GCSE records smashed at KGS
Students collecting their GCSE results at Kingston Grammar School today were overjoyed to learn that they have completely bucked the national trend and smashed all previous School records with their achievements this year.
Whilst the news is full of tales of top grades being down across the country, the young men and women of KGS are celebrating results which saw them attain over 60% A* grades and nearly 90% A*/A grades. This included a number of students gaining the new level 9 in their GCSEs – the highest grade ever to be awarded nationally, available for the first time this year as part of the GCSE reforms.
Amongst the highest achievers were Max Cairney-Leeming, Serena Clarke, Isadora Jones, Clara Lyckeus, Katie Orrell, Amelia Petersen, Zoe Samama, Finn Snow and Daisy Langton, all of whom gained 10 A* grades, whilst Reuben Cooper and Joe Young both achieved 11 A*s. These and a number of their peers also gained top grades in Additional Maths qualifications having all achieved A* in their Maths GCSE last year.
Whilst nearly three-quarters of the entire cohort gained A* grades in at least half of their GCSEs, it was particularly notable that grades across all three sciences and Mathematics exceeded the school average by some margin.
Head Master Stephen Lehec commented:
“I am delighted for all of the students and the staff of KGS! They have worked so well for these exceptional results and deserve every plaudit and our praise. What is especially pleasing is knowing that all of these students have also made exceptional contributions to their school and wider community over the last two years as well as working towards achieving the best GCSE results the School has ever had.”
“With so much potential for confusion and disappointment, looking at the GCSE picture nationally, there is also a great sense of relief, and huge thanks must also be passed on to parents, as well as the staff and students themselves, for the support given and received. For many teenagers, life, let alone GCSEs, is very testing at times, and keeping our students successfully involved in sport, art, music, drama, fundraising and community support has been a great way of maintaining balance and perspective.”