 86.4% across all subjects.

Over 90% of CLC girls studying Maths and 93% of those studying English Literature achieved A*/A grades. Across the Sciences, the A*/A rate achieved this year was 90.2% in Biology, 88.7% in Physics and 89.1% in Chemistry.

The English Language results are being reviewed by the exam board and subsequent data will be published when this is resolved.

The cohort of 130 girls achieved an impressive 790 A* grades and an average of nine A*/A grades each. Among the top achievers were 12 girls who received straight A* grades.

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “These results mean a great deal to the girls and staff who worked hard to achieve them, and will give the pupils a tremendous foundation for both their future studies and their later careers.”

Outstanding results at St Mary’s Shaftesbury

Following on from the record breaking A Level results which placed St Mary’s as one of the top schools in the South West, the GCSE results are equally pleasing and the best for many years with 31% A* and 85% A*-B. A large number of girls are celebrating straight A*/A, but the success is spread across the year group as St Mary’s is renowned for its enormous value added. These results provide a secure foundation for this outstanding cohort as they begin the sixth form in September.

“The results just get better every year”, commented Richard James, Headmaster. “The achievements are even more impressive if you consider all the other commitments the girls have. They make the most of opportunities to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, perform in school productions, concerts, sports and the many academic and fun societies and activities on offer.  This fantastic year group have fully participated in all aspects of school life whilst working hard to achieve these great results. Our philosophy is to educate the whole person and these girls are certainly testimony to that”.

Combining traditional values with modern facilities, small class sizes, inspiring and dedicated teaching, St Mary’s is a forward thinking school that fosters individual success and is achieving outstanding results at GCSE and A-Level.

Richard James added, “Naturally I am pleased that my final set of results are excellent but I am even more excited for the future of the school with Mrs Mary Arnal succeeding me in January with the academic reputation of St Mary’s continuing to be so strong. Not only an academic herself but a lady of great faith with huge experience and a real commitment to independent education for girls; she joins me in congratulating the girls”. 

Bromsgrove International School Thailand

Pupils at Bromsgrove International School, Thailand, received excellent iGCSE results this year.  Two outstanding students of note:

  • Chanhee Park (Jason) = 9 A*s and 4 As
  • Papawarin Pinij (Ply) = 9 A*s, 1 A and 1 B


Wellington Academy

Dr Mike Milner, Executive Principal of the Wellington Academy, Tidworth, is pleased to announce the Academy’s best results since opening in 2009 with 50% of students achieving 5 GCSE grades of A*-C (including maths and English). Since his appointment in September 2013, the Academy has made significant changes and the senior team, staff and students have worked hard together to raise standards.

Senior Vice Principal, Abrilli Phillip, who started at the Academy after Easter reported, “I am delighted by the great news and even more excited to work with such a great bunch of staff and students who have obviously been rewarded for their hard work. Since he took over as Principal, Dr Milner and the Academy staff have prioritised improving behaviour of the students and the quality of teaching and learning, resulting in this great achievement today.”

The 50% of Year 11 students that achieved the bench mark 5 A*- C (including maths and English), is significantly up from 37% last year. 95% of all students achieved a full GCSE certificate of 5A*-G including maths and English which is almost a 20% increase from last year. A third of students achieved a phenomenal 5A*-B including maths and English which is a 15% increase from last year. The Academy is also working well with the more vulnerable students with gaps between students who receive free school meals (FSM) and those not, reducing significantly and a record number of FSM students also achieving the GCSE benchmark, some of whom boast the best results amongst their peers.

The overall progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary, which is a very important national indication of performance is positive, with students on average making above expected progress. This illustrates that the Academy is adding significant educational value to the students in the five years they are with them. Students have performed across subjects with 75% of all subjects reporting a significant improvement from last year.

Ms Phillip stated “We are not just interested in ‘getting students over the line’ at the Academy we want to make sure that that all students make the most progress and attain the best possible grades, in all areas. These results prove just that.”

A number of our students performed exceptionally well achieving 5 or more A*s and As. The Academy wishes to especially acknowledge Chelsea Peel and Joyce Seabrook who both achieved 10 As and A*s, including maths and English. Other high attainers included Jade Bowen, Aidan Murphy, Holly Johnson, Lewis Tidbury, Kalum Elliot, Liam Chant, Emma-Jane Smith, Nina Radford, Sophie Lindsay, Rhys Higgins, Derrick Thomas and Ben Barlett.

The Academy also values hard work and resilience and some of the students worked very hard to exceed their targets, achieving at least one whole grade more on average across all subjects, which is a great measure of outstanding progress. These included students such as: Charlotte Hatchard, Beth Tucker, Brianna Barlett, Grace Graig, Ruby Macey, Alex Vaughan, Caitlin Rennie, Leah Fitzmaurice and Oliver Pike.

Dr Milner is delighted by the results and said that “we are making tremendous progress as a school and I am so pleased that the efforts of the students and the loyal and hardworking staff have been rewarded. The Academy has successfully worked through an uncertain period and these results are a key moment in its history. We have had very low staff turnover for the first time since becoming an Academy which is a clear endorsement for the direction we are going in and I know that we will continue to improve. The best is yet to come.”


Following on from their A-level success, Godolphin School, Salisbury, are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results with the number of A* and As considerably higher than last year.

Classical Greek achieved a 100% A* pass rate and Latin and Biology achieved 100% A*-A. 100% A*-B passes were awarded to Art & Design, Food Technology, German, ICT, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics. Overall 96% of the students achieved A*-C grades with a 100% total pass rate.

Mrs Emma Hattersley, Head, said “This was a large cohort with a broad range of abilities and I am delighted with the results, especially for those whom academic achievement does not come easily. It makes their successes all the sweeter. Our results in the sciences and IT are indicative of the girls’ interest in these subjects and they are encouraged to extend themselves in these, and all aspects, of the school”.

Outstanding results included:

  •        Camille Kippen              11 x A*
  •        Katie Henderson            1 x A** in Further Maths, 12 x A* and 1 x A
  •        Catherine Galley            12 x A* and 1 x A, Mandarin studied privately – A*
  •        Anna van der Horst        11 x A* and 1 x A
  •        Lucy Shelley                 10 x A* and 2 x A, Lucy represented Wiltshire at the national Poetry Speaks competition in Oxford, having won the local and regional competitions
  •        Imogen Burt                  9 x A* and 2 x A
  •        Imogen Heitz Jackson    9 x A* and 1 x A

Apart from their strong academic results, the students mentioned above participated fully in the cocurricular activities at Godolphin such as being members of the CCF, completing the Ten Tors challenge, undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh award, music, drama, debating, sport, Green Group, poetry reading and Camille taking one of the lead roles in Oklahoma!

Head Scholar for 2015/2016, Emilia Ames, who achieved five As at AS level, also studied Classical Greek at GCSE. She was awarded an A* and achieved 100% in all her papers.

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is celebrating a bumper crop of GCSE and A-level results this year. Along with other SBSA schools it has turned in some table-topping performances.

At GCSE our results by proportion of grades achieved were as follows (2014 in brackets):

A* - A  grades = 64% (66%)

A*-C grades = 98.9% (99%)

5 A*-C with English and Maths = 100% (100%)

Our three year average of A*-A grades at GCSE is now at 63%. 

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