Kingston Grammar School Students Celebrate Record-Breaking GCSE Results


Kingston Grammar School students are celebrating the best set of GCSE results in the School’s history, with an exceptional 67% of all grades at 9/8, with nearly 40% at the top grade 9 alone.

These results are even more impressive given the significant increase in content in the newly reformed GCSEs, as well as the demanding standard required to achieve a grade 9. KGS students managed to rack up an impressive 444 grade 9s across all subjects.

In fact, over half the students in this year’s GCSE cohort at KGS achieved grades 9-7 in all of their subjects.

There were notable successes for particular subject areas too, with STEM subjects securing over 80% grades 9/8. In Maths, nearly 50% of all grades were 9, compared to less than 5% nationally. Likewise in the Humanities, over 80% of grades were 8/9 in Religious Studies, and 60% at grade 9 alone in Geography.

Perhaps most pleasing is the demonstration that KGS continues to buck the trend of subjects that are in national decline.Not only are the numbers of students choosing arts, sciences and humanities strong, but modern foreign languages are in rude health too. 75% of students gained 9/8 grades in German, a figure that was closely matched by French and Spanish, and the number of students taking these MFL subjects as well as Italian and Mandarin Chinese is distinctly encouraging for the future.

The top student performances came from scholars Penny Cairney-Leeming, Isla Flett, Hannah Orrell, Ricky Rim and Oliver Sandry-Butler who all gained a clean sweep of ten grade 9s.This places them in the top 0.1% of students nationally, and in a group of only 800 students across the country to have achieved such outstanding results.

They were closely followed by Olivia Casci and Edward Knight, who both achieved nine grade 9s, as well as a further 21 students who all achieved a clean sweep of 9/8 grades.

Head Master Stephen Lehec said: “We are exceptionally proud of our students’ achievements, not only in their conspicuous GCSE successes but across a range of activities and interests, including national, and sometimes international, representation in areas such as music, sport and drama. We are in an unsettling period of change in what we teach and how we grade young people’s academic efforts, often unwittingly exerting ever-increasing demands on them; however, with the right teaching and support, coupled with their own aspirations and commitment, this cohort have come through the GCSE maelstrom with flying colours.We are incredibly grateful to our parent body for their unflinching support and engagement with the School and they take no little credit for their children’s success.The same is true for our dedicated staff, who not only teach their subjects incredibly well but also act as wonderful tutors, mentors and, perhaps most importantly, role models for their students.Ultimately, however, most of the credit must go the students themselves who have not simply coped with the demands put upon them, but have thrived and begun to demonstrate the fulfillment of their enormous potential.”