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Competitive performance continues with improved GCSE results

The celebrations continue for top grammar school Beaconsfield High School after its GCSE students further improved on the school’s 2016 results. The combination of Level 9 and 8 scores with A* grades reveals that the school’s very top-level results have increased by 5% to 37.1%. The number of students achieving only the top grades (Levels 9 and 8 and A* and A) across their subjects is now at a remarkable 20%, a significant increase on 2016 results.

Rachel Smith, Headteacher, comments: “We’ve been on a high since our A-Level results last week so to see equally impressive GCSE results is truly fantastic. Our staff and our whole community are committed to the development and success of each of our students, and with their own dedication and motivated learning they have achieved the remarkable

There was added pressure for this year group as they were the first to engage with the reformed GCSEs but, as always, our students worked hard and I am so incredibly proud of all them for this exceptional achievement. It’s the beginning of their next steps now and I am excited to see their continued progression and brilliance in our Sixth Form.”

The school, confirmed as top of the county for its remarkable A-Level results last week, has fared extremely well despite the reforms to GCSEs. A comparison of previous years versus the new grading system also shows that the school has retained its 100% A*-C results for English and Maths.

One in six entries gained the top score of Level 9 – designed to be an extremely challenging level to reach and beyond the traditional A* – in either the reformed English or Maths GCSEs, while 14 achieved Level 9 in English Language, English Literature and Maths. Nine students gained all three Level 9 scores as well as A*-A grades for all other GCSEs, a remarkable achievement during a period of adjustment.

Students achieved remarkable results across a range of traditional GCSE courses too. Twenty-nine of 32 students who took the IGCSE Science course achieved three A* across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students who took Drama achieved either an A* or an A, and 10 subjects have made progress on previous years, with more students achieving the highest grades of A* and A.

Students who achieved at least 368 points will now be accepted into Beaconsfield High School’s revered Sixth Form, where they will undertake a programme of A-Levels and enrichment activities. The 2017 curriculum offers 26 courses, with top choices including Biology, Chemistry and Maths, all of which are facilitating subjects for degrees like Medicine and Engineering. A highly experienced Sixth Form management team will work one-to-one with students to develop their ambitions and create a path for achievement, including tutoring, interview preparation and UCAS guidance. Enrichment activities will include volunteering in the community, an exciting extra-curricular programme and an accountable student leadership team to develop rounded individuals who offer skills like leadership, teamwork and independent thinking alongside their outstanding academic proficiency.

The reformed English Literature, English Language and Maths courses were launched in 2015, with all other courses set to be rolled out by 2019. The government and exam boards have designed the new system to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students, with Grade 9 the highest achievement set above the current A*.