A Level and GCSE performance tables 2015

A Level and GCSE performance tables 2015

We are delighted to say that the GCSE and A level performance tables for 2015 issued by the Department of Education and reported in the local papers show that Ipswich School is the top performing school in Suffolk for A level points per entry (the grade achieved in each individual subject) with a score of 250.5.

This demonstrates that our core value of passionate teaching can result in students achieving their potential with a high exam grade awarded at the end of their A Level course.  One-third of A level students at Ipswich School achieved at least three A grades or above in the summer of 2015, with over half of all exams receiving A* or A grades. 

Ipswich School has a large Sixth Form, and in 2015 there were 102 students taking A level exams this year at Ipswich School.  19.5% of exams received an A* grade, and 53% were graded A* or A. The A*-E pass rate was 100%, and the A*-C pass rate was 93.3%

At Ipswich School we also believe in offering our Sixth Form students the opportunity to undertake a variety of enrichment subjects in Years 12 and 13, enabling them to gain further qualifications alongside their main A Level subjects.  This includes the opportunity to study for an AS Level in Critical Thinking, ICT, Photography, Politics and Law and GCSEs in Spanish and Drama, amongst others.  Students can also undertake the Extended Project Qualification alongside their A Levels, a demanding qualification, which is recognised by universities as evidence of higher level understanding. 

Our GCSE results for 2015 showed that 100% of our students achieved 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English, as in 2014.  The results also show that 90% of GCSE exams were graded A* to B.

The performance tables published by the Department for Education do not include results of some IGCSEs which our students take, in common with other independent schools, and therefore may give a misleading picture of our overall performance.

At Ipswich School we teach courses which challenge our pupils and help them to develop lively and enquiring minds. Increasingly, we feel such challenge is offered by internationally recognised IGCSEs, rather than the more usual GCSE.  In common with many independent schools, we offer IGCSEs in Mathematics, English Literature and Language, and most recently in History. Our IGCSEs are set by highly respected exam boards: Edexcel and Cambridge International Examinations.

Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster at Ipswich School, said: “We were delighted to celebrate our exam results with pupils and their families in the summer, and it is always very disappointing when the performance tables do not reflect the reality of pupils’ high performance. We believe that the academic opportunities and wide range of co-curricular activities offered at Ipswich School provide our pupils with the best possible platform for high achievement at school, university or in their future careers.”

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