Banbury area independent schools report exceptional GCSE pass rates

Greta Scott, Tudor Hall GCSE student NNL-160825-160028001
Greta Scott, Tudor Hall GCSE student NNL-160825-160028001

Banburyshire’s independent schools have followed on from the success of their A Level results with Tudor Hall achieving a perfect pass rate.

Tudor Hall School students and staff are celebrating outstanding GCSE results today. The students achieved a prefect success rate of 100 percent for grades A* to C including maths and English.

Bloxham School student Izzy achieved an incredible 10 A*s and two As NNL-160825-163758001

Bloxham School student Izzy achieved an incredible 10 A*s and two As NNL-160825-163758001

However, more impressive is the average of nine passes at Grade A* to C achieved by the students of which 63.2 percent were grades A or higher and 88.4 percent were awarded B grades or higher.

Greta Scott received A*’s for all ten of her GCSE examinations.

She said: “I was very relieved and excited to see my results. I am so pleased with them and feel so confident to start my A Levels in Politics, Latin, History and French come September.”

Headmistress Wendy Griffiths, said: “We never cease to be amazed by what our girls achieve through hard work and the support of a committed team of teachers.

Magdalen School GCSE students NNL-160825-155443001

Magdalen School GCSE students NNL-160825-155443001

This year is no exception. Tudor Hall champions the individual strengths of our pupils and therefore today we are equally proud of all our girls as we know they have shown the tenacity and determination to succeed sometimes when they have found a subject challenging.

“We have a number of girls who have a string of A*’s such as Greta Scott but we also have girls who have worked hard to achieve what seems like a less impressive set of grades but for them the achievement is stellar.”

Bloxham School reported a rise in the percentage of A* and A grades achieved which was up 12 percentage points. There were increases too in the number of A* to B grades awarded.

The overall A* to C pass rate was also up. Many students exceeded expectations with high performances in Science and English.

Sibford School's  Isaac Roberts who added to his GCSE's he obtained at just 13 years old NNL-160825-163527001

Sibford School's Isaac Roberts who added to his GCSE's he obtained at just 13 years old NNL-160825-163527001

Headmaster Paul Sanderson said: “Congratulations to all students. As with A Levels last week, these GCSE grades show an improvement on last year’s fine results, which is testament to the hard work of students and teachers alike.

“Most pleasingly, this group of young men and women have flourished both in and beyond the classroom and amongst those with the top grades are students who also play sport at the highest level, have performed at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe, are grade 8 musicians and budding entrepreneurs.

“To achieve academically and excel in other pursuits is truly remarkable and I am exceptionally proud of their success.”

Magdalen College School, Brackley, also reported an increase in the number of top grade passes. Overall 70 percent of pupils achieved five GCSSE’s of grades A* to C including English and maths.

Kinghan Hill student Danika Quick celebrates her GCSE's NNL-160825-163101001

Kinghan Hill student Danika Quick celebrates her GCSE's NNL-160825-163101001

The percentage of pupils achieving the EBACC (English, maths, science, a language and history or geography) has also risen above previous years.

Stephanie Moore collected a clean sweep of A* grades earning nine in all while Erin Challenger received six A*’s and three A grades.

Sibford School saw impressive pass rates in the sciences and maths programs with 100 percent of pupils taking Biology and Physics gaining A* to C grades, and 94 percent of those taking Chemistry achieving grades A* to C.

Five students; William Edmonds, Alexander George, James McCullough, Isaac Roberts and Gary Rooney achieved A*s and/or A’s in all three science subjects.

The school also saw excellent results in the core subject of Mathematics, with 90 percent of students achieving A* to C grades.

Two students achieved A*s in over half of their subjects. Isaac Roberts, who gained an A* GCSE maths grade when he was just 13, added to his early success with a further five A*s and William Edmonds achieved six A*s.

Toby Spence, who takes over as Head of Sibford School on September 1 said: “These are some strong results and I would like to offer my congratulations to both the pupils who have achieved them and the staff who have helped them to do so. “This is particularly so in the case of those students whose results don’t make the headlines but who, while struggling academically and receiving extra learning support, have achieved some consistent C and D grades.

“I very much look forward to seeing many of these students when they return to Sibford in September to start their A Level studies and also look forward to welcoming students from other schools who are joining us for Sixth Form.”

Finally Kingham Hill School just outside Chipping Norton also saw an increase in the number of students obtaining the highest grades.

The school saw 36 per cent of pupils achieving A* and A grades, an increase on last year’s results and well above the national average. A vast majority of pupils were awarded at least one A* or A grade.

The smiles continued for pupils as they achieved a school best of 63 per cent of A* to B grades and 84 percent earned A* to C grades.

Languages at the school continued to impress with French and Latin both seeing 100 per cent A* to C grades and 100 per cent of pupils taking English Literature gained a B or higher, bucking the national trend.

Stand out students include Amy Liao who achieved six A*s and four As, George Morris who earned three A*s, five As and a B and Danika Quick, who gained three A*s, two A’s and a B and C.

Also of note was Issy Tucker who received full marks for her A* grade in Art and Design, along with three A*s, four As and a B and will be returning next year for her A levels.

Headmaster, Nick Seward, said: “I’m thrilled to see so many of our pupils achieving above expectations, and delivering such a fine set of results. Alongside those achieving strings of A*s and As, many pupils in this year group have faced big academic challenges, and I know they will now feel the hard work was worth it, with well-deserved success to celebrate.”