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Remember to have a listen of the four audio clips we have uploaded, especially Laura Nelson-Tidbury's singing.
And there is of course our Schools Results Table that is worth a catch-up if you've not already viewed it.
But last, although certainly not least, well done to everyone on their results today. We hope you achieved what you wanted.
For an evening wrap-up, here's a couple of our audio clips from earlier today for you:
Icknield Community College recorded its best ever results.
Headteacher Mat Hunter said: “We are very pleased.
“Last year we achieved our best ever set of results and we have improved on that against this year
"We are clearly delighted about this and extend our congratulations to all of our students and their families.”
He said one student worthy of singling out was Kyra Bowman, who achieved eight A* and an A and will now go on to sixth form at a college in Frankfurt, Germany.
We're pretty much there with the GCSE results for the schools now, certainly got all the major ones in hand on our Live Results Table
Larkmead School headteacher Chris Harris said he had serious questions over the moderating of English coursework.
While the school achieved significant improvements, with five percentage points more children achieving five A* to Cs including English and maths, he said coursework was marked down on average eight per cent.
He said: “Last year we got commended for our coursework and we did exactly the same so we are appealing it.
“I am still pleased we are up on last year and it is the best we have ever had by a distance, but it is a mixed picture.”
Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for children, education and families Melinda Tilley said: “Today’s results mark the end of years of hard work for students and teachers alike, and as always, I’d like to congratulate them and pay tribute to their dedication. The role of parents in supporting students through their exams should also be recognised.
“At a national level, much is already being made of the proportion of top grades apparently falling for the second year running. We can’t say at this stage whether Oxfordshire has bucked that trend but if confirmed, early indications for A* to C including English and Maths would represent an improvement on the county’s results last year, which is obviously something we hope is borne out.”
She added: “More than anything, however, today is about celebrating the achievements of young people across Oxfordshire, and I’d like to wish all our students future success as they start the next chapter in their lives.
“For anyone who has not received the results they were hoping for today, I would like to reassure them that there is support available both through the schools themselves and through a number of services which are dedicated to helping young people make their next step.”
Henry Box has sent us this picture of their high achievers
SCIENCE was the big success story at Sibford School.
All pupils taking Biology, Chemistry and Physics gained all A*-C grades and four students - Myles Atherstone, Georgina Bradyll-Brown, Thomas Meredith and Primrose Moss - achieving A*s in all three subjects.
Primrose also achieved top grades in all of her other subjects resulting in a total collection of 11 A*s; Georgina gained another two A*s for English Literature and RE together with six A grades; while Myles achieved an additional A* in Maths and four A grades. Thomas complimented his A*s with a further six A grades.
Other students achieving all A* or A grades were Abigail Coolley (7 A*s and
5 As), Megan Denham (3 A*s and 6 As), Ghislaine Howard (2 A*s and 7 As) Vladimir Ip (3A*s and 3 As), Edgar Pascot Cooper (1 A* and 7 As).
Overall, 66 pupils took GCSEs with 83.9% of pass grades being A* - C.
This was slightly lower than last year, but according to Sibford head Michael Goodwin there was an increase in the number of pupils achieving 5 or more grades at C or better, and a significant improvement on the numbers of pupils achieving 5 grades including English and Maths.
“I am never enthusiastic about percentage scores because they don’t reflect the real achievements of individuals.
“This year we have some pupils for whom a D grade represents a very significant achievement and I would like to congratulate these students, just as much as those who have achieved the top grades.
“I am especially delighted that we have done so well in science, especially when the exams watchdog Ofqual has predicted a ‘small drop’ in science grades, and would like to offer my special thanks to our science staff who have offered so much encouragement to pupils this year. As ever, we have performed above predicted grades across the board.”
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Kingham Hill School, in Kingham near Chipping Norton, has decided not to release its GCSE results.
A spokeswoman said: “We are not making them known at the moment because we are waiting for remarking on a couple of papers.”
David Bell, deputy headteacher at Henry Box School in Witney, said: “We are really pleased that we have had a massive improvement on results from last year.
“We had 64 per cent of students achieve five A* to Cs including English and maths, which is a large percentage rise on our 2012 figures.
