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Stellar performances again at GCSE


With over a third of the cohort gaining at least 9A*/A grades out of their 10 subjects, nearly 40% of all grades A* - compared to 6.5% nationally - and over 90% of all papers graded A*/B, Canford is celebrating another very strong set of GCSE and IGCSE results.

Seven pupils gained a clean sweep of 10A*s, 15 at least 9A*s and 22 at least 8A* grades. Among these were Sam Hopkins who combined studying for his 10A*s with playing Double Bass with the National Youth Orchestra; Madeleine Kearns who, in addition to gaining 10A*s, won one of only 15 places in the UK as a stage manager with the National Youth Theatre this year; Clarinettist Bea Fairbairn is currently part of the National Youth Wind Orchestra to add to her 10A*/As; Will Butt represented the Bath Rugby U16 Academy at the Wellington Festival while studying for his 10A*/A grades; Luke Bannister became World Drone Flying Champion and achieved 9A*/As, and Jack Taylor and Emily Balls were among Canfordians chosen for England Hockey Junior Regional Performance squads in addition to gaining 9A*/As and 8A*/As respectively.

Departmentally, in ten subjects across both Arts and Sciences over 40% of all grades were A*. Four out of five of all subjects were graded over 90% A*/B, with English 98%, Art and Latin both 97%, History 96%, Geography and Religious Studies both 95% and Maths and Music both 94%. These results are all the more impressive given Canfordians take nine subjects in the widely acknowledged more rigorous IGCSE.

Pupils generally take ten subjects at GCSE/IGCSE as the school believes this is the right number to offer sufficient breadth of study, while also allowing time to develop all important skills through the extensive co-curricular programme.

Commenting on this year’s results, Headmaster Ben Vessey said:

“It never ceases to amaze me how our pupils manage to connect and combine the skills and qualities they learn both within and beyond the classroom to achieve such high levels of excellence in external examinations. At the top end at GCSE there were some outstanding grades, and across the ability range pupils exceeded expectations. To achieve results at such high levels requires a strong work ethic and a great deal of dedication by both pupils and teachers.”

Published: August 25 2016

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