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GCSE Results 2023

The Oratory School has again celebrated a successful set of GCSE results coming in well above the national averages with: 19% of grades in the 9-8 category; 35% at 9-7; 87% at grade 4 or higher, the latter percentage showing a gain of 9% on the school’s 2019 statistics, the last time that grades were awarded in a similar fashion.

Once again there were some very strong departmental performances, particularly from: Chinese with 100% 9-7; Music where 86% of grades were 9-7; Chemistry in which 67% or grades were at 9-7; Art and Design, where 58% of grades were 9-7; History, where 56% of grades were 9-7; Biology, in which 53% of grades were also 9-7.

The Head, Dr Julian Murphy, said in reaction to the results:  “I am very pleased for this year group, who have done so well in the first year of ‘normal’ results since 2019. A huge thank you to all our teaching staff and, of course, to the students themselves, for their hard work and dedication. Particular praise must go to Florence Gibbon, who achieved eight grade 9s, two grade 8s and one grade 8 in Further Maths; Joseph Morgan, who achieved six grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 9 in Further Maths, and Uti Osayuh, who achieved four grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6. I hope that all the students enjoy a well-deserved celebration with their families before they start their 6th Form journey.”

There were of course many other personal success stories on the day and staff were on hand at school to celebrate these with the pupils who turned up to collect their results.

A Level Results 2023

After a return to the reality of pre-pandemic grading in public exams, The Oratory School today once again celebrated the success of its A Level pupils who have attained commendably after two years of hard work. Grades have again risen beyond national averages with A*-B at 55% and A*-C at 77%, whilst the majority of pupils have again gained entry to their first choice universities.

There were of course many strong individual performances including: Jungle He with 2 A*s, 1 A and 1 B (Duke University, USA); Charlie Charles with 1 A*s and 3 As; Cynthia Chen with 1 A* and 2 As (Engineering and Architectural Design at UCL); Georgina Ashby (English at Exeter), Evie Hobbs (Business Management at Cardiff) , and Josh Sidhu (Biochemistry at Warwick), all with 1 A* and 2 As; Ignacio Estevez Sanchez-Bedoya and Albert Stark, both with an 2 As and a B. There were also many personal success stories on the morning of the results.

Departmentally there were some excellent results with 100% A*-A in 3D Design, 100% A*-B in History, Further Maths and Photography, 80% A*-B in French; there were also 78% A*-B grades in Art, 64% A*-B in English Literature, and 75% A*-B in Spanish.

The previous Head, Mr Joe Smith says: "In the context of the much publicised return this summer to grading arrangements from 2019 and earlier, I am pleased with the results which our young people have achieved this year. These were the first public examinations which these young people sat, their GCSEs having been cancelled in 2021, and so they have performed well in these circumstances.

In terms of statistics it is pleasing to see well over half of our students achieving grades A*-B at A level, and the improvements on our 2019 results. Perhaps most pleasing is to see the majority of our students gaining acceptance to their first choice destination, including some very competitive courses and highly prestigious institutions.

I want to pay tribute to the class of 2023 for their resilience, application and good humour, as well as all the many things they have contributed to the life of The Oratory beyond the academic sphere. Their teachers too deserve our thanks for their skill, effort and commitment."

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