“That is not only because of the English grading issue last year but it is because our students worked incredible hard to achieve those grades, with staff support.”
Alison Jones, headteacher at Rye St Antony, said: “It’s been a strong year and people have been very quick to celebrate.
“We are seeing that slight depression and I imagine nationally there will be a little fall so in a year when things are tighter, this has been a particularly strong set of results.”
From reader Alun Williams: Natascha Blesing 13 A* GCSE grades at Faringdon Community College. Incredible results.
Want to say congratulations to my little sister @g3mgemm on her amazing results #OXgcse @TheOxfordMail #brainbox— @Sssgrace_x 22 August 2013
Nearly 70 per cent of all grades at St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon, were A*.
Headteacher Rowan Edbrooke said: “I am absolutely delighted for the girls on an outstanding set of I/GCSE results.
“Fifty-one pupils, well over half of the year group obtained eight or more A* grades which ably demonstrates their desire and passion for learning and the skill and dedication of the staff who do so much to fuel their intellectual curiosity and encourage them to develop their learning beyond the standard curriculum.
“Success is across the board and it is hugely satisfying to see the creative arts, humanities, languages and the sciences all with exceptional A*and A*/A grades.
“Congratulations to all the girls, their families and teaching staff.”
This year’s GCSE examination results produced the best ever 5A*-C figures for Bartholomew School with 81 per cent of students gaining this key benchmark figure.
Headteacher Andrew Hamilton said they were a suitable reward for the great efforts put in by the students and staff to improve standards.
Bartholomew School’s best ever performance in many of the key measures means the school has once again generated significant added value for its students maintaining the excellent standards set in previous years, he added.
176 students produced the following highlights:
• 81%, or more than 4 out of 5 students, gained 5+A*-C grades;
• 69% gained 5+A*-C grades including English and Maths;
• 99% of all entries gained 5+A*-G grades.
• There were many exceptional individual performances, with 23 students, i.e. 13% of all students, gaining 9 or more A*/A grades:
(12 A*/A): Nicole Li, Daniel Ray, George Seligmann, Jinu Thomas, Rosa Thomas, Max Topp-
Mugglestone, and Jennifer Winstone
(11A*/A): Hannah Broadhurst, Marius Cannon, Hannah Cummings, Daniel O’Dwyer, Matthew
Ray, and Eleanor Thomas
(10A*/A): Lewis Ashmore, Fiona Carroll, Robin Gronbech, Rohanna Lathar, and Mark Ward
(9A*/A): Edan Berrett, Charlotte Clifford, Matthew Richens, George Tomlinson, and Elizabeth Woltmann
In addition to these individual performances, the school is very pleased with the achievements of all its students, Mr Hamilton said. With a completely mixed ability intake, the results reflect its dedication to nurture students at all levels of ability.
Mr Hamilton added they are a reward for the positive attitudes shown by all students and affirm Ofsted’s judgement that “Bartholomew School is outstanding” (June 2013).
Mr Hamilton said: “We are very pleased with the excellent GCSE examination results our students have achieved this year. They are a reflection of the fantastic commitment of our students, and the high quality teaching provided for them by all our teaching staff. All our students should be justifiably proud of their efforts and the grades they have achieved.”
Oxfordshire’s biggest secondary school, Lord Williams’s School in Thame, reported a dip in results with 55 per cent of students achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at A* toC grades, including English and maths.
Headteacher David Wybron said: “I want to acknowledge the wide range of achievements of our students.
“We are in very turbulent times in terms of examination results and year on year we are dealing with puzzling results.
“The dip in results is not a surprise, however unwelcome, because we were aware of late changes in grade boundaries in some subjects which mean that some students have been awarded lower grades than their marks would have earned them last year.
“In one core subject the pass mark for a C grade has moved by 6½% on last year. We will know more once we receive the results of remarks.”
