GCSE performance tables 2018

The GCSE performance tables for 2018 recently issued by the Department of Education, and reported in the local media do not include results of some IGCSEs which Ipswich School students take, in common with many other independent schools, and therefore may not give a clear picture of the school’s overall performance.

Two thirds of our GCSE exams in 2018 were graded 9-7 or equivalent (A or A*), and with the new 9-1 grading, 22% of our exams were graded at the top grade 9. Twenty-nine students achieved all their exams at 9-7 and A*-A grades. Last summer’s GCSE results also show that 99.1% of the cohort of 117 pupils achieved at least five 9-4 grades (or equivalent), including English and Maths.

At Ipswich School we teach courses which challenge our pupils and help them to develop lively and enquiring minds, and as a result have opted to choose the internationally recognised IGCSEs for some of our subjects. Our IGCSEs are set by highly respected exam boards: Edexcel and Cambridge International Examinations.

Nicholas Weaver, Ipswich School Headmaster, said: “We are very proud of our GCSE results, particularly the number of grade 9s which were awarded, and the breadth of subjects in which our pupils excelled.  This year saw us equal the highest percentage of exams at grade 4 or above, or equivalent, since I became Headmaster here.”

He added: “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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