PUPILS in Warwickshire are collecting their GCSE results today.
A new grading system introduced last year from 9 down to 1 – replaced the previous A* to U grades.
In comparison, a 9 is higher than the previous A*, 8 is between an A* and A and 5 is between a B and C.
Alcester Grammar School is celebrating a set of outstanding GCSE results with 62 per cent of papers were graded at least 7 (between A and B), and 42 per cent were graded at least 8 (between A and A*). Over half of pupils achieved an average of at least a 7 or equivalent in ten GCSE subjects.
Principal Clive Sentance said: “Once again, our results show that expanding our intake has given more young people the opportunity to enjoy the full breadth of the AGS curriculum and experience. These excellent GCSE results are a solid foundation for students to build on, and we are proud of all their achievements in and out of the classroom over their time at AGS so far. As always, it’s a team effort and I‘d like to thank the teachers, support staff and parents for the consistent support they give to maintaining a climate and ethos that enables our students to flourish.
“The majority of our GCSE students will now continue their time at AGS by moving on to our world-class sixth form, where we will also welcome many other high achievers from our superb local feeder schools.”
He added the school acknowledged the hard work, resilience and commitment from the year group, particularly students who faced considerable challenges in their personal circumstances throughout their GCSE years.
Meanwhile at King Edward VI School, 30 pupils achieved five or more grade 9s. Among them were Luke Hayward, Rob Maundrill and Nilay Sah who obtained ten, and William West, Findlay Douglas, Sean Mata and Daniel Paulo who obtained nine.
Headmaster Bennet Carr said: “With university places and degree level apprenticeships becoming so competitive it is pleasing that so many of our boys will enter the sixth form with a string of top grades at GCSE. I am particularly pleased for our year 11 who have not just worked hard to achieve these record-breaking results but have also found time to dedicate themselves to a vast array extra-curricular, enrichment and community activities. They have not done so in isolation and I would therefore also like to pay tribute to the work of the staff and parents in supporting them to achieve this rounded success.”
Stratford School is full of praise for pupils whose success continued on from last year.
Headteacher Neil Wallace said: “As a comprehensive school it is important that students make good progress from their respective starting points, regardless of their ability on intake and it is lovely to see so many students achieving grades to be proud of.
“Gaby Porter, Bhomik Sharma, Iris Colver, Charlie O’Sullivan, Molly Bunn-Major, Sandra Jantan-Lipinska, Alice Denyer, Jess Sinclair, Stephanie Willis and Lewis Noble made the most progress from KS2-4 and should be particularly congratulated on their achievements.
“There were some standout individual performances from many students with the highest attainers being Gaby Porter, Mathilda Ward, Dominic Schuler, Josh Stevens, Iris Colver, Matt Cumberworth, William Jones, Bill Jackson, Molly Gee-Edmunds and Anna Philpott.
“We would like to commend the hard work put in by students and staff that have made these results possible. We wish every one of our students the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming many of them back into the Sixth Form, alongside students from other local schools who have also been enrolling today.”