The following students gained at least 7 passes at grade A* or A:
Elijah Andrews, Jimmy Austin, Ruairi Baker, Jessica Baldwin, Jasmine Bernard, Olly Bevan, Rebecca Brightling, Alyssa Brown, Lina Budde-Manning, Ella Burgess, Jess Burman, Conor Champion, Laura Cooper-Smith, Rebecca Daly, Daniel Hambly, Dominic Kelsey, Emily Keogh, Josie King, Miriam Malein, Charlotte Mann, Michelle Poalses, Emma Ralphs, Josie Richards, Charlotte Rogers, Eleanor Shearwood, Ewan Sheen, Hannah Smith, Mary Walters, Brendan Ward, Benjamin Warwick, James Wooster
Faringdon Community College headteacher David Wilson said: “‘We are delighted with this set of results. Ninety-three per cent of our students gained five higher GCSE passes and for 72 per cent of them it included English and maths, the best we have ever attained.
“Natascha Blesing achieved a remarkable 13 grades at A* and also, as part of our enrichment programme for gifted students, an A level pass at grade A.
“These results reflect the hard work and dedication of all my students and staff, a proud day for FCC.”
Wallingford School pupil Laura Nelson-Tidbury, 16, has just won a place at OCVC to study music, against all her expectations. She shows us how she got an A in her music GCSE.
It was another great day for results as Headington School received its GCSE grades: 99.6 per percent of passes were at grades A* - C, including English and Maths and seven girls achieved straight A* grades. 16 girls achieved 10 or more A* grades.
Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: "We are delighted for all the girls. They have worked incredibly hard and their efforts are reflected in these excellent results. Their achievements follow on from our Sixth Form students’ fantastic A Level results last week and the exceptional IB results in July.
"Last week our A Level students also achieved outstanding results, with 64 per cent of passes at grades A* and A. The school’s Fine Art students did particularly well – all 14 of them achieved an A* or A grade at A Level.
"Earlier this summer our International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students also gained excellent results. Candidates must score at least 24 out of a possible 45 to gain the Diploma and this year’s students’ average point score was 37.7, with our top individual score of 44 out of 45."
King Alfred’s School headteacher Simon Spiers said: “We are delighted.
“We are very pleased again.
“We have posted another great set of results after last year’s record-breaking results.
“We are delighted our GCSE students have done so well and it is a credit to staff, students and the community.”
Remember, results from the schools constantly being updated on our Live GCSE table as they come in
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More from Wood Green School headteacher Robert Shadbolt, new in post, said: “As the new headteacher, I would like to pay tribute to the students, staff and parents for all the hard work and dedication that has gone into these results.
“We are delighted that so many students have got the results they wanted to take them to the next exciting stage in their lives.
“I am also very pleased for the whole school community.
“In a time of so much confusion about exam results nationally, to maintain standards is an achievement in itself and also provides a solid platform for the school from which to raise results further
“Today, however, we are going to celebrate the achievements of our fantastic students.”
Amongst many individual successes, notable was Georgina Partridge who achieved 10 straight A*s. Others who achieved 10A* or A grades were Imogen Burgoyne, Carenza Glitheroe, Will Guerin-Ciccone, Jess Lawrence, Grace Perry and Sophie Wilcox.
At Wood Green School, Witney, 52% of students achieved 5A* to C grades with English and Maths, matching the standard set last year.
Listen to Wallingford School headteacher Wyll Willis' reaction the results
Humzah Khushi, 16, from Bartholomew Road, Cowley, who got 2 distinction stars, 5As, 2Bs and 3Cs. The St Gregory the Great pupil said: "I feel relieved now as it went on for such a long time. I was really happy when I saw my results. I am now going to study physics, product design, business and maths in the sixth form."
St Gregory the Great's Anona Mann, 16, from Horspath Road, with her mum Alex and sister Lily, six. She got one distinction, 3As, 6Bs and 1C. She said: "I'm really happy as I wasn't expecting it, especially the A I got in RE and the C I got in English. I was very nervous when I opened my envelope. I will now do product design, physics, maths and history in sixth form.' Mum Alex said: I am happy and really proud but I knew she would do well. It was quite a stressful period and so it's a great relief."
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Jess Barker from John Mason School
Sixteen-year-old Wood Green student Zachary Peake said: "I am over the moon. I was expecting to do well in some subjects but definitely not maths, which I got an A in." Asked how much he had studied, he said: "I basically locked myself in the house for three months."
