Pupils at Denstone College have celebrated an excellent crop of results, where almost half of entries were graded 9 (the highest accolade, created last year to denote performance above and beyond A*), grade 8 (previously grade A*), or 7 (previously A) and 29% of entries were graded 9 or 8. This is the highest proportion of top grades at the College since 2010.
In the first year that Denstone pupils received numerical 9 to 1 grades in all GCSE and IGCSE subjects, results were strong across all school departments, with 60% of entries gaining grade 7 or higher in IGCSE Mathematics, and 46% achieving the top grades, 8 or 9. In English Literature, 68% of entries were graded 7 or higher, in Drama 60% were at grades 8 and 9 and in Art 45% were grades 8 or 9.
Exceptional performances include Anthony Vakis’s 7 top grade 9s, and Al Giovannelli, Edgar Webber, Nicola Cooper and Rudraneil Haldar all achieved 6 top grade 9s. In addition to their 6 grade 9s, Al and Edgar clocked up a further 4 grade 8s, giving them a total of ten top grades. They were closely followed by Hannah Channing with 4 grade 9s and 6 grade 8s.
Twenty three students achieved at least 9 grade 7s or above and thirteen students achieved a complete set of grades 7, 8 and 9.
The Headmaster, Miles Norris, said “This is an excellent set of results, and whilst GCSEs have changed significantly over the years, we cannot ignore the fact that this is the best performance for almost a decade. To have almost half of all entries gaining the top grades is testament to the hard work of our pupils and staff. Whilst there have been some fantastic individual performances, we must also remember that achievement throughout the cohort has been admirable. A Denstone all-round education caters for all abilities and our impressive track record for value – added performance at GCSE continues.”
The College achieved the top ISI rating of ‘Excellent’ for both possible categories: the quality of pupils’ academic & other achievements and pupils’ personal development (November 2017).
The photo shows Poppy Noble, Allie Wahl, Magnus Brown, Oscar Haywood and Johnny Froggatt collecting their results