Following on from last week’s A level success, Bristol Grammar School pupils are celebrating remarkable results in their GCSE examinations.
BGS Headmaster, Jaideep Barot, commented: “At BGS, it is the character, skills and habits of mind that our pupils develop which 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 they thought they could – and perhaps better.
“More than the collective successes which normally and understandably grab the headlines in our league-table-obsessed culture, it is the successes of those individuals who have worked hard to achieve what they have, that we salute today. Very well done to them all for their outstanding efforts; they are a rounded and outstanding group of young men and women of whom we are proud.”
Across the 27 subjects offered, 80% of GCSE entries were graded at A*–B (or the numerical equivalent of 9–6) with over two-fifths at A* or 9–8, and 63% at A*–A (or 9–7). 30% of our pupils gained 10 or more grades at A* and A, and 22 of them 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 of the year group (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.
Beyond these headlines, which by nature draw attention to those aspects of the results that are easiest to measure, we look forward to celebrating the sheer hard work of so many of our pupils whose stories are hidden beyond these headlines.