Wood Green student Imogen Burgoyne received one A and nine A stars. She said: "I am so happy. I just spoke to my mum on the phone and she cried."
Georgina Partridge at Wood Green managed 10 As, two A stars and two Bs at Wood Green in Witney. She said: "I'm pretty shocked. I did not expect to do so well. I'm glad it all paid off."
Listen to the analysis of GCSE results at St Gregory the Great by headteacher John Hussey
Listen to our audio interview with Rob Shadbolt, the headteacher at Wood Green School
Maddy McGrath, 16, from Wallingford School defied her predicted grades of Es and Ds to get mostly Cs.
@TheOxfordMail @OxfordGuardian @BBCOxford @banburynews @banburycakenews Cracking results - 68% A*-A and 91.7% A*-B! http://t.co/H2HdrujgrH— @TudorHallSchool 22 August 2013
Students have been all smiles as they received their GCSE result envelopes at Chipping Norton School.
Right across the board students have performed extremely well. At the top end almost a quarter of all grades awarded were A or A*; four students achieved all A and A* grades; and a baker’s dozen students got eight or more A and A* grades. 72 per cent of all grades awarded were at A*-C.
The figure of five A*-C including English and Mathematics was an impressive 65%.
Last week the school celebrated achieving outstanding ‘A’ level results with 67 sixth form students confirming university places, most at their first choice, and 40 per cent of these at Russell Group universities.
Headteacher Mr Duffy said: “Following some cracking A level results we are now celebrating some outstanding results by our year 11 students in their GCSE exams.
"Last year the GCSE marking fiasco left students and staff demoralised but this year it has been a pleasure to witness the delight on the faces of both students and teachers as they witness their hard work being properly rewarded.
"Results morning is always a nerve wracking time but to see nervous anticipation turned into exhilarating joy is a real pleasure. I have relished sharing this success with our students today and I look forward to welcoming many of our talented students back into the sixth form next month."
Notable high achievers with eight or more A*s and As are Maddie Cullen, Jordan Erikson, Abbie Festa, Zoe Foster, Alice Green, James Hastings, Joseph Jaffe, Anna Jarrett-Rawlence, Michael Krzyzanowski, Hepsie Lucas, Megan Pashley, Alice Rose and Trystan Surawy-Stepney. Maddie, Jordan, Abbie, Alice Green and Trystan achieved all A* and A grades!
Abingdon School has reported record results.
Headteacher Felicity Lusk said: “This is Abingdon’s best-ever set of GCSE results with over half of all the exams taken gaining an A* grade – a tremendous achievement.
“Sixty-three boys passed all their exams with A*s and As.
“In addition, 13 of the subjects taken were iGCSEs, considered to be more academically rigorous than the GCSE, which makes this set of results even more impressive.
“Many congratulations to all the boys, their families and to the Abingdon staff.
“The 2013 GCSE and A level results are the culmination of a wonderful year for Abingdon with boys not only winning places at top UK and U.S. universities, but also representing the country at Geography and Linguistics Olympiads and in national sporting squads for rowing, hockey and rugby.
“With the new science centre opening in 2015 and the acquisition of the lease for the Tilsley Park Sports Centre, it is a very exciting time in Abingdon’s history.”
Number sitting GCSEs: 155
% of passes at grade A* 52.3%
% of passes at grades A* and A 83.6%
% of passes at grades A* to B 95.9%
% of passes at grades A* to C 99.0%
% of passes at grades A* to G 100.0%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A*to C including English and Maths 98.7%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to G 100%
Number of boys with 11 A*s 1
Number of boys with 10 A*s or more 14
Number of boys with 9 A*s or more 34
Number of boys with 8 A*s or more 53
Number of boys with 7 A*s or more 66
63 boys gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A
STUDENTS and staff were celebrating some new school records at Langtree following the publication of the GCSE results for 2013.
Overall, 79 per cent of all students achieved five or more GCSE passes at A*-C, which is the best result the school has ever achieved and an improvement of nine per cent on 2012. Furthermore, 62 per cent of all students achieved 5 or more GCSE A*-C grades including English and Maths, which was again an improvement of 11 per cent from last year. Of all grades awarded, 86 per cent were at Grade C or above.
