#40Yearsin40Weeks: The 1989-90 academic saw the opening of the Mackay Theatre. The first production was ‘Oliver!’. It was also the final BGS production led by David Trott, who retired after more than 30 years at the school. https://t.co/VmscQmde8h
We are proud of the excellent academic results achieved by our pupils year after year. 2019 saw BGS pupils achieve another outstanding set of A level and GCSE results.
At A level there was a 100% pass rate, and 37 students achieved three or more A*/A grades, thirteen of them gaining three or more A*s. We are delighted that all eleven pupils holding Oxbridge offers met them; they will go on to a diverse range of exciting courses such as English and French, Chemistry, History, Maths and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics).
Alongside their main subjects, eighteen of our students completed the Extended Project Qualification and have achieved fantastic results: 94% of all marks were awarded a grade B or above, and four out of five students gained an A or A*.
Across the 27 subjects offered at GCSE, 80% of entries were graded A*–B (or the numerical equivalent, 9–6) with over two-fifths at A* (9–8), and 63% at A*–A (9–7). 30% of our pupils gained ten or more grades at A* and A, and 22 achieved ten A* grades or more.
Pupils fared well across all areas of the curriculum. In the Humanities (English Language, English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies) over 90% of entries were awarded A*–B (or 9–6). Over half the year-group (ie 77 pupils) were awarded grades 9 or 8 in Maths, and the same proportion achieved the same feat in English Language. Three-fifths of those who took the Further Maths GCSE achieved an A*, including five pupils who gained the highest possible Distinction grade. 25 pupils achieved a grade 9 in both Maths and English Language.
BGS Headmaster, Jaideep Barot, commented: ‘At BGS it is the character, skills and habits of mind our pupils develop that are most important to us, and it is in these areas that we judge our successes. We hope, of course, that as a by-product of the excellent education we provide, our pupils perform well in public examinations – by which we don’t mean simply a string of top grades, but rather that each pupil performs to the best standard they thought they could – and perhaps better.
‘While the headlines are always written in terms of top grades and top university places, we are every bit as proud of those who have worked incredibly hard to achieve grades that may once have felt beyond their reach.'
Our most recent inspection was carried out in October 2015 and the Independent Inspectorate Report (published October 2015) judged Bristol Grammar School to be ‘Excellent’ across all eight categories, including the level of pupil achievement, the quality of personal development, the pastoral care provided, the quality of governance and the quality of links with parents.
The report, which can be downloaded below, states that BGS ‘fulfils its aim to achieve excellence in all it does, within and beyond the classroom for its pupils, from EYFS to the sixth form.’
A routine compliance inspection was carried out in March 2019. This found that Bristol Grammar School is meeting all regulatory and legal requirements. The report is also available to read below.