Our Year 11 pupils at Clifton High today have achieved an impressive set of GCSE results. There were a good number of exceptional individual performances. The new examination-only format and numerical grading system is more demanding on students in terms of subject content. As the first cohort being examined, our pupils have, over the past two years, shown focus and determination in their approach to the challenges presented to them, and this is reflected in today’s results. We are delighted to see 9% of the grades awarded at Level 9. These grades are in indication of genuine excellence and the 2018 cohort has achieved well above the national average.
40% of grades achieved this year at Clifton High School were grades 9-7, equivalent to A*/A. This is 20% above the national average.
20% of the grades awarded were outstanding at grades 9-8, equivalent to A* and above. This represents a 10% increase on last year’s performance at this level.
Top performing subjects were History, the Sciences and Mathematics, who each achieved 25% of grades 9-8, with an average of 55% of grades for History and the Sciences at grades 9-7.
Closely followed by Latin, Art, German, Spanish, Computing, Drama and Music; all of these subjects gained over 40% of Grades 9 -7.
Moreover, the value-added data for the majority of subjects was significant. In addition, the data shows near equal performance from boys and girls, with boys closing the gap overall compared with recent years, particularly at the top level.
We look forward to welcoming these young people as students in our Sixth Form in September. As a School, and in a move to maintain subject breadth, students will have the opportunity to study a standalone AS qualification in either Politics, Philosophy, PE or Mathematics and an EPQ qualification alongside three core A level subjects. Mr Sam Adams, incoming Head of Sixth Form and Ms Charlotte Allen, Assistant Head: Sixth Form, both agreed that exciting times lie ahead with this high achieving cohort, of young men and women.
Dr Alison Neill, Head of School says,
‘I am truly delighted for both our pupils and staff, who together have met the challenge of the new GCSE examinations with aplomb. The School encourages all to ‘Be Ambitious’ and with the support of the committed teaching staff, tutors, pastoral leaders and their peers our pupils have applied themselves well to their GCSE courses. Their success is justly deserved.
It has been a privilege to watch these pupils develop into confident young people, to see them discover their own strengths and passions and strive toward their own personal successes, however these might be defined. All at Clifton High School extend our warmest congratulations’.