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A*s and Grade 9s at GCSE/IGCSE

With over a third of all papers graded A*, nearly three quarters A*/A and four out of five of all grades A*/B, Canfordians can be proud of another year of high achievement at GCSE and IGCSE.  Once again pupils significantly outperformed the national overall picture, where just one in five of all grades were A*/A.

Nearly two thirds of the cohort this year gained at least 7A*/A grades, with 58 pupils awarded at least 8A*/As, 43 pupils at least 9A*/As and 23 pupils an impressive clean sweep of 10A*/A grades.  The new grading system applied to English and English Literature this year for Canfordians. With so much uncertainty in advance, the school was delighted to see 14 English papers graded at the highest level of 9, reported by Ofqual to be only awarded to the top 2% of students across the country.

Among the top performers this year, Michael Galley gained a clean sweep of 10A* grades with 9s for both English papers; Jasmine Benamor also celebrated 10A*s including a 9 in English Literature, with Mikhail Goncharov, Matilda Hubble and Lara Pilkington all awarded 9A* grades and 1A.  Lydia Harvey’s 9A*s and 1A included a 9 in English Literature while Oriane Castera, whose first language is French, secured 9A*s and 1A including a top 9 grade in English Language.

Departmentally, across both Arts and Sciences there were some excellent performances too.  Over four out of five of all History and Music papers and over three quarters of Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Religious Studies were awarded A*/A grades, with over 90% of subjects gaining at least A*/B grades. 

Pupils generally take ten subjects at GCSE/IGCSE as the school believes this is the right number to offer sufficient breadth of study, while also allowing time to develop all important skills through the extensive co-curricular programme.

Commenting on this year’s results, Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“With the ongoing changes to curricula and the new grading systems, the outcomes were not easy to predict, so I am delighted that our cohort of pupils have achieved such excellent successes across both Arts and Sciences.   These fine results, set against a context of significant wider educational and personal development and achievement, will stand these Canfordians in very good stead as they face the challenges of A Level and Pre-U courses in September.”

Results are still subject to re-marks.

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