This morning our Year 11 pupils achieved an impressive set of GCSE results, including some outstanding individual performances, particularly at the top end of grades. Department Heads have worked hard in recent years to help our pupils navigate the GCSE examination reforms, building on last year’s successful transition to the new numerical grading and also embracing iGCSEs.
We have seen an increase in the top grades for the second year running. In particular, today’s results have revealed that the number of students achieving a Grade 9, an example of excellence, has increased towards 10%. Academic achievements of this order from our pupils is most certainly exceptional and praiseworthy. Overall Clifton High’s results are considerably well above the national average, with twice the number of the highest grades, 9-8, and almost double for grades 9-7. Moreover, the value-added per pupil for the majority of subjects was significant.
Almost a quarter of grades awarded this year at Clifton High School were outstanding at 9-8, while more than one third of grades were 9-7.
More than 40% of pupils in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, French, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Product Design and Spanish achieved 9-7 grades. This is a significantly broader range of subjects achieving the top grades than last year.
Every pupil taking our new GCSE of Product Design achieved a grade 6 or higher, clearly making their mark.
The popularity of, and success in Product Design and STEM subjects this year reflects a conscious decision by this year group to move increasingly towards contemporary subjects and newly-created disciplines, which should prepare them well for the shifting graduate and recruitment world. We have seen academic success in these subjects by boys in particular, contributing to Clifton High bucking the national trend.
Our pupils recognise the value of innovation and creativity, as is evident in their choice and combination of courses selected for A level study. The new Year 12 students will have the opportunity to study a standalone AS qualification in Music Technology, Mathematics and Spanish, and an EPQ alongside three A-level subjects.
Mr Samuel Adams, Head of Sixth Form says; ‘The incoming Sixth Form can be proud of their efforts in the GCSE examinations. There have been some truly remarkable individual performances that rank amongst the best in the country, while the cohort, as a whole, is in a position of strength to flourish at A level and beyond.’
In addition to achieving excellent academic qualifications, our Year 11 pupils have embraced the numerous opportunities at the High School with significant contributions to sport, drama, music and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As a School we aim to develop well rounded individuals; thinkers who can approach both their studies and their futures with an adaptable and conscious mindset to achieve the best for themselves and to benefit others.
We look forward to welcoming them into the Sixth Form, where they will continue to develop personally in terms of their emotional literacy and social conscience complimenting their academic study. Dr Alison Neill, Head of School and staff wish each of them our warmest congratulations for today’s well-deserved success.