There was also another increase in the proportion of students achieving the EBacc measure of A*-C passes in English, Maths, Science, a modern foreign language and a humanities subject. This measure increased to 27 per cent in 2013 - the third successive year in which this measure had improved at Langtree.
It was also extremely gratifying to see how well the boys had performed. As a result of some intensive work to boost the performance of the boys last year – a priority set in the School Improvement Plan – the boys in 2013 outperformed the girls in the proportion achieving 5 A*-C passes with English and Maths and the proportion of students securing the EBacc measure.
Following the trend in recent years, our most able students continued to set new school records for the proportion of grades achieved at A* or A. This figure has improved steadily from 23 per cent in 2005 to 37% in 2013. An outstanding feature of this year’s results is that 41 per cent of the Year 11 cohort secured 5 or more grades at A* and A.
Amongst the many students achieving so well were Imogen Asquith, Harry Wickens, Georgia Smith, Matthew Walsh, Elliott Glass, Ella Tepper and Nina Webb, all of whom achieved 7 or more A* grades, with Imogen securing no fewer than 12 A* grades in total!
@TheOxfordMail excellent GCSE results - well done to all our students 54% grades A* and A and 83% A* to B— @doverbroecks 22 August 2013
@TheOxfordMail Congratulations to all teachers, students and their families on GCSE day. Lots of hard work paid off #OxGCSE— @oxcitynasuwt 22 August 2013
Wallingford School's Nathan Harpham and Jordan Barker, 16, who have got 16 A*s between them
Andrew Gillespie from d'Overbroecks has posted: "Congratulations to Lydia Midworth and Chloe Townsend our Sixth Form Art Scholars who achieved maximum marks in their GCSE Art today!"
Pictures from Cokethorpe School:
Cokethorpe headmaster Damian Ettinger said: "Very well done to the pupils for maintaining the 100 per cent pass rate and 94 per cent A* to C grades.
"I am delighted to see that the number of A* grades has increased and that six pupils have achieved A*s and A grades across the board.
"To staff, pupils and anxious parents I offer heartfelt congratulations and look forward to seeing you all in the Sixth Form."
Fitzharrys School in Abingdon, which has been judged to have serious weaknesses by Ofsted, saw a “significant” increase in results.
Headteacher Jonathan Dennett said: “We are pleased that our results have risen significantly from last year.
There are many success stories for students of all abilities, including 12 students who achieved 5 or more A*/A grades. We are particularly delighted that our maths results have risen by 16 per cent.
“At AS-Level the percentage of students achieving A grades doubled, and results improved at all grades.
“As a recent Oxford Mail article showed, two years ago Fitzharrys had a higher percentage of students going to Oxbridge and other top rated universities than any state school in Oxfordshire.
“This shows our high expectations and ambitions.
“Congratulations to all our students who, with the support and hard work of their families and the staff at Fitzharrys, have succeeded this year.
“We are pleased that these results represent clear progress, and with the best Year 10 ‘mock’ exam results in six years we are confident that Fitzharrys will continue to build on these improvements.”
D'Overbroeck's pupils, from left, Tom Leavey – from Watlington, Lili Cooper – from Ramsden, 6 A*, 4 A, Gabriel O’Toole – from Kidlington, results including 3 A*, 5 A, Edith Scott – from North Hinksey, 2 A*, 8 A
D'Overbroeck's pupils, from left, Tom Leavey – from Watlington, Lili Cooper – from Ramsden, 6 A*, 4 A, Gabriel O’Toole – from Kidlington, results including 3 A*, 5 A, Edith Scott – from North Hinksey, 2 A*, 8 A
Cheney School has improved from last year, with more than 82 per cent of students gaining 5 A* to C grades, with the overall pass rate for
students gaining 5 GCSEs at the end of year 11 at 97 per cent.
Sixty-three per cent of students achieved 5 A* to C, including English & Maths, and 86 students received one or more A* grades, which has increased from 69 students last year.
Headteacher Jolie Kirby said: "We are delighted that this year’s students have achieved an excellent set of results. Our students have worked really hard and with the support of our dedicated staff have secured the best set of results in the schools long history.
