The headteacher of Davison CE High School for Girls said he was ‘delighted’ with this year’s GCSE results.
70 per cent of Year 11 pupils achieved five or more standard passes, known as grade 4, at GCSE, and 84 per cent of the cohort achieved at least grade 4 in English and 69 per cent achieved at least grade 4 in maths.
The school’s Progress 8 figure is currently +0.2, but a spokesman said ‘we expect this to change when the new national coefficients are calculated, which will take a while’. Attainment 8 was +5.2.
This is the first year that most GCSEs have been graded under the new numerical system, which was designed to make the exams more challenging. Click here to find out how the new system works.
Headteacher Chris Keating said: “We were delighted with our results; we felt that the students achieved fantastic results and this was largely due to all the hard work that their teachers and parents have put in over the last five years.
“We were entering into the unknown with many of the results being transferred to the numerical system this year, but we are delighted that our results have held so consistently this year against last year.”
The top grade, a 9, is only achieved by the top two or three per cent of pupils nationally. At Davison, 70 grade 9s were achieved, with 34 students each achieving five or more grade 7 to 9 passes.
Carla Scullard swept the board, getting nine 9s and an A*.
Mr Keating said: “You could spend a million pounds on her education and you couldn’t beat those grades. That would put her in the top 200 students in the country.
“She was absolutely delighted, and she was quite rightly brimming with pride.
“It is thoroughly deserved because she has been a commendable student throughout and given so much to the rich life of the school. My congratulations go to her family, teachers and all her support staff.”
Other high achievers were Rosie McIlrath, Ayana Playle, Grace Elwood, Rosie Frank, Githmi Bandaranayake, Jessica Christie, Sharon Nwobi, Cerys Stringer and Constance Starns.