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Sibford pupils celebrate increase in top grades


Pupils at Sibford School in Oxfordshire were celebrating impressive GCSE results today … with a strong showing of top Grade 9s, 8s and 7s alongside A* and A grades as the 9 - 1 grading scale, introduced last year, replaced the old A* - G grades in even more subjects.

83% of pupils gained five or more grades at 9 – 4 (or A* - C) compared to 77.8 % in 2017. Meanwhile 24% gained grades 9 – 7 (A* - A).

Special mention goes to Jacob Robinson who received 12 GCSEs at 9-7/A*; Shae Wallis who received 11 GSCEs at 9-7/A*- A plus one grade B and one grade C; and Jess Katz who received 9 GCSEs at 9-7/A, one grade 6, one grade 5 and one C.

Congratulations also go to Eloise Upton who, despite missing many school days due to a non nurological functional disorder, gained three GCSEs at grade 7, three at grade 6, two at grade 5 and one at B.

Overall, top tier grades were received in a total of 22 subjects.

Sibford Head Toby Spence said: “I am very pleased with the improvement in GCSE grades this year, and especially pleased to see that the range of top grades spans such a wide variety of subjects. We are delighted that the majority of pupils in our non-selective school have exceeded expectations in what the government expect to be more challenging ‘reformed’ GCSEs, which some high flying schools have chosen not to tackle. My congratulations to all students and my thanks to staff and parents for their hard work, dedication and support!”

Last year, the 9-1 grading system was introduced for English language, English literature and Maths. This year, it has been extended to a total of 22 subjects which, in the case of Sibford pupils, means that only those studying Business, Further Maths, Media, Statistics and General Studies received the old A – G grades.

Published: August 23 2018

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