Friday, 12 August 2022

Independents make the grade

INDEPENDENT schools in South Oxfordshire and Berkshire celebrated an impressive set of GCSE results for

INDEPENDENT schools in South Oxfordshire and Berkshire celebrated an impressive set of GCSE results for another year.

All schools in the area comfortably bettered the national averages and many saw the percentage of top grades attained by their students go up.

At Queen Anne’s School for girls in Caversham 28 per cent of all grades were A*, the same as last year, and 37 per cent of pupils achieved nine or more A* or A grades.

The proportion of five or more passes at A* to C grades, including English and maths, was 100 per cent, compared with 97 per cent last year.

Ninety-eight per cent of all grades were A* to C.

The school’s science department performed particularly well. In biology, 84 per cent of all grades were A* or A while in both chemistry and physics the proportion was 81 per cent.

Emma Hewlett, 16, from Caversham, recieved 11 A*s, including Dutch. She will go on to study physics, classics, French and English at A-level in September.

Isabella Bowater, from Henley, achieved eight A*s and two A grades.

She is currently on the school’s lacrosse tour of America but when she returns she will study A-level physics, chemistry, biology and maths.

Georgina Evans, also from Henley, achieved nine A*s and A grades and will study biology, chemistry, physical education and English at A-level.

She a member of the under-19B south-west England lacrosse team and captained the school’s under-16A team to become Berkshire county champions and win the national schools championships.

Sophie Wulfinghoff, from Caversham, was awarded six A*s and four A grades.

Sophie, who is a synchronised swimmer and has had national trials, will study biology, physical education, chemistry and maths at A-level.

Headmistress Julia Harrington said: “Congratulations to the girls and staff for the hard work and dedication that has gone into achieving another set of brilliant results.

“The girls have worked exceptionally hard to obtain top marks, which will provide them with the perfect springboard to commence their A-level studies.

“As well as embarking on the next stage of their education, the girls will be the first year group to take advantage of The Space, our new, state-of-the-art sixth form centre.

“The Space features a digital library, e-learning pods and a walled garden for relaxation combined with seminar and teaching rooms to facilitate collaborative learning experiences for our sixth-form  students.”

At Shiplake College, 91 per cent of pupils attained five or more passes at A* to C grade, including English and maths, one per cent down on last year.

Ninety-one per cent was also the proportion of passes at C or above for all subjects, up from 88 per cent a year ago.

Twenty-three per cent of students achieved A* or A grades, up from 21 per cent last year.

High achievers included Alfie Sheppard from Watlington, who achieved four A*s and five A grades.

Will Bailey from Emmer Green, was awarded an A*, five A grades and three Bs, and Laurenz Claas, from Sonning, attained two A*s, four A grades and three Bs.

Headmaster Gregg Davies said: “This is another pleasing set of results. Our pupils have worked hard, applying themselves to the seriousness of these public examinations while showing great commitment to the many other co-curricular activities we offer.

“There are many departments celebrating 100 per cent A* to C success, with 100 per cent A* and A for those who took GCSE maths.

“It is a pleasure to watch our dedicated staff take as much enjoyment as the pupils and parents on results days like these.”

At the Oratory School for boys in Woodcote, the pass rate for students achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, was 90 per cent, down one per cent on last year.

Eighty-four per cent received A* to C grades across all subjects compared with 86 per cent last year. The number of A* and A grades was 41 per cent, up six per cent on last year and the school’s best performance since 2010.

One of the top performers was Harry Davies, 16, from Goring, who achieved seven A*s, three A grades and a B.

He said: “I am kind of pleased but some of the subjects I didn’t get A*s in were the ones I was hoping to do better in.”

Harry, who is a keen rugby player and a 100m runner with Reading Athletics Club, will remain at the school to study for his A-levels.

Triplets Harry, Jack and Thomas Radford, from Shiplake, achieved 17 A*s between them.

Other top performers included Luke Thomson with 10A*s and one A grade, Sai Muvvala (seven A*s, three As) and Jack Lockhart (seven A*s, one A, three Bs).

Matt Syddall, head of sixth form, said: “This is an excellent set of A* to C grades and the best set of grades at A* and A since 2010.

“This is due reward for all the hard work of both boys and teaching staff.”

At Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, 97 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, down from 100 per cent in each of the last three years.

Thirty-four per cent received A*s compared with 36 per cent last year, 68 per cent achieved A* or A grade (69 per cent) and 90 per cent A* to B grade (90 per cent).

Sixteen students achieved all A*s and A grade, while 95 per cent of students achieved an A* or A grade in maths.

Head of maths Richard Shuttleworth said: “This group of students has shown an amazing work ethic and this excellent set of results is a true reflection of their endeavours.

“The students’ willingness to attend the additional lunchtime and after-school sessions that the teachers arranged highlights the successful partnership between student and teacher.”

Ewan Morgan, from Caversham, achieved 11 A*s.

Henry Heath, from Henley, received eight A*s and three A grades. He said: “This is a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Henry, who is an accomplished sailor, recently returned from Ghana where he worked with a project team from the school to secure better facilities at the Ankwanda Government School.

Blue Coat headteacher Jesse Elzinga said: “We are delighted by these superb results, which reflect the hard work of the boys, parents and all the staff.

“The results overall are in line with record performances from previous years. There was a number of superb individual performances.”

Lottie Formon, of Peppard Lane, Henley, was one of 13 students at The Abbey School in Reading to achieve 11 A*s.

She attained the top grade in 10 subjects to go with the A* in philosophy that she gained last year.

Seven girls at Cranford House School in Moulsford achieved 41 A*s and A grades between them.

They were Suzanne Penrose, Gabie Buckler, Isobel Colin, Matilda Money-Kyrle and Daisy Stuart, from Henley, Amy Edwards, all from Shiplake, and Madeleine Jacob, from Stoke Row. Suzanne attained 11 A*s and A grades.

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