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46% of all GCSEs graded 9-7 (A*-A)


23 August 2018

The Oratory School is celebrating outstanding successes in today’s GCSE results, with 46% of all grades being the top grades of 9-7 (A*-A)


The Oratory School has once again celebrated a successful set of GCSE results, with 46% of grades in the A*-A/9-7 category and 86% at C/4 grade or higher. Both figures represent significant rises on last year.

The highest achievers included: Lucas Sieyes, who recorded an impressive three grade 9s alongside five A*s, one 8 and two 7s; Harry Page with three 9s, one A*, four 8s, one A and one 7; Danila Shkaev with one 9, four A*s, four 8s, one A and one 7; Sam Riseley with one 9, four 8s, three As and two 7s; Pablo Mata Rius with five A*s, two 8s and four 7s. There were some excellent departmental performances, particularly in Art and Design where 47% of grades achieved  were grade 9, English Literature in which 68% of pupils achieved 9-7, followed by a further 60% 9-7 grades in English Language, whilst the single sciences recorded 58% A*-A grades and Maths 40% 9-7 grades.

In Year 10 two exceptional performances were recorded by Joonmin Choe (Maths GCSE) and Franky Tyler (French GCSE) who took these exams one year early and who both achieved the top grade 9.

The Head Master, Mr Joe Smith, who was present to offer his congratulations to boys and parents said: “Like most schools and candidates, I think, there was a certain amount of apprehension about these results, the new specifications and 9-1 grading system representing something of a leap into the unknown. Therefore we are all delighted that our boys have performed so well, with 46% of exams graded A*-A/9-7. They, and their teachers, should be very proud of their achievements. Throughout the year and the exam period, teachers put on a huge number of extra sessions, and worked tirelessly to help their students achieve their target grades, and the boys bought into this programme. For a school with a broad intake, academically speaking, and a focus on developing young people in a much broader and deeper sense than exam results alone can demonstrate, we are hugely pleased with and proud of these results”.

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