At Clifton High School, boys and girls across Year 11 were celebrating this morning as they collected their GCSE results. Almost 50 pupils sat GCSEs this summer with both boys and girls achieving truly impressive sets of results with many excellent grades.
Last year we announced outstanding public examination results for the first set of boys and girls who joined the school since it became co-educational. This year pupils have continued to do well, confirming that at the school boys and girls consistently achieve high academic standards. Of our top ten performers at GCSE, six were girls and four were boys.
Almost 50% of grades were A* or A
Almost 80% of grades were A* to B
98% of students achieved at least 5 A* to C grades
As with last week’s A levels, excellent grades at GCSE in mathematics and the sciences were matched by those in ancient and modern foreign languages as well as the creative subjects. In the sciences 55% of grades were A* or A, in ancient and modern languages 62% of grades were A* or A and in art 100% of pupils achieved A* or A.
The academic success of our boys and girls has been testament to their hard work and dedication and also the first class teaching they have received at Clifton High. Dr Alison Neill, Head of School also put the academic success down to the Diamond Edge Model of education. Dr Neill comments:
“We are the only co-educational school in the South West that teaches boys and girls separately for core subjects during their formative years in Years 7-9. The success of this model has been borne out in the excellent A level and GCSE results our pupils have achieved over the last few years. Our top ten performers at GCSE this year included six girls and four boys.”
For Clifton High School pupils it is also important to look beyond the academic results. We great emphasis on the transferable or soft skills that so many top universities and employers are looking for today and aims to produce confident yet grounded individuals. The group of pupils receiving their results this year have made a huge contribution to school life. Many have played for one of our sports teams or volunteered as leaders at the school’s summer sports camps; others have embraced music or drama, performing on stage or in musical concerts. Pupils have also taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and have been given the opportunity to take part in a World Challenge Expedition to Costa Rica this summer. The initiative, confidence, can-do attitude and hard work demonstrated by the World Challenge team has been a fantastic example of Clifton High pupils at their best.
The Clifton High Sixth Form will have a very different feel this September as a record number of young men embark upon their A level studies working alongside their female counterparts. We look forward to welcoming them all into the Sixth Form as they take up their well-deserved places at the start of the Autumn Term.