With more rigorous courses and harder exams, some doom mongers had claimed that top Grade 9 results in reformed GCSEs would be rarer than hen’s teeth. Pupils at Wycliffe have completely put that idea to flight however with an astonishing 18% of grades in the tougher English and Maths courses hitting that top, exclusive mark. Nearly a third of GCSEs in the non-selective Stonehouse school achieved the top Grades 8 or 9 today as pupils and staff celebrated Wycliffe’s best ever results. And it wasn’t just the most able who performed so well, with 95% of all pupils achieving 5 A*-C.
Across the board, the school saw a spectacular 48% of grades coming in at A* and A, or their new equivalents. More than one grade in every five was at A* or 9.
No fewer than eight pupils (out of just 60 in the year group) achieved seven or more A* (or equivalent) grades. These were: Lowri Clarke from Quedgeley; Tillie Graham from Quedgeley, Gloucester; Isla Green from Wotton-under-Edge; Ella Kitching from Chepstow; Iona Lundie from Slimbridge; Izzy Naish from Minchinhampton; Maisie Spiers from Coaley and Becky Taphouse from Bradley Stoke.
There was no emergency for Ella whose 999 in the new GCSEs of Maths, English Language and English Literature, combined with seven more A* grades and an A.
A total of twelve pupils achieved at least five A* (or equivalent) grades and a quarter of the year group achieved at least four A* (or equivalent) grades.
Value added scores will once again be outstanding. After their excellent 2016 showing, in which the school’s progress score was bettered by only two other schools in all of England, there was some apprehension as to how 2017 might measure up. However, Wycliffe’s pupils doubled their expected scores based on entry standards.
Wycliffe’s Head, Nick Gregory said
Against the back-drop of the changes to the curriculum, exam grades etc. imposed at national level, seeing Wycliffe’s boys and girls achieve our best-ever set of GCSE results is exceptionally gratifying. I am incredibly chuffed both for them and also for their teachers that the enormous amounts of hard work they all dedicated to preparing for their GCSE exams have paid off for them so positively.
The range and diversity of its more than thirty Sixth Form subjects was clear today as Wycliffe students from all over the globe celebrated some excellent A level results which matched the very strong performance by the 2016 cohort.These will see them off to universities including Imperial, Bristol, Warwick, King’s, Exeter, Manchester and Loughborough, where they will be studying courses ranging from Music to Mathematics, Architecture to Accounting and Film to Philosophy. Top performing department was Art which saw 40% of students achieving A* grades and where 80% were at B or higher.
George Hartson from Nailsworth, Glos, who has been at Wycliffe since Year 3, bagged three A grades in a year in which he also represented England Independent Schools at rugby. Other top performers included Ambra Ruan from Bologna, Italy, with an A* and two As, Justin Zhang from Shenyang in China, whose two A*s and two As will see him studying Maths at Imperial, Eddy Yang from Shenzhen, China, whose three A*s have secured his place at Manchester to study Architecture and Seva Bilous from Kiev, Ukraine whose A* and two As get him into Bristol to study Music and German in a year in which he also gained Grade 8 Music qualifications in both the Trumpet and the Drums.
Also celebrating two or more A / A* grades are; Sasha Green from Wotton-under-Edge who is off to Loughborough, capping an outstanding year in which she also represented England at Hockey, Max Glynn from Saul and Frances Friend from Stroud who will study at King’s College, London, and Mollie Young from Minchinhampton who will be off to Exeter to take up her place to read Geography.
Head of Wycliffe College, Nick Gregory said,
Today’s focus is on exam results but a good education is about far, far more than that. One of the reasons we are so proud of this group of boys and girls is that not only have they achieved so successfully in an academic context but also they have been key figures in our sports teams, have achieved Grade 7 and Grade 8 Music awards, have demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills in our CCF and in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, have played leading roles in one of the best school Drama productions for years and have led their peers as Prefects at House and/or whole-school level. We are very proud to be able to send each of them on to the next stage of their lives as well-rounded characters and individuals.