King William’s College is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE/IGSCE results with its 62 Year 11 students achieving an overall pass rate (9-4 or A*-C) of 91% with 49% of grades at 9-7 or A*/A.
Despite the considerable nervousness in the UK that this year would see a significant drop in grades as students returned to exam performance rather than the centre assessed grades used during Covid-19, for King William’s College the results have actually bucked the trend and are an increase on last year and significantly up on the years immediately before Covid.
At the very top of the year group, six students achieved 9/8 or A* in every one of their subjects, whilst a further five students achieved a clean sweep of 9/8/7 or A*/A. In total, over a quarter of the students achieved all A*/As or were only one grade from doing so.
Principal Joss Buchanan said: “These are enormous achievements and I am very pleased that the students’ hard work paid off so handsomely. We also had excellent results lower down in the year and there was conspicuous success in particular for those studying in their second language and for those who joined us partway through the courses.
“This year group was able to sit exams as normal, but they were still badly impacted by Covid – they were in lockdown twice in Year 10 – and they deserve enormous credit for having shown such resilience and commitment and for having done so well. They were a hard-working year and that has been reflected in the results.
“I would like to thank my colleagues in the Common Room for all the support they gave the students. It was a uniquely challenging two years for them as well and I am very grateful for all the hard work that made these results possible. Together with the IB results in July, it has been a very successful summer. We now turn our attention to the start of the new year and we very much look forward to welcoming the students back to school in September.”