"Over 19 of our subjects attained a 90% plus pass rate
from A* – C grade, which is a testament to the dedication & commitment of the student body and excellence of and learning within the school.
"Cheney School offers students in Year 9 and 10 the option to take GCSE/BTEC exams early, and we are very pleased with the results achieved this year."
Some notable individual performances:
- Sif Laerke Hall achieved 9 GCSE’s, 8 at A* in English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, History & Latin and 1 A in English Literature.
- Joanna Hindley also attained 8 A* grades in English Language & Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry & Physics, History & German.
- Phoebe Day in Year 10 has been awarded 2.5 GCSE’s with A* in French, History & Religious Studies, with
- Alexander Hamdi receiving an A* in French,an A in Latin, & Music and B in Religious Studies.
Didcot Girls School achieved record results.
Headteacher Rachael Warwick said:: “It gives me huge pleasure to congratulate all of our students on these fantastic and record-breaking GCSE results.
“Our students have earned their success through hard work, determination and exceptional effort – we are so proud of them all – and staff have walked with them every step of the way, providing additional time, support and guidance whenever needed.
“I feel very privileged to lead such an inspiring school community.”
Seventy-one per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
Results at the highest levels were also outstanding with over 52 per cent of students achieving at least one A* or A grade and a quarter of all entries resulting in A* or A grades: 29 students achieved 8 or more A or A* grades.
The pass rate was also at an all time high at 99.8 per cent. We are also delighted that the average grade per student is a B grade.
Our students also maintained their high performance in the English Baccalaureate with 24.5 per cent of students achieving five GCSEs of C or above in English, maths, the sciences, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanity, such as history or geography. (The national average for the E-Baccalaureate last year was 16% for state schools and 18% for all schools). As a Language and Enterprise Specialist College we are particularly delighted that 73% of students gained a grade in a Modern Foreign Language.
In summary, for the 192 students who entered 2072 exams:
• 71.4% of all students gained 5 or more A*-C grades, inc English and Maths
• 81% of all our students gained 5 or more A*-C grades
• 25% of entries were at grades A*-A
• 50% of entries were at grades A*-B
• 24.5% of students gained 5 +A*/A grades
• 97% of all our students gained 5 A* - G grades
• 100% of students gained at least 1+A*-G passes
• 24.5% of students achieved E-Baccalaureate
Twenty-nine students achieved 8 or more A* or A grades
New Wood Green headteacher Rob Shadbolt said: "I am feeling very pleased with the achievement. We have got similar results to last year and I think at a time of quite a lot of confusion nationally to maintain standards is a real achievement and reflects the huge amount of hard work by the students, staff and parents."
At Bicester Community College, results are similar to last year with 46 per cent of students achieving 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths (53 per cent not including English and Maths).
New headteacher Tony Rushworth said the results were broadly in line with last year but would not comment further because he is not yet officially in post.
Chris Parfitt, 16, from Bicester, above got 3 A*s, 6 As and 1 B.
He said: “It’s enough to make me feel my dedication has paid off so I’m really pleased and I’m hopefully going to The Royal Latin School in Buckinghamshire.”
Zachary Peake at Wood Green School phoning his parents. He got four A*s, five As and a Bs.
Arnold pupil Gareth Moore, 15, (third left) says he is "elated" with his eight A*s and four As.
Matthew Arnold School pupils celebrate their results
Sixteen-year-old Jess Barker from John Mason School in Abingdon said she was shocked by her six A*s and six As.
Pupils waiting for their results at Wood Green School
They've just opened the doors at Wood Green School in Witney for the students to pick up their results.
76 per cent of students at Wallingford School have 5 A* - C grades for the second year in a row. Head teacher Wyll Willis says he hopes it will get them into the top 10 per cent of schools
RESULTS at Marlborough School have gone up in all measures apart from the Englsih Baccalaureate, where they dipped slightly.
Headteacher Julie Fenn said: “This has been another excellent GCSE year at the Marlborough with 69% of pupils achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths.
“We are very proud of our students and pleased that so many will now be able to progress to A-Level study, further education and apprenticeships and an exciting future.
“Among our highest achievers are Michael Clarke who achieved 10A*grades, Anna Smith, Beatrice Taylor and Kieren Williams who achieved 8A* grades and Will Ralf who achieved 7A* grades.
