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King’s College is celebrating a strong set of GCSE results this week, following soon after the excellent A level results of the week before. The A* and A rate of 40% is in line with results in recent years, underlining the school’s excellent academic reputation. Eleven pupils gained five or more A* grades and 17 managed seven or more As and A*s.

Harry Cooper-Simpson has come top of the GCSE pile at King’s College by securing an extraordinary 11 A* grades in his GCSE exams. Harry is a boarder, who lives locally and went to Forres Sandle Manor Prep School before coming to King’s. His achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that he is also heavily involved in the wider life of the school – playing A team rugby and hockey and taking an active role in the school’s Royal Marines cadet section. Harry has just returned from South Africa, where he was part of a month-long exchange programme set up between King’s and a school in Cape Town.

Other stellar performances came from Tom Potter (5 A*s), Elizabeth Burger (6 A*s), Lorcan Cudlip-Cook (6 A*s), Tom Hall (6 A*s), Charles Clough (7 A*s), Angus Lyon (8 A*s), Rudi Smith (8 A*s), Oliver Martin (9 A*s), Veronica Parr (9 A*s), and Toby Vickers (9 A*s).

Departments which performed particularly well in the A*/A rates were geography (54%), Latin (92%), music (89%), German (71%) and history (46%). Almost half of the school’s year group took Design and Technology, which performed well again, with an astonishing 70% of its pupils gaining A*s or As (including 38% gaining A*s).

The Headmaster, Richard Biggs, was delighted with the results. “Our boys and girls worked extremely hard to gain these strong grades and I congratulate them warmly. I am proud of the fact that they also kept up the extraordinary range of other commitments within the school during what is always a tough year and remained cheerful and committed throughout. The great majority of these pupils are returning to our Sixth Form, to be joined by new pupils from across the UK and further afield, and will form the core of an exciting and vibrant year group. I am also proud of the fact that our pupils have succeeded in academically demanding subjects. We have large numbers taking Latin, history and modern languages. The creative arts subjects have also done well, emphasising the fact that we are a school which provides excellent teaching and support for all talents and abilities.”