Sunday, 01 August 2021

Independent schools happy with high GCSE pass rates

INDEPENDENT schools in South Oxfordshire and Berkshire celebrated another year of GCSE results success.

INDEPENDENT schools in South Oxfordshire and Berkshire celebrated another year of GCSE results success.

All shattered both the national and regional pass rate averages and some bettered last year’s performances.

At the Oratory School for boys in Woodcote, the pass rate for pupils with five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, was  91 per cent, up on last year and 2013’s figure of 85 per cent.

Eighty-six per cent received A* to C grades across all subjects while 35 per cent achieved five or more A*s and A grades.

The top performers included Charlie Dart, 16, from Wargrave, who was awarded six A*s in chemistry, English literature and language, music, religious studies and Spanish and four As in classical civilisation, drama, maths and physics.

Archie Birkholm, from Wyfold, achieved five A*s in art, biology, English language, geography and physics and four As in English literature, history, maths and religious studies.

Triplets Harry, Jack and Thomas Radford, from Shiplake, took GCSE maths a year early and each scored A*.

Their father Graeme, who runs digital marketing firm Screaming Frog in Greys Road, Henley, said the boys were all “delighted”.

Headmaster Adrian Wyles said: “I am very pleased indeed with the grades. There are some truly outstanding top performers and these results will give the boys a strong foundation to build on as they embark on their A-level studies.”

At Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning 100 per cent of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, for the third year in a row.

About 36 per cent gained A* grades, down by less than one per cent on last year, while 69 per cent achieved A* or A grades, compared with 73 per cent in 2014. Ninety per cent of pupils achieved A* to B grades, down from 93 per cent.

Among the students to achieve 10 or more A* grades was Tom Hesketh, from Henley.

Rory Thiele, from Charvil, achieved four A*s, three A grades, three Bs and a C.

Headmaster Michael Windsor said: “I would like to congratulate our pupils on achieving such a strong set of GCSE results, providing a fitting reward for their hard work and enthusiasm, which they have displayed alongside great commitment to our extra-curricular programme. These results also reflect the care and attention that their teachers have shown throughout the GCSE courses in order to help pupils achieve their very best in their examinations.”

At Queen Anne’s School for girls in Caversham 50 per cent of pupils achieved seven or more A*/A grades and 28 per cent of all entries received A*s.

Ninety-seven per cent of girls achieved A* to C grades, including English and maths, up two per cent on last year, and 18 per cent gained A* and As.

Five 16-year-olds from Henley did especially well.

Kate Hillas gained eight A*s and three A grades. Kate, who represents Queen Anne’s at tennis and lacrosse, will go on to study maths, biology, economics and geography.

Britta Anderson received eight A*s and two A grades and will go on to study maths, biology, chemistry, and Spanish at A-level.

Olivia Dunning received 10 A*s and will study maths, English literature, Mandarin, chemistry and economics at A-level.

Susie Liddell achieved 10 passes, including six A*s and three A grades.

County hockey player Jessica Roberts got nine GCSEs, including one A* and six A grades, and will go on to study psychology, economics, biology, music technology and core mathematics.

Rosie Griffin, from Caversham, achieved 11 passes, including two A*s and seven A grades. Headmistress Julia Harrington said: “Congratulations to the girls and staff for the hard work and dedication which has gone into achieving these results.

“These girls now go on to the challenge of A-levels and we look forward to helping them fulfil their potential in the sixth form as well as continuing to enjoy impressive standards in our music, drama, art and sport departments.”

At Shiplake College 92 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, up eight per cent on last year.

High achievers included Charlie Ward, 16, from Henley, who achieved three A*s, five A grades and two Bs.

Jack Leigh, also from Henley, achieved two A*s, three A grades and five Bs, while Oliver Walker, from Caversham, gained two A*s, three A grades and four Bs.

Marcus Colao, from Wargrave, and Harry Emmanuel, from Sonning, both scored six As and four Bs.

Headmaster Gregg Davies said: “I am pleased to see a strong consolidation of our overall pass rate.

“This success is built on impressive performances in key curriculum areas of science, mathematics and English, representing another robust examination performance for the college.

“These dry statistics, of course, only scrape the surface of the hard work displayed by pupils and their teachers over the past two years. This work ethic will stand them in good stead as they embark upon the impending challenge of sixth form education.”

At the Abbey School in Reading Henley teenager Katie Keeble achieved 10 A*s and one A grade and Susannah Barton, also from Henley, gained eight A*s and three A grades.

Amy Jones, from Wargrave, gained eight A*s and two A grades and Georgia Corke, also from Wargrave, was awarded two A*s and eight A grades.

National aerobic gymnastics champion Eleanor Ruffle and England netball player Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, both from Sonning, both achieved 10 A*s.

At Cranford House School in Moulsford several girls achieved straight As.

Music captain Zoë Taylor, from Goring, achieved nine A*s and three A grades as well as attaining grade 8 in saxophone and vocal exams.

She also played regional level hockey and England rounders and has been awarded a sports scholarship and music exhibition to Magdalen College School.

Head girl Isobel Sloan, from Emmer Green, achieved eight A*s and three A grades.

Senior prefect Lucy Reynolds, from Whitchurch, achieved 7A*s and four A grades.

Nicole McKay, from South Stoke, achieved six A*s and five A grades.

Games captain and GB rower Katy Claridge achieved all A* to B grades, which secured her a sports scholarship to the sixth form at The Abbey School in Reading.

Katy, who lives in Goring and represents Henley Rowing Club, represented Team GB with her club crew at a regatta against France in July. During all her exams she missed only two training sessions.

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