“So many pupils achieved their personal goals and can feel pleased by their achievements – that is what really matters and makes us so proud of our pupils and their teachers."
The results exclude three non-GCSE entrants in SENSS Ormerod Resource Base.
THE proportion of A* and A grades dipped at Our Lady’s Abingdon from 66 per cent last year to 49 per cent this year.
There were also slight drops in A* to Bs and A* to Cs.
Principal Stephen Oliver said: “My congratulations go to all our pupils on a wonderful set of results: they will provide an excellent foundation for A-level study and beyond. These results are testament to our pupils’ hard work, and to the energy and enthusiasm of my teaching colleagues. I am particularly delighted by the school’s performance in the sciences, but we have seen great success across the board. Well done to everyone – OLA is very proud of you.”
The results for ICT, Music, PE, Spanish and single-award sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are particularly notable, with all of them receiving 100% passes at grades A*-B.
Mr Oliver said special congratulations go to Katy Pallister for her 10 A* grades, Alice Hawkins for her 9 A*s, and Shannon Lewis, whose grades were all at A* and A.
International discus star Kathryn Woodcock achieved excellent results, including A*s in Maths and PE, managing successfully to combine her academic work with her training schedule, he added.
Students, parents and staff at Oxford High School are once again celebrating outstanding GCSE results.
Between them, the 84 Year 11 girls took a total of 834 exams and over 92% of the results are A* or A grades.
The per cent A* has risen to over 68 per cent and there are many stunning individual results.
Twenty-three of the girls achieved 10 or more A* grades, and one girl has 12 A*s to enjoy today.
Headteacher Judith Carlisle said: “The combination of a love of learning, excellent teaching and supportive parents is a recipe for success.
“Congratulations to all the girls whose GCSE success is well-deserved.
“They achieve an excellent balance between academic studies and complementary activities so that they take the public exams in their stride. I’m very proud of them.”
Oxford Spires Academy has posted “massively disappointing” results at GCSEs.
The school had expected results to be at record levels, with double the proportion of pupils expected to get five A* to Cs including English and maths as prior to the school’s conversion to academy status.
But instead the results went backwards, with an eight percentage point drop on last year’s results with 49 per cent achieving the benchmark.
Headteacher Sue Croft said: “We think it is the harsher marking of English and maths and science.
“We had 28 children on the borderline and we expected them to get it.
“Some of them have but the vast majority haven’t – 16 got English but not maths and five who got maths didn’t get English.
“It’s a couple of marks but with that many students, it makes a big difference with the headline figures.”
She said 83 per cent of children got expected progress.
She added: “They’ve still done better than you expected.”
She said she accepted the results and would not be sending papers off for remarking.
Carterton Community College headteacher Niall McWilliams said the proportion of pupils achieving five A* to c including English and maths was about 20 per cent above the schools targets at 63 per cent.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted with these results.
“They are significantly above target again and it is just a reflection of the hard work of the students, parents and teachers.
Abingdon School student Adam Spears, 16, from Didcot, got seven A*s and three As. He said: "It took me about five minutes to open the envelope. I was too nervous."
A clean sweep of 10 A stars met James Rice from East Hendred when he opened his GCSES results this morning. The Abingdon School student said he was surprised.
Magdalen College School said it had had another year of excellent GCSE results today with 71% of the year group achieving A* grades.
More than half the year achieved 8A*s or more.
Modern foreign language results have also risen dramatically this year: A*s are at 89% in French, 100% in German and 93% in Spanish.
This comes on the back of record Oxbridge figures this year. Forty-seven pupils have made their offers and A*s at A-Level sit at 44%.
Master Dr Tim Hands said: "All our pupils are to be congratulated. These are outstanding results and reflect a year of hard work and tremendous achievements both in and out of the classroom.
"Pupils are inspired to aim high at every level of their school life by their extremely dedicated teachers.
"MCS consistently remains one of the highest-performing schools in the country."
Oxford Academy has seen a dramatic improvement on last year’s results.
The school, which is in special measures, is still below the Government’s floor target of 40 per cent achieving at least five A* to C grades including English and maths with 39 per cent achieving the benchmark.
