Excellent GCSE results from top independent schools

We take a closer look at the GCSE results from some of the independent schools popular amongst relocating families.

Headington School GCSE results 2016
Following today’s GCSE results, we have a closer look at the brilliant performances from students at some of the most popular schools amongst relocating families. 

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Box Hill School

Against the national backdrop of a fall in the A*-C pass rate, Box Hill School students and teachers were delighted with the school’s GCSE results going in the opposite direction.Exceeding the national figure by over 15 per cent, students were celebrating some excellent results today (Thursday 25th August) with an A*-C pass rate of 82 per cent. Up 8 per cent on last year and with an overall pass rate at 99.5 per cent there were many examples of students with personal success stories.This tops off a really pleasing set of results, with increased success across the board at IB, A Level and now GCSE. It is particularly rewarding in the context of a non-selective approach to education, which also puts holistic learning at the core of school life.
Headmaster Mr Cory Lowde said, "We have worked tremendously hard over the last year to ensure, as always, that we provide extraordinary value added for every student. To see so many positive results, exceeding our own internal targets, and bettering not just last year but also the UK average by such a large margin, is a testament to everybody's hard work. I am thrilled."

The British School in the Netherlands

The British School in the Netherlands saw a remarkable 93.5 per cent of students achieve grades A*-C and 45.6 per cent of those were A*-A.
James Oxlade, Senior School Headteacher congratulated these successful students and added, “This year’s cohort have worked extremely hard over the two years of the GCSE course and I am pleased that they have a great set of results to show for it.  They can now all move forward with confidence to the next stage of their education knowing they have a strong foundation to their A-level or IB programmes.  Well done to everyone”Now all that remains for these students is to enjoy the last two weeks of the holiday and prepare for Sixth Form and the start of their IB and A-level programmes in September.

Woldingham School

This is another year of outstanding GCSE results for Woldingham School with 46 per cent of the grades achieved at A* and 73 per cent A*-A. Over 500 A*-A grades were achieved, 330 of which were A*s.36 per cent of Woldingham girls achieved seven or more A*s reflecting the breadth and depth of achievement in this year group.  Head of Year, Rachel Whitton, said, “I am thrilled for our high achievers but just as proud of our girls who asked for help when needed – they have been rewarded with results that exceed their expectations.”
Following our STEM success at A-level this year we had our highest ever number of girls sitting GCSE triple award science and two thirds of these grades were A*.  Take up for Science A-levels is encouragingly high, with half of this year group opting to take at least one STEM subject next year and one in five taking Physics, a notoriously male dominated subject.“Our GCSE girls proved time and time again that they were a cohesive, dynamic and multi-talented group.  They have worked hard, aimed high and supported one another – they are the embodiment of our strong sense of community. This year group has engaged with the full spectrum of opportunities available at Woldingham School – proving that academic endeavour is enhanced by sporting, musical, artistic and extra-curricular pursuits.  I am delighted with their results and proud of the competent, purposeful young women that they are.”  Comments from Headmistress, Mrs Alex Hutchinson.

Headington School

Girls at Headington are celebrating after achieving fantastic results in this year’s GCSE examinations. Significant numbers of girls achieved higher results than in their mock examinations and the majority achieved well above their predictions – in some cases getting several grades higher than expected.A total of 78 per cent of the grades were higher than the girls’ baseline predictions in Year 10. Of the 128 girls sitting exams, 16 achieved 10 or more A*s, four managing an incredible 11 A*s, and 58 girls, nearly half the year group, achieved all A*s or A’s. A total of 51.1 per cent of all grades were A*s, while 79.7 per cent were at A* or A.
Headmistress Caroline Jordan said, “I am absolutely thrilled for each and every girl receiving their results today. Behind the headline figures are so many individual success stories. As a school with a broad intake, what matters most to us is that each girl achieves her own potential. To see so many girls not just meeting their predictions but exceeding them so confidently is fantastic.”“Our girls have worked incredibly hard for their results and I hope they all feel rightly proud of themselves today. Thanks also go to our inspirational teachers who have managed to tease the very best out of their pupils.”

Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School is celebrating the outstanding examination results for Year 11 with over a third of students receiving 10 or more A* grades each.92 per cent of the examinations taken by the 151 candidates were awarded A* or A grades. 59 students – over a third of the year group – gained ten A*s or more each, and 128 students gained 9 or more A* or A grades. All but twenty-eight results out of 1549 examinations were awarded grade B or above.All students took three separate iGCSE sciences, Mathematics and English Language. We were particularly delighted by the success in our own externally moderated Sevenoaks School Certificate in English Literature, now in its sixth year, and by the results in their second awarding year of Art, Drama, Music, Technology (Robotics) and Technology (Visual Communications).The Head, Dr Katy Ricks, said, “These results are excellent, and a superb achievement for both students and teachers. We are delighted that our students start the IB Diploma Programme with such strong qualifications.”

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