August 24, 2017

Fantastic GCSE Results for Colston’s Students

Colston’s students have excelled in this year’s new, and much more demanding, GCSEs. 10% of the papers have been awarded the new top mark of 9 (compared to an expected national figure of 3%) and nearly 40% of all papers were awarded 9 to 7, or A** to A in ‘old money’.

This is a really impressive feat that has been achieved through teamwork – students have had to tackle new courses and staff have had to deliver new courses, in new styles and with very little firm guidance on what examiners would be expecting. Well done to all!

Incorporating the new and old grades into easily manageable statistics is tricky but the headline figures are very good. Again, this year more than 40% of grades were A* to A (or the equivalent). In single sciences, this figure rises to 66%. The Geography Department achieved 64% A* to A and the Computing Department achieved 80% A* to A.

One in five Colstonians received the equivalent of straight A grades or better, including Maria Budin, who also played in Junior Wimbledon this summer. A number of students achieved particularly high grades, including Ottilie Michelson, with A*A*A*A*A*A*998; and Anna Catton, with A*AAAAA977, who was also awarded a very prestigious Arkwright Scholarship for Engineering.

Colston’s Headmaster, Jeremy McCullough, said: “The whole year group deserves our plaudits for working so hard under such new and challenging circumstances and for making the most of their academic abilities. Clearly this has been an even more uneasy period of anticipation than normal with the much publicised ‘toughening up’ of English and Mathematics GCSEs. However, Colston’s students need not have worried as their results have again been hugely positive.”