But that represented a 13 percentage point jump compared with last year’s figures.
Executive headteacher David Brown said: “I congratulate students on their achievements and want to praise staff for the inordinate amount of hard work they have put into supporting students as they prepared for these exams. I was confident we could raise standards and I am over the moon with these results.
“We now have practical measures in place across the academy to ensure that standards rise even more and this is also reflected in our Year 10 results.
“I would also like to thank parents and carers for their continued support of The Oxford Academy.
“It is in unison with students, parents, staff and our local community that we will continue to make such progress.”
Burford School has recorded a rise in all measures at GCSE, with the proportion of pupils getting five A* to Cs including English and maths soaring from 56 to 64 per cent.
Heateacher Kathy Haig said: “I am delighted that once again our students have achieved such outstanding results.
“The fact that over 80% of our students achieved grade A* - C in maths and 81% achieved two grades A* - C at GCSE science is exceptional.
“This strengthens Buford’s long held reputation as a school with an outstanding academic record.”
- 25 per cent of all GCSE grades were A*/A
- 63 per cent of students achieved eight or more A*-C grades
- 29 students achieved 8 or more A*/A grades
- 13 students achieved 10 or more A*/A grades
Pupils at Didcot Girls' School got record-breaking results. There were 71.4 per cents of girls gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. This was well up on last year's total of 56 per cent and the previous best of 65 per cent two years ago.
Cranford House School in Wallingford described its results as “highly consistent” after nearly 94 per cent of the year group achieved five A* to Cs.
Acting headteacher Lin Lawson said: “I am very pleased with the performance of this year’s GCSE cohort and feel their individual successes are richly deserved.
“As a non-selective school I am proud that so many of our girls have achieved such excellent individual results and will now go on to the sixth forms of their choice.
“These results demonstrate the value we add at Cranford House and are a real testament to our teaching and curriculum.
“I am also pleased with the strong results in some of our core subjects such as maths, where just under half of students achieved A*/A grades, and science, where around 50% of our triple science students achieved A*/A grades.”
Director of studies Chris Corr said: “Across our broad spectrum of academic ability, girls have outperformed the GCSE grades predicted by external testing, some by as many as three or even four grades.
“Each girl can be proud of her own personal achievements and go on to success in further education with the curiosity and resilience she has developed at Cranford House.”
Wheatley Park School saw a slight dip in the proportion of children achieving headline grades, with a four percentage point dip both at five A* to C and five A* to C in English and maths.
Sixty-seven and 59 per cent of the year group achieved the grades respectively.
Headteacher Kate Curtis said: “In a year of Ofqual maintaining a tight grip on standards we are pleased that careful preparation paid off for our students.
“The headlines can never reflect the many individual successes and the stories, especially those successes which happen against the odds for so many remarkable young people.
“At Wheatley Park, the maths results are particularly pleasing, with significant successes in further maths GCSE, including one A star distinction.
“Ten pupils in this cohort were transferred from other schools with a range of problems and all of these have achieved good outcomes.”
Banbury Academy has recorded record results – a 16 per cent jump in the proportion of children achieving the headline figures of five A* to C including English and maths.
This year 65 per cent of children achieved the benchmark.
Principal Dr Fiona Hammans said: “Last year we became the world’s first Aspirations Academy, which is about students having big dreams for their futures, but importantly, being inspired each day to work hard to reach those dreams. These students have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results, and I am really proud of each and every one of them.”
Top Performing GCSE Subjects with 80%+ A*-C grades
• Art and Design
• Fine Art
• Religious Education
• Core Science
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Fine Art and 3-D Studies all had 100% of students gaining a C grade or higher.
D’Overbroeck’s College principal Sami Cohen said: “We are delighted with this year’s results which show another year-on-year increase in the percentage of A and A* grades achieved by our students.
“There are many lovely stories of individual achievement from students pretty much across the board.
“All our congratulations go to students and staff whose commitment and hard work are reflected in today’s results.
First results have come in for our Live GCSEs School table - d'Overbroeck's College and Banbury Academy
First results have come in for our Live GCSEs School table - d'Overbroeck's College and Banbury Academy
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