This year saw 84% of all grades achieved were A-A* (grade 7-9) and 63% were A* (grade 8-9). Of these, just over 30% of all grades awarded were at grade 9, the very highest level, which exceeds the A* standard of the old GCSEs. 25%, or 1 in 4 of the girls achieved an outstanding 9 A* grades (grade 8-9) or above – all of which follows the introduction of a new rigorous exam system.
Mrs Emma McKendrick, Headmistress, announced: “These terrific results give us much cause for celebration. I am extremely proud of the girls’ individual achievements and the consistency of our results over recent years. This year was a year of national change with more demanding specifications across GCSE subjects and was the first year that numerical grades were applied to all subjects. The girls rose to these challenges very well indeed.
I am extremely proud of the girls’ individual achievements
I am also grateful to our staff for their dedication and commitment which supported our pupils in achieving these results. We look forward to seeing the girls raise the bar even further as they return to the Sixth Form ready to take on the challenge of the next stage of their educational journey.”
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The UK Department for Education reformed examinations and their grades in 2017 and this process will continue until 2020 when all subjects will be graded against this scale.
In the reformed GCSEs, grades 9-7 cover the range previously covered by grades A*-A. In other words, there is greater differentiation at the top end of the attainment distribution – three grades in the place of two.
Full details can be found in this helpful Department of Education factsheet.
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