The largest year group in King William’s College’s history have today received their GCSE/IGCSE results. The 73 Upper Fifth (Year 11) students achieved an outstanding overall pass rate (A*-C or 9-4) of 91% with 47% of grades at A*/A or 9-7.

The last two years have been extraordinarily challenging for students with extended periods of online learning and the replacement of exams with an exceptionally stressful set of assessment tasks to provide the necessary evidence for their Teacher Assessed/Centre Determined Grades. It is a testament to the students’ resilience that they have achieved such strong results throughout the ability range.

At the very top of the year group Florence Barber, Darcey Bateson, Thomas Plastow, Grace Templer and Louise van der Merwe all achieved A*s or 9/8s in all of their subjects, whilst Charlie Cowin, Georgia Harding, Emily Kyriacou, Katie Leinwand, Kira Matveenko, Beatrice Penn and Sophie Shepherd all achieved a clean sweep of A*/As or 9-7s.

There has been yet more good news for the Middle Fifth (Year 10) who received their GCSE Religious Studies results. They too achieved a very large number of top grades in addition to a remarkable pass rate of 98%.

This follows the success of the Upper Sixth (Year 13) earlier in the summer who received the School’s fourth best set of results since the International Baccalaureate was first introduced in 2002. Seven of these students achieved results in the top 5% of those worldwide.

The Principal, Mr Joss Buchanan, commented that ‘In spite of the challenges of the last two years both the Upper Sixth and Upper Fifth have done extremely well this summer and it promises much for when we return in September. Overall numbers for the school are extremely buoyant and as this large Upper Fifth moves into the Sixth Form we will have our largest IB cohort since we introduced the Diploma almost 20 years ago. It should be very exciting!’

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