Excellent A Level and GCSE results
26 August 2011
Results for both A Level and GCSE have now been announced. At A Level, the school achieved a 100% pass rate for the 112 candidates. Of those passes, 26% were achieved at A*, 68% at A* or A and 91% at A*, A or B. This is the fourth year in succession that the school has achieved over 90% at this level. These results mean that the vast majority of boys achieved entry into their chosen universities and 16 boys secured their places at Oxford or Cambridge. The star performer was Dan Mort, who achieved 5 A*s. He will go to Wadham College, Oxford to read Medicine. He is, however, also an exceptional musician, holding Distinctions at Grade 8 in three instruments and playing the clarinet in the national Youth Orchestra. This is the last time that the school will take A levels, since from the summer of 2012 all boys will be taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
At GCSE the school secured its second best results ever with 57.5% of exams passed at A* by the 122 candidates. 84.1% of exams were passed at A* or A. The vast majority of boys take 10 GCSEs with a small number doing 11. Of the boys, 20 secured 10 or 11A*s. These results are particularly significant at a time when the school has moved more and more towards International GCSEs. For some years the school has taken IGCSE in Science and Maths, but in 2011, it replaced GCSE English, Modern Languages and Music with the IGCSE exams. ‘We believe that, in all of these subjects, the content is more rigorous and a better preparation for Sixth Form study,\' says John Claughton, the Chief Master. ‘The move has been a great success: in particular, we have achieved our best ever results in English and English Literature with 68% A*s in both subjects.\'