Despite the dire warnings in some circles, Wycliffe’s pupils are celebrating another fine set of GCSE results this morning. In the harder, new-style GCSEs, graded 9-1, more than 93% of results were grade 4 or above (the new pass standard) and 80% were a ‘strong’ pass (9-5).
To show just how outstanding this performance was, at the outset of their studies only just over half were predicted to achieve that standard in a cohort of truly mixed ability. Wycliffe prides itself on its value-added performance and this year’s results really seem to justify that pride.
As a result, individual performances included many whose achievements showed progress beyond expectations whilst at the top end, Olivia Garrard’s seven grade 9s and an 8 stands out as an astonishing achievement for the girl from Chalford. In addition, Atolani Oyewumi from Middlesex secured two 9s, one A*, two 8s and an A in his batch of grades, Seb Clarke of Gloucester achieved two 9s, two 8s, an A* and two As, James Clements from Westfalen, Germany, scored three 9s, three 8s, and an A, and Amy Cook from Stroud two 9s, four 8s and an A.
Wycliffe’s Head, Nick Gregory said
Both pupils and teaching staff alike have shown commendable flexibility, optimism and resilience in adapting to the demands placed upon them by the move to the new 9-1 framework at GCSE. For many pupils, the sheer number of different subjects that they have to stay on top of can make GCSEs even more challenging than A Levels or BTECs. With that in mind, I am really pleased to see that, virtually across-the-board, pupils’ hard work and dedication has been rewarded with some excellent results. At a time when, across the country, both modern languages and creative subjects seem to be under threat, I am especially pleased to report that 2/3 of all of our pupils taking Art secured a top ‘9’ grade and would also like to highlight that most of our pupils secured a good pass in at least one language (in Spanish, for example, almost ½ of pupils earned a top grade). In our local area where expertise in engineering is so prevalent, 62% of pupils in Physics securing 7, 8 or 9 also catches the eye.
Wycliffe’s pupils are celebrating an extraordinary set of results this morning. The dazzling array of destinations for its leavers includes Oxford to read PPE, Imperial to study Medicine, UCL for Mechanical Engineering and Loughborough for Architecture.
And girls are leading the charge with two-thirds of the school’s A and A* grades in STEM subjects coming from its female students. One of these, Annie Rees from Stonehouse will be heading to Imperial to study Medicine with her two A*s and two A grades in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths.
India Duke from Wotton-under-Edge is taking up her place to read PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford following her two A*s and an A in Chemistry, Economics and Maths, while Kelly Fletcher from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, is off to the University of Manchester to study Biochemistry with an A* and two A grades in Maths, Biology and Chemistry.Kelly had been a Boarding pupil at Wycliffe for more than a decade having joined in the Prep School, while India joined for Sixth Form from another independent school and Annie transferred from a local grammar school before her GCSEs.In a cohort of pupils renowned for overcoming a wide array of difficulties over the years, Wycliffe’s overall A*-B grade proportion was among its best ever. Many of the pupils faced up to significant personal challenges and still produced outstanding results.This year saw most subjects having been reformed with more content and harder assessments, and yet one in every eight of Wycliffe’s pupils achieved three or more A / A* grades, one in six achieved at least two A grades and 60% achieved 2 Bs or better. In 14 of the 28 subjects offered at Wycliffe, more than two thirds of grades were above B.
Head of Wycliffe, Nick Gregory said,
The sheer breadth and variety of the Wycliffe curriculum is intended to allow our leavers to study things in the Sixth Form about which they are genuinely enthusiastic and then enable them to take ‘next steps’ about which they are hugely excited.
This really is the case with this year’s seventy-six Year 13 leavers with destinations ranging from PPE (Oxford), Mechanical Engineering (UCL) and Medicine (Imperial) to degree courses as varied as Architecture, Animal Behaviour, Agriculture, Hospitality Management, Nursing, Criminology, Japanese and Urban Planning and others pursuing Degree Apprenticeships (e.g., in Finance or in Real Estate), careers in our Armed Forces, pilot training or Foundation courses elsewhere in Art or Drama, inspired by the emphasis we place here on the importance of the creative subjects.
As always, we are very proud of every single one of them, especially since we are aware of the adversity and personal challenges that several of them have had to overcome to get this far.