Students celebrate increase in top grades at GCSE

Thursday 23 August 2018

Students are celebrating at The Grammar School at Leeds today (23 August) after half of all GCSE grades achieved were the highest possible at A*/8 or above… a 7 per cent increase on last year’s results.

Nineteen students scooped 10 A*/8/9 in every subject, including four who secured the highest possible grades in every subject, with one student sweeping the board with 11 top grades.

More than a third of the cohort – 64 students – achieved 10 grades at A/7 or above.

As well as an increase in top grades from 43 per cent to 50 per cent, the school maintained 71 per cent passes at grades A/7 and 98 per cent of passes at C/4 or above.

Principal Sue Woodroofe said: “This is an outstanding set of results in a year when there has been much speculation about fewer pupils being able to achieve as highly as in previous years.

“I am delighted for our students who richly deserve this tremendous success. Some 26 per cent of the new GCSEs achieved are grade 9 – a stunning achievement against about 4 per cent nationally.

“This is the second year of the phasing in of reformed GCSEs with numerical values and this has, undoubtedly, created feelings of uncertainty and anxiety among young people. All we can ask of our children is what we should always be asking of them: simply, that they do their best.

“I could not be more proud of this year’s GCSE students and I am grateful to staff and parents whose support for, and encouragement of, the children has been first class.”

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