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King’s College pupils celebrate their GCSE successFollowing on from last week’s A Level success, King’s College are delighted that 94 per cent of their pupils gained five or more GCSEs including English and Maths.  Eight pupils, Felicity Hamilton, Grace Murray, Chloe Smith, Emma Smith, Philippa Smith, Henry Biggs, Henry Cole and James Crocker achieved A* or A in ten of their subjects. Of the 91 pupils entered for GCSEs, a remarkable 18 per cent gained nine or more A*s or A grades.  These include Sophie Gibb, Katherine Smith, Morgan Tottle, Benjamin Buckley, Matthew Farmer, Charles MacEacharn, Sebastian Manger and Bradley Matthews.

The Latin and Music departments were particularly strong this year, both achieving 67 per cent at A*/A grade and the Geography department excelled with 60 per cent of pupils gaining A*/A grade. The Art and Design Technology departments achieved 93 per cent and 85 per cent at A*/A/B respectively and the thriving English department produced excellent results with 81 per cent of pupils gaining A*/A/B in English Literature and 75 per cent in English Language. The great majority of pupils took three separate sciences and the results in each were strong: A*/A/B rates for Chemistry were 71 per cent and for Biology 70 per cent.

Headmaster Richard Biggs was delighted with the results: “I have been hugely impressed by the maturity and determination shown by this group of boys and girls. They have worked hard throughout the past year and richly deserve these splendid results. I congratulate them warmly; not just those who have achieved stellar grades, but also those who, through sheer dogged effort and with the dedicated support of a fine group of teaching staff, have exceeded their expectations and produced solid pass grades which will form an good foundation for their A Level studies in our Sixth Form. The achievements of this year group are all the more impressive because they did not shy away from their many other commitments at King’s and continued to play a full part in sport, music and drama right to the end of the term. They have shown quite clearly that it is possible to succeed in the present, challenging regime of relentless examination and to develop at the same time as well-rounded and interesting human beings. I look forward to welcoming these talented young men and women, along with many who are joining us from other schools, back into the Sixth Form in September.”

The Photo shows from left to right: Front row – India Bannister, Caitlin Everitt, Hamish Urquhart, Amy Todd and Grace Murray; Middle row – James Crocker, Henry Cole, Olivia Hake and Ben Buckley; Back row – Jack Lavender, Louis Wood, Sam Sprague and Duncan McLeod