GCSE Level Results, August 2017
This year sees the start of the reformed GCSE subject results for Mathematics, English Language and English Literature. The outcomes of these assessments are numerical 9 to 1, rather than the more traditional A* to U. Consequently, the reporting of results this year is rather more convoluted and complicated.
26 students sat GCSEs in Year 11 this year spanning over 22 subjects:
- 29% of grades were awarded at A*
- 59% A* and A*
- 94% A* to C
- 19% of grades were awarded at 9
- 38% 9, 8 and 7
- 95% 9 to 4
I am extremely pleased to note that the highest 59% A* – A of GCSE grades has hugely surpassed last year’s already extremely impressive figure of 43%.
- 96% of Thetford Grammar School pupils passed at least 5 A* – C and/or 9 – 4 GCSEs
- 88.5% of pupils at TGS passed A* – C and/or 9 – 4 in at least 5 GCSEs, including English and Mathematics
- Top performers: 10 pupils scored at least 6 A and A* grades or better; 11 pupils scored at least 2 grades 9, 8 and 7
- Thetford Grammar School’s top performers: 14 Year 11 pupils scored at least 8 GCSEs at A * to B and/or 9 to 7 grades or better.
Notable pupil successes, in alphabetical order:
Henry Bittleston 5 GCSEs A*, 3 A, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7 + Additional Maths (equivalent to AS Level) A
Toby Culling 6 GCSEs grade A*, 2 grade 8 + Additional Maths A
Maximillian Elders 3 GCSEs A*, 4 grade A, 2 grade 7 + Additional Maths A
Kudzi Garikayi 5 GCSEs A*, 1 A, 1 grade 9, 1 grade 8
Brynmor Jenkins 7 GCSEs grade A*, 2 grade 8 + Additional Maths A
Angus Russell 4 GCSEs grade A*, 5 GCSEs grade A, 1 GCSE grade B
Chloë Sorrell 3 GCSEs grade A*, 3 grade A, 1 grade 9, 2 grade 8
The Mathematics Department scored a very respectable 92% of pupils scoring at least 9 to 4. English Language achieved 96% of pupils scoring at least 9 to 4, whilst English Literature scored 65% 9 to 6. The Art Department, including Fine Art and Photography, scored a very impressive 91.5% A* to B grades. The Sciences, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics, achieved a very impressive 98% A* to B, with an amazing 53% achieving A* grades overall in the department. The Computing Department achieved 100% A* to B in Computing and 100% A*/A in ICT. Physical Education achieved a very positive 90% A* to C. Latin impressed with 100% of pupils achieving A*/A. German scored 100% A* to C and French scored 79% A* to C. History performed at 89% A* to C. Geography achieved 83% A* to B. Both Music and Religious Studies excelled with 100% A* to B.
Many congratulations to 6 Year 11 pupils who undertook Additional Mathematics and all achieved the highest A grade.
Once again, as the Headmaster of one of the oldest schools in the country, tracing our lineage back to the 7th century, I am immensely proud of our Year 11 pupils and exceptionally pleased for their families. This is truly an outstanding set of results and testament to the hard work of our pupils and the inspiration they draw from our wonderful teaching staff.
Our pupils already lead rich and fulfilling lives: these academic successes come alongside many notable achievements in music, sporting endeavours, the creative arts and community involvement.
The vast majority of our youngsters are now about to embark upon A Level study. This is, once again, a tribute to their hard work and the excellent teaching standard which they receive here at Thetford Grammar School. A major factor in the success of all subjects this year stems from our favourable teacher/pupil ratios, small class sizes, tracking systems, close monitoring and intervention processes guided by our strong pastoral and academic team.
All of our pupils, regardless of their ability or aspirations, have made significant progress and achieved highly over the course of their time at TGS. We are immensely proud of them. The long wait for the results is finally over and they can now relax and enjoy the rest of the summer break, before their A Level courses begin next month. On behalf of us all here at TGS, I wish every one of them every success in their futures.
Our annual Speech Day, where prizes and awards are presented to many of our exceptional pupils and sixth form students, will take place on Friday 15th September at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds.
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Mark S. Bedford
A Level Results, August 2017
- 22 students sat A Level exams in Year 13 this year spanning over 20 subjects
- 18% of grades were awarded at A* and A
- 76% A* to C
- 99% A* – E
Many congratulations to Thetford Grammar School’s Year 13 top performers, in alphabetical order:
- Mollie Carlyle: Creative Writing A, French B, Music B, Philosophy and Ethics A* and EPQ B
- Megan Curley: Biology A, Chemistry A and French B
- Rebecca Grimmond: Art and Design A*, Biology B and Chemistry B
- Krishoban Sanjeevijay: Chemistry B, Further Maths C, Mathematics A and Physics B
- Charlie Stephens: Biology A, Business Studies B and Chemistry B
- Clemency Wood: Art and Design A*, Biology A* and Geography A
The A Level results are more varied than the previous year. The possible reasons for this are the statistical variances in a small cohort of students and tougher examinations in the newer examination format.
The Biology department scored particularly well with 50% of students scoring at least A* and A, whilst Physics ably achieved 75% A* to B. Art was a very impressive 80% achieving at least A* to B grade. In all three Sciences at least 62% of grades were at A* to B. French was very positive at 67% A* to B. Mathematics and Geography performed well with at least 50% of candidates scoring A* to B. Music performed exceptionally well with 100% A* to B.
Changing examination formats have impacted on whether students enter at all for the Year 12 AS components. Linear and terminal assessments at the end of Year 13 are slowly becoming the new format once again at Advanced Level examinations.
- 42% of students achieved the highest A grade
- 69% of students achieved A to C
Particularly notable achievements, in alphabetical order, are:
- Jack Bercovici: Biology A, Chemistry A, Mathematics A and Physics A
- Philippa Buckley: Chemistry A, Dutch A and Mathematics A
- Daniel Connolly: Biology A, Chemistry A, Further Maths A and Mathematics A
- Jacob Wright: Chemistry A, Further Maths A, Mathematics A and Physics A
One further notable achievement from the Mathematics Department: six Year 11 pupils undertook Additional Mathematics. All pupils scored the highest A grade.
These are: Owen Bradfield, Toby Culling, Brynmor Jenkins, Matthew Ruddy, Henry Bittleston and Maximillian Elders.
On behalf of Thetford Grammar School, I am very pleased for our departing students and, of course, their families. This is a testament to our young people’s determination and hard work, and the dedication and commitment of all our staff. I am mindful that these students lead rich and fulfilling lives: their academic success comes alongside many notable achievements in music, sport, the creative arts and community involvement.
Moreover, I am delighted that the vast majority of our Year 13 students performed well in their examinations and have gone on to achieve their university offers. Many of our youngsters are off to their choice of university, once again, a tribute to their hard work and the excellent teaching standard which they receive here at Thetford Grammar School. A major factor in the success of all subjects this year stems from our favourable teacher/pupil ratios, small class sizes, tracking systems, close monitoring and intervention processes guided by our strong pastoral and academic teams.
All of our students, regardless of their ability or aspirations, have made well informed choices about their next steps and I wish every one of them very successful futures.
Mark S. Bedford